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Craig Burkholder Owner / Master Designer

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Craig graduated from Miami Valley Career Technology Center in 1991 and went on to attend post-graduate training at the L’Oreal Institute of New York and Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. In 1995 at age 22, Craig opened the Affinity Salon on Far Hills Avenue in Dayton. The Affinity Salon has continued to grow and has been named in the top 200 salons by Salon Today Magazine for eight consecutive years. In 2004, Craig expanded his business (doubling its size) and now has a full service spa in addition to the beauty salon. Craig has received both national and international awards for his work in cosmetology.

He currently has 32 employees and serves on the MVCTC cosmetology program advisory committee. In addition, he serves on the advisory board of Miami Jacobs College and is contracted to assist in wigs and hair styling for the shows at Victoria Theater, Schuster Center and Opera Guild.

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Craig Burkholder : The Owner

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The Owner

Craig graduated from Miami Valley Career Technology Center in 1991 and went on to attend post-graduate training at the L'Oreal Institute of New York and Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. In 1995 at age 22, Craig opened the Affinity Salon on Far Hills Avenue in Dayton. The Affinity Salon has continued to grow and has been named in the top 200 salons by Salon Today Magazine for eight consecutive years. In 2004, Craig expanded his business (doubling its size) and now has a full service spa in addition to the beauty salon. Craig has received both national and international awards for his work in cosmetology.

He currently has 32 employees and serves on the MVCTC cosmetology program advisory committee. In addition, he serves on the advisory board of Miami Jacobs College and is contracted to assist in wigs and hair styling for the shows at Victoria Theater, Schuster Center and Opera Guild.

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Paula : Master Designer

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Paula graduated from Stephan’s Pivot Point accredited academy and attended the Paul Mitchell Academy in New York. Having been affiliated with Aveda products and education since their inception, she is passionate about Aveda’s philosophy. She joined the Affinity team in March 2000. Paula has traveled and trained with other artists who work with major beauty manufactures and is certified in Bio Ionic KeraSmooth Treatment. Staying involved in her community, Paula provides editorial makeup and styling and volunteers for the American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program as well as for the Women’s Noble Circle annual fashion show. Paula’s work can be seen on WDTN on-air personalities.

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David : Master Designer

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David graduated from Miami Valley Career Technology Center with a cosmetology license and has been doing hair since 1996. A specialist in Redken, David has also attended classes at Jacques Dessange Academy NYC. He is certified in Great Lengths extensions, L’Oreal INOA hair color, Bio Ionic KeraSmooth Treatment and relaxation massage. Attending local and national hair shows is one way David continues his education along with staying current in all Aveda hair color and hair cutting techniques. David’s work can be seen on WDTN on-air personalities or at local fundraisers and charity events.

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Megan : Master Designer

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Megan graduated with honors from the Aveda Institute Columbus in 2009 with a cosmetology license. While in Columbus she participated in styling and makeup for fashion shows, Crystal Black Photography and onsite bridal events. Megan was looking for a career to utilize her creativity, leadership and design execution when she found Affinity. Since coming to Affinity in 2009, Megan works as a stylist and is the salon Color Coach for Aveda hair color. She continues her education with certification in Bio Ionic KeraSmooth Treatment, L’Oreal INOA hair color, relaxation massage and many Aveda hair color and haircutting classes. You can see her work on WDTN on-air personalities.

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Emily L. : Designer

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Emily graduated from Aveda Fredric’s Institute in 2004 with a cosmetology license. Along with her skills, Emily’s positive attitude and always present smile found their way to Affinity. Having worked at Affinity since graduation, she continues her education with a variety of Aveda cutting and coloring classes. Emily is certified in L’Oreal INOA color, Bio Ionic KeraSmooth Treatment and traveled to New York for L’Oreal advanced haircutting classes. Regularly styling for WDTN employees, Emily styles for many onsite weddings and special events, commercial shoots, a fashion show and has organized a salon Cut-a-Thon fundraiser for a local family in need.

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Ellie : Designer

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Ellie graduated from Aveda Fredric’s Institute in Cincinnati with a license in cosmetology and joined the Affinity team in March 2010. Having trained in advanced makeup with Deana V and a strong passion for up-styling, Ellie provided hair and makeup for fashion shows while in Cincinnati and continues these services for onsite weddings. She is also a regular stylist for WDTN on-air personalities. Since coming to Affinity she continues her education in Aveda hair color and haircutting and is certified in Bio Ionic KeraSmooth Treatment, L’Oreal INOA hair color, Bio Ionic Japanese Straightening Treatment and relaxation massage.

