After 5 years as a top make up artist with Chanel Cosmetics, Rachel Demolfetto knew that the beauty industry was her chosen career.
In 1989, at 26 she purchased an aesthetic salon in East Islip where she began establishing her spa career. She then joined an exclusive salon on the Miracle Mile on Long Island’s North Shore assisting in managing a 40 chair operator and spa facility. In September 1994, she opened Racine Salon de Beaute & Spa in Islip, NY with her sister Cynthia Sansone. What began as a small operation has now grown to be a hugely successful community-driven full Spa & Salon and landmark in the town of Islip.
Rachel began to realize how important it was to give back to the community as she began chairing several fund raising events and programs. Keeping benevolence close to her heart, Rachel, Cynthia and team Racine provide support and beauty services for people going through treatment for Cancer. Rachel, Cynthia Sansone and their team have garnered many accolades, citations and awards for the Mondays at Racine Cancer Care Program. The Documentary, Monday’s at Racine has went on to receive many film festival awards as well as being nominated for Best Documentary Short by the Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Rosemary Berger is a practicing Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Esthetician, and Registered Laser Technician. Along with her Nursing experience totaling 15 years, she has been successfully treating clients for over 13 years at Racine Salon and Spa in Islip, New York and has 5 years of experience with laser hair removal. Rosemary continues to attend various and lectures on the subject.
Rosemary’s other passion is helping teens with hormonal acne. She has personally trained with Dr Howard Murad of Murad Inc. in advanced acne and anti-ageing techniques with microdermabrasion and dermatologist created products to provide her clients with a more youthful, natural looking seminars appearance. Beyond her high proficiency, Rosemary brings her gifts of warmth, compassion and respect to each person she comes in contact with. While all the while, keeping up with the latest medical health standards by attending various courses related to infectious diseases, therefore maintaining a high level of a clean, safe environment.
Karla oversees all of Racine’s strategic communications, marketing activities and creative campaigns. Deeply committed to her work she continually strives to promote and clearly convey the vision of Racine Salon and Spa. Together with Racine, she is also the Executive Director at Mondays at Racine, weaving together the program’s mission to that of the everyday benevolence and creative force that is Racine Salon and Spa. Where it all begins…
Hey I’m Sarah, hair has been my passion as long as I can remember. I have been working behind a chair for over ten years and couldnt imagine doing anything else with my life, my favorite things to do are colors and highlighting techniques, all types of hair cutting and styling, and I love doing updos as well. I’m so excited to join this team and continue my forever passion.
Jessica joined the Racine team in November 2013. She came to us with extensive customer service and managerial experience in the wellness and beauty industry.
Jessica is a master multi-tasker who takes pride in all that she does and demonstrates her talent on a regular basis. Responsible for the efficient and professional operation of the salon, as well as the complete satisfaction of our guests, she holds her staff accountable to the high-performance standards of our elite salon.
She loves the family type atmosphere working with all her new friends at Racine…..
Favorite quote: “take time to make your soul happy.” Favorite Artist: Maggie Semaan Favorite product: Invisible no gas spray Secret trick of the trade: baby light around the hairline for a sun-kissed look. Celebrity who embodies your inner rockstar: Amy Schumer
Guilty pleasure: French fries
I started my journey at Racine salon in 2013, from learning how to build a relationship with clients and techniques on how to become a great stylist and be passionate about what I do. Now I am a stylist that loves to make people happy when they leave the salon!
Deanna has been a licensed esthetician and makeup artist for over 12 years. She has spent the last several years at Boom Boom Brow Bar in NYC and specializes in eyebrow artistry, full body waxing and is a very sought out make up artist whose specialty is in bridal. Among her many unique talents she also is an eyelash extension expert and has in-depth experience in airbrush tanning. She is chock full of nuts with talent and creativity and is an asset to The Racine family.
Favorite Artist( work related obvi): Martin Parsons the Quick Upstyling God
Favorite product: Oi Milk Spray for hydrated, silky soft hair with blowouts and air drying!
Secret trick of the trade: Setting my Blow-drys for full bouncy waves without the extra heat of the iron!
Favorite class you ever took: The extension certification classes that sparked the wow factor. To see the instant gratification in fullness and or length to change our overall appearance while keeping our hair healthy!
Guilty pleasure: Starbucks ! Go to karaoke song: Spice up Your Life, from The Spice Girls
I have wanted to be in the beauty industry making men and women feel beautiful inside and out for as long as I can remember. I’ve been working in salons since 2007, and at Racine Salon and Spa since 2009. Being part of Racine’s Dream Team has been such an amazing journey and I am blessed to have built a loyal clientele. I am constantly taking classes and learning new techniques seasonally for the latest trends and styles. I am certified in many extension companies and methods, including Dreamcatchers, Bellami, and SoCap, as well as Trisola Smoothing or Bioionic Straightening treatments. I am a full service stylist for Colour, Balayage, Highlighting, extensions and Wedding Styling . Listening to my clients wants, needs, and getting to know them is the foundation to deliver the very best service. I enjoy not just the beauty created but the positive feedback I receive from our satisfied clients.
