With over 20 years of experience, Carmen founded The Grand in 2007. She literally grew up in the industry !
Carmen has now had the honor to train with top stylist representing the most luxury hair care brand Kerastase and Shu Uemura. She now enjoys giving back her knowledge as a An artist on both the Kerastase Tech team as well the Shu Uemura Artistic team. She also regularly continues to work under lead stylist Odile Gilbert for Kerastase Paris in NYC Spring and Fall Fashion Week
She met her American husband in Vienna, Austria where he was a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Embassy. After Vienna, they traveled together and spent three years in La Paz, Bolivia, where they adopted a little Bolivian boy who is now 17 years old and where their daughter was born. They moved to Tampa in 2003.
Rita-Claudia became a licensed Aesthetician in Tampa in 2005 and she began working in 2006 at Posh (sister Salon Spa to The Grand) in South Tampa. She “moved” to The Grand Beauty Spa when it opened in 2007 and is now the Grand Beauty Spa Aesthetic Director.
Our Grand Beauty Spa Staff Directors and Leaders
The mission of our Grand Beauty Spa staff is to provide the finest in luxurious Tampa Day Spa and Hair Salon services. We hire only the very best Cosmetic Medical, Spa Therapists and Salon Professionals and then provide training, traveling the country or bringing in celebrity stylists and specialists to ensure that our clientele receive the very finest luxury Day Spa experience.
Meet some of our staff here!
In 2003, Kimberly graduated from the Humanities Center for Massage; licensed in Florida and nationally since 2003. She has loved being part of The Grand family since 2008. She has always worked in, and enjoyed the busy spa atmosphere.
Tanya Marie’s mission as a stylist is to heighten beauty from the inside out by giving each client the hair design they need and formula to continue a daily regimen that will provide endurance to each clients’ new found transformation.
Whether it’s a classic cut/color or a funky avant-garde style, Tanya Marie looks forward to providing you with a modern, customized hair design that fits your individual style.
Grand Beauty Spa Staff
My first massage job was at Hyatt Regency Tampa and then transferred to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando where I was the senior massage therapist for a number of years.
I have worked at Spa Hyde Park, Avila and The Harbour Island Athletic Club before joining The Grand Beauty Spa in August of 2009.
I have studied Hand and Foot Reflexology with The Immortal Dwight Byers at the International Institute of Reflexology, and Neuro-Muscular Therapy with Judith Delaney.
From 2008 to 2010, I was a massage therapy instructor at Everest University specializing in the practical application of massage techniques.
Additional areas of study include Hot Stone Massage, Massage Cuping and Medi-Cupping, Electro Trigger Point Therapy, MyoFacial Release, Chair Massage, and Neuro Kinetic Therapy.
I describe my style of massage as “Deep Tissue Relaxation Therapy.”
My goal is for you to receive not only the absolute best massage that you have ever had, but a memorable life experience as well.
Bruce F Harburg, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
Keri’s approach is heavily influenced by Thai Massage while mixed with Swedish, Deep Tissue and stretching techniques.
With classes taking place inside a temple and hearing monks chanting their morning prayers, she was hooked! Upon her return to Louisiana, she graduated with a Certificate in Massage Therapy from Delgado Community College.
Eager to learn more of the technique she loves, Keri returned to Thailand several times. While in Northern Thailand she studied under the renowned Massage Master Pichest Boonthumme.
Keri also attended the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai where she completed the Intensive Professional Thai Massage 150 hour curriculum.
Keri is trained in Traditional Thai floor and Thai table massage as well as Thai foot reflexology. As the past owner of Now & Zen, LLC, located in New Orleans she was able to apply all knowledge acquired to her clients with outstanding results.
This past January, she returned to Chiang Mai, Thailand to attend The Body and Mind Healing School earning certification in Reiki levels 1 & 2. She also attended classes at the Heart of Herbs-Herbal School.
Keri is a member of (THAI) Thai Healing Alliance International. She plans to return to Thailand to complete the (GCT) Government-Certified Thai Teacher training program to further her dream of providing the benefits of Thai massage to as many as she can.
She believes deeply in the power of touch as a key element in both our physical and mental health. As a new full-time resident of Tampa, Keri is excited to meet and work with you to fulfill your massage needs.
Eager to share the knowledge she obtained, she quickly followed her mother’s footsteps as an Educator. The ability to teach and inspire others became her career’s top priority. She began her career with Kèrastase as an ambassador in Spring of 2016. Kirsten is now an Artist for Kèrastase on the K Tech Team. She is focused on the art of styling and producing luxurious, healthy hair! The opportunity to teach in salon classes all over the country brings her two passions together, hair and travel.
Kèrastase continues to fuel her inspiration behind the chair. Through Kèrastase she has had the privilege of working backstage at New York International Bridal Fashion Week, styling for Kèrastase alongside designers such as Marchesa, Carolina Herrera, and Monique Lhuillier.
At The Grand stylists are always learning and evolving. Kirsten is a Master Stylist at The Grand. She has been trained by several artists; Robert Cromeans, Martin Parsons, Daniel Mason Jones, and Jo Blackwell to name a few. Being in a L’Oréal salon Kirsten will forever be influenced by peer artists, Kèrastase, Shu Uemura and L’Oréal Professionnel teams. She finds inspiration everywhere she goes from traveling to Day to day life and promises you a unique experience!
In 2012 she began her journey at Summit Salon Academy to do what she loves. Her greatest joy is to make clients feel pretty.
Her career began in 2013 at The Grand Beauty Spa where she found a great team to work with. She really loves learning new techniques for haircuts and color so she can help every client with their needs.
As a bilingual stylist she will make sure every guest gets an individual experience!
While living in Ohio Suzanne attended many beauty shows across the country. Inspired by the education she later began to teach her nail artistry at several salons across the Midwest. Aside from teaching she also opened her own Nail Studio in Cleveland. She has been featured on daytime television several times showing the latest in nail trends and fashion.
While in Florida Suzanne has had the opportunity to work on several celebrities and television personalities. Working backstage at The Amalie Arena painting Janet Jackson’s crew before her big show was by far the most exciting moment. Let her give you the Janet Jackson experience on your next spa day!
“My passion is to deliver your hair to its greatest potential through a luxury experience with exquisite products.”
He’s worked with many celebrities, famous artists and industry insiders to produce iconic and enduring styles, with looks that range from classic to transformative.
Raised on a beach tucked inside Boston Harbor, his looks emulate the sun-kissed hair of childhood, at any age- with a high impact, low maintenance approach that grows out gracefully.
You can find more of his looks on Instagram at @balayage_by_russ
With several decades of experience, garnering prestigious photoshoots as well as runway and fashion shows along the way, he’s worked with countless discerning clients and socialites throughout Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
He has a unique eye for shape and fit of the proper cut and color for your skin color, facial features and contours- offering you an in-depth consultation to refine or completely transform your current look.
A balayage expert as well- he can even provide you with that exciting sunlit finish that you’re looking for! You can find more of his looks on Instagram at @_hairbyphilipjoseph_
Russ and Phillip are the perfect addition to our salon. Please join us in welcoming them to The Grand.
She has worked for The Grand owner, Carmen for over 18 years. Joanna specializes in Cutting, Coloring, Blow Dries and Keratin.
Joanna has taken the Redken master design specialist program. Joanna is alumni of USF with a Wellness degree.