Lea Stokes, Proprietor
Lea Stokes relocated to Flagler County in 1988 with her young daughter who was in the first grade. Lea worked for ITT Community Development Corporation before opening her own business, Preferred Management Services, Inc. in 1995. After 21 successful years in business, Lea sold Preferred to Vesta Property Services in 2016 and remains employed with Vesta as the Vice-President for the NE, NC, and Orlando Regions.
During her time in Flagler County, Lea has served in many leadership roles i.e. Chairwoman of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, President of the Flagler Beach Rotary Club, member of the Advent Health Foundation Board, and an inaugural member of the Flagler County Tiger Bay Club. Lea was also selected as the Volusia/Flagler Businesswoman of the Year in 2010.
Ocean Bliss Day Spa is the latest entrepreneurial venture for Lea and her partners. She is very excited about the opportunity to provide a “blissful spa” experience for the Flagler County residents and visitors to our community.
John Palumbo, Proprietor
John Palumbo’s personal motto is, “serenity now.” A fitting philosophy for a spa owner to have. Though John seems an unlikely spa owner, with his professional background in construction, he believes in delivering a calm and serene experience at Ocean Bliss Day Spa. He, with wife Denise, decided to create an experience which reflects their vision of the perfect spa. “It’s a good business opportunity,” he said when asked about the spa concept and opening in Flagler Beach, “and the right place at the right time.” John believes in good work ethics and it is apparent his attention to details of the physical building and the professional staff he is surrounded by. When he is not concentrating on the spa, John is passionate about animal adoption causes and in his free time enjoys playing golf, gardening and landscaping and fine dining.
Denise Palumbo, Proprietor
Denise Palumbo has been going to spas for most of her life and has always wanted to own one herself. Her career in the travel industry and traveling the world has given her an international perspective on the world of spas. In 2019, she decided to take these experiences and open the spa of her dreams. Taking some tried and true spa staples, mixing it with a personal touch, providing services in a customer centric atmosphere and blending it all together to create a unique experience is Denise’s goal for Ocean Bliss Day Spa. She brings her value for hard work and established a professional staff who underscore her belief in treating others like yourself. When not at the spa, Denise works to increase cancer awareness and helps the cause to end animal cruelty and promote animal adoption.
Ocean Bliss was created with her personal credo in mind. “Life is short, so live it.”
Marina “Mina” Helm, Manager/Esthetician
Marina, “Mina” to all her friends, has been in Florida for most of her life and loves the beach lifestyle. She is an avid cyclist, loves animals and enjoys socializing with family and friends. She was in the travel industry for many years and decided to make a change 15 years ago to enter the spa industry. She attributes her passion for skin care and the wellness field to her personal goal of aging gracefully. As a previous spa owner, she brings an excellent skill set and is a great addition to the Ocean Bliss team as General Manager. Her goal as manager is to provide an atmosphere custom tailored to the individual needs of all our varied clients. She is excited to grow Ocean Bliss’ clientele, keep the company progressive and the staff up to date in the most recent education and industry standards available.
Jill Brooks, Spa Coordinator
Jill is originally from Roanoke, Virginia and moved to Flagler Beach 5 years ago. For many years she worked in the IT world and needed a change of pace. She’s always enjoyed going to spas as a client, and decided she would like to work in the peaceful and serene environment. Her hobbies include family time, the beach and her 3 cats.
Melissa Ritchie, LMT
Melissa’s career in massage therapy carries on a family tradition. Her mother was a massage therapist and after her passing Melissa decided to build on her knowledge as a certified Holistic Health Practitioner and honor her mother’s healing work by becoming a massage therapist herself. Her philosophy is simple, “we are put on this earth to bring love and healing to others”. Melissa spent many childhood summers in Flagler Beach. When her daughter left for college and she found herself in an empty nest, she decided to improve her life for the better and make Flagler Beach her forever home. She made the move here two years ago. In her free time Melissa enjoys visits from her favorite person, her daughter! She loves spending time with friends, going to the beach and learning new juice recipes.
Shelley Chapman, LMT
Originally from Maryland, Shelley has been a Floridian for over twenty years. Her educational background is in English Literature, Philosophy and History which she studied at Towson State University. After working in hospitality and raising a family for many years, she refocused her attentions on wellness and natural healing. She received her massage therapy education at Daytona State College. Understanding a client’s personal health practices and philosophies allows her to work with the client to both create and achieve realistic and long lasting goals.
As a massage therapist and as a wellness professional I provide therapeutic massage and bodywork for the enhancement of health and well-being for my clients. Assessing the physical posture and presentation of the client as well as communicating with them to establish their specific needs is the key to a successful session and to achieving long term goals. I am committed to my personal growth and continued education as a massage therapist, and to work together with my clients to promote their education and participation in the healing process.
Tammy Newberry grew up in the beautiful lowcountry area of Charleston S.C. working in the hospitality industry for many years,eventually finding her way to the healing art of massage. After graduating from Southeastern School of Massage Therapy and becoming a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals,she began honing her craft in 2001. Eventually making her way to Flagler in 2003, she found her heart and grew a family all the while practicing.
Tammy hopes to guide folks to their innate ability to heal from within by therapeutic touch and integrative massage techniques. She has a passion for hand and foot reflexology,recognizing the wide scope of benefits and comfort level of this most relaxing modality,also appreciating this work on a personal level.
When It’s time for leisure-Tammy loves to have her toes in the sand or relaxing on the patio chilling and grilling.
Jamie Wright, Esthetician/Nail Tech
Jamie is a Florida girl who grew up right here in Flagler County and graduated from Flagler Palm Coast High School. She got her Full Specialist license from International Academy and has spent the last 14 years doing what she loves. Building a friendship with her clients and making them feel special is what’s most important to her. She loves binge watching the latest television series and spending quality time with her dogs, husband and friends.
Sandy Kinney, Esthetician/Nail Tech
Sandy’s friends describe her as spiritual and loving. She says she “admires people who help each other in all kinds of ways” and it is evident in the many local causes she supports which help others in need. Sandy has had a passion for the spa industry and has been an esthetician for 15 years. Her firm believe in good customer care and honesty keeps her clients coming back to her for many years. In her free time she enjoys riding motorcycles, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family.
Julie Grisanti, Esthetician/Nail Tech
Julie’s background will help you understand her love for making people feel and look better. Before starting her career as an esthetician, Julie spent 20 years as a critical care nurse in Buffalo New York. Moving to Florida in 2004 she graduated as an esthetician and nail technician, then taught esthetics while she worked nights as a caregiver.. She come to Bliss with 15 years experience.
Maura Stuckey, Esthetician
Maura is a bit of an adventurer. She is a traveler who enjoys having fresh experiences and trying new things. She recently entered a relationship with her newly adopted 80 pound tortoise named Tank. When she stays close to home she is fond of listening to music and visiting the beach. Maura obtained an associate’s degree in sociology then moved on to study skincare as an Esthetician. “My goal is to make this a successful career for myself because I love making people feel relaxed and beautiful. It’s extremely rewarding.” Maura is definitely a people person and her clients truly appreciate it.