704-987-3888



9620 Holly Point Drive
Suite 100
Huntersville, NC 28078

Monday: 9am-6pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 9am-8pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am-6pm
Sunday: Closed
Meet Our Staff

Creativity. Unmatched talent. And an open dialogue.

That’s what makes Valeria a unique place to enhance your beauty and embrace the idea of wellness. We are not just the best hair salon in the Charlotte region, we are a destination of change. Whether you choose to experience any spa amenity, opt for our Med Spa services, or just simply get your nails done, Valeria does it all in a way you’ve never experienced. And that’s with a complete focus on listening to you, and then recommending what we feel best compliments you.

OUR STAFF

We have the best talent Charlotte has to offer. From hair stylists to make-up artists to spa professionals, Valeria Salon can elevate the way you look and feel.

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Geri Palillo
Owner/Artistic Director

Geri’s inspiration for fashion dates back to her childhood when her parents owned a cosmetic company. Surrounded by beauty and fashion, she dreamed to one day own her own salon. In 2003, her dream became a reality when she opened the doors to Valeria Salon, Spa & Boutique. Using her inspiration and education, she and her three daughters, Jamie, Rachelle and Brandi have created a high-energy salon environment that employs over 30 staff members.

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Rachelle (Palillo) Charles
Owner/Artistic Director

Born to a hair stylist, Rachelle has been surrounded by the beauty industry since day one. She graduated from the Aveda Institute of Charlotte where she learned cutting-edge styles from global stylists from around the world. She opened Valeria Salon, Spa & Boutique with her mother, Geri, and sisters, Jamie and Brandi. With advanced training in Redken and Pureology, Rachelle enjoys bringing the latest trends and styles to her clients. She excels in finding the perfect haircut to match your face shape and the best hair color to compliment your skin tone.

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Jamie (Palillo) Jordan
Owner/Manager

Bio coming soon.

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Ana Acuna
Artistic Director

Ana‘s passion for beautifying her friends and family started in her early adolescent years in the country of Cuba where she grew up. Living there, she explored and intuitively learned the latest trends in beauty evolving in and out of the island. She then moved to Miami, where she attended the Beauty School of America’s Bilingual Cosmetology program, giving her the perfect opportunity to enter the beauty industry in a prestigious learning environment from which she graduated in 2003. She began to gain experience from working simultaneously as an assistant stylist to senior hairdressers in a well established hair salon in South Miami. She then began her career as a full multi-service cosmetologist from 2003-2016. She has taken educational classes with multiple brand leading companies like Paul Mitchell and Redken, which has provided her with the expertise and knowledge on diverse coloring and haircutting techniques. She joined the team at Valeria Salon Spa & Boutique in 2016 as an Artistic Director, giving her the opportunity for the privilege and enjoyment of bringing beauty and happiness to a diverse community.

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Bonnie Aletha
Artistic Director

After Bonnie’s training at Augusta Technical College, she went on to complete an advanced training regimen on a cruise ship — that’s high expectations on the high seas! Yet this unique experience truly elevated her ability to provide an unparalleled level of customer service. She also honed the skills inherent to her current specialties — upstyling, specialty blow-drys, and challenging curly hair. Interestingly, Bonnie is an ardent believer in the power of motivational speaking, and she’s been fortunate enough to have motivated and empowered many people over the years.

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Tiffany Bratina
CRNA, MSN

Coming soon.

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Kate Chappell
Medical Esthetician

Kate has been encouraging her knowledge of skin rejuvenation to help women and men of all ages understand that flawless skin is based on a simple philosophy : Great skin takes consistent upkeep, and constructive lifestyle changes. Kate’s dedication to educating herself on modern technology has enabled her to provide an advanced approach to facial treatments which include micro-needling, specialized chemical peels, laser hair removal, dermaplaning, waxing, and therapeutic acne treatments. Kate’s soft-skills and empathetic nature have enabled her to sympathize with every client’s underlying concern with their appearance. She more than understands that clients are not always able to express the results that they are looking for, and because of this, she is able to make clients feel loved, pampered, and relaxed.

