After graduating from high school in 1997, I decided to follow in my fathers footsteps and go to Southern Illinois University. I attended for a year, but turned my room into a salon to experiment on every one’s hair! I chose to put college on hold and go to beauty school at HASAKNA Institute of Hair Design in Palatine. I graduated early 2000 and started working my way up the creative ladder. I found myself building a wonderful clientele in Algonquin, Illinois. I chose to make a career change to further my education and brighten my horizons while working for the next 6 years at an Aveda salon in Barrington, Illinois. When I felt I had reached the plateau, I worked for a local salon in Cary, Illinois as the salon education director. It was there where I began my training to be a certified hair color trainer for Aveda. I also continued my on my path and received my associates degree in business management and eventually opened Fleur de Lis Salon. I love what I do, and it shows with every inch of Fleur De Lis, (named after my daughter Lily).