Team

Creative Director Derrick Rutherford has assembled an elite team of trained professionals whose talent and flair have become notorious throughout the industry.

The Hair Design and Spa teams are comprised of Salon Manager Pierce Colley, Esthetician Francesca Garaffa, Lash Artist Debbie Christine, Directors Derrick Rutherford & Julio Rodriguez, Master Stylist Kate Gates, Salon Stylists Lyndsay MacKay & Meghan Douglas and Apprentice Vivien Paragi .

Each member of the team is critical in the overall success of the salon and all members work together to create the best possible environment for our clients.

If you prefer to book an appointment with a specific member of the team, please make your preferences clear at the time of booking.


Pierce Colley

Pierce Colley

Salon Manager – Pierce Colley is an alumni at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa where he received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce majoring in marketing. In addition to his expertise in marketing, Pierce’s strong leadership and teamwork skills make him a fundamental component to the daily operations of the salon. He encompasses everything we believe “Experience the Difference” is all about. Pierce was introduced into the world of professional hair dressing by participating in two fashion & hair design photo shoots.

email: pierce@valentinis.ca


2. Frances Garaffa

Francesca Garaffa

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Esthetician – Frances is truly one of a kind. She is a master of her craft and has a loyal following of skin care enthusiasts. She specializes in all esthetics including eyelash and brow tinting, traditional and airbrush makeup. She has educated for OPI nail enhancements and is a highly skilled Dermalogica Specialist. Her friendly calm demeanor will put you right at ease and is the perfect person to visit while processing for hair colour.


Debbie Wolter

Debbie Wolter

Lash Artist – Stocking a wide range of eyelash extension curves, thicknesses and styles our lash artist/stylist is able to enhance your appearance by accentuating the natural beauty your eyes with individually applied eyelash extensions chosen specifically for you. The extensions, brighten and open the eye, giving a more youthful appearance. Never worry about mascara again!


4. Derrick Rutherford

Derrick Rutherford

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Creative Director – Derrick is recognized as one of Canada’s leading stylists and is part of a new generation of hair designers responsible for shaping today’s hair industry. As part of the Matrix International Design Team, Derrick travels the globe sharing his creativity and precision cutting techniques with stylists eager to expand their knowledge and skill. Derrick’s talent coupled with his friendly personality and warm stage presence makes him a popular, sought-after instructor. Derrick has advanced his own career through active participation with the Matrix Education Team and has reached the highest level of achievement, serving now as a member of the distinguished Matrix International Design Team. Derrick puts his belief into action at his own salon where as Artistic Director, he nurtures and coaches his artistic team, helping them achieve the highest level of confidence within their own sense of creativity. Oprah Winfrey – Makeovers for “Locks of Love”, Sundance Film Festival – Premier Magazine and New York Fashion Week – In Style Magazine are a few of the examples of how Derrick is living proof that stylists have the ability and opportunity to take their talents beyond the salon and onto the international stage.
email: derrick@valentinis.ca


5. Julio Rodriguez

Julio Rodriguez

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Artistic Director – Julio started his career as a stylist back home in New Jersey. Our resident Jersey Boy developed his love of colour in Fine Arts, and has since become a sought after colour specialist. With his attention to detail in ‘blonding’ and corrective colour his clientele quickly grew. Julio’s career highlights include styling the hair of Hispanic megastars such as Michelle Rodriguez and Pilar Montenegro for People Magazine (Español), for their 50 Most Beautiful Latin Issue. Julio has worked backstage for Imitation of Christ at New York City’s famed Fashion Week and Boston’s Disco Ball with Betsey Johnson. His educational work for Matrix as a Guest Artist has taken him to every major city across the United States and abroad to Europe including the Czech Republic, Hungary and Italy. Julio continuously works on photo shoots, and has been published in Modern Salon, Salon Magazine, Canadian Hairdresser, as well as European magazines. Julio continues his drive for education with his work as an Artistic Director for Matrix haircolour. “I love the hairdressing industry because it allows me to create beauty on a different canvas daily, either working behind the scenes with models or with our wonderful clients in the salon!”
email: julio@valentinis.ca


Kate Gates

Kate Gates

Master Stylist – Kate is a true Guelphite with over ten years experience who focuses on the love, respect, and care for long hairdressing, dimensional colour, and corrective color. Her goal is to boosts confidence and self esteem through her vast knowledge and technical skills creating shorter styles enhancing clients’ natural assets. She is also extensively trained in Matrix hair colour. Kate is an avid reader and collector of vintage clothing, accessories and other antiquities.


Adam Bailey

Master Stylist – Adam is one of our most senior stylists with over ten years in the salon industry. Over the years he has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of hair care. This allowed Adam to further develop his passion fir hair colour and highlighting, especially while working with all types if blondes. Adam loves creative cutting and bringing out each of his clients’ unique edge.
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Lyndsay MacKay

Stylist – Lyndsay MacKay is our fashionista extraordinaire. Lyndsay is well known for her seamless balayage and ombre techniques. She is always on top of the latest trends and loves creating looks for our guests for everyday or special events!


Jennifer Mizzi

Stylist – Having studied fashion design Jen enjoys doing research on the latest fashion & hair trends. Jen has a particular interest in high fashion avant-garde and anything unique or different. With her positive, friendly and outgoing demeanour in combination with her close attention to detail Jen is great at making her clients look and feel their best.


Vivien Paragi

Apprentice – Vivien Paragi’s passion for hair stemmed from watching hair professionals transform their guest. Vivien graduated from Conestoga College in marketing & advertising and utilizes those talents with our social media. Viviens’ outgoing and friendly personality,  combined with our professional training makes her an integral part of our team.


Emma Porcellato

Assistant – Emma is currently a high school student studying at Our Lady of Lourdes with aspirations of being a hairstylist.


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