Our Team




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 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 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 a variety of clinical anti-aging treatments 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.  Susan has a love for both skincare and "all things lashes".

Susan is consistently learning and continuing her skincare education. She holds multiple certifications from PCASkin, Xtreme Lashes, Ellebana, and many others. Her passion is helping clients achieve a natural, youthful, beautiful look. Susan's skincare skills include face and body waxing, facials, peels, advanced anti-aging treatments, lash and brow tinting, as well as lash lifts. Susan is eager to educate you about your skin, your lashes, and guide you on how to refresh your look.


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" consistently broadening her education and has received certifications in Microdermabrasion, Laser Hair Removal, Collagen Induction Therapy, Dermaplaining, 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 Esthetics’ 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. Kathy is also a clinical educator for MERZ Cosmetics, training doctors and other medical providers on the use of their portfolio of injectable products. She is an artist in the area of Facial Cosmetic Fillers, as well as an expert in the laser esthetics 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.