kelly painter, aviary's new esthetician

We are so pleased to welcome esthetician Kelly Painter to the Aviary nest. After refining her craft at Aveda Institute, Kelly worked locally for Sweetgrass Salon & Spa and Key Lime Pie. She also operated an independent practice in Charleston, SC. Now back in Atlanta, she brings over six years of experience to the treatment table – alongside comfort, laughter and a healing touch. Book an appointment here, get to know her a little better below and most importantly, welcome, Kelly! 1. After earning a BAS at Georgia State, you sought a career that you could look forward to every day. Do you feel you've found that? What would you say is most rewarding about your job?

It's definitely a career I look forward to everyday. My personality requires that I care for people. Making others happy, makes me happy (the epitome of a Virgo). The immediate gratification I experience through healing touch or transformative results is by far the most rewarding part of my job. I am able to see, hear and experience first hand how my craft helps clients. That makes me grateful and thankful to have found my passion.

2. What initially attracted you to Aviary?

Honestly... the adorable studio. I was meeting another potential job option in Studioplex and saw Aviary. I thought to myself, "what an adorable place... I want to work there!" Luckily, Amy was in the process of hiring another esthetician and fate brought us together. Plus, working with more organic and healthy products has been on my to-do list. I'm so thankful for this opportunity.

3. Do you have any favorite tunes to play in the treatment room?

I'm really into anything ambient and ethereal, it helps take the client to a different place (essential to total relaxation). Luckily with today's technology, programs like Pandora allow for an array of amazing music. Long gone are the days of listening to the same cheesy CD's on repeat... thank goodness!

4. As an Atlanta native, what are some of your favorite spots - food, adventure or otherwise?

Oh boy, this is a tough one. Some places I really miss (Everybody's Pizza had the best pizza salad!) but here's a short list of faves:

Food: I love hand-crafted cocktails and light snacks at Leon's, plus I'm perfecting my bocci ball skills. For yummy comfort food done with an elegant twist we {my family and boyfriend} always head to Babette's on N. Highland. Also, my boyfriend recently became Sous Chef at Fox Bros BBQ, so no complaints when some amazing BBQ makes it's way home!

Adventures: I'm originally from Stone Mountain, so any time spent walking our dog {Biscuit} at "the mountain" is special. It's a great retreat for me, and there's just something comforting about that big piece of granite. We are really into neighborhood exploring as well. There are so many awesome green spaces in Candler Park/Lake Claire area! But on rainy days you will find us at the movies. Midtown Arts and the local AMC have everything we need (including awesome popcorn)!

5. And lastly, if you were a bird, which bird would you be?

I have to say an Owl. Twice an owl has visited me (literally) and brought wisdom into a confusing time in my life. It's crazy how spirit animals do that. They are so magical and breathtaking to watch. Plus, who wouldn't want to turn their head all the way around?!