Our Team in McLean
We are a talented, caring, hard-working group with diverse life experiences and a singular purpose: To help you look and feel beautiful. So, whether you visit us here at our original location, or in our brand new Dolce Vita Salon at TYSONS GALLERIA, you are sure to feel our energetic warm vibe. Now, let’s meet the team in McLean. We are confident you will find several intriguing stylists, estheticians, nail, and skin therapists who are just right for you.
Jean Paul Achour
With 25 years of experience in hair design and color, our Founder and Chief Executive Stylist takes the lead in color design. His trend-setting hairstyles complement one’s look and personality as he implements the latest techniques in multi-dimensional color and Balayage. Jean Paul opened the original DOLCE VITA SALON & SPA in McLean, VA in 2003 so you may enjoy the “good life”. He acquired the second DOLCE VITA SALON location at TYSONS GALLERIA in late 2015 thereby expanding the DOLCE VITA brand and taking it into new heights. “Style works it’s way from the inside out. My ideal as an artist is to create styles that will leave my guests looking and feeling great by creating colors and cuts that bring out their best features and complement their character.”
Spa Director and Master Esthetician
Tiffany joined DOLCE VITA in 2015 as a licensed Master Esthetician. Through her leadership, as a Spa Director, we continue to evolve and improve our spa services. In practice for over thirteen years, she has worked for some of the most successful spas in the industry. Tiffany is certified in over 25 skincare lines, and she specializes in Age Management, Acne Care, and Brazilian Waxing. Using the latest techniques, modalities, and products her goal is to provide smooth, radiant, and youthful skin with potent, fast, and comfortable results. “I simply love helping people improve their skin with innovative and simple strategies. I strongly believe progressive cosmetics, combined with individual treatments, when directed by a skincare professional deliver the best value for your skincare dollar.”
Eric Khairalla M.D.
Dr. Eric Khairalla is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with a special interest in cosmetic surgery. He has received extensive training in both the United States and Canada and completed two extra fellowships in cosmetic surgery after his residency; including one at Georgetown University Medical Center. He has been in private practice for more than 15 years and is licensed in MD, DC, and VA. He has also served as a Medical Spa Director in Northern Virginia for the past three years. He has received multiple awards including American’s Top Plastic Surgeons by Consumers Research Council of America, Regional Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical, and People’s Choice Award. Dr. Khairalla takes great pride in his consistent results, individual care, and attention to detail, and stays abreast on the latest developments in his specialty.
With over ten years experience, Betty is a successful esthetician and make-up artist focused on helping clients feel beautiful and confident. Her wide range of expertise includes skin care consultations, customized facials, microdermabrasion, acne treatments, chemical peels, laser hair removal, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, and waxing. Betty has experience at 5-Star hotels in Miami including The St. Regis and the Fairmont TurnBerry. The Washingtonian Magazine recognized Betty’s award-winning Signature Facial saying her, “Healing touch, perfect for the generous face, scalp, arm, and neck message she includes.” Betty continuously works to surpass your expectations and she is genuinely dedicated to each and every one of your needs.
Yvette Zarookian is a Master Esthetician with over 21 years of experience serving her clients in the McLean and Tysons Corner area. Yvette specializes in performing hands-on skin care treatments of all types as well as brow shaping, face and body waxing, microdermabrasion, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, and body treatments. She has worked at both the Estee Lauder Spa and the Saks Fifth Avenue Salon and Spa, and in January 2011 Yvette was featured in Washingtonian Magazine as “Best Esthetician in Tysons, McLean, and Vienna.” For the past 17 years Yvette has earned the Super Star Award winner from Estée Lauder and from Saks Fifth Avenue. “I get goose bumps when my clients tell me they’ve traveled the world over and never found anyone who can make them look and feel so good.”
Cyndy has over 10,000 hours of experience in massage therapy and is fully certified in every modality of massage we offer. She has special techniques for those who are pregnant, in chemotherapy, or with breast procedures. Cyndy serves people with neck, shoulder, and wrist injuries, so common among computer users. She also works with athletes in both pre- and post-event therapy. In addition to massage, Cyndy is certified in Dry Cupping Therapy to enhance circulation and relieve pain—especially that caused by repetitive motion. Dry Cupping may be experienced alone or in combination with massage. Cyndy graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2002. She has been a massage trainer and lead therapist for several major companies. “I believe in continuing education because the massage therapy field is always evolving and providing new opportunities to serve my clients.” Cyndy is a Falls Church, VA native and is married with one child.
Makeup Specialist, Esthetician, and Beauty Advisor
Rania has more than 10 years of experience in skin care. After graduating from Esthetic School in Lebanon she worked at one of the top salons in Beirut. She specializes in make-up artistry and has worked with iconic figures, actors, singers and models. Rania’s journey ultimately led her to The Esthetic Institute in Northern Virginia. Her work experience includes The Salon and Spa at Saks Fifth Avenue as well as Red Door Spa, by Elizabeth Arden. Rania offers the ultimate quality and technique in permanent make up, micro-blading, and color correction for a pain-free natural look. She possesses a remarkable eye for detail in bridal makeup, achieving unforgettable beauty and everlasting memories. Rania has built outstanding skills and provides only the most advanced noninvasive skin rejuvenation treatments including Dermatude and Microcurrent. “I love making my clients look flawless and feel comfortable, confident, and gorgeous.”