When Chantille Kjeka graduated the nail specialty course 15 years ago, she went full force into acrylic nails and specialized in nail art and design. Through the many years of nail technologies, Chantille currently specializes in LCN (light concept resin) gels. She received many certificates in advanced workshops, and is always looking for the newest and best nail techniques. She also does acrylics, fiberglass, and pedicures. And the latest, the most natural and long lasting manicure Axxium and Shellac. Chantille fully enjoys her career at Racine Salon, as a nail specialist and loves making people feel great about their appearance.
Christine Rideout been a massage therapist for about 7 years now, and finds her job more and more rewarding everyday. She says with great passion”It is a great feeling to know that I am able to help clients feel better, and be proactive in their quest to achieve optimum health”. Since the beginning of her career, she have been working at Racine’s and is very proud to be part of such a successful business that cares so much for their clients, as well as their staff.
Cynthia , who is the cin of Racine has worked in the makeup industry for 25 years and is expert in all phases of makeup application, including master lash applications, and cool brow shaping. Her passion for makeup started when she was 5 years old, and became fascinated by the transformation that makeup could make. From the natural to the sublime, and everything in between, she will make you feel like queen for the day!Check out her bridal photos to see her trademark gleaming brides. She is lucky to be working with her sister in such a great company that allows her to travel abroad, as well as around the country to seek out the latest and the greatest in the world of beauty!
Favorite quote: “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything it is”
Favorite artist related to work: Martin Parsons
Favorite product: Davines dry texturing spray
Secret trick of the trade: Using a dry brush to blend highlights into root.
Celebrity: Lady Gaga- she is beautiful, classy and ladylike but also has her own kind of crazy side.
Guilty pleasure: Homemade chocolate chip cookies
Karaoke song: n/a…you don’t want to hear me sing Certified in: Cosmetology and extension
As a stylist at Racine salon, I do consider myself to not only be very talented but also as someone who has a passion for what they do. Talent and passion are two great things to have. I do believe it shows in my work as well as my personality. I have been at Racine salon for 21+ years. I am a loyal employee and have many loyal clients who I adore. I specialize in color, cuts, extensions and few other hair goodies. I am proud to say I am a busy stylist so if you would like for me to style your hair please book in advance
Davines Advanced Educator training with Sunny Brewer
Davines Hands-on cutting with Tim Hartley
State of (you)niverse hands-advanced cut and color at the I.C.O.N. Academy
Styling 101 Ion Studio
Dream catchers Extensions
Bellami Hair Extensions
HairLocs hair extensions
Kera spa smoothing treatment
Davines woodland collection
Davines flamboyance with Christine Ziliniski and Nacki Karcher
Davines Advanced color with Danett Muccio
KMS California cutting edge advanced
Davines 2 day color code with Jamie Levine
Davines sleek swan collection with Angela Seminara
Worldwide hair tour Miami
Worldwide hair tour LA
Worldwide hair tour Parma
Cadiveu keratin treatment
Trissola keratin taming treatment
Hands-on cutting: the Phyto Academy
Peter Coppola keratin treatment
Bio Ionic kerasmooth treatment
Bio Ionic straightening system
Sebastian whiplash fall/winter collection
Kristie has had a passion for the hair and beauty industry her whole life. She has been licensed and working at Racine Salon for more than 10 years. In that time she has mastered a wide range of hair techniques including precision cuts, smoothing treatments and gorgeous up-dos. However, her speciality and passion is in color techniques and she masters in Bellami Hair Extensions. Kristie believes in continual education and strives to stay at the forefront of her field with her knowledge of new products and services available in order to provide excellent service to her clientele.
Kristies proven skill set and deep commitment to her craft has led her to become the Hair Manager of the non profit Cancer Care Program, Mondays at Racine. Her authentic nurturing nature allows her to tap into the needs of her clients and bring forth the highest level of satisfaction to all who sit in her chair. We are very lucky to have her.
Maggie Fallar an Islip native, has worked at Racine Salon for 6 years. Maggies unusual love of nurturing hands and feet brought her to wanting to be a nail technician. Some of her clients call her pedicures “Magicures”. Maggie is certified in LCN gel nails and she has perfected the color gel manicure products Axxium and Shellac. Maggie loves getting to know her clients, and is very fond of them. “Coming to work and being with all the girls I work with is like being with family all day”.
Name: Gamze (G) favorite quote: When you feel like stopping think about why you started. Favorite Artist: Mustafa Avci Favorite product: Davines OI All In One Milk Secret Trick Of the Trade: Blow your hair out with a dryer after using the dry shampoo! Guilty pleasure: Brownies
I joined the Racine Team after when I graduated from LIBS. I started behind the sink at and now I am creating amazing looks behind the chair and making my clients feel and look as beautiful as they truly are.
-So cap Hair Extensions
-Bellami Hair Extensions
-Alterna Hair Cutting
-Davines Color Classes
-Davines Hair Cutting and Styling Techniques