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Kate : Designer

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Kate graduated from the Ohio University with a Social Work degree in 1998. She returned to school in 2006 to obtain her cosmetology license from Carousel Beauty College. Since then she has come to work at Affinity and continues her education with a variety of Aveda hair color and haircutting technique classes, attends major beauty shows and is certified in Bio Ionic KeraSmooth Treatment. Kate has a lot of fun working onsite for bridal events and volunteering to style for the Women’s Noble Circle fashion show. Kate’s work can be seen on WDTN on-air personalities.

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Esther : Designer

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Esther has a passion for hair design since she was 12 years old. She enrolled in cosmetology school just 3 months after graduating from high school and joined the Affinity team after receiving her license in Cosmetology in 2012. Esther enjoys doing both men’s and women’s cuts, and hair color. She stays current with the latest styles and trends through Aveda continuing education classed. Esther has a broad range and is comfortable with the most conservative, traditional styles as well as the most edgy/trendy styles.

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Torie V. : Master Stylist

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Torie graduated from the Aveda Fredrick’s Institute, Cincinnati Ohio with a license in Cosmetology. She joined the Affinity team in 2014. Torie graduated at the top of her class academically and received the “Most Positive” award. She enjoys learning new skills through Aveda continuing education classes and by participating in the Macy’s Red Dress Fashion Show and the Look Good, Feel Good Program.

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Jenna : Master Stylist

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Jenna graduated from the Aveda institute in Columbus Ohio with a license in Managing Cosmetology. She joined the Affinity team in 2014. She excelled in school and qualified for the Director’s Academic Achievement List every quarter. During her training, she actively participated in the Earth Jam Fashion Show and several cut-a-thons for charity. Jenna keeps up with the latest styles and trends by attending continuing education classes and regional hair shows. She is enjoying the variety of skills her career provides with her favorites are balayage, creative coloring, and haircutting.

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Kendra : Stylist

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Nichole : Stylist

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Nichole attended the Aveda Frederic's Institute in Cincinnati to obtain her license in Cosmetology. She became part of the Affinity team in 2015 and has styled hair for fashion shows and photo shoots. She continues her education and inspiration with Aveda's advanced classes, and attends hair shows to stay informed on the latest styles and techniques. Nichole is certified in the Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatments and Relaxation Massage. Nichole's work can be seen on WDTN on-air personalities.

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Lynn : Stylist

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Sarah : Stylist

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Brenna : Stylist

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Marie : Stylist

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Nail Technicians
Abby : Nail Technician/Esthetician

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Abby graduated from D. Russell Lee Career Technology Center in 2009 with a license in Cosmetology. She joined the Affinity team in 2010 and then furthered her education with Aveda Skin Wise courses with an emphasis on Aveda facials. Always looking for ways to expand her knowledge, Abby became certified in relaxation massage and has taken numerous OPI nail care classes. She has a broad knowledge base and especially enjoys performing skin care and nail services. Abby’s work can be seen on WDTN on-air personalities.

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Alexandra : Esthetician

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Alex graduated from the Aveda Institute Columbus in 2010 and joined the Affinity team as a licensed esthetician shortly after. While in Columbus, she did make up for several onsite bridal events and hair shows. She is currently the Affinity makeup coach and keeps current by taking semi-annual continues education classes. Alex recently partnered with an Aveda Mid-America hair show. Her main esthiology treatments include all waxings, facials, body treatments, and makeup services

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Shana : Nail Technician/Esthetician

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Shana graduated from the Creative Images Institute with a Managers License in both Esthetics and Nails. She joined the Affinity team in 2014. Shana’s goal is to always provide her clients with the newest spa and nail procedures and trends. She is able to achieve this goal by attending Aveda continuing education classes which keep her on top of the latest styles and techniques. Shana specializes in make-up application and is certified in Micro-current procedures.

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Logan : Nail Technician/Esthetician

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Larry : Massage Therapist

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Larry graduated from Sinclair Community College in 2008 with an Associate’s Degree in Medical Massage Therapy. He joined the Affinity team in 2012. His degree provided a wide scope of training and he specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, sports, hot stone and therapeutic and reflexology massage. Larry understands the importance of achieving mind, body, and body wellness and continues to improve his skills through continuing education.

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Support Staff
Candace : Salon Manager

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Suzanne : Receptionist

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Melinda : Receptionist

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Tori D. : Receptionist

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Melanie : Receptionist

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Amy : Receptionist

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Hannah : Receptionist

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Nancy : Receptionist

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Our Mission

is to provide you with exemplary, customized services in an environment designed to replenish, renew and nurture your body and mind. We support Aveda and its mission to care for the world we live in by treating it with care and respect. We, as artists, are passionate about our craft and take tremendous pride in serving you.

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