Karen Damon

Ciao Bella Skincare opened its doors in March of 2011 when Newburyport local, Karen Damon, decided that after years of experience in the field of esthetics, it was time to create her own relaxing spa-like retreat for her clients.

Karen graduated from Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics. Prior to receiving her education, she worked in the Medical Spa industry where she discovered her love of skin. She was trained by Laser Nurse Consultants working closely with nurses and providing laser skincare and hair removal treatments.

As owner of Ciao Bella Skincare, Karen prides herself on being the ‘empress of the epidermis.’ She loves to work with her clients to help transform their skin to become more youthful and healthy. She enjoys performing chemical peels as much as giving a teenager their first facial. 

Using scientifically formulated PCAskin skincare products and providing extensive client education, Karen focuses on the individual needs of every skin type and client to help you reach your skincare goals.


Susan Ryan-Tierney

Susan came aboard the Ciao Bella Skincare team in September of 2013. Susan is a 2001 graduate of Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics and received her eyelash certification through Xtreme Lashes.  After graduating from Catherine Hinds, Susan opened Be Pink, a high-end cosmetic and skincare boutique located in downtown Newburyport.  At Be Pink Susan performed makeup applications, waxing, facial services, and eyelash extensions.  Be Pink successfully operated until 2007 when Susan closed the store to focus on her family. 

Susan offers full body and face waxing. She is eager to educate you about your skin and refresh your look with a facial or a chemical peel.
Her specialty is Lash Extensions, Susan has performed hundreds of applications and has built a reputation for making women's eyes look beautiful, enhanced, natural and youthful.


LeeAnn Palis

LeeAnn received her education from Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics. She has been an esthetician for over 20 years and we are ecstatic to have her on our team. With her years of experience working with all different skin-types. Our 'skincare guru' continued her education and has received certifications in Microdermabrasion, Laser Hair Removal, and PCAskin peels and products.

LeeAnn is also a 'speed waxer' and loves to make eyes pop with an eyebrow wax and an eyelash tint. She loves people as much as she loves giving facials. Make an appointment with our 'guru' and we are sure it won't be your last.


Kathy Nagel, R.N., B.S.N.

Kathy got her Nursing degree from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. She worked for almost 20 years as a Registered Nurse in various cardiac units where she gained valuable experience in assessing and management of patient care.  She entered the Aesthetics’ industry in 2004 with her initial training in Beverly Hills, California.  She continued with ongoing advanced teachings for the injection of Botox Cosmetics and Cosmetic Fillers and now is a Master Level Injector. She also is considered an artist in the area of Facial Cosmetic Fillers, as well as an expert in the laser aesthetics industry including Body Sculpting, Skin Tightening and Cellulite Reduction treatments. Her experience has provided her with specific skills to assess her client’s needs and provide specific solutions in a very cost effective manner.  Kathy also accepts referrals graciously


Dr. Ballenas

Dr. Ballenas has been certified in medical esthetics since 2004. He is a Board Eligible Emergency Medicine Physician, an Associate Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Physicians and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

The staff of Ciao Bella Skincare is pleased to Have Dr. Ballenas as their Acting Medical Director.