Laura purchased Paramount DaySpa Salon in 2000 from her friend and esthetician for many years, Ellen Gaunt. Her passion for the beauty industry and several years of experience in business and finance lead the way to continue the growth of Paramount’s reputation in Saskatoon.
Over the years Paramount has seen a number of changes including location and the addition of Paramount Boutique.
Laura is also involved in the community. She held many board positions with the Saskatoon Women’s Network over the years and is also a Past-President and Treasurer with the Saskatoon club of Soroptomist International.
Laura enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren.
Director of Operations & Marketing
Sarah D.Director of Operations & Marketing
Sarah began her career with Paramount at a young age when she worked as a receptionist while still in high school. She then took on the role of Director of Sales after completing her Bachelor of Commerce in 2009, then transitioning to Operations and Marketing Director in 2022.
Creating a supportive team atmosphere is important to Sarah and the Paramount culture. She works closely with each Paramount team member to assist and encourage them to learn and perfect new skills, build a clientele, grow sales, and provide the best experience. Sarah also works closely with team members when developing new service offerings and building promotions that move the business forward.
Sarah comes from an entrepreneurial family with several family members who own and operate their own businesses. Sarah considers herself very lucky to have worked alongside her mom, Laura, at Paramount over the past 23 years. Together they have continued to uphold the reputation that Paramount has held for over 70 years.
Paramount DaySpa Salon Boutique was one of the first Spa and Salon’s in Saskatoon to carry a large selection of clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Sarah and Laura had a vision to integrate the two beauty industries, and this quickly became a favorite of Paramount customers. Over the years, Sarah and Laura have organized many fashion shows and shopping events showcasing Paramount Boutique.
Having a presence in the community is also important to Sarah and the Paramount team. Sarah initiated Paramount’s annual purse drive in support of local women’s shelters. She also set up Paramount’s May initiative where a portion of sales are donated to an organization each year in honour of Paramount’s previous owner, the late Ellen Gaunt.
In 2023, Sarah was awarded “Beauty & Fashion Business Leader of the Year 2023” through the AI Influential Businesswoman Awards.
When Sarah isn’t with her Paramount family she is at home with her husband and two children.
Chelsey N.Assistant Manager
Chelsey joined our Paramount team in 2015. She has her Business Administration Diploma and numerous years of experience in retail and customer service. She brings to our team her passion for fashion, leadership skills and her dedication to making your Paramount experience great. She is one of the friendly smiles that will greet you at our front desk and shop with you in our boutique.
Chelsey enjoys reading, 90’s music and spending time with her husband, son, cat and her friends.
Customer Service Representative / Esthetician / Makeup Artist
Nancy Z.Customer Service Representative / Esthetician / Makeup Artist
Nancy’s kind heart and customer care focused attitude brought her to the beauty industry in 2018 and she began her career with paramount in 2022.
Nancy loves to see others smile. She may be the person welcoming you as you walk through our doors or providing your service. She is very detailed oriented and has a true passion for makeup and skin care.
Nancy won Best Esthetician in 2020 through Prairie Magazine.
Nancy loves art, dance and her cats.
Customer Service Representative
Sydney M.Customer Service Representative
Sydney joined our Customer Service Team in 2023. She has always had a love for the beauty industry and helping others, which is what lead her to working at Paramount. She is passionate about skin care and enjoys learning all about our skin care lines.
Sydney loves hanging out with her 3 cats, reading and shopping. Her long-term goal is to complete her degree in psychology and continuing with her career in that field.
Bella began her career in esthetics in the Philippines and after moving to Saskatoon she joined our Paramount team in 1987. Bella trained closely with Ellen Gaunt and worked alongside her for many years.
She specializes in waxing, manicures and pedicures. Bella’s sweet personality and caring demeanor is one of the reasons she has had multiple generations of guests over the years.
Bella likes to keep busy. She loves gardening, shopping with her mom and spending time with her two children.
Skin Care Specialist / Esthetician / Makeup Artist
Nicky M.Skin Care Specialist / Esthetician / Makeup Artist
Nicky always knew what her career path would be. She proudly began her career as an esthetician at a young age in 2014 and joined our Paramount team in 2015.
