THERAPY HAIR STUDIO – OUR TEAM
David Bamford, Luis Perez, Victoria Souder, Marvin Neville, John Spadaro, Erin Conley, Kelly Schroeder, Timothy Silmon, Suleiman Telfah, Kelsey Champion, Dale Tu, Casey Holloway, Karla Godinez, Kim Nguyen and Aubrie Layne. A truly international group of stylists – Australia, Mexico to mention a few – who together as a team create a relaxed, natural and refreshing environment with many years of experience.
During his time at Therapy, David has taken the salon to new heights of prestige—not just in Houston, but throughout the U.S. He has an eye for talent, and together with co-founder Luis Perez, he has brought together a team of specialists that share the same dedication and passion to the trade as he does. David’s insistence on quality, as well as his focus on cutting-edge stylistic techniques, has led the salon to many industry accolades and honors, not least of which include Top Salon in Texas by InStyle’s Beauty Black Book.
During his career, he has been interviewed by and featured in some of the most highly regarded fashion magazines in the world, including Glamour Magazine, Modern Salon, American Salon, Culture Magazine, Vogue, Allure, Elle and Canadian-based Salon Magazine. He is seen regularly on Houston news stations and entertainment shows such as ABC’s Mirror and Good Day Houston. He is an indefatigable traveler, and is a frequent headline presenter for stylist shows in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Seattle, to name a few.
Education has continued to be a mainstay for David during his career. He was selected as one of four session masters worldwide for Kevin Murphy, an honor which allowed him to both take part in the development of new looks and to influence the style industry on a world scale. He has taught Kevin Murphy techniques throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. He also offers a wide range of classes at Therapy, allowing many of the new Therapy employees a chance to tap into his extensive industry knowledge.
David developed his passion for hair styling at an early age, becoming a member of the I.H.S. Artistic Team and working heavily with the Schwarzkopf Group as a National Platform Artist. He has styled hair for several award-winning films, and worked with film stars and national celebrities ranging from Farah Fawcett and Jacklyn Smith to Oscar de la Renta and Mohammad-Ali. He has worked side by side with some of the greatest hair stylists in the world, including Jose Eber and Kevin Murphy. He is a mainstay hairstylist for many designer photo shoots such as David Peck and Elaine Turner. He along with the Therapy editorial support team has several magazine photo shoots.
A highly sought-after colorist and hair stylist on a national scale, Luis Perez has continued to advance his industry in exciting new ways. As one of the co-founders of Houston-based Therapy Hair Studio, he has worked hard to create a relaxed yet professional atmosphere within the salon. His reputation as well as his renowned dedication to his customer’s needs has allowed him to build an extensive clientele that is constantly growing.
Luis has trained under some of the most well-known names in the industry, including legendary Beverly Hills colorist, Jose Eber, as well as Tova Day Spa owner, Tova Kindred. He has undergone academic training in locations as diverse as Toronto, Paris, New York, London and Los Angeles. He has received advanced training for Tony & Guy as well as advanced color technique training from the Kevin Murphy Academy. His knowledge of color is so complete, he was recently asked to teach advanced color training for German-based hair-product company Wella AG in Los Angeles.
Luis is passionate about continuing the professional-grade services offered by Therapy Hair Studio in Houston. “Walking out the door feeling beautiful and confident is our commitment to our customers,” he said, “whether with me or David, or any of the Therapy Hair stylist team members.”
Suleiman Telfah is one of the most sought-after hair stylists currently working in Houston today. His tenure with David and Luis at Therapy Hair Studio has allowed him to meet and exchange ideas with many of the most important figures in the styling world.
Suleiman, fondly nicknamed Suli by his loyal, elite clientele, believes in both precision and dedication to deliver a fabulous hairstyle to his clients.
Beginning his career shortly after graduating from the Orlando Pita Master Styling Class in 2007, Suleiman quickly became a cutting-edge hair stylist working in the Houston area. He moved on to Bumble & Bumble, advancing his craft and, later on, becoming a well-regarded instructor. In 2009 he attended several classes with L’Oreal Professional, allowing him to take his styling to the next level. During this time he began his two-year training with renowned international artist, Loris Fusi Goldberg.
