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, Citysearch, 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.
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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.
Atlanta local and 9 year veteran of esthetics, Kelly Painter brings comfort, laughter and a healing touch to the treatment table. After earning a degree from Georgia State University and working in the corporate world of sales, Kelly sought a career that she was truly passionate about. Her new path began at the Aveda Institute, where she cultivated an already natural ability to transform skin and take care of others. Kelly believes in an easy yet focused approach to skincare, with a treatment plan that is individualized for each client. She also holds a soft spot for brow and lash tinting and creating the perfect brow shape. A resident of Lake Claire neighborhood, she likes to spend her free time outdoors hiking with her rescue dog Biscuit.
Amy "Dee" Tecosky
A part of Atlanta’s vibrant creative community, you may have seen Amy “Dee” Tecosky around town. When she’s not at the treatment table, she’s writing or working on her show, Bleux Stockings Society, a monthly live literary event. Dee began studying esthetics with the goal of becoming a make-up artist but found that helping to heal problem skin called to her. Dee’s strength is blending natural remedies with modern skin care to find solutions for every skin type. Her favorite part of this work? The relationships she builds with her clients. An avid sports and fitness enthusiast, you may find her on the mat at Vesta Movement when not at the Aviary. Dee lives in Candler Park with her husband, Nick, and their celebrity cat, Italics.
Sydney Ross knew she wanted to work in Atlanta the moment she experienced the smell of magnolia trees while on a walk through the city’s historic Oakland Cemetery. In 2017 she followed her heart and decided to split time between salons in both Nashville and Atlanta, bringing her creative edge and love for street style to the Aviary team. As a cosmetology student at the Aveda Institute in Portland, Sydney collected experiences in top salons and spas, perfecting techniques in services ranging from natural nail care to facials. Finding her true passion with hair, Sydney specializes in creative cutting and coloring, razor cutting, balayage, and foil highlights. She values being a part of someone’s self-expression, encouraging bravery and instilling confidence in her clients. Always focused on providing a great guest experience, Sydney is a virtuoso with editorial, bridal, and special event styling and makeup application. Sydney is active and outdoorsy and loves to spend time hiking, paddle boarding, practicing yoga, and camping…preferably with her pups Yukon and Miso.
Meet hairstylist Victoria Gutierrez, 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.
Alexis Shanks grew up wanting to do something that would help people through the power of loving touch and transfer of positive energy. Alexis graduated from The Academy Of Somatic Healing Arts (ASHA) in 2009, and is certified in Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage, Therapeutic deep tissue and Swedish massage. She also has received advance certification in Massage Cupping, Reiki and CranioSacral Therapy. Her mission is to create collaborative relationships with her clients for the pursuit of optimal holistic wellness. She brings this, along with her generous and grateful spirit, to Aviary. These talents have helped Alexis develop a loyal clientele of local residents as well as a string of devoted film industry clients who seek her out when they are working in town. Alexis lives in Atlanta with her husband Benji and their son Oliver.