Micah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Washington & Jefferson College in 1998, and has since honed his expertise in business management and client services. With years of sales and project management in corporate America, he built his business acumen and extraordinary customer care skills. His background organizing large projects and matching a product to his client’s needs prepared him to found and run The Verve 360˚.
It requires bold, forward thinking to envision a new direction and, more importantly, to act on it. Micah saw Pittsburgh as a city poised for radical re-invention. Downtown had resisted change for decades, but the signs were all pointing toward transformation.
To encourage the new direction, Micah, prompted by his partner Aubre, decided that the city needed a place with a unique concept that would both lead and encourage the coming changes. Together they were, “certain that Verve is the place Pittsburgh was looking for.”
Micah wanted to evolve the traditional spa model to create a space with a distinct and unique vibe. Pilates and yoga, massage, make-up, skin and facial care are all performed in a space unlike any other. But beyond the services, there is a subtle, notable element clients feel upon entering Verve – a sense of welcome that goes beyond simple customer service.
Client service is the priority for all of Verve’s professionals, and Micah’s commitment is that people feel welcome and taken care of on their first visit and every time after. He is clear that once people experience the space, the services and the distinctive employee dynamic that is Verve, they will want to return.
Come and join the Verve family and experience what 360˚ of wellness is all about.
Aubre J. Stacknick
Owner/Licensed Massage Therapist/Entrepreneur
Aubre began her entrepreneurial spirit far before she began her first endeavor at the young age of 18. This yearning came from a long ancestry of talented, creative and intelligent individuals. She spent many successful years as a business owner in both New Jersey and the Pocono’s building and designing custom homes.
Self-motivation and professional experience in financing, client relations, and project management prepared Aubre for her next entrepreneurial leap of faith. Being a visionary, Aubre decided that returning to her long time love of holistic medicine, Pilates and bodywork was what best suited her. After contemplating the where’s and when’s of opening a wellness facility such as Verve, Aubre returned to Pittsburgh where she frequented as a teenager and knew she’d eventually end up. “I knew the minute I got here that it was only a matter of time before Verve would be in motion. We are creating our own market here in Pittsburgh, nothing new to me. We are creating “the” center for health and wellness in downtown Pittsburgh.” Aubre says.
Much experience and many hours of education have proven to be the right formula for another successful undertaking. After 3 years of consideration and 1 year of planning with now partner Micah, Verve opened in December of 2007. Verve has had a tremendous beginning even thru the economic downturn in early to mid 2008 and looks forward to the incredible opportunities the future holds.
Thoughts from Aubre: “I believe in balance of body, mind and spirit. My work emphasizes this importance. Over the years, I have had the pleasure to work with Professional musicians, singers, actors, dancers, athletes of every sort, and business people. My goal is to create bodywork sessions that address your specific needs. My focus has always been to support fluidity, vitality and restore your body to its’ original integrity. Each personalized bodywork session facilitates the healing process on every level through the power of intelligent and intuitive touch. My unique experience with massage in various medical fields such as plastic surgery, pre & peri-natal, neuromuscular, sports therapy and rehabilitation creates a thorough understanding of movement and healing in the human body. I am a firm believer in centering one’s life! Knowledge is power! Bringing these facets of wellness and health together continues to be my goal. This concept prompted the inception of VERVE 360. I love the historical aspect of Pittsburgh so I decided downtown was the only place to be.”
I was hired on as the manager for Verve 360 in early 2008. I grew up in the South Hills, and although I’ve moved out-of-state a few times, Pittsburgh has always been my home. In 2007 I married an amazing man, Jason, and gained a step-daughter, Isabella. We were living in Austin, Texas at the time where I was an Assistant Director at a Primrose School. I loved working with the children, and absolutely LOVED my job, but my husband and I felt too far away from our families in Pittsburgh. Luckily, my brother Micah and future sister-in-law Aubre were searching for administrative help for their new business, Verve 360.
When I started at Verve, we only occupied the third floor of the building and had two employees in addition to myself, a Pilates Instructor and an Esthetician. Through a lot of hard work and determination the business quickly began to flourish, and soon we were able to add more to our staff, including Yoga Instructors and additional Massage Therapists. In March of 2010, I went on maternity leave for my beautiful daughter, Evelyn, and when I returned 3 months later Verve had expanded even further! We now occupied the first floor with our new salon, adding Nail and Hair services to our menu.
