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Our Founder’s Story

Valorie Johnson had been friends with Tracy Honyoust Norton since they were in grade school. Tracy became a cosmetologist and practiced for more than 30 years, while Valorie Johnson pursued a career in the non-profit sector for more than 3 decades. Although they had not lived in the same town for many years, they continued to be the best of friends.

No matter how much time had passed or how far apart they were, when they got together it was as if time stood still. Even when they had not spoken for a long time, Valorie and Tracy knew they were never alone as long as they had each other.

Best Friends and Business Partners

Since Valorie had a business background and Tracy had experience in the salon and spa industry, they decided to start a company. Excited, they flew to New York in March to meet with a business that manufactured skincare products. Tracy had never ridden in a cab, taken the subway, or gone to a Broadway show. She and Valorie spent the entire weekend checking several things off Tracy’s bucket list before heading home with a plan.

To prepare for their business, Valorie bought a two-story building in Coldwater, halfway between her and Tracy’s homes. She gave notice to her employer that she would be retiring in 6 weeks. Just 4 days later, Tracy found a lump.

Remembering Tracy

Tracy was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in June. Valorie wanted to keep Tracy’s memory alive by following their dream to the best of her ability. A skincare line was launched and named TH#9 in honor of Tracy.

Meet Our Team

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Owner Licensed Esthetician

Valorie Johnson

Owner Licensed Esthetician

I worked in the Non-Profit sector for 30 but I have always pursued a passion for skincare, health, and wellness by taking classes, reading books, practicing on friends and family as well as working part-time jobs in various areas of the fitness/beauty industry. I have always enjoyed helping others feel good about themselves whether it be through fitness and exercise, healthy eating, or good skincare.

I retired from the non-profit sector in 2015 to formally and officially pursue my passion by becoming licensed as an esthetician and opening a day spa. I received my training at The TSpa Salon Professional Academy and furthered my training at Thrive Skin Care Institute in Chicago IL and Cara Academy in Orlando FL.

I grew up in Union City and raised my family in Quincy MI where I currently reside with my best friend David. I have a son, Wayne, and a granddaughter, Cadence. Both are the joys of my life.

I enjoy warm climates, decorating, and planning events.

I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to get up every morning and go to work in a wonderful environment with a great bunch of ladies that enjoys being here as much as I do.

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Receptionist

Teresa Whitlock

Receptionist

Teresa 

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Acupuncturist

Jessica Galaska

Acupuncturist

A registered acupuncturist in the state of Michigan with over 6 years of experience. She became nationally certified as a diplomat of acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) after graduating summa cum laude with a master’s in acupuncture from the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS). Using acupuncture and other modalities including electro-acupuncture, auriculotherapy, tui-na manual therapy, cupping, and nutritional counseling, Jessica safely and effectively helps her patients to heal and lead healthier lives.

Always having has a desire to help others, Jessica began her educational journey earning a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Along the way, she also gained experience in pharmacological research and developed a solid pharmaceutical knowledge-base. looking to help others more directly, and having a desire to pursue a lifelong interest in holistic medicine, Jessica decided to move to the Chicago area, learn Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and pursue a career in acupuncture. while earning her degree, Jessica completed a 3-year semester externship performing acupuncture at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital Pain Clinic and participated in a pilot program treating veterans suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Jessica sees the benefits of having regular acupuncture, not only in her patients but in her own life as well. having suffered from debilitating migraines for almost a decade, acupuncture dramatically reduced the frequency and severity of Jessica’s migraines and has also allowed her to come off of her preventative medication for migraines. Jessica sees acupuncture as a tool to help bring balance to the mind and body, a tool that helps the body to heal itself.

Jessica recently moved to the Coldwater area with her fiance and is looking forward to helping the people of Coldwater and the surrounding communities live healthier and happier lives.

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Board Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphatic Drainage Therapist & Licensed Massage Therapist

Megan Nutt

Board Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphatic Drainage Therapist & Licensed Massage Therapist

Megan received her training in 2006 from the Phoenix School of Holistic Health and has extended her education in Oncology and Lymphatic Drainage Massage. Assisting the body to heal using lymphatic massage is a true passion for her. Megan feels massage is an outlet for her creative and healing nature. She sees each massage session as an opportunity to bring relaxation, balance, and vitality to her clients. Her goal is to create long-lasting client/practitioner relationships knowing that massage is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle.

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Dual State Licensed Cosmetologist

Amanda Lyons

Dual State Licensed Cosmetologist

Originally from Indiana, I earned my cosmetology license in 2007. While in Indiana, I worked under a Barber for 3½ years and found my passion for men’s cuts and styles. I Came to Michigan and acquired my Michigan State Cosmetology License in 2012. Making someone feel good about themselves, giving them a higher level of self-esteem is why I do this and why it has been a passion for over 15 years.

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Licensed Massage Therapist

Emily

Licensed Massage Therapist

Emily was born and raised in a small community in Northern Michigan until 2011; she moved to the area and pursued a career in horse management. While she’s been caring for horses and living on ranches, she gained an interest in alternative medicine for animals as well as herself and her family. While her interest grew in that she also found yoga and fitness to be beneficial to her everyday health. Learning more about herself and how she could help animals, she wanted to help people too. Emily decided to take her knowledge she gained through working with horses to humans and become a Licensed Massage Therapist. She currently resides in Marshall, Mi with her husband and children. Besides her love of animals, they enjoy hiking, camping, and kayaking as a family. Emily plans on continuing her education while working at Pure Envee to offer her clients other beneficial services in the future.

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Licensed Cosmetologist

Mikayla

Licensed Cosmetologist

I’ve been a part of the Coldwater community since I was 4 years old. From about the time, I could walk, I loved interacting with people. I’ve always enjoyed helping people feel better in any part of life.

I graduated with honors from Coldwater High School (Go Cards) in 2014 and wasted no time in getting my cosmetology license. I graduated from the Salon Academy in 2015 and I got my license promptly after graduation.

I strive for my 100% best in all that I do. My job is no exception. I want people to feel refreshed, recharged, and beautiful every time they leave my chair. One of my favorite things to provide for my clients is a fresh new haircut. It’s amazing how much a small change to someone’s hair can affect them so positively.

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