Meet Our Team

Sommer - Senior Beauty Therapist

We are so excited to have Sommer part of our team, and are extremely proud of her for just being award BEST SKINCARERX EMERGING THERAPIST 2017!!! This is an amazing achievement and shows her dedication to delivering outstanding customer service and results for clients!

Sommer has just moved to Manawatu to be closer to family, and joins us with an outstanding skill set in beauty therapy treatments, including Joyce Blok Facials, Advanced Skin Analysis, Derma-needling and Advanced Chemical Peels!

Sommer has worked in beauty therapy salons in both Wellington and Waikanae and is super passionate about treatments that help improve the health and appearance of skin! She has already had plenty of experience working with our beautiful Joyce Blok skin care range, and is also a pro with makeup!

Ella - Intermediate Beauty Therapist

With Ella’s bubbly personality and dedication to delivering outstanding customer service and beauty treatments, she is an absolute hit with our clients!

A professional in all areas of beauty therapy, Ella also specialises in pampering pedicures using our state-of-the-art Comfortel CleanSpa Pedicure Chairs, which offer the most hygienic pedicures available.

Ella completed her beauty therapy studies in 2016 and has continued to grow her knowledge and experience with our expert treatments and skincare brands.

Ella is also horse mad, having ridden and competed ever since being just a tiny tot! 


Nicola - Senior Beauty Therapist

Recognised as one of Dermalogica’s top NZ therapists, Nicola brings a wealth of knowledge to our clients in prescribing the best products to achieve optimum results from this beautiful range.

Nicola has an impressive beauty therapy background, working as a therapist on a cruise liner and in one of Auckland’s top salons.

Before joining our team, Nicola worked solely with Dermalogica to help clients improve the health and appearance of their skin.

Nicola is extremely passionate about providing outstanding results for clients through effective treatments and products.

Joy - Salon and Events Coordinator

We are extremely excited to introduce our newest team member, Joy, to you!! Although Joy has just started with us, it’s not her first time being part of the Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat family, as she first worked with Pania between 1999 and 2001! It is wonderful having Joy back with us!!

Joy has just returned to Palmerston North, following six years in Dunedin, and has take on the role as our new Salon and Events Coordinator, and with the incredible career she has had so far, we are so lucky to have her part of our team again! She will often be your first point of contact when you both visit our salon and call us to book your appointments. Amazing things are already happening thanks to Joy’s precision and experience when it comes to business and staff management and event coordinating! She has fantastic ideas for upcoming events, that we can not wait to tell you about, so watch this space for details!

In 2015 Joy made a huge career change from management and administration roles within the health and disability sector, to fashion and retail! She is extremely passionate about fashion and beauty, and loves the holistic approach we use when it comes to achieving healthy, glowing skin and overall well being!

Joy is such an incredible woman with so many personal achievements, and here is just a snippet of what she has been involved in (and in some areas, still is a part of) …she has been a member of Lions for 12 years, taking on numerous roles including President, Project Chairperson, Health & Welfare Chairperson, and Membership Chairperson, being the President of PowerTalk International, a member of Business & Professional Women Inc, Palmerston North, foundation member of Palmerston North Women’s Loan Fund, Board Member of Camellia House Trust, and a member of WISE (Women In Self Employment)!

As you can see Joy loves being involved in amazing organisations that help empower women and give them support to achieve great things! One of our main philosophies at Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat is Empowering Women, so it is brilliant having Joy with us to help us continue our crusade in our beautiful region!

Lorini - Senior Beauty Therapist

Lorini has a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of beauty therapy (coming up 14 years to be exact!).
Lorini came to NZ to join our team from her Spa Manager role in Fiji, so we are so lucky to have her on board to provide you with outstanding beauty therapy treatments and customer service!
Lorini has trained in beauty therapy in both Fiji and Australia, and she looooves massage! She is also an EXPERT when it comes to our Pure Fiji skincare range, and how cool is this, she has played high-end womens rugby!
Lorini is an absolute gem and she can’t wait to get to know each and every one of our clients!


Payal - Senior Beauty Therapist

Payal moved to New Zealand from Fiji 11 years ago, and with over 8 years experience in beauty therapy, she brings an amazing amount of knowledge, as well as exciting new skills, to our clinic!

Payal is an Eyebrow Threading Specialist and is extremely passionate about delivering effective and relaxing massage for overall wellbeing!

Before moving to Manawatu, Payal worked in salons in Auckland and Wellington, including East Day Spa and Infuse Spa at James Cook Hotel, where she enjoyed manager roles. What’s more, Payal is also currently studying a Bachelor in Business Studies!! To add to Payal’s many super woman qualities, she has also just recently become a mum! Payal and her husband Bron are now proud parents of their beautiful daughter Shania! 


Laura - Mobile Makeup Artist

Laura is our Mobile Makeup Artist extraordinaire! Fully qualified in our beautiful makeup range, Quoi, Laura is an absolute master at her work, creating stunning looks for all occasions!

Throughout her training, Laura has had amazing opportunities to work with some of the highest recognised makeup artists in the industry, including doing master classes with Rae Morris and Jazz Pampling!
She has also worked her magic many times on models for photo shoots with our brilliant, local photographer, Kim Sargent!

As well as creating beautiful makeup for clients, Laura has also trained in our Joyce Blok and Decleor skincare ranges, so she is very well educated in knowing what products will help clients achieve healthy, glowing skin!

As well as being passionate about beauty and makeup, Laura has another extremely important passion…her absolutely gorgeous, 1 & a 1/2 year old son, Lukas! Laura loves spending time with her family, and enjoying the outdoors!

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