McLEAN SALON STAFF
Having been in the industry for over 20 years, Tap is an Executive Stylist at DOLCE VITA. While he has perfected the classic cuts, he enjoys stepping outside the box to create custom designs for those looking to be more cutting-edge. Tap enjoys the process of transforming his guests by taking the time to understand their lifestyle and individual needs. His work has been featured in many magazines and he has worked behind the scenes at many fashion shoots. If you want that perfect look, whether it’s for a wedding or a special night out, he is known for his “event” hair. His attention to detail and perfection of his craft has built a loyal following. We are confident you will be more than pleased with Tap’s styles and consistency.
Leslie is an Executive Stylist offering her extraordinary talents to you through DOLCE VITA. She comes with more than twenty years of experience, a positive attitude that exudes confidence, and an unequivocal sense of style and fashion. Her expertise, and the different techniques she uses to achieve a particular look, speak of a focussed professional entirely dedicated to making a difference. “My goal is to always find the best possible way to fit the haircut and the hair color with your facial features while taking into account your lifestyle and personal taste.”
An Executive Stylist delivering stunning looks for over fifteen years, Julia Perez brings passion and the love of classic styling with proven techniques to her clientele. She is known for individualizing every hairstyle to her guest’s own distinct personality. Julia’s skill-set brings you a full spectrum of services that have taken a lifetime to perfect, including The Brazilian Keratin Treatment, corrective coloring, highlighting, and innovative and dynamic cutting. She has also perfected the amazing updo. She possesses a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the science, health, and art of hair design. “I find it important to take the time to get to know the client and her needs to ensure her complete satisfaction!”
With more than fifteen years of experience as a Master Stylist, Shahnaz has mastered the art of hairdressing, particularly up-dos. She has studied and practiced her art in New York as well as Virginia. Shahnaz is very creative and enjoys pleasing her guests. “I enjoy seeing the looks on my guests’ faces when they’re happy with the changes I have given them.”
Madina Maksidova is a Stylist and has been Jean Paul’s full-time assistant and colorist since 2009. Madina attended cosmetology school in Nalchik, Russia and was mentored by Soslan Shashev. Madina believes the best hair service starts with a proper consultation. She has a very strong sense of style and aesthetics that makes her a true artist. Madina is highly skilled in the latest techniques in cutting, coloring and finishing. She specializes in The Brazilian Keratin Treatment. “The best feeling in the world is when I see the expression on my guests’ faces when their hair transformation is complete. When my clients keep coming back to me; it’s the greatest compliment they can pay me!”
Erin received her training at the Graham Webb Academy in 2003. She originally joined DOLCE VITA from 2005-2011 before taking the opportunity manage Andrew Taylore Hair Design over the last three years. Fortunately, she recently let us welcome her back home in March 2014. As a Stylist, Erin only works with women and she specializes in cutting and blonding women’s hair. Erin is focused, she carries herself in a very professional manner, and she is regarded by all as genuine. “I care very much about my clients. I take pride in listening to their needs and desires. I love helping women get the result they are looking for and giving them the treatment they expect and deserve.”
As a Master Stylist and colorist, Paulina’s specialty is blending modern, contemporary, and conservative styles which allow her to give her clients a fresh, updated look without drastic changes. She has more than twenty years of experience and has studied the many facets of the business in distinguished schools on three continents, including the Llongeras School of Barcelona Spain. She is multilingual and has experience working in Italy and Ecuador. “I like the level of confidence my guests place in me which supports and inspires my creativity. My goal is to provide a relaxed environment in which my guest feels comfortable expressing his or her vision for their look.”
With five years of intensive training as an Associate Stylist with Jean Paul, Sam has now excelled as a Stylist for the past nine years. One word that best describes Sam is perfectionist. He specializes in Keratin treatments, highlights, and women’s long hair styles that are soft, smooth, and manageable. He is also excellent with short barber-style cuts for men. “The only thing I love more than making clients look beautiful, is making them feel stunning.”
Louma brings a young, fresh, and innovative approach to hair as a Stylist. She is constantly on the lookout for new trends; ensuring her clients are kept up-to-date. Louma always asks many questions to understand which color, cut, and style will best suit her guests. Louma’s specializes in updo’s and she has been working in the bridal business for over six years. She is our go-to-stylist for any special occasion or wedding. Louma’s friendly and super-positive energy is what automatically attracts people to her. She has also mastered color and cutting techniques that always leave her guests coming back for more. Louma’s Mantra: “Change is Good. After all, hair is constantly changing so we must change with it.”
In more than ten years honing her craft Ashley is a Master Stylist who has perfected her cutting and coloring skills. In addition to time spent with guests, she works in the classroom as a color trainer for Wella Professionals. Continuing her education with in-depth color correction and design enables Ashley to bring us the latest techniques. Her other activities include charity work with Walter Reed Army Hospital and on fashion shows benefiting AIDS patients. Ashley exudes passion for her work saying, “I love to be able to work with a guest to create a new look for any chapter in her life.”
Jinny has built a career as a Nail Artist since 1996. She is, by nature, a very calming and relaxing influence on everyone she serves. Jinny is a lovely balance of artistry, creativity, skill, perfectionism, and dexterity. She appreciates the beauty of natural nails but her strengths enable her to work with any product or technology including polishes, textures, gels, shellacs, and acrylics. The experience she provides her guests is constantly satisfying and unequaled anywhere in the region. “What I like most about my job is that bond I create with my guests. I enjoy seeing them on a regular basis, sharing life’s milestones as well a the simple moments. I am happy when my guest is happy.”