Nicky specializes in Skin Care and Makeup Artistry. Nicky’s positive outlook on life and inner beauty is infectious and she brings that to her services.
Nicky is a true prairie girl that loves spending time outside with her husband and dog. She is currently on maternity leave as she welcomes her baby girl into the world.
Esthetician / Certified Master Pedicurist
Jessica S., CMPEsthetician / Certified Master Pedicurist
Jessica began her career in the beauty industry in 2011 and joined our Paramount team in 2018.
She has always had a passion for helping people feel better in their everyday life. Jessica loves foot care and by specializing she ensures you feel like you are walking on clouds. Jessica completed her Certified Master Pedicurist Course in 2022.
Jessica loves playing with her cats (all 5 of them), coloring and spending time with her family.
Skin Care Specialist / Esthetician
Lisa T.Skin Care Specialist / Esthetician
Lisa followed her passion to the beauty industry in 2020. She was valedictorian of her class and joined our Paramount team in 2021.
Lisa truly believes in the benefits of well-being and self care and you will experience this in your services with her. She has a wealth of knowledge on product ingredients and the skin. She loves providing facials, body treatments and relaxation massage.
Lisa loves spending time with her two sons and fluffy cat, enjoys reading and is a talented artist.
Esthetician / Makeup Artist
MacKenzie M.Esthetician / Makeup Artist
MacKenzie began her career in the beauty industry in 2020 and joined the Paramount team in 2022.
MacKenzie enjoys working with her hands and is always keeping busy. She loves seeing a happy guest after their service with her. MacKenzie enjoys pedicures, skin care and is always looking for opportunities for personal growth.
Away from the Spa, MacKenzie loves to cook, bake and listen to Rock’n’Roll!
Esthetician / Certified Master Pedicurist / Makeup Artist
Stacey S., CMPEsthetician / Certified Master Pedicurist / Makeup Artist
Stacey started her career and joined the Paramount team in 2022.
She loves to challenge her creativity and learn to expand her knowledge in the beauty industry. She enjoys helping others feel better and more confident in their skin and finds that makeup and esthetics is the perfect method to do it. Stacey completed her Certified Master Pedicurist Course in 2023.
Stacey enjoys puzzles, painting and snuggling with her 2 kitties in her free time. Her favourite drink is a London Fog!
Esthetician / Makeup Artist
Chantel S.Esthetician / Makeup Artist
Chantel began her career in the beauty industry in 2012. She has worked as an esthetician in both Edmonton and Saskatoon. Chantel joined the Paramount team in 2023.
Chantel loves working in the beauty industry and working with a variety of people. She offers a wide variety of services with her favourites being relaxation massage and body treatments.
Chantel enjoys spending time with her children, going to the gym and has a black belt in Taekwon-do.
Esthetician / Customer Service Representative
Kendra C.Esthetician / Customer Service Representative
Kendra began her career in the beauty industry in 2022 and joined Paramount in 2023.
Kendra loves helping people feel like the best version of themselves and has always had a love for skin care and makeup, so she turned it into her career! She also enjoys manicures and pedicures and will never turn down an opportunity to talk about cats!
Kendra has always been an honour role student and was a dance instructor in Estavan where she grew up. She enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, experimenting with different makeup looks and shopping!
Journeyperson Stylist / Master Colorist
Shawna E.Journeyperson Stylist / Master Colorist
Shawna always had a love for hair, especially cutting hair when she was young. She began her professional career in the hair industry in 1998 and joined our Paramount team in 2002.
Shawna is a journeyperson stylist and has completed numerous courses over the years including her Master Hair Colorist Certification in 2004. In addition to coloring hair, she specializes in precision cutting, specialty wrap perming and chemical free smoothing hair treatments.
Over the years Shawna has been a mentor to many junior stylists and has shared her passion and helped them develop in their career.
Shawna and her husband were married in 2002. They don’t have kids, but cater to their cat’s every desire. They also enjoy spoiling their nephews and niece.
Jillian A.Journeyperson Stylist
Jillian Started her career in the beauty industry in 2008 and joined our Paramount team in 2012.
She is a Journeyperson stylist that specializes in blonding, color corrections and texture services (perms and smoothing treatments).
Jillian loves to be outdoors, camping, and fishing.