Suleiman has been an integral part of several fashion shows and pageants, including the Tiffany Awards, Miss Texas in 2009 and the Junior League of Houston in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2010, he became a lead stylist for the MTV show “Battle of the Bands”. That same year he published his most vanguard styles in Houston Magazine. Suleiman lives and breathes fashion, and he can often be found behind the scenes at many fashion shows, not least of which is New York’s Fashion Week, where he often works on shows for designers Rodarte, Theory and Phillip Lim 3.1. He greatly enhances Therapy with both his personality and his linguistic skills (he speaks both Arabic and Spanish!)
Erin Conley has been a steadfast fixture in the styling industry for years, working with advanced styling techniques and training under some of the most influential hairdressers in the United States and beyond. She has developed a distinctive clientele at Therapy Hair Studio in Houston, where she specializes in Balayage: an artistic, European painting technique for hair which results in a youthful, sun-kissed appearance.
After a brief stint in corporate America, Erin made the decision to follow her passion in hair styling, and soon enrolled at Visible Changes University. Soon after, she began her career working independently at the renowned Houston-based salon, Blue Mambo. During her nine years at Blue Mambo, Erin trained under international Vidal Sasson stylists in addition to extensive education and leadership training with Toni & Guy.
Erin has developed a diverse education portfolio, including multiple certifications for prominent hair styling brands such as Schwarzkopf, Kerastase, Martin Parsons and Kevin Murphy. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, as well as a minor in Marketing, from Miami University in Ohio. Of all the training that she has received, her time under styling expert Jose Eber has been the most influential to her.
Her expertise in the styling industry has given her a chance to work exclusively with top modeling agency Page Parkes, where she often works side-by-side with Mrs. Parkes herself. She can often be found working with the Therapy Editorial team, helping with hair on local photo shoots and fashion shows. She especially enjoys working with brides, as well as creating the perfect look for that special night out on the town.
Kelly Schroeder is a professional stylist for Therapy Hair Studio specializing in hair extensions, up-do’s and creating seamless styles. She combines an unmatched creativity and a relentless passion for hair with an impressive resume of credentials and certifications in the styling industry. Her skills immediately caught the attention of David and Luis, co-owners of Therapy, and she soon had a job working as David’s understudy. She was a sponge and honed her skills during her apprenticeship, quickly becoming a top stylist with a growing list of dedicated clients.
Kelly had an advanced skillset in the art of hair styling even before she met the team at Therapy. In 2008, she began training as a Kevin Murphy educator, later assisting with Kevin Murphy shows throughout the United States. In 2012, she began training in Vidal Sasson techniques, and in 2013 she began work on her Martin Parsons up-do certification.
Kelly has a sharp eye when it comes to styling, and she is constantly looking for details that will bring out the best in her client’s hair. She often employs this skill during shoots with the Therapy Editorial team, where she works side by side with David in between photo shoots.
Victoria Souder was already an accomplished hair stylist when she began working for Therapy Hair Studio in Houston, where she currently enjoys her position on the Editorial Hair and Makeup team as a Senior Stylist.
Her extensive education has made her an important asset to the team at Therapy, as well as a trusted stylist to her ever-growing clientele. Education has been a constant focus for Victoria throughout her life, first attending VCU in Houston, and then pursuing a number of essential certifications, including a Coppala Keratin Certification in 2008, a Hot Heads Extensions Certification in 2009 and a Hairdreams certification in 2010. She attended the Vidal Sassoon Academy in 2010, and the Martin Parsons Long Hair Design in 2013.
Victoria began her career in beauty at the early age of 19 when she began working as a makeup artist for the well-known cosmetic company, Lancome. Her eleven-year tenure at Lancome only sparked her interest in the field even more, leading her to enroll in beauty school and earn her license. Shortly after, she studied under famed hair colorist Tova Kindred at Tova Day Spa in Houston.
