Emidio's love for the salon industry began in his grandfather's barbershop in Annapolis. He grew up watching his grandfather create a unique blend of precision haircuts and genuine camaraderie with his guests. Inspired by those experiences, Emidio decided to pursue a career as a stylist as early as middle school. A Master Barber Stylist since 1994, he worked locally as a stylist before opening Emidio Vincenzo ESCAPE with his wife, Kristen, in 2003. He dedicated a decade to educating stylists as a National Stage Artist, traveling around the United States to perform at industry trade shows as well as educating stylist teams in their salons. Emidio Vincenzo ESCAPE is a "teaching" salon, and Emidio continues to educate up and coming stylists as a coach and mentor to new talent in the industry. Emidio's passion can be felt both behind his chair and leading the salon team, where he inspires the pursuit of excellence. He is a devoted father, spending time away from the salon engaged in family activities and seeking a creative outlet in the kitchen where he enjoys cooking for family and friends.
Reflecting over 20 years in the industry, Kristen's passion and experience are diverse and continually evolving. First a licensed makeup artist, her education with Chanel, Lancome and Christian Dior gave her the opportunity to work with renowned industry leaders. The expertise she gained allowed for a smooth transition into her next role as a corporate cosmetic/salon buyer. A desire to connect on a more intimate level with people and a passion for skin led her to Esthetics. A Von Lee graduate with over 15 years in the field, she has learned a great deal about maximizing a guest's experience and results. Kristen believes "skin and nails are a true barometer for a person's state of being; health, stress, nutrition, and even emotions can all affect the skin," so she has adopted a holistic approach to meeting her guest's skincare needs. That open-minded philosophy coupled with an innate sensitivity was instrumental in her later becoming a Reiki Master and Certified Angel Card Reader. Kristen's unique approach allows her to create a personal and memorable experience for each guest. A dedicated mom to her daughter, Kristen spends her time away from ESCAPE connecting with family and friends.
A veteran of the ESCAPE team since 2003, Monica has played an essential role in supporting the company's culture for the past fifteen years. A stylist for over 25 years, her passion for fashion, hair and makeup was obvious even as a young child. Playing dress-up, styling friends' hair and wearing any makeup she could were all precursors to developing a professional stylist who loves and embraces all aspects of this industry. Monica thrives on the personal connection she makes with each guest. She knows that even a subtle change can make a significant impact on a guest's self-perception and self-confidence. Making guests feel beautiful is her first priority, and she is honored to be part of an industry that touches so many lives. A self-proclaimed fitness fanatic, she devotes much of her free time to the gym. The rest is spent enjoying quality time with her family.
Amanda discovered a passion for the salon industry as a student at the Center for Applied Technology, South. As a newly licensed Cosmetologist, she was ready to build her skill-set and pursue opportunities to learn. She joined the ESCAPE team in 2018, excited about its team-focused culture and commitment to teaching new talent. With Emidio as her mentor, Amanda’s passion and enthusiasm for the industry has grown. She continues to hone her skills as a hairstylist, driven by her love of learning and the positive impact she has on her guests. From her guests’ regular maintenance appointments to bold and dramatic transformations, she delights in her ability to do what she loves everyday. Outside of the salon, with a coffee in hand, she loves watching movies and all things music!
Senior Cosmetologist, Specializing in Hair Extensions, Color & Cutting
Amber has always had a passion for hair, makeup and fashion. She knew as a child that she wanted to be involved in the industry, so when she entered high school, she immediately enrolled in their VoTech program for Cosmetology. Her first job as a shampoo assistant let her see first hand what this industry had to offer, and she began actively pursuing a position in a salon while still attending school. After graduation, and now a licensed Cosmetologist, Amber decided to attend the Chesapeake School of Esthetics to round out her education. In 2015, three years into her career, Amber joined the ESCAPE team as part of the Associate Program and has evolved into a talented stylist. She enjoys being able to customize each guest's color, cut and style in a way that meets their needs while also maintaining the integrity of their hair.
Dewald, our resident "Mr. Wonderful," has been in the industry for nearly 8 years, though he'd say it's felt like a lifetime. With a passion for fitness and a pro tennis playing mom, he's always had a keen interest in anatomy and kinesthesiology. Originally certified to teach group exercise, Dewald believes exercise can be a catalyst for positive energy. Studying massage therapy was a natural progression that allowed him to tend to the body in a different way. Using multi-dimensional technigues, Dewald carefully crafts each guest experience, creating custom and personalized massages. He approaches each session with an eager and enthusiastic attitude and loves bodywork challenges. When he is not with guests, that adventurous spirit takes him to other parts of the world, meeting new people and learning about other cultures. He is also an avid snowboarder and tennis player.
Maryland Registered Massage Practitioner #R01422
Maria's career as a nail specialist began at Emidio Vincenzo ESCAPE in 2005. In search of a vocation that honored her nurturing spirit, she discovered that nail work allowed her to lavish attention on guests while meeting a real need for healthy, well-groomed hands and feet. Her passion for pedicures is reflected in customized treatments and attentive leg and foot massage. In addition to caring for guests, Maria has successfully apprenticed two nail specialists for the ESCAPE team. She is always interested in learning new techniques that improve each guest's experience. Outside of the salon, while Maria enjoys traveling, she's more of a"homebody" and likes to focus her energy on quality time with family and friends.
Esthetician, Brow & Body Waxing Specialist
Sarah always knew that she was destined for a career that revolved around making a positive impact on people's lives. After exploring other career possibilities, she decided that esthetics aligned perfectly with her detail-oriented nature and passion to make a difference. Sarah started her journey at Von Lee International School of Aesthetics. Immediately following graduation, she obtained her license for the state of Maryland and has never looked back. With eagerness to keep up in an ever-changing field, she is constantly researching, reading, and attending industry-based classes and conventions. If you ask her, she will say she has an “eye for brows” with eyebrow shaping being one of her specialties. From facials to body waxing, Sarah aims to create a personalized and special experience for each guest. Outside of the spa, she enjoys painting and spending time outdoors with her dog.
Kate joined the ESCAPE team in 2009 as a front desk receptionist. Her dedication to creating the perfect guest experience rapidly propelled her into her role as Salon Manager. Detail-oriented and committed to excellence, she approaches each guest interaction as an opportunity to provide high quality and memorable service. As a Reiki practitioner and Angel Card Reader, Kate strives to connect with each guest, helping them feel peaceful, balanced and empowered. Passionate and enthusiastic, with a commitment to personal and professional growth, Kate loves being an ESCAPEE and looks forward to her career's evolution with this remarkable team.