You don’t need to travel far to get away.

Unwind from daily stresses and find restoration through our lush spa experience. Enter our serene space and be welcomed by our body and mindfulness experts, ready to help you find a state of lasting bliss through carefully crafted treatments. Whether you’re an old friend or a new guest, we’re proud to introduce you to the team that will make your visit memorable.

Katie Kiss


owner, massage therapist

Katie is a licensed massage therapist with over 14 years in the spa and wellness field. A graduate of Branford Hall Career Institute, Katie went on to work in a wellness center alongside Chiropractors and Physical therapists, as a chiropractic assistant and licensed massage therapist specializing in sports and deep tissue massage. She later went on to learn the spa industry where she then advanced her knowledge by advancing her knowledge in aesthetics, as well as other massage modalities like hot stone, therapeutic massage, and numerous body treatments. She is now dual licensed in aesthetics as well as massage therapy, and is passionate about wellness in all aspects of the word. She has also found passion in business ownership, as it allows her the ability to help a broader range of people than she would have ever been able to help by herself. Work aside, she loves spending time with her husband, daughter, family, close friends, and fur babies. She also enjoys traveling, reading, and loves and a good laugh with the ones she loves the most.

Heather Perra


owner, massage therapist, esthetician

Heather is a dually trained licensed massage therapist and aesthetician with over 25 years of experience in the spa industry. A graduate of Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, Heather found her passion was in spa and wellness so she decided to continue her education in skin care. She went on to become licensed in aesthetics through the International Institute of Cosmetology and graduated in 2008. Heather yields many talents, she is a highly trained waxing specialist for both men and women, she is trained in nail care, and she also practices many interesting and innovative types of massage therapies including Ashiatsu, Lastone, and Mona Lomi. Heather has expanded her love for helping those in need with her business where she finds joy mentoring others in the path of wellness and giving them a safe place to thrive in a job they love. She enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with her children, and dining out with friends. You can also find her jamming out to Dave Matthews Band any chance she can get.

Come as you are, stay for a while.

Garet Bender

operations manager

Garet grew up in a family of cosmetologists. He worked in salons and spas in CT and MA for years when he was young. Before returning to the spa industry, he worked at a restaurant for about 10 years. That is where he met Katie Kiss and became one of her local bartender friends, until he was promoted to the General Manager position. He has now decided to return to his roots and is our man behind the curtain at Eliana. When he is not working, he enjoys being outdoors, drinking wine and talking to his plants.

Vanessa Segal

licensed esthetician

Vanessa Segal has +25 years in this amazing industry. As a native of South Africa, her training and certifications are from South Africa and abroad, including a diploma from Cidesco in Switzerland, the world’s most prestigious spa and beauty certification authority for aesthetics and beauty therapy. After living in the US for 22 years, she is also CT licensed and specializes in all skin care, including microdermabrasion and peels, waxing, lash lift, eyebrow / lash tinting and eyebrow shaping, as well as relaxation treatments to stimulate lymph circulation and promote a wonderful feeling of relaxation.

Olivia Galicia

licensed esthetician

Olivia has been an esthetician for over 11 years. She has a wealth of knowledge about skincare with extensive training in facials, skin care, waxing and eyelash extensions. She is a Certified Borboleta Eyelash Extension Artist and is very passionate about what she does. Olivia is also a Licensed Massage Therapist in California and has many years relaxing the California spa crowd. Olivia is a California girl at heart, still getting used to the unpredictable weather here on the East Coast. She loves working with people and is a perfect addition to our team!

Lisa Grady

licensed esthetician

Lisa Grady has been an Esthetician since February 2015. She became interested in skincare upon learning how to deal with her own acne, when she was 20 years old. After she decided to go to a Medical Spa, and it changed the course of her life. She was committed to clearer skin and to rid her face of the acne scars that were left behind. Her specialty is to treat different stages of acneic skin, from mild blackheads to stage 4 acne for all ages. Acne can be managed with some skin care education, products, and commitment to see change. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it can happen, and she would love to be a part of your journey.

Liz Petkis

licensed esthetician

Liz has been an esthetician just shy of a decade and has always practiced in small family-owned businesses. She is passionate about her work and has known she wanted to be in the beauty industry since high school. Liz will go out of her way to make you feel comfortable in any setting and she’s been told by clients she has “magic hands”. Liz specializes in full body waxing, facials, brow maintenance, HydraFacials, and body treatments. You can find Liz performing her services to the best of her ability and to the level that she would want to receive any service. In her spare time you can find Liz playing with her dog, taking care of her plants and garden, camping with her husband, and always trying to make her friends and family laugh.

Sarah Gould

licensed esthetician
Sarah started her career in the beauty industry as a nail tech and makeup artist nearly 20 years ago. In 2018, she decided to pursue her passion in esthetics and became a licensed esthetician. Sarah is passionate about helping her clients feel their best and is known for her ability to leave clients relaxed, rejuvenated, and confident in their skin. Sarah will help educate her clients on a treatment plan that is best for them, as well as a proper at home care routine.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, working out, traveling and hiking.