Her work has been published in Modern Salon, Culture Magazine and Gloss Magazine, as well as being featured on ABC’s Mirror Mirror on several occasions. She is a constant fixture at photo shoots for fashion magazines in the area, where she assists with hair and makeup. When she is at the studio, she is known for both her quality of work and her upbeat attitude.
Marvin Neville is an accomplished color specialist and hair stylist currently working at Therapy Hair Studio in Houston, Texas. At Therapy, he applies his extensive knowledge in the field of hair color to an ever-growing list of dedicated clients. His passion for color has led him from Paris to Los Angeles, New York to Dallas, in a bid to further expand upon his already-impressive industry know-how.
Marvin Neville began his career as a hairdresser over twelve years ago, when he enrolled in cosmetology school at Visible Changes University, studying under top colorist Gina Diaz. He recognized an even deeper passion for color while attending classes and seminars with John Paul DeJoria, CEO of Paul Mitchell Systems.
After some time working with Visible Changes, he made a decisive move to Houston to work as a color specialist at José Eber Salons. His training under José Eber improved his confidence and greatly increased his exposure to celebrity clients. His clientele during this time included Jacklyn Smith, Mohammad-Ali and Annabeth Gish. He also performed several make-over segments with local television host, Deborah Duncan.
Upon leaving José Eber Salons, Marvin found a position working with Tova Kindred at Tova Day Spa. He actively took steps to extend his education at this time, training in cut and color classes with Toni and Guy at their International Academy in Paris, L’Oreal in New York, and Wella in Dallas and Houston. His experiences at Therapy have only increased his passion for color, and if you stop by the studio on any given day, you’re likely to find Marvin coloring tresses, a few of which may be attached to the head of a Texan’s cheerleader.
Timothy Silmon is a talented stylist employed at Therapy Hair Studio in Houston. After an extensive training with co-owners David Bamford and Luis Perez, he began excelling at advanced color techniques as well as both classic and creative hairdressing. He is constantly looking for ways to improve his trade, and has further advanced his education by honing in on a number of critical certifications as well as joining the Kevin Murphy team as a platinum key educator.
Timothy started his career as a hair stylist while working for Blue Mambo hair salon, picking up the basics and learning more with each passing day. In 2010, Tim joined the Kevin Murphy team as a key educator, and in 2012, he earned his title as a Platinum key educator. Tim shows an obvious passion for his craft and is able to bring that passion for hair to each client that sits in his chair. He has also received his certification in Global Keratin Systems, another well-regarded name in the industry.
Tim is well known within Kevin Murphy fashion circles, as well aswith the Kevin Murphy education team. He is also quickly becoming an authority outside of these circles due to a steady stream of editorial work he receives from KM. When he is at Therapy, his greatest pleasure comes from making sure that his clients are fully equipped and inspired to take great care and pride in their hair.
When John Spadaro began work for Houston-based Therapy Hair Studio in 2009, he was already an extremely qualified candidate, with over 25 years of experience in the field and a long list of accreditations under his belt. He enjoys a dedicated and vast clientele due to both his outgoing personality and his impressive industry expertise.
John began his career in his hometown of Dubois, PA, where he attended the Academy of Cosmetology. After receiving his operator’s license, he went on to study at Pivot Point International in Chicago, IL, quickly adding his instructor’s license to his list of accomplishments. With home on his mind, he moved back to Pennsylvania, eventually becoming an enthusiastic instructor at the very same Academy of Cosmetology where he first began his studies.
In 1984, he made the decision to leave home once again, this time to Houston, where he worked with the creative team at Lord & Taylor’s Galleria Salon. Not long after he joined Tova Kindred at Tova Day Spa, using this time to greatly enhance his expertise in the styling industry. His extensive work at Tova—over 24 years—as well the advanced training programs he undertook at this time in London, New York and Los Angeles, has made him a respected voice in the industry, as well as a major asset to Therapy.
John’s greatest loves, aside from hairstyling, are his two West Highland White Terriers named Vivian and Anna. And when nobody is watching, he enjoys styling their hair, too.
Kelsey Champion joined the Therapy Hair Studio team two years ago as an apprentice. Under the experienced eyes of co-founder Luis Perez, she has greatly advanced both her knowledge and experience in the field and is now a specialist on both hair color and extensions. Because of her talents, she has developed a dedicated clientele that continues to grow with each passing month.
