336-841-1212 (High Point) or 336-288-3883 (Greensboro) avantils@triad.rr.com

Meet Our Staff

Gary Bilello

Gary Bilello

Owner, Colorist, Executive Stylist (Greensboro & High Point)

From Long Island New York, Gary is a third generation stylist and salon owner. With his business savvy and welcoming approach, Gary has become one of the most influential and successful salon and spa visionaries. With more than twenty years of experience Gary’s passion for color has provided an extensive clientele and set an example for all stylists. Having trained at Jingle’s, Redken 5th Avenue, Bumble and Bumble and specializing in Goldwell color Gary’s expertise sets him apart. He focuses on taking a client’s individuality and combining his knowledge of color to create a unique look and style. Gary focuses on color, texturizing services, keratin complex, and extensions, and teams up with Lindsey Dumbroski for cutting.
Rebecca Bilello

Rebecca Bilello

Owner, Accounting & Business Management (Greensboro & High Point)

Rebecca owns Avanti along with her husband, Gary. She is from Long Island, New York where she attended Dowling College. She serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers as Treasurer. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and pets, and listening to Dave Matthews.
Becca Mintz

Becca Mintz

Inventory and Marketing Manager (Greensboro & High Point)

Becca attended Appalachian State University for Electronic Media & Broadcasting. She has worked in the salon/spa industry for 7 years and specializes in graphic design and inventory management. Becca spends her spare time enjoying music, film, crafting, and her dog Muffin.
Melinda Coker

Melinda Coker

Salon Coordinator (Greensboro)

Melinda has worked in customer service since 2007. She is currently in college studying Psychology.

Destanee Baker

Destanee Baker

Salon Coordinator (Greensboro)

Leigh Ann Essick

Leigh Ann Essick

Salon Coordinator (High Point)

Jessica Paschal

Jessica Paschal

Salon Coordinator (High Point)

Lindsey Dumbroski

Lindsey Dumbroski

Master Stylist (Greensboro & High Point)

Lindsey attended the Toni and Guy Academy in Dallas, Texas for her education. She received further training from Aveda, Alteri Brothers, Goldwell, and Bumble and Bumble. Lindsey is currently specializing on personalized cuts. She focuses on creating cuts that accentuate her clients’ individuality and style.
Tina Taubin

Tina Taubin

Master Stylist (Greensboro)

Teresa Forrest

Teresa Forrest

Master Stylist (Greensboro)

My journey to become a hairstylist started in 2006 but my passion for making people feel beautiful was apparent my whole life. After attending USF for 2 years, I decided to enroll in cosmetology school to pursue my real dream. Since graduating, I’ve received additional education in New York at Bumble and Bumble University and at the Goldwell Academy in Maryland. I believe a great hairstylist never stops learning! Behind the chair, I love doing color and cuts. Whether it’s short precision cuts, longer “lived in” cuts, balayage, ombre, or just your monthly gray touch ups, I love to make clients feel beautiful. At the end of the day, if I can make someone feel more confident, then my job is done! When I’m not behind the chair, I love spending time with my husband and our baby girl. Whether it’s gardening in our backyard or hiking in the mountains, the outdoors is where we find out rest.
Donna Federico

Donna Federico

Master Stylist (High Point)

Raised and formally trained in Boston, Donna has taken the city’s modern style and techniques and implements them with her clients. With more than 17 years of education and experience, Donna has trained with Goldwell Color and color correction, Chi, Jameson Shaw of Atlanta, Rusk, Wella, Paul Mitchell, Toni & Guy, Redken of New York, and Bumble and Bumble. She has also furthered her career by becoming a Bumble and Bumble educator. Donna’s goal with her clients is to give each on a personalized cut and color service with precision and detail. She achieves this by analyzing bone structure, lifestyle and daily regiment. This results in a truly customized, unique look. Each client will leave the salon not only looking their best, but most importantly feeling their best.
Kenzie Clark

Kenzie Clark

Master Stylist (High Point)

A master stylist at Avanti since 2015, Kenzie has over 12 years’ experience in the industry.  She completed extensive training through an apprenticeship with Toni & Guy in advanced color and cutting techniques. Kenzie has thorough experience with and understanding of many schools of training such as Bumble & Bumble (NYC), Aveda (Washington D.C.), Goldwell (Baltimore), as well as Toni & Guy (NYC). She prides herself on staying current with cutting edge trends while maintaining her ability to provide classic styles. Kenzie loves to provide a cut or color that brings life to your daily hairstyle and also makes you feel even more gorgeous for any special occasion. She also specializes in formal styling for those events that require added attention to your hair– be it prom, a college formal, or your wedding day. For daily hair ease, Kenzie has attended and completed continuing education in Keratin Complex, which softens frizz and straightens unmanageable hair. Beyond the practical training and years of experience, Kenzie’s passion for and commitment to her craft keeps her in-demand and a leading hair professional in the Triad.
Aimee Carroll

Aimee Carroll

Designer Stylist (Greensboro)