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Patricia Christie
Master Stylist

Originally from St. Anns, Jamaica and a graduate from the Aveda Institute of Charlotte. Patricia joined the Valeria team in 2013. During the course of her career, she has trained with the top professionals in the hair industry. She enjoys coloring, cutting, formal styling, waxing (lip, chin and brows), makeup and a variety of treatments. Outside the salon, Patricia loves hanging with her family, hiking and giving back to the community. It’s her pleasure to provide you with the best service our salon has to offer.

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Aida Chumbi
Medical Esthetician

Aida takes pride in giving each client that comes into her treatment room 100% of her energy and focus, and helps to create a customized treatment plan that will help them reach their skincare goals. She takes a conservative approach with all of her treatments, and she continually educates herself, as she believes in creating relationships with her clients built on education and trust.

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Elizabeth Fales
Medical Esthetician

Coming soon.

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Courtney Kay
Stylist

Courtney is a color guru. She's not only dedicated to technically doing her job, but also to educating her clients along the way. She consistently explains in great detail how clients can maintain their color and style away from the salon. And, as colleagues and clients will tell you, Courtney is quite colorful herself. So if you hear the folks at Valeria sharing a good laugh, most likely Courtney was the source of the humor. Her entertaining personality keeps everyone's spirit up, and is much appreciated throughout the crazily busy days.

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Aspen Phillips
Stylist

Coming soon.

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Lauren Price
Manager

Lauren graduated from Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School in 2013, and then began her career as a stylist in a high-end salon in Charlotte. She decided to change her career path, and joined the team at Valeria Salon Spa Boutique as a receptionist in 2016. She always had a passion for skincare, so decided to begin the Esthiology program at RCCC in 2018. She then transitioned into the manager of the salon in 2019. She loves working in the beauty industry and making people feel good about themselves. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, going to concerts, and spending time with her family and her cats.

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Kortney Quizena
Massage Therapist

Kortney graduated in Michigan with an Associate’s degree in Massage Therapy from Baker College in 2004. Kortney likes to combine the best of Swedish and Deep Tissue to create a comforting and therapeutic massage that is unique and customized for the healing experience for each individual client. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and doing outdoor activities.

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Edward Santana
Artistic Director

A seasoned hair stylist and graduate of the prestigious Robert Fiance School of Hair Design in New York City, Eddie spent several years perfecting his craft in New York. Upon moving to Miami, Florida, Eddie’s expertise drew a clientele comprised of a select group of Miami socialites. We consider ourselves lucky that Eddie moved to Charlotte and chose Valeria as his new home. He has become known for his superior set and style technique and will help you determine your perfect style and color, based on your hair texture and complexion. From Keratin treatments to perms, Eddie does it all while successfully achieving the level of maintenance you desire to reflect your individuality from natural to dramatic looks. With many years in the industry, Eddie is a rare talent and an expert in the field.

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Alicia Schlegel
Nail Technician

For 24+ years Alicia has been a professional nail artist working in upscale spa atmospheres. She has been featured in the Nail Pro magazine twice. Her favorite thing about being a nail technician, is helping her clients feel confident and beautiful. She specializes in nail art, Luminary gel systems, reflexology, gel manicures and pedicures. She enjoys giving her clients a holistic approach to their nail care. She strives to create a positive atmosphere that her clients can benefit from.

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Melissa Thomason
PA-C, MPAS

Melissa Thomason is a physician assistant with a Bachelors in Biology and Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies from Albany Medical College. She returns to Valeria with over 12 years of injectable, aesthetic and in-depth hands-on patient experience. Our patient's appreciate her skill and expertise balanced with her level of compassion and understanding of what their concerns are. Melissa lives in Matthews, NC with her two children. She enjoys spending time with her kids, traveling, painting, and raising awareness for the special needs/disabled community.