Team Biographies | Whistler Day Spa

Team Biographies

Stacey Gaff

Owner / Esthetician 

Stacey’s passion for the beauty industry began 15 years ago after attending University for Business Administration, she felt sitting in an office all day was not for her.  She enrolled in the Esthetics program at Blanche McDonald School in Vancouver in 1999. As the story goes for many Whistler locals, Stacey came to Whistler for a long weekend and four months later, packed up her apartment and moved to town.  It was in Whistler that Stacey honed her esthetic skills and developed a large clientele of regular customers.  After 7 years working for Revolution Spa Stacey decided to take a break and travel for 2 years. After her travel she knew she wanted to start her own business and Whistler Day Spa was born. Originally, the spa began as a one woman show (Stacey) providing mobile spa services. Soon the business became so busy that Stacey moved the business to a room within the Loft Hair Salon. Whistler Day Spa quickly out grew this space and relocated to our new home at the Pan Pacific Village Centre. Stacey has extended her team to include 6 extra Estheticians, 2 massage practitioners and a front desk manager. In 2012 Stacey was voted Best Esthetician in the Pique Newspaper’s ‘Best of Whistler’ Campaign. She has became known as one of the top waxing therapists in Whistler and maintains a large following of loyal clients.

Chelsea Menchetti

Esthetician / Beauty Therapist / Massage

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario Chelsea admires the abundance of activities and natural beauty of the West. A born professional who has been involved in the beauty industry since she was 14 years old. It was then that she discovered her love for the ever-changing trade.  Chelsea began her West Coast journey in Pender Island, working at a resort spa. However her amiable and social personality brought her to Whistler. Outside of work you’ll find her hiking, kayaking, camping or cooking delicious food.  Chelsea is Dermalogica trained and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team with her many years of experience. She also is offering Brazilian Sugaring, which is an all natural form of hair removal that is known for being less painful than waxing and helps reduce ingrown hairs. As you get to know her you’ll find that she is very mindful and focuses on providing the best care for her clients, and truly enjoys building relationships and getting to know you.

Jennifer Jackson

Body Worker

Back home in Ontario, Jen decided she wanted to become a massage therapist shortly after finishing her Bachelor of Kinesiology at university which she had started for her love and interest in anatomy and physiology. She has a blend of knowledge between Eastern shiatsu and Western human science. As a long time Whistler local you will find Jen outdoors in the sunshine landscaping or kayaking in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. After moving from London, Ontario to Whistler in 1994, it did not take long for Jen to feel like Whistler was her true home town. In the future Jen wants to focus on living in the now.

Natalie Miller

Body Worker

Natalie was born and raised in Hertford, England, and has been skiing from a tiny 18 months old. Ski instructing brought her to Whistler in 2008 and she has been calling Canada home ever since. Natalie’s passion for massage therapy began while working in guest services at another Whistler spa; she saw the joy and relief these massage treatments brought to the clients, and she knew she wanted to be the one helping them. Natalie decided to follow in her family’s footsteps, and in 2016 she graduated from Ocean Stone Therapy in Vancouver, and took the plunge into her massage therapy career. In early 2017 Natalie began working at the Whistler Day Spa, providing Swedish relaxation massage, and finally came full circle in her goal to care for and help clients.

Susana Pena

Body Worker

Originally from the colourful capital of Chile, Santiago. Susana was drawn to Whistler by the breath-taking mountains, lakes, and unique wildlife BC has to offer. When Susana was travelling in Guatemala, she took her level one Reiki and became passionate about healing. Making people feel their best mentally and physically is something she finds very rewarding. She knew she wanted to explore other ways to heal people; that’s when she decided to become a Body Worker.  Shortly after realizing what her true passion was, Susana began her study at Vancouver Bodywork Massage school. Susana has been working as a massage therapist at the Whistler Day Spa since January 2017 and is now a permanent resident in Whistler. In her spare time, Susana loves to ski, practice yoga and dance.

Fiona Panagis

Esthetician / Beauty Therapist / Massage

Fiona Joined us at the Whistler Day Spa in September 2017 from the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. She completed her beauty education at Ella baché college of beauty therapy, and has 6 years of experience in the industry, finding time for work between riding motorbikes, and exploring the outdoors. Under that motorbike helmet is a bubbly woman who has a life-long passion for make up, and a passion for making people feel good. She fell in love with Esthetics after her first facial and wants everyone to look and feel how she did that day. She’s looking forward to her first Whistler winter season and providing her Swedish massage and Esthetic services, she is now also available for Brazilian Sugaring!

Nathalie Gunzle

Esthetician / Beauty Therapist / Massage

From a little town called Provence in the beautiful South of France to Whistler in 2017, Nathalie has come a long way to share her 6 years of beauty therapist experience with her guests at the Whistler Day Spa. She loves the title Beauty therapist as she believes visiting a beautician IS a type of therapy, and from the age of 14 made the connection between beauty/wellness and happiness. Nathalie is trained in both Esthetics and Massage, including Ayurveda -of Indian descent, believed to remove bad energy and replace it with good as well as Lomi-Lomi massage, of Hawaiian descent, working into the muscle and involving a lot of elbow work (literally) for deeper results.

Kat Martin

Esthetician / Beauty Therapist / Massage

From her time at home in a small coastal town called Terrigal in NSW, Australia, until her big move to Canada, Kat was never more than a ten-minute walk to the nearest sandy beach. Whistler drew Katelyn in by being the total opposite. She began her career with hairdressing hoping to grow into the industry, and soon moved onto beauty in 2013 at the Endota day spa; 5 years later Kat has experience in advanced skin care and facials, relaxation massage, and body treatments. When she’s not creating wonderful experiences for her guests, you can find her reading or painting inside, out of the Whistler winter snow and trying her hand at snowboarding!

Jessica Deinum

Esthetician / Beauty Therapist

After several years in customer service Jess decided to take a dive head first into the beauty world. She was drawn from her home town of London, Ontario to Whistler by the snowy mountains.She enjoys the abundance of trails that she can hike with her dog Lola. Jess now has 5 years experience providing facials with an extensive knowledge of Dermalogica, and does all waxing services including Brazilian Sugaring.

Georgie Staite

Esthetician / Beauty Therapist / Massage

Seeing a guest post treatment with relaxed shoulders and half opened eyes, or handing them a mirror and seeing the look of delight on their face is what makes Georgie love her job as a beautician.  She has completed 13 courses at the Bristol Nail and Beauty training school. These include but are not limited to one year of intensive beauty experience in facials, massage, and Esthetic work.  A far cry off being a 2014 National champ in synchronised swimming which had been one of Georgie’s previous proudest moments! Georgie initially came to Whistler to visit her partner, but fell in love with the town itself and flew home, quit her job, and returned 10 days later to start her life here