Katie Westgate – Founder + Esthetician
Weaving ancient and modern skin regeneration techniques, yogic lifestyle tips, and a passion for nutrition is how Katie Westgate, founder and lead esthetician at K.WEST approaches the healing journey each client begins when they walk in the door.
Healing the skin begins at the surface and is a catalyst for healing that extends through the body, mind and soul. Katie created K.WEST out of the desire to provide a beautiful sanctuary in which to return to wholeness through high vibe treatments, herbalism, energy and body work, yoga and community.
With nine years of experience as an esthetician in NYC and locally, and a graduate degree in experience design, Katie brings a highly attuned sensitivity to the experience of others. She is also a KRI certified Kundalini yoga instructor, and will be teacher at her studio, Shuniya at K.WEST, opening 2021.
Miranda Hodge – Esthetician + Nail Tech
With an extensive design and merchandising background, Miranda brings her expert eye to every aspect of her work. She came to K. WEST because she wanted to leave the corporate world and focus on something that brought more fulfillment to her life. She studied at the Douglas J. Aveda Institute in 2014 after moving to Ann Arbor for a life overhaul; and received her cosmetology and esthetics license to start this transition. The ayurvedic lifestyle approach has always been important to Miranda, with the idea of balance between mind, body and soul- especially when certain diseases run in bloodlines. Nutrition, exercise, and meditation are vital in living a long, fulfilled life, as well as monthly self care routines to maintain your overall well-being.
Miranda came to K. WEST to find the perfect balance between her home and professional life. She feels very in sync with the K. WEST beliefs and practices and wants to share her talents and passions with her clients. It’s not just her job, but also her lifestyle; believing firmly that when you love your job, you never have to work a day in your life!
When Miranda isn’t at the spa she devotes her time to the recovery community in Ann Arbor, specifically with Refuge Recovery; which is a Buddhist practice based program. Miranda has a deep connection to the movement as she has mentored several women through their recovery journey.
Nina McDermott – Reiki Master + Energy Healer
Each person is an accumulation of their individual experiences. In this way, no two people are alike. Add that to our passed-on genetic and family belief systems and the Self becomes even more unique. So when the time comes to turn inward, whether to heal, transform or for reflection, there is no single teaching that fits all.
Nina has spent over 30 years turning inward, looking to discover how to find peace and well-being within her own mind and body. She truly believes that this journey, this path, is one that each person must discover, explore, and walk on their own. For those who are ready to turn inward, Nina is an invaluable guide; helping fellow seekers heal, laugh, and love along the way. For those who need to heal old wounds before beginning such a journey, Nina will gently prepare your body and mind by clearing and balancing your energy, allowing for healing and self love to blossom.
Nina is a certified Reiki Master and has a deep meditation practice 30+ years strong. She has shared her love of meditation by teaching children and adults on retreats in Florida and California, special events and in schools. Currently she donates her time teaching the practice of mindfulness at Haisley Elementary School in Ann Arbor. She continues to learn and explore the landscape of turning inward so she may share this gift of true peace and understanding with those who are in need.
Trish Newman – Certified Massage Therapist
Trish Newman has over 22 years experience in Massage and CranioSacral Therapy. She has a BA in Biology from Wayne State University Detroit, is a graduate from Irene’s Myomassology Institute, and has been a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist since 1998. She has specialization in Orthopedic Massage, Upledger CranioSacral Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, and Swedish Massage. She strives to enhance her client’s quality of life, and is quite successful using a whole body approach, tailoring each session to individual need and goals.