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Meet Our Staff

Patrick Hassler, Stylist & Owner

Patrick has an impressive background in the beauty industry. He has been trained in Loreal Academies in London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Madrid, and Soho NYC. He is nationally certified in Balayage, INOA color, and Cezanne treatments. Patrick has trained at the DeSange Academy in Paris and participated in the 2011 NYC Fashion Week. He has 13 years of styling experience and has spent 7 years as an educator. He specializes in color and short hair. Patrick believes in making sure that every client leaves the salon feeling special. He believes that “there is no greater feeling than knowing you’ve made someone’s day, week, or month, by making them feel beautiful!” Patrick’s passion for building relationships, paired with his outgoing personality, has helped to shape the stylists that he is today.

Karen Michalowski, Manager

Karen completed Cosmetology school at Central Florida Community College in 2004. Although life took her in several different directions while she raised her two children, she always knew she had an everlasting passion for the beauty industry. Karen found her “true home” in our salon in 2018 and is excited to be a part of the “journey and family” here at Studio West.

Janelle Bugg, Stylist

Since earning her cosmetologist license from Empire Beauty School in 2007, Janelle has spent the past 12 years perfecting her talents. She is certified in Brazilian Blowouts and is also L’Oréal Balayage certified. In addition, she specializes is customized color, especially blonding. Janelle has always had a passion for the hair industry and through continued education, she makes sure to always keep up with the latest trends. She prides herself with providing a detailed consultation with every guest and strives to create a trusting relationship with all clients. Our team at Studio West truly value her creativity, knowledge, experience and fun personality!

Bria Jones, Stylist

Bria has spent the last 10 years mastering the art of corrective coloring and delivering vivid color transformations for her clients. Since graduating from Empire Beauty School in 2010, Bria has completed various trainings in blonding, texturizing and even barbering. She currently serves as a Matrix Artistic Educator. Bria enjoys balayage, a technique highlighting hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated and natural-looking effect. Bria shares that the highlight of her career is “making people feel beautiful and sharing my knowledge of our industry.”

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Francesca Mazzotta, Stylist

Francesca has spent her entire life surrounded by the hair industry and for more than 20 years she has been perfecting her skills as a stylist. Her former education includes the Randy Rick Beauty Academy along with several certifications including Cezanne treatments and Brazilian Blowouts. Francesca is a Matrix Artistic Educator who specializes in color and blonding and is excited to help “make a great Studio West experience for our guest.”

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Tori Nolan, Stylist

Tori is a 2020 graduate of the Berks Career and Technology Center where she completed her cosmetology license. She joined our Studio West team in 2018 as an assistant and is excited to welcome guests into her chair! Tori has completed several certifications including Cezanne treatments and is currently working on her teacher’s license. Tori specializes in medium/long hair and enjoys balayage, full color transformations and fashion vivids. Tori states that she “loves meeting new people and making every client feel beautiful inside and out.”

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Jake Sakautzki, Stylist

Jake completed his cosmetology license at the Paul Mitchell school. He has spent more than 10 years behind the chair and has certifications in balayage and Vidal Sassoon cutting. Jake specializes in blonding, fashion/vivids, men’s grooming and razor/texture cutting. Jake looks forward to welcoming you to Studio West!

Lauren Buller, Stylist

Lauren brings to Studio West over a decade of experience in the beauty industry. She has trained extensively in balayage and color through L’Oreal Professional Academy in New York City and Paris. She is also certified in Cezanne Smoothing, Eufora precision hair cutting, and is a trained Guest Service Expert through Summit Salon Business Center. In addition to working behind the chair for 11 years, she has been an educator for the last 7 years training both new stylists and front desk. Lauren strives to create a total experience for her guests that is tailored to their needs and hair goals.

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Samantha Miller, Stylist

Samantha completed her cosmetology license at the Empire Beauty School in 2020 and has joined Studio West to begin her career as a stylist. She is excited to help welcome you to our salon and is excited to be surrounded by great mentors. Samantha enjoys perfecting updos, balayage and texturized cutting. Her “focus throughout all things in life is to be a positive bright influence for all and to help people feel beautiful.”

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Amanda Montone, Stylist

Amanda joined out Studio West team in 2020 and brings with her 21 years in the beauty industry. She completed her cosmetology license at the Empire Beauty School and has been trained in advanced coloring by many renowned global artists. She specializes in precision, blending and women’s short haircuts. In addition, she enjoys working with natural beauty and providing her clients with natural texture, movement, and color dimension. Amanda “loves to explore and help to express each client’s individual style through detailed consultation” and is eager to welcome you to her chair!

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Karsyn Powell, Assistant

Karsyn joined our team as an assistant in 2019 and is a current student at Governor Mifflin High School. She “loves working at Studio West because of her amazing coworkers” and she loves getting to know clients as she helps them feel welcomed and relaxed at our salon. In her free time, Karsyn enjoys hiking and yoga.

Ashley Velez, Assistant

Ashley is currently working on obtaining her cosmetology license at the American Barber and Beauty Academy and is thrilled to join Studio West as an assistant. She is delighted to welcome you to our salon and eager to learn more about the hair industry from our top stylists to serve your beauty needs. Ashley states “I have loved hair for as long as I can remember, and my love grew even stronger when I had to figure out my own curly hair. I am thankful and happy to be at Studio West and hope to one day get my very own chair to create and make everyone and anyone feel beautiful!”