Erin H.Journeyperson Stylist
Erin found his passion for the hair industry in 2000 while living in Vancouver and joined the Paramount team in 2022.
Erin loves that the hair industry is always changing and is constantly presenting him with new challenges and potential for growth. He is passionate about cutting and coloring the hair including color corrections. His positive attitude will leave you feeling ready to take on the world!
Erin’s family has shown him a lot of important things in life, mainly the importance of support and the necessity for sarcasm!
Registered Massage Therapist
Rachelle L.Registered Massage Therapist
Rachelle’s career as a massage therapist began in 2008 and she joined our Paramount team in 2017.
She specializes in Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, Pre/Post Natal, Hot Stone and Rapid Neurofascial Reset.
Rachelle enjoys spending time with her 3 children, husband, and their dog. She is also fluent in French.
Registered Massage Therapist
Derek S.Registered Massage Therapist
Derek began his career in the beauty industry originally as a hair stylist. He then transitioned into massage in 2013 and joined our Paramount team in 2019.
Derek has a wealth of anatomical knowledge and specializes in intuitive path treatment.
Derek is also an experienced Massage Therapy Educator and Martial Art Champion. He is known to keep us all laughing with his dad jokes.
Student Massage Therapist
Lori N.Student Massage TherapistLori is a Student Massage Therapist currently working towards her RMT designation. She is very talented and knowledgeable.Lori chose a career in massage because she loves helping people and is passionate about physical and mental wellbeing. She loves that massage allows her to treat and heal a variety of conditions through different modalities.When Lori isn’t at school or massaging she enjoys working in her garden and making miniature abandoned house builds.
Registered Massage Therapist
Cara L.Registered Massage Therapist
Cara started her massage career in 2017 and joined the Paramount team in 2023. Massage has always been a part of Cara’s life, since she was a child. She was influenced by a close family member to begin a career in massage. Massage has helped her heal, personally, physically and mentally. She is all for holistic healing!
Cara enjoys neuromuscular therapies, following pain points into nerve paths and improving pain signals. She also enjoys general sports therapy, relaxation massage and is trained in cupping. One of her big achievements as a RMT is helping a specific guest of hers to ride their bike again.
Cara enjoys ceramics, bubble baths and riding around on her husband’s motorcycle. Her dream is to take a hot air balloon ride!
Registered Massage Therapist
Rachel H.Registered Massage Therapist
Rachel started her career in massage therapy in 2021 and joined the Paramount team in 2023. She went into massage therapy to be of service to others and to help alleviate guest’s pain and stress in their bodies. Rachel enjoys treating the lower back and expanding her knowledge in other areas of massage. She was known in massage school as having ‘thumbs of death’.
Rachel was born and raised east of Regina and took a leap of faith moving to beautiful Saskatoon in August 2023. She enjoys walking her dogs, weightlifting, attending local community events and astrology!
1924 - 2020
Ellen G.1924 - 2020
Ellen was a ray of sunshine that lit up a room and her positive attitude was something to admire. She lived every day grateful for what she had and always found a way to bring joy and a positive perspective to any situation. She was a hard worker, but she truly loved her work. Her guests were not just a spa guest, they were her friends.
Ellen began working at Paramount back in 1952 and purchased the business in 1968. She was the driving force towards bringing esthetic services to Paramount and Saskatoon. She was one of the first to offer facial waxing, brow tinting, manicures, makeup and, her real passion, facial treatments. After selling Paramount to Laura Dutka in 2000 Ellen continued to work up until the age of 95 (she celebrated her 96th birthday in May 2020). Ellen would come to work every day and still say it was her favorite place to be.
Ellen would always comment how she loved working with her younger co-workers as she not only learned from them but they always kept her on her toes. She was always one of the gang. She seldom missed any staff function and participated in all the activities that were planned. Ellen was always up for a good laugh, a heart-felt visit and a warm hug.
When Laura purchased Paramount, Ellen promised to stick around for 5 or so years. 20 years later, Ellen saw her last guest at the end of February 2020. How honored we are to have had her with us for so many years, sharing her passion for the industry and her passion for life. A truly amazing woman that was not only a mentor to Laura but was in fact the grace and essence of who we have aspired to be as a business and as people; serving our community and each other.
Ellen, we love you and know you continue to watch over us.
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