the owner

Annie Carouba

After a career makeover, Annie became an Esthetician in 2007 and continued her education by becoming a Certified Oncology Esthetician in 2011. The need for a specialized service to offer to clients dealing with cancer was a strong motivation in the creation of the spa and its services. Annie started the entrepreneurial spa life with a friend in one small room off the square of downtown Sebastopol. In 2012, she decided it was time to make the leap to her current location and create a luxury organic spa in downtown Sebastopol. The spa struck a resonate cord with the locals as well as visitors to the area and was successful from the start. Bliss Organic Day Spa has won "Best of" awards for Sonoma County four years running; last year being Best Skin Care Spa!

The artists

Dream Peebles - Licensed Esthetician

Dream was born and raised in Marin County, but moved with her family to Nashville, TN and graduated high school there before coming back home to paradise. Dream is blissfully married with three children.

Dream studied Esthetics at Lytle's Beauty College (also our Owner/Founder's Alma Mater). She was drawn to skin care, because having sensitive skin, she found the science and nature of the skin fascinating, and wants to educate and serve others with her passion. Having two teenagers herself, she specializes in in teen skin and acne solutions.

Erin Wong - Licensed Esthetician

Erin had been an esthetician since 2002. Her interest in skin health started at a young age, when her mother and aunties would humor her by letting her apply warm compresses and "potions" to their faces. She has a deep respect for holistic skin care and treats her clients accordingly.

One of her favorite parts of being an esthetician is working one on one with clients, while allowing them time and space to relax and rejuvenate while getting their skin treated.

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Jeff Duyndam - Massage Practitioner

Jeff Duyndam, Licensed Massage Professional with over 22 years experience in the World’s Top Resort Spas

He has been a most requested massage therapist at these luxury resorts, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Fairmont Kea Lani Resort and Spa Maui, Spa at L’Auberg Del Mar, and The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Raindance Spa.

Jeff lives with his wife of 31 years, has two grown children, and loves African drumming and martial arts.

Kara Weimer - Massage Practitioner

Kara attended Alive and Well Institute of Conscious Bodywork in 1995 and since then has been committed to ongoing study in consciousness and the healing arts. With continuing studies in massage, yoga, meditation, energy healing, ayurveda, mindfulness, and wellness coaching, Kara enjoys sharing modalities that bring vitality, wellness and peace as we face the challenges of our modern lives.

Kara brings a grounded presence with intuitive, detailed bodywork catered to you. She also enjoys teaching yoga and meditation, spending time in nature and living a mindful, healthy lifestyle.

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Leila Thompson - Massage Practitioner

Leila has been practicing professional massage therapy for 5 wonderful years.

Inspired by a career in compassion, she dedicates herself to being an intuitive healer and Health Educator. Skilled in Neuromuscular Deep Tissue, Joint Mobilization, Swedish, Sports, and Oncology Massage.

She feels that self care and healing is a vital aspect of living, and gives herself graciously to the cause.

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Rayana Mears - Licensed Esthetician

Rayana, "Ray," Mears grew up in the Nor Cal Mountains which marked her with an enduring love of nature and all the beauty her surroundings had to offer. She moved to Sonoma County 3 years ago, and now cannot imagine calling anywhere else home!

Her passion for wellness began with her studies in Massage Therapy as she believes in a holistic approach to optimum health, but found herself drawn to skincare and is loving her true craft. Ray is happily married with two teenagers and one fur baby at home and enjoys meditation, music and great food.

Your support team

Danielle Jackson - Spa Attendant

Danielle is a superstar behind the scenes at Bliss. Her organization and attention to detail keep things going, and Bliss looking it's best.

When she is not making magic happen here at the spa, she is at home, being a good "mom" to her cat! Danielle also has some extra curicular talents- she's a great singer and it's only a matter of time before her fame is known far and wide!

Hailey Hughes - Guest Services Coordinator

Hailey was born in North Carolina on a military base then raised by her mother in Sonoma County from the time she was three. One of her biggest passions in life, aside from being a mama to little Mila, is makeup artistry. She started playing with makeup at the age of six and hasn't stopped since.

One day, she'd like to create an all natural, organic, vegan, and cruelty-free makeup line. Hailey practices a healthy vegan and chemical-free lifestyle and is working towards harmonizing her breath and movement in her yoga practice. She loves arts and crafts, and designs custom LED outfits for music festivals.

Melena Moore Gilbert - Operations and Marketing Manager

Melena got her start in Marketing in a spa environment, so the work she does at Bliss is close to her heart. Her experience serves her well in the organic, wellness environment she loves to support here at our spa.

Living in Northern California with her husband and two young sons is her dream come true!

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PAM VINK FASSET - Retail Manager & Spa Coordinator

Pam's attention to detail and style allow her to create the dreamy retail boutique so many of our clients adore. Blending interior design, the art of gift giving and a passion for great quality beauty products make our retail- therapy. She is also responsible for purchasing each and every thing Bliss needs to run our business.

This beautiful creature also supports our front desk and pinch-hits as a spa attendant- and she looks absolutely fabulous in every hat she wears.