Meet Our Staff

Philip Payne

General Manager and Licensed Massage Therapist
Philip Payne is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Maine with over ten years of experience and more than 1200 hours of training in 15 different modalities which allows him to create a unique experience for each client based on their needs. A professional member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, he has given hundreds of hours of massage to a satisfied, diverse clientele.

“I am excited to work with a talented group of Massage Therapists and Aestheticians at Tree of Life Day Spa,” Philip said. “The dedication to quality makes this a great place to be. Come in and see what makes this day spa so special.”

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Kiana Baranowski

Aesthetican and Licensed Massage Therapist
Kiana is an Aesthetician and Licensed Massage Therapist.

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Emmy Emery

Hair Stylist
Emmy grew up on MDI and is now raising her family locally. She joined the Salon Naturelles team in early 2019 after she obtained her license. Emmy creates a relaxed environment and enjoys making her clients look and feel their best by crafting a beautiful look that fits her guest’s needs and personality. She is our resident makeup artist, an avid makeup lover and is knowledgeable on many different techniques and fashions in the beauty biz.

Whether you are ready for a complete new look or want to maintain a classic style Emmy has you covered.

She offers: manicures, spa pedicures, men and women’s hair cuts, all over colors, highlights, balayaging, as well as makeup and hair styles for special occasions.

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Alyssa Kaiser

Licensed Aesthetician
Alyssa’s passion for Aesthetics started when she was a dancer as a young girl. It sparked a strong love of makeup, skincare and all things beauty. Inspired by doing her friends makeup and hair through the years, she knew this is what she was meant to do. The Maine native graduated from Aveda Institute Maine in 2017 for Aesthetics. Alyssa strives to make her clients feel confident, beautiful and comfortable in their own skin. She specializes in waxing, lash extensions, Boleyn treatment and microneedling.

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Sarah Rice

Licensed Massage Therapist
Sarah has been working as a hairdresser since 2003 and has graduated from the Acadia School of Message in April. She specializes in therapeutic and deep tissue massage. Sarah also specializes in color and keeping up with the latest trends in hair. She enjoys making people feel great from hair to toe.

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Bessima Haigh

Licensed Massage Therapist

Sima Haigh is a licensed massage therapist originally from New Hampshire. She specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Prenatal Massage, as well as the other treatments offered at our spa. After graduating from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor in 2012, she returned to the island she loves in 2015 as a resident. She graduated from Acadia School of Massage in Bar Harbor, and has worked here ever since. She is a creative person with a published book of poetry and a novel. She has a great passion for massage and the healing it provides. 

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Cassie Gardner

Licensed Massage Therapist
Cassie Gardner is a licensed massage therapist in the State of Maine, as well as a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Originally from Alabama, she moved out at a young age to explore opportunities and different states along the way. Maine, however, caught her eye, and after moving to Bangor in 2016, she decided to stay. Inspired by the people she encounters, Cassie uses the skills she has learned from her time at Acadia School of Massage to tailor her massage therapy sessions to what her client’s needs and wants are. Ranging from smooth, Swedish massage to therapeutic deep tissue, Cassie strives to provide a phenomenal massage experience to her clients.

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Ty Davis


Ty is an Aveda trained Barber who is excited to provide barber services to Bar Harbor.

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Amy Gellerson

Licensed Massage Therapist

Amy Gellerson is a licensed Massage Therapist whose aim is to bring joy and wellness to her community and is dedicated to continuing her education to further her ability to do this. She specializes in Deep tissue with a draw to sports and neuromuscular techniques. She has worked with many different clients, personalizing each session to meet their individual needs. To add to her passion for body work she also loves spending her time outdoors, wildcrafting and creating all natural body care products. Her hope is to bring all these passions together in a business aimed at educating, caring for and bringing people together.

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Amethyst Geiger

Licensed Massage Therapist
Amethyst is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and a licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Maine. She graduated from Acadia School of Massage, where she was trained in a variety of techniques, including Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Prenatal Massage, and Deep Tissue. She specializes in tailoring massage to the client’s needs – varying pressure from feather light touch to deep – and enjoys working with clients who have specific issues to target. During the intake process, Amethyst will actively listen to what it is you hope to get out of the session, then she will work with you to create a personalized plan that will address your body’s specific requirements—whether that means relieving tension and soreness in your muscles, increasing mobility and range of motion, or just providing you with an hour of deep relaxation. If it’s your first massage, or just your first massage with her, Amethyst will answer any questions you may have about the treatment and will do her best to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Her ultimate goal is to leave you relaxed, rejuvenated, and smiling.

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