the owner

Melena Moore Gilbert - Owner

In June of 2017, Melena purchased Bliss Organic Day Spa from her dear friend and Bliss Founder, Annie Carouba. After working with Annie, first as the Marketing Director, then as Operations Manager, her wildest dreams came true and she took ownership of her destiny and is proud to own the most beautiful and relaxing spa in Sonoma county!

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 sustain at her spa.

Living in Northern California with her husband, Sam Gilbert, and their two young sons is her idea of true paradise!

Annie Carouba - FOUNDER

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 five years running; the last four years being Best Skin Care Spa!

The artists

Dan Harrison - Massage Practitioner

Dan completed 900 hours of massage therapy training at National Holistic Institute, gaining experience in Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Myofascial therapies, and hot stone techniques. His focused, grounded presence and thorough knowledge of kinesiology, anatomy, and physiology help him to create individualized sessions with beneficial therapeutic results.

Dan also holds an MFA in printmaking, plays upright bass in multiple bands, and works on a local farm growing vegetables and raising chickens for eggs.

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 studied Esthetics at Lytle's Beauty College. 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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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 - Associate Guest Services Coordinator

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 - Senior 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.

Kyle Dowling - Senior Guest Services Coordinator

Kyle was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado and moved with his family to Sonoma County at the age of three. In 2015 he moved to Sebastopol and considers this to be home. The attitude, lifestyle and the beauty of this place resonates with who he is inside and out. With a long list of previous work experience, this is the first time he has worked in the spa environment. He feels that, even working hard behind the scenes and in the trenches, it is still as though each day here is like a mini-spa day for him.

When Kyle is not working at Bliss, he enjoys spending time with friends and loved ones, discovering new music, reading, and most of all, being in nature. Collectively, he has spent over a year of his life backpacking and sleeping out under the stars. He feels equally at home miles deep in the wilderness as he does in the lavish Bliss environment.