Kelsey’s passion for hair styling began at an early age, eventually leading her to Paul Mitchell’s Beauty school. Upon graduating from Paul Mitchell, she received an enviable position as understudy of Luis Perez, co-owner of Therapy. She took in all the color expertise while working with Luis, and now she is his backup working specifically with his clientele. Kelsey believes in continual education and takes advantage of all the classes taught at Therapy. She also pursues training outside of Therapy, and in 2013 she received her up-do training certification with Martin Parsons.
Kelsey is constantly seeking out knowledge regarding the most up-to-date techniques and trends in the hair styling world, and is constantly taking classes offered by the Therapy Academy, where both Luis and David provide instruction. She is both committed to and passionate about the industry, and puts a great focus on finding a hair color to suit each client’s complexion and features perfectly. Kelsey has a natural talent for giving her clients what they want so that they leave looking and feeling beautiful.
Dale Tu is a seasoned hair and color stylist with over ten years in the industry, and is an expert in the use of many different techniques and treatments. While his area of expertise is substantially broad, smoothing and straightening tend to be the areas he is most focused on. His recent move to Therapy has been well-received by everyone, and he is excited to build new relationships and a new clientele in the Houston area.
In a recent move to Houston, Dale left behind a well-established reputation in Boise, Idaho, not only as one of the more prominent session and editorial artists, but also his esteemed nomination as one of Boise’s top hair stylists for the prestigious iAm Fusion Award. For many years, Dale worked at Boise-based Salon 117, named one of the Best Salons in North America by Elle Magazine for the past two years. It was during the years at Salon 117 that he had the opportunity to work with Tia Lee, Artisan for Keune International.
Dale’s love and passion for the industry has taken him around the world, and during a trip to Asia he was certified to properly execute the Japanese Hair Relaxer. He is also one of the few educators and trainers for the Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Treatment, the first of many keratin treatments launched in the United States. Of all of his accomplishments however, he is most proud of his time spent as an fellow educator and trainer working alongside renowned hairstylist Kevin Murphy.
Out of all of the high-end salons in Houston, Dale made the decision to go with Therapy out of a belief that it was indeed the best in the city. He had already worked with David during his time with Kevin Murphy and felt that Therapy was a natural choice for him to continue advancing his career.
Casey Holleway is a Houston native working as a color, cut, and style specialist at Therapy Hair Studio. She has advanced in her apprenticeship under Luis and David, and increasingly displays an incredible amount of talent and expertise in cut, color and styling. She absolutely loves working for Therapy, and believes her training here has given her the tools she needs to excel and become one of the best hairstylists in Houston.
After developing her core skills at Paul Mitchell School, Casey immediately set upon finding a job at one of the premier salons in the Houston area. For her, no chain or second tier salon was an option. Her acceptance into Therapy gave her access to some of the greatest hairstylists to learn from in the U.S. She began eight months of training under David, and nine under Luis, thoroughly solidifying her skillset and vastly improving her knowledge in the field.
Casey’s passion for hair has been a guiding presence in her life for years and years. Before she became an official hair stylist, she was an unofficial one, and spent many of her high school years practicing new techniques on her friends. To her great credit in those early years, she didn’t draw blood even once.
Casey is working toward her Level One certification from Therapy Academy, which is where new recruits perform hands-on training by working on volunteers and models. At the same time, she works side by side with both David and Luis on a constant basis, and is constantly learning new tricks of the trade.
A native of Houston, Karla Godinez joined the Therapy Hair Studio team with plenty of ambition and a strong work ethic. She currently works as an assistant at Therapy, and her training under co-founder Luis Perez has provided her with a foundational knowledge regarding both the industry and the artistic aspects of hair. She shows considerable talent in the fields of color, cut and style, and loves the intensive classes that Therapy Hair Studio offers on a constant basis.
