Carol Thomas


 Carol is the owner of The Upper Cut with over 30 years of experience.   She specializes in multi-dimensional color , highlighting, and perms.  She has an associate degree in retailing from Becker College, as well as attending Vincent Julian, Kelly’s Beauty School, Aveda Business College, Bumble & Bumble Academy  New York,  Redken Academy New York, and Aveda Congress New York. She has also attended several continuing education classes with Aveda, Tigi, Redken, and motivational & business building seminars with Geno Stampora.

“All of our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them" - Walt Disney

cherylCheryl Johnston


Cheryl has over 25 years of experience at the Upper Cut and over 30 years of experience overall. She is Aveda certified and specializes in multi-dimensional color, highlighting, updo’s, perms, women’s and men’s cuts, waxing,  and is certified in Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment.

“Love the beauty business.”

kathyleeKathy Lee Ballard


Kathy Lee is an esthetician she has been in the industry for over 30 years and with The Upper Cut 22 years.   She studied at the International Dermal Institute Aveda. She specializes in facials, European facials, stress relieving back treatments, facial waxing, makeup applications, makeup lessons, and facial waxing.

“Take care of yourself so that you will be able to take care of others.”

mariaMaria Kemp

Maria has over 6 years of experience. She specializes in multi-dimensional foiling, cutting,  face waxing, and certified in Dreamcatcher extensions. She has attended various Aveda and Tigi continuing education classes.

debbieDebbie Brackett

Nail Tech

Debbie has been a nail tech for 17 years. She studied at the Dover Beauty Academy, and attended several continuing education
classes. She specializes in Gel Polish, OPI Gel Color, Shellac, Gelish, Gel II, acrylics, Brisagel nails, spa pedicures and manicures.

"Everything happens for a reason"

karenKaren Massie


Karen has over 5 years of experience and specializes in multi-dimensional color, highlighting, perms, and waxing.

juliecollinsJulie Collins

Julie has been in the industry for 30 years and 15 years with The Upper Cut. She has studied in New Jersey, Aveda, Aquage Master Class Academy, and continuing education classes.  Julie specializes in precision haircuts, multi-dimensional color, highlighting, perms, updos, and facial waxing.

judyJudy Montanez

Salon Manager & Wedding Cordinator

joJo Franklin

Massage Therapist

Jo is a Licensed Massage Therapist, NCBTMB, and a member of ABMP and AMTA for 12 years and 9 years with The Upper Cut.  She specializes in Swedish,  Deep Tissue, Lymph Drainage, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Prenatal, Trigger Point Therapy. 

“I look forward to working with you”

emilyEmily Moore

Nail Tech

sherrySherry Fredericks


Sherry has been a licensed cosmetologist for 26 years and has been with The Upper Cut for 23 years.  She studied at the American Crew Academy in Boulder, Co., Aveda Congress in New York City, as well as, attended various advanced education classes in cutting and coloring with Aveda, Tigi, Goldwell, Redken, Wella, Matrix, Unite, Joico, and Paul Mitchell.  She also attended personal cutting classes with Nick Arrojo, motivational and customer service classes and seminars with Geno Stampora.  Sherry specializes in multi-dimensional highlighting, color, precision cuts. She is certified in Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment.

“I love my job!”

margaretbMargaret Oldham

Nail Tech

Margaret has been a nail tech for 34 years and 7 ½ years with The Upper Cut.  She specializes in acrylics, gels, gel color, manicures, and pedicures.

jessicaJessica Guzzie

Inventory Manager

jen pJen Palmer


Jen specializes in multi-dimensional color and highlighting. She has 25 years of experience and focuses on cuts, color, highlighting and perms.

tammyTammy Harrall


Tammy has been a stylist for over 25 years. She has taken several continuing education classes with  Aveda, Tigi, and Redken.

karirKari Rittersbacher


Kari has over 15 years of experience and specializes in mulit-dimensional foiling, corrective color, precision and razor cuts.  She has attended several continuing education classes with Aveda,  Redken,  Tigi, Rayon Business Education, as well as, attending classes with Geno Stampora, and Nick Arrojo.  Kari is a certified in Dream Catchers hair extensions and, Keratin Complex straightening treatment.

destinyDestiny Heller


Destiny has been with The Upper Cut for 10 years and studied at The Paul Mitchel Academy.  She is Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment certified and specializes in multi-dimensional color, highlighting, precision haircuts, and facial waxing.

mistyMisty Solomon


Misty has over 11 years of experience, and specializes in updo’s and curly hair. Other services she provides is body waxing, facial waxing, multi-dimensional color, highlights, precision haircuts. Misty is the winner for the last two years in the updo category at The Hair Affair in Dover, DE.  She also has her certification in the Keratin Smoothing Treatment, and Dream Catchers hair extensions.

tishTish Mattern


Tish has over 16 years of experience and specializes in creative hair cutting, texturizing, and customized hair coloring techniques.  She received her education from the Jean Madeline Aveda Institute, Goldwell  N. American Academy Advanced colorist program, and Tigi NY Cutting Acadamy. "My strong educational foundation allows me to push the boundaries with hair in order to customize each haircut and color for my clients"

“With hair you must first know the rules to break the rules.”


andreaAndrea VanBuskirk


Andrea has over 20 years of experience, and is a former salon owner. She specializes in texturized cutting, and color techniques, perms, updo’s, certified Dreamcatcher extensions, and Keratin Complex treatments.  She received her education from Schilling Douglas, and attended Delaware College of Arts & Design as well as Aveda and Tigi extended education courses.