My job has changed quite a bit since I began my career with Verve, but one thing has stayed the same; my passion for helping people and the enjoyment I get from working with family at a company I truly believe in. Our mission has always been to guide individuals on a path to health and wellness, and I have personally seen people transform their lives using the programs at Verve. I feel lucky to be a part of Verve 360 and plan to continue helping our clients achieve their goals in years to come.
Redken Educator / Stylist / Redken Certified Colorist
Kiersten has upheld a very strong role in the beauty industry for the past 11 years. She has focused her sole career into engulfing into as much education as she could so she could provide the utmost service on her guests. There will never come a day when she has learned everything there is to know, which is why she continues her education with travels all around the U.S. all throughout the year.
In 2011, Kiersten embarked on a journey that was the catalyst to her uprising career path. She became a Redken Artist! Dedicated to inspiring others, Kiersten teaches weekly in salons that are desiring to further their education. She is so blessed to educate for a company that is leading in this industry as Redken is. That decision is essentially what led her here… To Verve 360 Wellness.
Kiersten has worked very hard to mature into a talented colorist. In 2013, she was named one of the “30 under Thirty” up and coming colorists in The Colorist magazine. This being the most honorable experience of her career, she honed in on focusing on inspiring others, motivating their drive, and serving with a humble heart. Her goal in life is to touch the lives of others. She humbly succeeds each day with each guest that sits in her chair.
Lastly, as a Redken Certified Colorist and Redken Certified Design Artist, Kiersten promises to fulfill your visit with a lasting experience. She looks forward to the opportunity to accommodate you, allowing you to look and feel absolutely beautiful.
“Life is not about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself”
Salon Manager / Stylist
Growing up in the beauty industry has always been inspiring for Brianne. Coming from a long line of hairdressers, styling comes quite naturally to her. Brianne trained while in high school at SUN Area Career and Technology in New Berlin, Pennsylvania, under Crystal Gutshall, a certified Pivot Point International instructor.
Competing in SkillsUSA held in Kansas City, Missouri, Brianne was ranked 5th in the nation specializing in gorgeous up-dos perfect for weddings and formal events.
After graduating high school Brianne continued education at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania for business management.
From there it was to Chicago, Illinois, to work under one of the industry’s leading experts in keratin bond hair extensions.
Brianne has continued education with companies such as Paul Mitchell, L’Oreal Professional, and HotHeads Hair Extensions. She is currently striving to continue her education and staying up to date with the latest techniques and styles. It is especially important to Brianne to give her clients personalized cuts, styles and color that reflect who they are and what they would like to project to the world. She also specializes in manicures, gel manicures and pedicures.
Client Relations Manager
Heather, originally from Baltimore, MD, moved to the Pittsburgh area 8 years ago to fulfill her dreams of helping people and working in the wellness field. After studying psychology and social work in California University of PA she moved on to become a certified massage therapist in 2008, graduating from the Western School of Health and Business Careers. Since then she has had management positions in retail, food, salon and spa, and the wellness field and loves helping people feel better after every service. She enjoys being the beginning and ending contact for clients so they feel well taken care of and beautiful. She is passionate and dedicated to making Verve the most successful spa, salon and wellness center in the Pittsburgh area and to treat each individual like family to ensure every client leaves feeling happy, healthy, beautiful, and rejuvenated.
Stylist / Makeup Artist
Jacquelyn’s inspirations for becoming a hairdresser date back over ten years and she has been a part of the hairdressing culture since 2001. She feels the industry is profound in many ways, affecting the well-being and livelihood of women across the world.
As a stylist, she takes pride in helping women achieve and embrace their natural beauty and its simplicity to their fullest potential. By educating her clients on product and technique she liberates women from the daily chore of “styling” their hair.
Well-educated in the Jane Iredale mineral make up line, Jacquelyn holds true to the philosophy that make up should enhance your natural beauty, draw the eye towards your greatest features and add confidence to your daily life.
Jacquelyn has trained in haircutting and color in world-renowned institutes across the country and believes that continuing education is the foreground for exceptional work in the studio. She specializes in cutting according to the hair’s natural texture and assists her clients in achieving low-maintenance, signature looks. “ I believe that we should never have a bad hair day, if we have the right haircut.”
