collective - (ke•lek’•tiv), adj., n.
1. Denoting a number of persons or things considered as one group or whole (e.g., a flock of birds).
2. Marked by similarity among or with the members of a group.
3. A vision shared or assumed by all members of a group.
about our collective
When Aviary first opened its doors in 2009, it was the first Atlanta-area spa and salon to embrace product lines that were gentle on both the body and environment. But it also became revered for its friendly personnel, all of whom quickly developed into some of the city’s top, trusted talent. Allure, InStyle, American Salon, GOOP, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, The Atlantan and several other prominent media outlets have all given Aviary fierce accolades, celebrating it as a tranquil oasis in the heart of a big, bustling city.
facials + waxing
Amy Leavell Bransford
For Aviary founder and owner Amy Leavell Bransford, music and green living are a family affair. Her father, keyboardist Chuck Leavell, is a tree farmer and noted environmentalist who has performed with everyone from the Indigo Girls to The Rolling Stones. Her mother, Rose Lane Leavell, owned Macon, Georgia’s most forward thinking and fashionable women’s boutique for 25 years, opening in 1977 when Amy was 2 years old. Amy spent Summers and afternoons at Cornucopia Gallery unintentionally learning the how-to’s of operating a small business from Rose Lane. Bransford’s career hasn’t fallen far from her family tree.
For nearly a decade, she was a publicist for bands such as Cake, 311 and Widespread Panic before enrolling at the Atlanta School for Aesthetics. In 2008, after working at Atlanta’s top spas, Amy opened a private facial studio which offered bespoke, organic skin care in a relaxing, music-filled setting. She founded the Aviary in 2009 after seeing an increasing desire for a wider range of sustainable beauty treatments in a boutique setting. Amy is actively involved as a fundraiser, chairperson and volunteer for a variety of local organizations, including Community Farmers Markets, Westchester Elementary School and the Inman Park Festival. She lives in Decatur with her husband Steve, sons Miles and Rocco and dog Penny Lane.
A metro Atlanta native, Deb started her career in the communications field before enrolling at the International School of Skin, Nail, and Massage Therapy for her esthetics license. She worked as a makeup artist for five years before discovering her true passion was actually under the makeup and set out to become a skin guru. Having won a battle with cystic acne in her early 20’s, Deb is passionate about making her clients feel beautiful in the skin they were given. Her communication background comes in handy as she is a great listener and loves to connect with clients to address their specific issues and stay committed to their skin goals. When she’s not at Aviary, you can find Deb at her home in Decatur, hanging with her two cats - Kilo and Kona- sewing, making jewelry, taking detox baths, or watching Law & Order.
Michele Meck brings nearly a decade of luxury spa experience to the Aviary, having worked in high end destination spas in Key West, Florida before moving to Atlanta to join the team. She obtained her license in esthetics in 2009 and has since spent hundreds of hours studying in advanced education classes to further her knowledge of skin care and speed waxing. Her passion for esthetics is rooted in the spa and wellness industry and nutrition. In her practice, she loves to help her clients obtain and maintain the best possible skin for a healthy glow at any age. When Michele isn’t working toward helping you achieve your skin care goals, she can be found outside, listening to music, cooking and spending time with her daughter Aurora.
Maria was born in Rota, Spain but grew up in Atlanta after traveling with family for the first three years of her life. While seeking a degree in journalism, a facial gifted to her changed the direction of Maria’s career forever. In 2009, she enrolled in the Aveda Institute of Atlanta, aiming to learn the tools to deliver the same amazing experience she’d had with her first facial to her future clients. Maria is passionate about caring for skin with kindness and love and has grown to really understand skin care and how it relates to protecting and connecting us with the world. When she’s not dabbling in the latest facial treatment or skincare line, you can find her reading, writing, adding to her collection of vintage clothing, and spending time with her son and loved ones.
Meet hairstylist Victoria, a decade-plus pro at styling high-profile clients. Victoria graduated from Paul Mitchell in 2005 and went on to study under Jon Reyman for Spoke and Weal in Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, Victoria gained experience styling for film, photography, television and runway shows. She worked alongside Emma Stone, whom she styled for Visit California’s “Dream Big” campaign video, The Foo Fighters (styling the cover for Rolling Stone Magazine), Incubus, Miyavi, Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, Donna Karan and Ne-Yo. Victoria joined the Aviary in 2016 after relocating to Atlanta and seeking a private hair studio where her laid-back manner would be the perfect fit. A certified OWAY colorist, Victoria’s specialty is in helping her clients find the best color and cut for their personality and styling and finishing hair. When she isn’t using her superpowers styling the stars, Victoria enjoys cooking, crafting & being outdoors with her French Pin pup, Bowie.
Creating beautiful hair that enhances his clients’ appearance is a priority for stylist David Armstrong. The Cleveland native moved to Atlanta in 1995 and brings over two decades of experience cutting and coloring hair to the Aviary collective. While working in several of the city’s top salons, David developed a loyal clientele that sought him out for his consistency, service and technical skill. During this time, he also worked on films, fashion shows, print and television commercials before committing himself to his true love, working behind the chair. David’s approach to doing hair is very personalized, finding inspiration and instinct during the consultation process and developing long term relationships with clients. Outside of the salon David and his husband Aaron are passionate world travelers, in and out of the country several times a year. The experience of exploring other countries and cultures inspires him both in and out of the salon. When not working on clients, David loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors with Aaron and Ginger, their rescued pit mix.
**David is not available for online booking. Please email to inquire about scheduling an appointment.