meet the team
We have a friendly team of seven here at Utopia - five highly qualified and experienced therapists and one warm and welcoming receptionist as well as our Saturday assistant - all on hand to put you at ease the minute you walk through our door.
All five of our therapists are accredited with MASCED - Melanoma And Skin Cancer Early Detection - as well as holding advanced qualifications in Oncology massage, so you can be sure you are in the safest hands when visiting Utopia.
The owner and Director of Utopia, Nikki concentrates predominantly on running the business and managing the team, working in the salon on Saturdays and Mondays.
Nikki has over 16 years experience in the industry and is NVQ Beauty Therapy Level 2 and NVQ Beauty Therapy Level 3 trained. She also has many additional accredited qualifications in the industry.
Nikki was Student of the Year for NVQ Level 3 in 2005 and represented the college in a Sterex Epilation competition held in Luton. She has also won two personal awards for her Entrepreneurship since opening the salon.
Michelle has worked at Utopia for over seven years and is trained in most of the treatments we offer.
Qualifying in NVQ Level 2 followed by Level 3 back in 2008 from Abingdon and Witney College, Michelle is our Salon Manager and Head Therapist, and has a large following of clients requesting her time and time again.
Working in two different spas before joining Utopia, Michelle's experience exudes in her confidence and stunning treatments, and her bubbly and friendly personality keeps clients returning year after year.
Sammy joined Utopia in June 2015 after qualifying in her NVQ Level 3 at Abingdon and Witney college and is now one of our Senior Therapists.
Having worked in another salon for the past year before joining us, Sammy was looking for something more local and we couldn't wait to snap her up.
Sammy was awarded Student of the Year for NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy in 2014 as well as Student of the Year for NVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy in 2015, and also took part in World Skills Beauty Therapy 2015.
Her quiet yet bubbly nature sees her fit in just perfectly with the rest of the team, and makes for a stunning therapist.
Vanessa is another of our Senior Therapists, with CIBTAC and CIDESCO qualifications equivalent to NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 Beauty Therapy, which she gained from The Oxford International College of Beauty.
With a spa background and three years of experience, Vanessa has a vast range of treatment skills and knowledge and a very professional image.
Her preference for Spa Rituals shows her caring and calm nature, as well as her professionalism shining through with her perfectionist ways.
With qualifications including NVQ Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 Beauty Therapy, Pooja trained at Swindon College and has learned skills in advanced Beauty Therapy during her Level 4 training.
Her friendly and welcoming manner, combined with her knowledge and professional skills makes for a wonderful therapist and her personality fits our philosophy just perfectly.
Pooja is very passionate about the industry and is looking forward to furthering her career with new techniques and training.
Pam is our much-loved receptionist and has worked with us from day one of opening.
The mother of Utopia's owner Nikki, Pam was initially a little nervous about working in an unfamiliar environment, but soon picked things up and is a popular member of our team.
Very friendly and down to earth, Pam makes everyone feel at home and puts them at ease, both when visiting the salon and calling on the telephone. Generally running reception on her own, Pam also helps to answer emails and sends products through the post when ordered.
Maddie is our Saturday assistant, working afternoons in the salon to help us keep it clean and tidy.
She may not be working on clients, but we couldn’t be without her!