Karla’s training began when she enrolled in the Paul Mitchell school in Houston, where she quickly picked up the core components of the trade, as well as an expert knowledge of Paul Mitchell techniques. Her passion and understanding of the trade was advanced further still while training and taking classes with David and Luis. Her exploration into the field has only made her even more passionate about it, and she continues to seek out new styles and new approaches to hair color and style.
Since she began working for Therapy, Karla has realized that she is very fortunate to get the opportunity to train and learn from some of the top stylists in the country. Her favorite thing about the craft is seeing people walk out happy, transformed, and feeling great about themselves.
Aubrie Layne’s meteoric rise in the makeup and beauty industry eventually led her to meet David and Luis at Houston-based Therapy Hair Studio, where she currently specializes in makeup artistry. Her passion for makeup has taken her across three different contents, and has brought her to dozens of runway shows throughout the world. Her work has been published hundreds of premier fashion magazines, and she has applied her techniques to a growing list of stars, politicians and entertainment personalities.
With over 14 years in the industry, Aubrie is one of the most established makeup artists in Houston and the United States. Technically trained in advanced makeup artistry, she has worked in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan and Malaysia in addition to the runways of Paris, London, Houston, Miami and New York during fashion weeks. She has taken part in events with Chloe Dao, David Peck and Elaine Turner. During this time she contributed to a number of celebrity events, including being the proxy makeup artist for “NASA Bride”, which documented the first wedding in space.
She developed a successful career as a Global Artist for Laura Mercier Cosmetics, which vastly increased her skill and expertise in the field. While working with Laura Mercier, she successfully showcased her work in Paris, London, Miami and New York fashion weeks for Giles Rosier, Alice & Alivia and Pamella Rolland. She also participated in fashion shows including Zac Posen, St. John, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Hamilton, Badgley Mischka, Chanel, Escada, Versace and Carolina Herrera. Her editorial work has been seen by readers of Houston Modern Luxury, Modern Salon, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Weddings in Houston, Houston Chronicle, Female, CitaBella, Prestige, Apple Daily, Gloss and Houston Magazine.
Aubrie has continued to leave a mark in the makeup and beauty industry due to hard work and an intense passion for what she does. At Therapy, she displays an obvious desire to help her clients achieve their beauty goals, not least of which include Petra Nemcova, Molly Sims, Fergie, Katie Lee, Sheila Kelly and Charla Krupp. Aubrie has also made contributions to television shows Great Day Houston and ABC’s Mirror, Mirror as Lead Makeup Artist. She is currently working on her most ambitious project yet: her own line of false lashes under the Lucky Cat Beauty name, which will launch in the fall of 2013.
Jahan possesses a gift for highlighting the natural beauty through makeup, giving a soft, beautiful look that is sophisticated yet subtle. She has had a love for makeup and the fashion industry since high school where she gained her first experience doing proms and other events.
Her skills led her to a position at a premiere local make-up studio where she learned from some of the best and most established makeup artists in Houston. Soon she was showing off her talents as they sent her to various sites to work bridal events, proms, birthdays and other special occasions. She even had the opportunity to work events for Laura Mercier. Other credits include doing makeup behind the scenes for Houston Fashion Week, an event she will work again this year.
Jahan loves all aspects of makeup artistry and thoroughly enjoys combining her love of fashion with her love of makeup. Jahan’s client list has steadily grown with regulars coming in for makeup, eyebrow shaping and lashes. “Friday Night Fixups” provides her the most fun where she loves putting on the final touches before someone’s big night on the town.
Kim Nguyen has been a familiar face at Therapy Hair Studio since it opened its doors in 2008. She has decades of experience working in the nail care industry, making her an essential asset to the Therapy team. She performs exceptional manicures and pedicures, and specializes in a number of different techniques including Reflexology and Shellac nail polish.
Kim has received immense praise in the fashion world during her twenty plus years in the industry, not least of which was being recognized as Best Pedicurist in the United States by Allure Magazine in the July 1997. She continues to advance her trade and most importantly she enjoys pampering her clients with her magical spa pedicures. She makes sure her clients feel comfortable during every treatment.
On any given day at work, you can find Kim in the newly developed (and very relaxing!) Pedi-spa room at Therapy Hair Studio.