Aimee graduated from Aveda Institute Chapel Hill where she found a true passion for hair. With next level cutting and KMS styling classes, love for updos and experience doing Keratin treatments, she really loves the art of hair. She enjoys keeping up with the latest color and cutting techniques through continued education with KMS and Goldwell. Aimee’s goal is to make her clients feel comfortable and beautiful here at Avanti.
Kidist Felder

Kidist Felder

Designer Stylist (Greensboro)

Kidist started her professional career as a hair stylist and makeup artist in Ethiopia Addis Ababa. She obtained a degree in cosmetology and and furthered her education by taking advanced courses in cutting and creating different styles. She specializes in the latest haircuts, styles, color, and has great experience in different textures of hair. Kidist has worked in salons in Dubai and Texas, and has received several awards for her talent, dedication and professionalism. She enjoys enhancing people’s self esteem, building confidence and making people look and feel more beautiful.
Carmen Strouth

Carmen Strouth

Designer Stylist (High Point)

Carmen graduated from Alamance Community College in July of 2012. Hair has been her passion since she was a little girl. She believes that everyone is beautiful in their own ways and she desires to reveal her clients inward and outward beauty. She loves for people to feel comfortable and welcomed when they come in to see her.
Larissa Green

Larissa Green

Designer Stylist (High Point)

Larissa came to Avanti with 8 years experience. She attended cosmetology school while still in high school and earned her license by 17. Larissa has also trained with Aveda and Wella, with a focus in color. She focuses on her client’s specific needs and desires to create a custom look for each person. Through a local program, Larissa also volunteers to help women going through cancer treatments cope with the physical changes. Larissa strives to provide excellent service for each client.
Brooke Apple

Brooke Apple

Designer Stylist (Greensboro)

Brooke graduated from GTCC in 2012. She has a passion and talent for doing all types of hair and loves to make everyone look and feel beautiful! Brooke especially love working with color and looks forward to making that her specialty. She also is a talented nail technician. She can’t wait to meet future clients and give them a wonderful, relaxing experience.
Carson Easter

Carson Easter

Designer Stylist (Greensboro)

Carson is a second generation hair stylist following after her father. She is trained in various color lines including Joico, Wella and Goldwell. She loves giving clients new looks that make them feel beautiful and empowered. Carson wants to help each person in her chair find the right look for them! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with loved one and enjoying the outdoors.
Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson

Designer Stylist (Greensboro location)

Stephanie is an excellent listener and communicator who works hard to make sure each client’s experience is a positive one. She is an award-winning stylist with over 15 years of experience. She is excellent at cutting and treating all hair types, mixing colors and advising on styles that best suit the client’s facial features and lifestyle. She is trained in various color lines including Redken, Paul Mitchell and Goldwell. When Stephanie isn’t behind the chair, she loves spending time with her family at the beach.

Carey Sizemore

Carey Sizemore

Stylist (Greensboro)

 Carey attended William Neff Academy in Virginia and graduated in 2009. She is educated in Bumble and Bumble, Goldwell, KMS and Moroccan Oil. She is also trained in performing Keratin Smoothing treatments. Carey’s goal is to make each client feel and look their best.
Kelsey Leach

Kelsey Leach

Stylist (Greensboro & High Point)

Nayeli Rogel

Nayeli Rogel

Stylist (High Point)

Taylor Willis

Taylor Willis

Stylist (Greensboro & High Point)

Brittany Whittemore

Brittany Whittemore

Stylist (High Point Location)

Brittany moved to the Triad area from Charlotte in 2014. Growing up, she spent much of her time in the prestige salon her mother worked at. She was always intrigued by the talent and loved observing the stylist’s ability to make their clients feel beautiful and confident. This inspired Brittany to go to Empire Beauty School in 2015, where she was educated in Goldwell color. Since then, she has spent additional time training at an Aveda salon in Charlotte and training at Avanti, becoming extremely knowledgable in Goldwell, KMS, and Keratin Treatments. Brittany loves making a difference in people’s lives. She places high value on listening and understanding her clients needs, and her enthusiasm about her work shows through her dedication to create her client’s perfect look. When she’s not in the salon, Brittany loves traveling and spending time with her family and her sweet puppy.

Grey Dominguez

Grey Dominguez

Men's Specialist (High Point)

Grey received an education in cosmetology from the Aveda Institute of Chapel Hill. Although specializing in mens’ hair cutting, he finds pride in being a precision cutter and a skilled colorist for all short hair styles. Grey has completed numerous advanced cutting education courses including DevaCurl in New York City and local barbering and straight-razor shaving courses. He also stays active in the local Triad by volunteering his men’s hair styling skills in events such as Greensboro Fashion Week. Keeping up-to-date on the latest trends in men’s hair and fashion, he is well informed and educated when it comes to styling modern gents. Paying close attention to detail and clients’ requests and concerns, he lives by the concept of “tailoring” the haircut to the individual. Grey loves creating an environment and relationship with each client that is genuine & unique.
Mai Ksor

Mai Ksor

Nail Technician (High Point)

Amanda Jeavons

Amanda Jeavons

Men's Specialist (High Point)

Amanda graduated from the Aveda Institute in Charlotte in 2013. She moved to Greensboro in 2015 with her two dogs, Bristol and Jerry. She started doing men’s hair directly out of school and has been a men’s specialist for over 3 years. She received training from American Crew. Amanda enjoys educating clients and helping them find a cut and style that work for them.

