"I’ve been going to Chelsea for years and have always loved what she has done for my skin. She knows exactly what my skin needs at the time of my facial and uses the best and safest (especially during my pregnancies) products. I decided to become a member and my only regret is not doing it sooner. My skin has never looked better! I have a 24/7 glow, my lines have smoothed out and although I’ve been asked what kind I’m wearing, I no longer wear ANY makeup. On top of how amazing my skin looks and feels, I also do it for my mental health. I’m a stay at home mom of a 5 and 3 year old, and as much as I love it, it can be hard and tiring, especially during a pandemic. Knowing that I have at least one hour on my calendar each month to relax, be free of all noise and responsibilities, and get pampered, truly makes the hard days easier. I HIGHLY recommend becoming a member!"
"What a lovely experience. Everyone was so friendly and kind. I felt so special and it was just what I needed. I also felt like options were clearly laid out to me and I wasn't trying to be "sold" at all but rather educated and then I was able to make my own decisions. In a time when so much feels just so awful, it was wonderful to come here and feel special again and taken care of. Thank you...you probably will never know just how much this experience made my day!"
"Amazing staff, services, and products!! I have had my lashes lifted & tinted a few times now at La Bella Derma and I cannot express how great of a job they do! I highly recommend checking them out!!"
Melissa grew up in Williston, Vermont with her parents and four siblings. In 2013, she gave birth to her premature son who spent many months in the NICU. The care that he received inspired her to consider a career in healthcare. Over the past seven years, Melissa worked as a nurse’s assistant in a variety of settings, including hospital care, while working on a degree in Nursing. More recently, Melissa decided to use her passion for caring for others in a spa setting. Now as a licensed esthetician, Melissa looks forward to helping you achieve all your skincare goals. In her free time, she loves spending time with family and friends boating, hiking, biking, camping, and just about anything outdoors.
Chelsea is a native Vermonter who currently resides in Essex with her husband, Chris and daughters, Lillian and Sophia. She is a Vermont-licensed Esthetician specializing in clinical spa services. Chelsea draws on her experience in resort settings to provide luxurious treatments with a focus on client care. Additionally Chelsea's extensive training and experience as a medical Esthetician, enables her to suggest the best treatment options for your skin type. Chelsea regularly receives education in advanced skin care treatments, as well as makeup and skincare product lines.
Chelsea has recently launched her own skin care line, Lillian Sophia- named after her two daughters.
Rebecca moved to Burlington after falling in love with Vermont while in college. Growing up in the Catskill Mountains Region of New York she was immersed in activities related to the Ski industry at a young age. After pursuing a career in cosmetology, she found that she had a knack for customer service, client education, and spa administration. When she’s not at La Bella Derma, you can find her being crafty with crochet projects, or snowboarding and making the most of her new Vermont life.
Why We're Different:
La Bella Derma has always been, and will always be a safe place for women to be REAL (and yes, we work with men too!) and to let their hair down, take off their bra and relax in good company. Our staff of strong, wholesome women are always free from judgement and sit down with each client and listen to their needs. It's our beautiful clients that make us show up each day and do our best.
At La Bella Derma, we don't discriminate against anyone who is looking for a little TLC or self-improvement. Between our wholesome staff and our warm and bright decor, you will most definitely feel at home upon entering (minus the pile of dirty dishes and unpaid bills). Our attentive staff takes the time to listen and treat you as an individual, and not just another number. Our treatments are never cookie-cutter and our product recommendations are always based on each individual's need- not just what's trending! You will never feel shamed into needing MORE. We are here to help you achieve the results YOU are searching for. So come in, be you, be REAL and let's hang.
How We Started:
After years in resort and medical spa settings, owner and licensed esthetician Chelsea Russell set out to combine the best of both worlds. Having seen firsthand the mental and physical benefits of regular skincare and body work services, her goal was to create a relaxing environment where clients could receive both clinical and spa treatments at an affordable price.
In October 2014 La Bella Derma was born. At this esthetic boutique and spa, advanced clinical services and relaxed luxury come together to create an inviting refuge from the busy-ness of everyday life.
Chelsea and her team bring knowledge, experience, and the desire to provide the best customer service possible. Prior to opening, Chelsea hand-selected each product based on specific attributes to ensure a selection of safe and effective products for all skin types. Additionally, La Bella Derma team members do not receive commission, so clients can rest assured that product and treatment suggestions are based solely on individual needs.
Whether you pop-in for a boutique treatment or combine multiple services to extend your experience, time at La Bella Derma is always well spent.
Taylor is a fourth-generation Vermonter growing up in Richmond. At heart, she is a makeup artist with experience working in local theatre, so she knows that great makeup cannot happen without great skin. Her desire to bridge that gap led her to study esthetics; her love of the industry only grew from there. Taylor's favorite part of her job is seeing the look on clients' faces when they love the way they look--her goal is to make clients feel beautiful inside and out every time they come in. In her free time, Taylor can be found practicing new makeup techniques (learning never stops!), playing video games with her friends, or cuddled up with a good book and her cat, Bentley.
Kathryn (she/her) grew up in New Jersey with her parents, two siblings, and a labradoodle named Belle. Her love for skincare started back in middle school when acne was at it's peak for all her friends, and she wanted to do everything she could to prevent it happening to her. She is excited to work at La Bella Derma to continue learning more about skincare. Kathryn is currently a senior at the University of Vermont where she studies public communications with a media and journalism concentration. She will be graduating in December 2022. In her free time, she loves to hangout with friends, go to the beach, do Pilates, and watch New Girl!