Maria Gabriele Allen
Hair Stylist & Owner
The energy & excitement of the Salon starts with the owner Maria (Gabriele) Allen. Maria, whose smile seemingly never fades, sets the bright tone of the entire salon; as everyone else seems to be smiling along with her. Maria, a Goldwell Certified Colorist & progressive stylist, has traveled in many of the Trend Zoom Expeditions to keep up with the latest styles, techniques & color. Maria’s innovative spirit brings her entire staff together as one team. She provides quality and has a deep passion in her work and her salon.
Mirella Batte has been a licensed cosmetologist for 19 years. She is certified in Socap Hair Extensions, Keratin, and Chi Straightening Systems. She specializes in Hair Styling, Cutting, and Hair Coloring. Using Goldwell Color Lines, her passion is enhancing color to create beautiful and lustrous looking hair.
With her artistic vision, she excels in trend setting and classical romantic up-styles. She continues to develop her skills by incorporating the techniques of Goldwell Color Lines, and John Paul Mitchell Hair Systems.
Go-getter, innovator, friendly and upbeat spirit are just a few words to describe Rose. Rose is a previous salon owner and has been in the salon industry for 25 years. She takes the initiative to keep up with the newest styles. Her advanced cutting techniques are her trademark along with being an experienced colorist and foil expert. She also offers many techniques and services to help you achieve and maintain smooth hair whether it’s advice, product, a style blowout or a straightening treatment.
Kathy has enjoyed a career in the beauty field for 29 years. She is certified in Goldwell Hair color and has continued her education by taking cutting/color classes. Kathy enjoys all aspects of styling, including coloring, highlighting and perms and styles hair for numerous clients from boys and girls to men and women.
Kristin understands that listening to your wants and needs is essential for creating your custom look. Choosing a haircut that flatters your face shape and matches your personality is one of the many ways her attention to detail shows. With a firm knowledge in color theory, she is able to bring her cuts to the next level using basic to advanced color techniques. Her specialties are both scissor and razor cutting, color and formal event up dos. She is proud to be a preferred stylist for Peggy Knight (Original founder of Locks of Love) and a volunteer for Look Good, Feel Better – a program for women with cancer.
Lori has enjoyed a career in the Beauty Industry for more than 30 years, which makes her a valuable part of the Bella Vita Staff. She has seen and created styles of the past three decades and loved every minute of it. Lori can create the right style, long or short, curly or straight, to suit your lifestyle. Always keeping current, her specialties include cutting, coloring, foil highlighting, perms, and spray tanning.
Izabel, born in Brazil, has been living in the area for 40 years. She has always dreamed of being a hairdresser. Now that her sons are all grown up, she has taken the opportunity to pursue her dreams after many years of caring for others. She has received her education at the Breo School in Niantic, CT. Izabel is always eager to learn & tries to remain updated in the constantly evolving trends of hair design by participating in various classes. Her passion for life, people, and hair is what makes her a promising asset to the industry. Izabel is also fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
Kim has 22 years of experience in the hair industry. She is always taking classes, such as Goldwell Color Certification, cutting, and perm wave classes, in order to further her education and stay up to date with the latest trends. Kim loves getting to know her clients on a personal level in order to anticipate their wants and needs. She values the closeness of the team at Bella Vita, and is a crucial component to the salon.
Justine is a young, driven nail technician who is eager to make sure that her clients leave with the best possible experience. She loves working with the latest nail trends and nail art. Her bubbly personality and passion for the nail care industry speaks for itself.
Outgoing and personable, Morgan always leaves her clients satisfied. After graduating from Paul Mitchell in 2009, Morgan has been a dedicated member of our team. A young and fresh addition to the salon, Morgan always incorporates the most up-to-date trends including the latest no-smudge, no chip polish shellac. With her stylist nature, Morgan portrays the importance of patience while meeting all of her clients needs. Her experience in customer service is exceptional and her passion for this industry is noticed in her work and work ethic.
Jamie is a licensed esthetician working in the cosmetology field continuously for over 28 years. She is experienced in all phases of esthetics tip to toe and specializes in facials waxing and makeup. Jamie enjoys making a personal connection with her clients meeting their needs and giving the best possible service.
Kim Rees specializes in many different aspects of skincare. As a certified esthetician, Kim is constantly attending training seminars to keep up with the latest trends on makeup and waxing. As an undergraduate at the International Dermal Institute, Kim has a dying passion for her profession.
Niki Barton is a licensed board certified massage therapist with eighteen years of experience. She has worked in both medical and spa settings. She incorporates her energetic practices of Reiki and QiGong into her sessions. She is also certified in craniosacral therapy. Niki is passionate about helping others.
Receptionist & Manager
Her smile says it all – warm & welcoming, Lori is always ready to greet and assist you. Lori has great customer service skills as she has worked with the hospitality industry in a management position for the last 19 years. Her experience dealing with the public has made her very personable & easy to get along with. She is one who is very well organized, hard working, a multitasking & one who is not afraid to work under pressure when necessary.