Meet the experts who give their best as part of the Designers Salon Spa team. This group of experienced stylists (cosmetologists), massage therapists, and skin care specialists, along with their support team associates, are committed to providing excellent service for all your hair, skin, nails, makeup, and massage needs. Call to schedule your next appointment with your salon or spa specialist.
Michelle Fregeau – Owner – Stylist – Level 5
Michelle opened Designers Salon Spa in 1998 when Chisago City was ready for an upscale, energetic and exciting hair salon. Her mission and focus has been to invoke success in newly graduated talent, as well as, Designers’ long term employees. Her passion and love is to mentor staff and help them grow and succeed in their chosen career.
Michelle is energized by a TEAM atmosphere (not just a cliché) and takes pride in the service and culture she has created for her staff, herself, and the clients at Designers Salon Spa. “The clients love feeling the freedom to choose one or any number of Salon Stylists to give them the look they desire.” Michelle says, “We have an amazing TEAM. Our successful and talented service providers are dedicated to communication, continued education and professionalism. This salon is about every client and every employee from within the walls we work. If my staff is successful, then we are all successful! This commitment has made Designers Salon Spa a local success story in the community.”
Call to make a cut or color appointment with Michelle today.
Terri Jo Berklund – Team Lead / Stylist – Level 5
Terri graduated from the Aveda Institute 2002 and found her ideal fit at Designers. Terri specializes in coloring and cutting with creativity. She loves bridal updo’s and make-up.
As a manager and lead stylist, Terri works with all the Designers stylists as a mentor and educator. She continually advances her knowledge and expands her creativity by attending various color classes, as well as the annual Chicago hair show.
Terri loves spending time with her family and taking care of her fur babies.
Joni Hanson – Stylist – Level 4
Joni enjoys complete consultations with clients to achieve the style they desire. She listens and give honest feedback, and after achieving the desired look, she enjoys educating her clients on styling techniques so they can maintain their look at home.
Joni has had the opportunity to experience educational shows in New York, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis. She participates in many Aveda, Davines, Redken, and Wella cutting and color classes. She has a maturity behind the chair and yet enjoys the newness of this ever-changing industry.
Melissa (Mel) Johnson – Lead Stylist – Level 4 – Nail Technician
Mel loves the challenge of keeping abreast of the new trends in haircuts, color, and design so she can give her clients the look they desire. There isn’t a service that Mel doesn’t enjoy doing, and with her fun, outgoing personality, she takes the time to listen and learn from her clients – she enjoys making people happy and feeling good about themselves.
As a 2010 Regency Beauty Institute grad, Mel’s advance skill level gives clients an added edge: “Everyone that sits in my chair should know that they are important to me, and that the look they want will get my expertise,” she said.
Mel enjoys fishing, hunting, sports, and shopping in her spare time, and she is also a fitness instructor at the local wellness center.
Audrey Edson – Stylist – Level 3 – Stylist
Audrey graduated from Scot Lewis Cosmetology School in 2001. She has always had a passion for making people feel their best. Her main concern is maintaining the integrity of her clients’ hair while providing them with the style they desire.
Audrey consistently stays up to date with advanced education in coloring and cutting techniques. Her specialties are color, foils, and haircutting, including razor cuts and waxing.
Audrey is a mom of two boys who play hockey and lacrosse. In her free time she loves to snuggle her dogs, garden, and take care of her chickens.
Meagan Ellis – Stylist – Level 3 – Eye and Lash Technician
Meagan calls the Chisago Lakes area home (she’s a 2011 CLHS grad), and she’s been on track to be a cosmetologist for as long as she can remember. Meagan is a Regency Beauty Institute grad and brings her experience to haircuts, color, foils, manicures, pedicures, make-up application, and eyelash extensions. Continuing education gives her a true cutting edge when it comes the many different techniques she uses to get the best look for her clients. She loves the variety in her job.
In her down time away from the salon, she loves shopping, going to the beach, and taking her dog Lucy on walks. On rainy days, she enjoys staying inside and catching up on Netflix shows.
Whitney Abbott – Stylist – Level 2 – Nail Technician
Whitney graduated from Aveda Institute in 2015, and received advanced training at JUUT Salon Spa. Whitney also received training with EasiHair Pro extensions.
Whitney takes every opportunity to learn about the latest trends and services. She has dreamed of being a stylist since she was in kindergarten! Her passion is to make people look and feel beautiful.
When Whitney is away from the salon, she likes spending time with friends, boating, four-wheeling, and time at the gym.
Ashley (AJ) Jorgenson – Stylist – Level 1 / New Talent
AJ began working at Designers in 2017 and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute. She loves to have variety in her books with cuts, colors, and nails alike to keep up with trends for all three. Her key strength as a stylist is making her clients feel comfortable, listening well to their wants and needs, and seeing them through. She loves that her work challenges her to grow and learn every day, to keep her on her toes.
When AJ isn’t at the salon, she lives to experience the world and travel. She also has a passion for music and good food! You may run into her about town at a local restaurant any day of the week! She invites you come to the salon and get to know her.
Elyse Linman – Stylist – Level 1 / New Talent
Elyse is a recent graduate of Aveda Institute. She is passionate about all things beauty!
Elyse loves water sports – she loves being on the lake. She also loves her two dogs, and watching movies. Elyse looks forward to meeting new clients and helping them enhance their own beauty with a new style, cut, or color.