Christina Bourbonais

Christina Bourbonais

Esthetician (Greensboro)

Christina graduated from the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis and has over 15 years of experience as an esthetician and educator. She is passionate about providing customized skin care treatments and using the very best ingredients for each guest, as well as providing brow shaping and make up applications that are natural and beautiful.
Lauren Umstead

Lauren Umstead

Esthetician & Make-up Artist (Greensboro & High Point)

Lauren graduated at the top of her class at Leon’s Beauty School. She started out as a freelance make-up artist and went to school to learn more, but fell in love with skin care in the process. She loves seeing results of her work, whether that be the short term results of a make-up application or the longterm results of a proper skincare treatment and regimen. Lauren loves making people feel beautiful and confident! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, boyfriend, and her two pups Milah & Prissy. “Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle.” – Erno Laszlo
Shonika Francis

Shonika Francis

Esthetician

I have always had an eye for all things beautiful and pure. I became engrossed in beauty regimens as a means to ensure that I still maintained my beauty and glow while being a busy mom. But I began to see the world differently and was captivated by an insatiable desire to help others maximize the care for their appearance, while caring delicately for both the inside and the out. I successfully completed and obtained licensure through Health and Style Institute in High Point, NC. Through hard work and passion for all things skin and beauty, I became the first Master Skin Care Therapist. I now specialize in facials, waxing, chemical peels and microdermabrasion. My desire is to enhance the beauty of my clients and to provide them with a new outlook on skin care, beauty routines, self case and inner peace. Skin is more than an outward organ, it’s a story. I will simply be the illustrator.
Stacey Mitchell

Stacey Mitchell

Esthetician (High Point)

Stacey graduated in 2007 with her cosmetology license and since then, skin care has become her true passion. Stacey attended Miller-Motte College and graduated at the top of her class. She loves making people feel good about themselves. She enjoys attending classes and seminars to keep up on the newest products and trends. Stacey specializes in facials, back facials, and waxing.
Kathy Williams

Kathy Williams

Licensed Massage Therapist (Greensboro)

Kathy believes that each massage should be tailor made to serve each client’s needs. She enjoys working with each client to bring them relaxation and pain relief. She is trained in swedish, relaxation, and therapeutic massage as well as trigger point, deep tissue, prenatal, hot stone, and reflexology. She looks forward to meeting you soon in Avanti’s spa.
Amanda Pierce

Amanda Pierce

Massage Therapist (High Point)

Amanda Pierce has an Associates Degree in Therapeutic Massage from DCCC (Davidson County Community College). She has also had extra training in Neuromuscular Therapy 1&2, Myofascial Massage and Medical Massage. Amanda is a N.C. Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. She performs swedish, deep tissue and hot stone massages. She has also had great results with migraines, lower back pain and sciatic pain. Amanda says she loves her job and helping people feel better. She finds her work extremely rewarding. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her friends, family, her other half and their two crazy basset hounds! Amanda also has a cosmetology degree from DCCC and is licensed for that as well. This allows her to be a part time esthetician. She provides facials and waxing in this area.
Jake Flatt

Jake Flatt

Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist #7188 (High Point)

Since high school, Jake had dreams of getting into either physical therapy or occupational therapy because he wanted to make people feel good about themselves. He became one of the youngest EMTs in NJ at the age of 16. He moved to NC in January of ’96 and transferred his certifications here. After 10 years on an ambulance and on disaster teams, Jake decided that it was time to move on. Through persuasion from friends and family, he decided to pursue massage therapy, attending Natural Touch School of Massage in Greensboro, with the intention of being the best. His impressive grades/certification scores, as well as high marks in peer critique, allowed him to accomplish just that. Jake accepted his position with Avanti in 2007, and now feels he is living his destiny. He specializes in Swedish (relaxation) massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Pre-Natal massage, Detox massage, and Hot Stone massage.
Felicia Yarboro

Felicia Yarboro

Nail Technician & Esthetician

Felicia brings 22 years of spa experience to Avanti. While starting out in the industry, she also graduated from Campbell University with a degree in psychology. Felicia has a passion for making the lives of others more beautiful, and she enjoys all things pink and pretty! Some of her greatest joys are dancing to doo wop, taking photographs of landscapes and brides, laughing with her husband, painting with her daughter, and playing with her two pet turtles.

Beth Hall

Master Stylist (High Point)

Pam Litka

Master Stylist (Greensboro)

Pam brings over a decade of experience to Avanti. Having trained at some of the top academies including Redken on 5th Avenue, Bumble and Bumble, Goldwell, Matrix and Paul Mitchell she provides a wide variety of expertise. Pam specializes in classic cuts and timeless styles, making her clients look and feel their best.