Rebecca Cabrera

licensed massage therapist

Rebecca has been a hard-working massage therapist for 4 years. Versed in modalities such as Therapeutic, Deep tissue, Hot Stones, Ashiatsu, Bamboo and prenatal massage. She has a passion for customizing each session into a unique personalized experience to enhance ROM, flexibility, pain management and bring overall stress levels down. She strives to further her education in orthopedics and continues to dream big in hopes to one day open a retreat of her own.

Shahariel “Shea” Gyurko

licensed massage therapist

Shea graduated from Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy in 2015. Since graduating she has worked in chiropractic and spa settings. Shea enjoys creating a session specific to each client’s wants and needs. She likes to focus on alleviating pain while also creating a deeply relaxing state of being. Shea offers therapeutic, hot stone, deep tissue, prenatal and body treatments. Shea often utilizes gua sha and cupping in her sessions to achieve her clients therapeutic goals. She is excited to continue learning about the body and integrating new techniques into her massage therapy practice.

When not massaging, Shea can be found hiking with her dog or planning her next roadtrip!

Phil Ruggiero

licensed massage therapist

Phillip graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy after completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Hartford. Currently, he is a fourth-year student at the University of Bridgeport completing his Doctorate of Chiropractic in May 2022. Over the years, he has worked for chiropractors, massaging the patient flow all while building his personnel client list. He enjoys targeting the patient’s needs during their session with experience in deep tissue and sports massage techniques.

Kathy Patton

licensed massage therapist

Kathy graduated from URI in 2002, and from the Center of Massage Therapy of Westport in 2007. She completed the post Baccalaureate Program at CCSU for Physical Education and Health in 2013.

Her soul work really started these last few years, as her heart was impacted greatly from losing three members of her immediate family. This has given her a deeper appreciation for giving and receiving bodywork. Life has an uncanny way of dropping us off at the right place at the right time with the right people. She is very excited to be a part of her clients journey through body and mind wellness.

Andrea Amato

licensed massage therapist

Andrea has been a licensed massage therapist for almost 10 years. She graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2010 and has been regularly working as a therapist since then. Her specialty and focus is on therapeutic deep tissue for orthopedic impairments, chronic pain, and minor soft tissue ailments from everyday repetitious strain or from previous injury. Her work is specific and geared towards rehabilitation and pain management, but she can also work the whole body to induce the parasympathetic nervous system for a complete mind/body relaxation. She has worked in medical and spa settings and incorporates aspects of both in each of her sessions. She is currently continuing her education to become a physical therapist’s assistant, so the added education in health and exercise science makes her well suited to deal with certain soft tissue impairments and joint immobilizations.

Susan Starr

licensed massage therapist

Suzie is excited to join the talented team at Del Soul! She brings with her over 14 years of massage experience and is a graduate of the Medical Massage Therapy program offered through Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy. Suzie is an LMT who worked in several medical-oriented settings before joining the spa industry, in turn her sessions combine effective treatment as well as relaxation. Her background includes massaging alongside Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers and in the hospice, hospital and spa settings. In addition to helping clients cope with built-up stress, she also enjoys working with those suffering from injuries & chronic pain as well as prenatal women. Suzie employs a range of techniques and modalities to provide relief, and she is also certified in therapeutic cupping, hot stone and gua sha.

Cora Sena

holistic health practitioner

Cora has always been fascinated with the human body, how it works and most of all, the energy created by all living things. With an extensive background in biology, anatomy and chemistry in education and corporate healthcare, Cora pivoted to holistic medicine to offer new ways of relief and healing for a loved one after a cancer diagnosis. In practicing her new profession, she discovered that combining holistic modalities and utilizing food as medicine can facilitate truly amazing results. Educating and teaching people how to live a healthy lifestyle is now Cora’s passion. After receiving her Reflexology Certification from the International Institute of Reflexology and practicing other modalities like Light Therapy, Reiki, Vibration and Sound healing; she is a Certified Essential Oil Coach and is obtaining her MS degree in Functional Nutrition and sitting for the Licensed Holistic Practitioner exam with the AADP by early 2022. Spending time in nature, regardless if it’s on the beach or hiking in the woods is when Cora is most content.

View Cora’s holistic services offered here at Eliana Spa. 

Traci-Lynn Fox

lead receptionist

Starting from a young age, Traci-Lynn has always been enthusiastic about working with children. Her time teaching will be cherished memories. As she embraces the teenage years with her three children, she looks forward to creating new memories at Eliana. It’s heartwarming to work for family and she looks forward to greeting clients as they embark on a relaxing Eliana experience.

Katie Duncan

receptionist

Katie will be one of the receptionists who will be helping you get comfortable for your spa day. She has been working at Del Soul for the past few years as needed. She is excited to take on a more permanent role at Eliana and to make each client’s experience as relaxing as can be. When she is not working at the Spa or at home as medical coder, she likes to hike and kayak with her dog Dallas.

Laurie-Beth Nichols

receptionist

Laurie Beth is excited to be part of the Eliana family because she has been a frequent client at Del Soul since it opened. She feels fortunate to be working with her cousin, Heather, and with Katie, who she now considers family as well. When she’s not at the spa, Laurie likes to do a lot of things that when listed make her sound very boring and spend time with her husband and two sons who make her laugh all of the time!