Salon Staff and Stylists

   
   
  Jacquelyn Discenza
Proprietor
   
  Erin Bekert 
Erin is a graduate of Paul Mitchell The School of Schenectady.  She is available for to do woman's, men's and kid's cuts, along with color and highlights.

Erin specializes in short hair cuts and styles, from trendy to classic and all men's cuts including fades.  She is skilled at facial waxing, updo's, and special event make up.

Erin always enjoys the company of her clients.  She educates them on how to create new looks and styles at home with products for that Bella Vita Salon look.
   
   Josephine Bernardo 
Over the course of Josie's 20 years of experience, and as part of the Bella Vita family for over fifteen years, Josie has completed dozens of cutting and color classes from various industry leaders such as Paul Mitchell, Goldwell, Wella and Aveda.  Josie specializes in precision cutting and has an artistic vision along with an impeccable attention to detail. She enjoys working with her clients to come up with styles individualized to their needs. As a master of her craft, she keeps up with the latest techniques and hair trends.  She is currently continuing to improve her skills through training with Aveda educators.

Josie enjoys making people feel good about themselves and loves the feeling of accomplishment that comes in knowing her clients completely trust her.  Everyday brings something new and different for her, and she enjoys meeting new people.  Whether her clients desire a contemporary classic cut or a funky style, she will always make sure that they are pleased with their experience as well as the result.

  Ashley Biasini-Flint 
Ashley is a graduate of HFM Boces Cosmetology Program in Johnstown, NY and has been a part of the Bella Vita family for over ten years.

Ashley believes in staying current and up to date and taking an innovative approach with her guests that sit in her chair.

Ashley has taken the entire Aveda Color Series that includes, Master Your Mix, Pure Foiling, Full Spectrum Deep Color, Hair Color Solutions, Hair Color Systems, Beyond Balayage, and Balayage Basics.  She is currently in the process of completing classes to become an Aveda Educator.
   
   Katelyn Burke
Stylist
   
  Lott Charles 
Stylist
   
  Katie Degnan
Stylist
   
   Melody Ego
Stylist
   
   Shelby Fonda
Stylist
   
  Amanda Landrio
Amanda has been a part of the Bella Vita family since 1999 after graduating from Amsterdam High School's Cosmetology Program.

Amanda loves learning new techniques, and she has taken a number of color, cutting, and styling classes to further her education throughout the years from Aveda, Goldwell, Baco, Paul Mitchell, Framesi, and Kevin Murphy, among others.

With 18 years of experience, Amanda makes building comfortable and trusting client relationships her number one focus.  She loves coloring and trying new, trendy styles, and has an expert eye for suggesting flattering cuts for clients that want a change.
   
  Chelsie Lewis
Chelsie is a 2012 graduate of Austin's School of Spa Technology and has been a part of the Bella Vita family for three years.

Chelsie's specialized talents include color and highlighting, cutting, styling, as well as a passion for texturizing services that includes permanent waves and smoothing treatments.

If you want gorgeous hair that looks and feels healthy, allow Chelsie to work her magic with a Keratin Treatment.

No matter what service you choose, you will leave the salon feeling comfortable and confident about your experience with Chelsie.

   
               Joyce Lue 
Stylist

   
  Carmen Morales 
Carmen is a graduate of HFM Boces Cosmetology program in Johnstown, NY.  She has been a part of the Bella Vita family since 2009.

Carmen specializes in many haircuts from fades for men to stylish short or long haircuts for women to all children's cuts which she has a great passion for. 

Carmen is an experienced Aveda colorist and specializes in highlights, lowlights and all types of color.  Her skills also include relaxers and perms, as well as facial waxing.

For special events, Carmen loves to do updo's, blow-dry styling, and makeup where her artistic ability shines.

   
   Ally Opalka
Stylist
   
               Mindy Rivenburgh 
Stylist

   
               Mason Wager
Mason has been a part of the Bella Vita family since 2013.  He is an experienced Aveda Colorist and specializes in blonde highlighting, ombres, balayage, but is fantastic with all colors.

He especially enjoys working with long hair, and his specialty lies in blow dry styling to create the perfect finish to your service. 

When it comes to updo's, no matter what the occasion, Mason's talent really comes through.  He loves making you feel beautiful for your special day.



 
 
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