We are so proud of our team. Each unique person brings their own talent and knowledge in order to create an amazing experience for our loyal clientele. We are thankful for each and every one of them.
Marika Pelyvas - President & Head Esthetician
After moving to Canada with her family, Marika started her professional Esthetician practice in Toronto. She repeatedly visited her native Hungary and other European countries (Austria, France, Germany), to continue mastering her skills and she incorporated the traditional European techniques with new technologies to her practice.
In 1990 Marika moved her practice to Markham Ontario, which led to the opening of Ashgrove Spa in 1995. Ashgrove Spa was quickly a success and had a rapidly growing clientele. Known for her passion towards wellness, self-care and beauty, Marika has mentored many young estheticians over the last 25 years.
Today, Ashgrove Spa is a sanctum of carefree, luxuriant care for people who seek the well-being offered by skilled spa and therapeutic practitioners.
Kristina Pennino - Spa Coordinator
Kristina was working with us in the past and just after her two gorgeous sons entered the school age, we were very happy to welcome her back to our front team again. Because she is holding an esthetician diploma it makes our customer service team even more unique and knowledgeable.
At this stage of her life, Kiristina focuses on her family and having fun with her boys and husband.
Kasia Maracewicz - Professional Esthetician, Electrologist, Laser Technician
Born and raised in Poland, graduated from Teacher’s College in 1984. Kasia moved to Toronto and became an Esthetician from Skin Care Academy in Richmond Hill in 1999 with a diploma in esthetics and electrology. She has been with the Ashgrove team since. She has a wide variety of teaching experience with the Skin Care Academy, but her love for her clients stands the test of time. Kasia’s passion and drive has nurtured many Ashgrove clients throughout the last 14 years. Kasia also performs laser treatments for hair removal and skin rejuvenation.
Being a mother of two boys and a family dog keeps Kasia very busy, but she makes time for travel, reading, music and good food.
Fatima Ali - Professional Esthetician
Fatima graduated from the Esthetic program at Seneca College in 1998 after becoming interested in the cosmetic industry. She joined Ashgrove Spa in 2011. Fatima has such a kind and gentle spirit; you will connect with her immediately. She loves helping people enhance their natural beauty. You’ll adore your skin after a facial or body treatment with Fatima
Born in Pakistan, Fatima is fluent in English, Urdu and Hindi. Her hobbies include reading, travelling, yoga and baking (she brings us the most delicious treats). Her passion of course is making people look and feel their very best.
Claudia Ciceu - Professional Esthetician - Laser Technician
Claudia was born in Romania and moved to Canada with her family in 2001. Always having an interest in youthful vitality drew her to become an esthetician. She studied esthetics at the Toronto School of Esthetics up town . Claudia joined our team in 2010. She is very passionate about helping people with their esthetic concerns. She’s a master of all; facials –body treatments, threading, waxing, pedicure, nails …
In her free time she enjoys being with her family and is most likely to be found outdoors camping. Her other hobbies include baking (between her and Fatima we have a hard time keeping trim!), cooking, spending time with her two children, doing Zumba, running and traveling.
Selena - Professional Esthetician, Electrologist, Laser Technician
Selena was born in the beautiful country of Iran and speaks Farsi and English. Selena’s philosophy is that loving the way you look plays an integral role in one’s confidence and positive attitude.
She started her pursuit of esthetics by taking a course in Yorkville at Marvell Beauty School and first worked in a spa downtown. She joined Ashgrove Spa’s team in 2003 where she’s been ever since. Selena enjoys every minute of working with our Ashgrove clients. “Being in a tranquil environment like Ashgrove with my lovely colleagues makes serving our loyal guests enjoyable and rewarding.”
Selena has a beautiful daughter and son, loves fitness, dancing and cooking, entertaining.
Nit- Metta Wong - Professional Esthetician, Nail Technician
Nit is a graduate of the Protégé School of Esthetics and recently completed an Ayurvedic Head Massage Certification. Born in Thailand, she is fluent in English and Thai.
In her free time Nit enjoys cooking and entertaining her friends and family.
Preya Balgobin - Hair Stylist
Preya is a Licensed Hairstylist with 15 years of experience of providing a full range of hair care services.
– I enjoy a good challenge whether it’s an extraordinary hair makeover or a color correction. My specialties are Unique cuts, balayage, highlights and creative colors from metallic pink to platinum blond and finishing with one of a kind styles. I attend regular training classes to keep up with the latest trends and styles to expand my knowledge for my clientele. I love to step outside the box with my unlimited creativity and passion for the hair industry.
Looking froward to meeting you at The Ashgrovespa Hair Studio
Clara Wong - Registered Massage Therapist
Clara started her career as a professional esthetician first and decided to continue her education; graduated as massage therapist in 2012 from Wellspring College in Markham. Clara provides Swedish, relaxation, deep tissue as well as pre and post natal and infant, hot stone, aromatherapy, trigger point and myofascial release, sports injuries, hot/cold therapy. Clara’s massage incorporates healing for both body and mind.
Brenda He - Registered Massage Therapist
Brenda is a Registered Massage Therapist, and graduated in 2009 from Medix School Toronto. First she established her practice in Toronto and moved to Markham in 2014 to join our team. Her professionalism is a great addition to our wonderful team of RMT’s.