Owner of Invidia/Co-Owner of Invidia Body
* Melissa was always a very creative person, ever since she was a child. She performed "hairstyles" (which included many, many multi-colored, plastic barrettes strategically placed) in her big sister and her Dad's hair (photos not included ;-) when she was about 4 years old. As she grew older, she dreamed of owning her own salon & spa. She was blessed with a natural talent that goes beyond normal expectations. When she looks at a client, she sees the whole person, not just a color, cut or style. She sees the beauty of each person that lies deep in the soul.
* Her mission here at Invidia Salon & Spa has been to provide a relaxing & inviting environment for all clients. Her goal has always been to combine health and beauty. Her vision led her to create the Invidia Body line of natural, healthy products designed with her clients' overall health in mind. It also inspires her to continuously create new avenues to do so such as the "Healing Aromatics" line which incorporates the healing benefits of essential oil blends through aroma. Air-purifying beeswax candles scented with pure essential oil blends to help alleviate painful/uncomfortable symptoms such as allergies, brain fog, depression, migraines, stress/anxiety, and sleep deprivation. Invidia also offers an all-natural alternative to the chemical-laden pain relief (muscle, arthritis, etc.) industry by formulating In-Tense Times & Scentual Healing pain balms featuring arnica oil and a specific combination of essential oils and butters.
* She was a certified color educator for years. Education was extremely important to her. She considers herself to have been privileged enough to work with and be trained by some of the best artists in this industry. She worked hair shows & taught many salon education classes throughout the country. She believes in the importance of staying up-to-date on all the most current and upcoming style trends. Melissa is passionate about teaching her employees the creative color & customized hair cutting techniques that she was trained in. She uses a wide variety of different blades & tools to get your hair to do what you want it to, and believes in "coloring her cuts". Every face shape, eye color, head shape, skin tone, wave pattern, and hair texture are different. She thoroughly enjoys watching her team and others bring their dreams and ideas to life!
* A few statements describing Melissa and her dreams by her team and those closest to her are that she is a true visionary and has a genuine passion for helping others. She understands the concept of treating a person from the inside out. Her empathetic ability to see beyond the physical makes real lasting changes in her clients. Her concept of transforming Invidia into a holistic healing center comes at a time when so much inner healing needs to happen in the world. Her genuine desire and passion to help others heal and transform is a true blessing, and her team looks forward to working along side this lady who is beautiful from the inside out. They feel honored to see the GLOW of life shine from the eyes of the individuals who seek healing and to see it shine forth, to stand in power, love, balance and truth of who they are. She is very creative and can envision most anything and make it happen; she strives to help others and cares for their overall health by what she gives to her clients through the business services and products Invidia Salon & Spa offers. This sets Invidia apart from being just another salon and spa.
"Making the dream of a healthy, natural/vegan salon and spa come true wouldn't be possible without the love & support from my family & the beautiful people I work with". -Melissa LaRocca
Co-Owner Invidia Body/ Licensed Nail Technician
She's not just a pretty face :-) Starting out as a legal secretary for years in her career, she transformed into a Nail Technician and Co-Owner of Invidia Body. When she's not making clients feel beautiful, she's researching & creating the all-natural products that Invidia prides itself on! Having suffered from many medical issues herself, common allergies - along with allergies to prescriptions, and asthma, she now is reaping the benefits of her own research! Our bodies were made to heal themselves and everything on this Earth was put here for a reason. She and her daughter are committed to combining health and beauty to transform lives. She's a true sweetheart and cares deeply about everyone she comes in contact with. Her purpose each day is to help make each person feel better about themselves by trying to help resolve any nail/health problems they may be experiencing. Even beyond that ... the unconditional support that she offers each and every one of us here at Invidia is priceless.
"I want each client to leave with a smile on their face (even if they didn’t come in with one). This is the main reason I love what I do. If I can make at least one person’s day even a little bit brighter, I would call that a perfect day!" -Annette LaRocca
Reiki Master, Chakra Balancing, Raindrop Therapy
After suffering from a CNS episode pertaining to multiple sclerosis, excruciating pain, fibromyalgia, Sjorgen' syndrome, memory declination, depression, & allergic reactions to prescribed medications... Karen transformed her life by learning about the healing benefits of herbs, clean eating lifestyle, & diving into the root/source of all that is. Energy. Through her process, she has been able to live a healthy vibrant life pharmaceutical & virtually pain free! Through her disease, Karen developed a passion to give back & help those she comes in contact with live a healthy, vibrant, balanced, pain-free lifestyle too!
Specializing in balayage, creative color
Cassie has always had a passion for the salon industry since she was a little girl. Having known her for many years, her integrity & character has always been radiant. Cassie enjoys expressing her creative side on each client as her canvas & takes great pride in her work. The gorgeous carefree hair that you see in magazines & on the hottest celebs is her specialty. Through the years Cassie has worked to master such creative color techniques by customizing colors & patterns to enhance each client's natural beauty. As every person is unique & individual, so is her work! There's nothing better than a natural beauty, bringing out your natural beauty with natural products!
(aka: Eddie, Aunt Weezer)
Front Desk/Office Assistant
OMG you can't help but to love her! Funny, kind-hearted, & selfless by nature, this woman can't help but to make you smile. After working many years in the insurance field, she decided to make a career change that bettered her life & little did she know, bettered the lives of many others as well. From working part time at the front desk, to working part time in the office... Eddie dedicates her time at Invidia to help the business run smoothly & make each person who calls or enters the building feel welcomed.
Licensed Massage Therapist/Reflexologist
Specializes in Healing Aromatic Massge
Paige Graduated from Orion Institute of Perrysburg.
With her License as a Massage Therapist /Reflexologist.
Many events have shaped her journey that led her on the path to want to help and heal others. After suffering the tragic loss of her brother and her Grandfather who was a Navy Veteran, Paige went into the Natural Healing Trades.
Many of our Military suffer with PTSD along with families that have lost loved ones. Massage is a very complimentary way to assist in PTSD healing by Enhancing Relaxation and Stress Relief.
Paige feels a strong connection to Our Veterans and it’s her desire to help people live a better life through holistic healing that will improve their overall health and well-being
Claudia has always had a creative side to her ever since she was young. Being driven & detailed, she acknowledges the little things & makes sure everything is accurate/ well accounted for.
As she is determined, passionate, & focused; she graduated beauty school early & with top honors.
Claudia has been furthering her education by shadowing & hands on advanced training with Melissa for several months now & also crossing into the nail side & spa side.
Her goal is to advance within the industry, keep learning new skills & make accomplishments not only for herself & her clients, but also for the company.
Since Jr High, Julia has shadowed her older sister who has been in the hair industry for many years. Her sister has taught her several tips & tricks since she was at a young age which inspired her to pursue her own journey in this industry. She has always had an easy & outgoing personality which enables her to connect with people very quickly.
Julia is very passionate about the beauty industry, the outcome of her work, & wants to learn all she can about her career. A few of her favorites thus far, is the trending balayage color techniques & formal styles that allow her to express her creativity in her own way. Since arriving at Invidia, she has been very eager to absorb as much education as she can from shadowing Melissa & other stylists, to watching Annette with manicures, pedicures & shellac, to crossing over to the spa side to learn our All Natural Facial services.