Esthetician/ Nail Technician
Originally from Scranton PA, Sam graduated from High school at Lackawanna Trial June 5th 2012. She attended Susquehanna County and Career Center (SCCTC) for cosmetology. While attending SCCTC Sam won an award for most outstanding and helpful student. She made high honors every semester at SCCTC. She graduated SCCTC June 7th 2012. She moved to Pittsburgh July 9th 2012 and started working at Verve. She then went to somerset New Jersey and got certified for Yonka, our skin care line. Sam specializes in skincare including waxing, facials and makeup applications. She also does nails.
Licensed Massage Therapist / Bodyworker / Personal Trainer / Mind-Body Specialist
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Roxanne’s roots have firmly grounded in the heart of Pittsburgh, PA. She chose to attend Peabody High School in order to participate in the first responder program as an entry into the health field. Although her first interest was in Sports Medicine, she knew she couldn’t fail in her endeavors with a Business Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
After graduation she started dabbling in all of her many different interests. Nicknamed a “jack of all trades”, she actually earned her massage therapy certification while working as the Director of Education and Training for the PA League of Young Voters in 2008. Following her passion for helping people reach their optimal health and wellness, she is now a certified Personal Trainer specializing in the Mind-Body practices (Pilates, Yoga, and Tai Chi) which she has merged with her massage therapy practice. And she’s not stopping there! Her long-term goal is to complete her second degree in Health and Physical Education/Psychology to be a complete Mind-Body Specialist. Look for her articles in the Verve Newsletter for tips and tidbits of info about fitness and wellness, and schedule a specialized intro/consultation with her today!
Stylist / Nail Technician
Kat was born and raised in a small North Western town in Pennsylvania, where her individuality stood out among the crowd. After graduating high school, she immediately moved to Erie, PA. There, Kat began to focus on her creativity and individuality at Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy, and eventually started her career as a professional cosmetologist. Since then she has worked in all four corners of Pennsylvania, and also New York. Throughout her journey to Pittsburgh, Kat has gained a tremendous amount of experience with a variety of methods and techniques. Certified in Yonka skin products and Jane Iredale cosmetics, Kat offers more than just hair and nails. Come in and experience her outstanding customer service and all she has to offer!
Pravana Certified Colorist / Stylist / Nail Technician
Dakota moved to Pittsburgh in early May of 2014 from a small town near Erie, Pennsylvania. She attended Laurel Technical Institute in Meadville, PA and graduated valedictorian of her class. Beginning her journey in the beauty industry with an interest in cinematic makeup, she has broadened her vision to include each and every aspect of health and beauty. Working with a few of the top entertainers like Will Smith, Albert Brooks, and Meghan Trainor she has started her journey in the right direction. With a passion for excitement and love for making each and every person she meets feel like they can conquer the world, Dakota puts her energy in to keeping up with the latest techniques and trends and puts a modern spin to classic styles.
Certified Booty Barre Instructor
With a background in dance and continuing to dance for pleasure as an adult, Mona sought to pursue her certification as a Booty Barre® instructor. In addition to dance classes, Mona has studied Pilates and an array of barre fitness classes. Working out one way or another on a daily basis is critical to her mental and physical well-being, and she hopes to encourage others to do the same. Teaching Booty Barre® classes at the Verve 360 allows her to share this passion and to encourage others to make exercise a habit or even a healthy “addiction”. Booty Barre® is a blend of ballet, Pilates, yoga and light weight training that can be modified to suit all fitness levels and can work to jumpstart or enhance one’s fitness goals.
Mona has a BS in Interior Design, from the University of Wisconsin. In addition, she has studied the French language throughout her education, both in the US and in France. She travels to Europe yearly to maintain contact with family and friends there. In addition to her involvement with exercise and fitness, Mona is an interior design professional and an artisanal baker.
Amber Adams, a native of Philadelphia, began her dance training at the age of 2. Continuing her education at Slippery Rock University, she graduated with a B.A. in Dance in 2012 and a B.A. in mathematics in 2013. While at Slippery Rock, Amber focused on Modern Dance and performed in both student and faculty works. Currently, she is performing and continuing her training with artists and dance companies in the Pittsburgh area. Amber is a resident artist and assistant director for kNotDance. In addition to dancing professionally, Amber is also a dance instructor at local dance studios where teaching has become one of the most effective ways to share her passion for dance and movement with others.
Dr. Jeff Schoeller
I help people engage in life, fully, by working with the body to eliminate interference and maximize the human potential that we all have to THRIVE. Through Chiropractic and educating clients on elevated nutrition, positive thought, proper movement, and stress-proofing our lives.
Before becoming a Chiropractor, I was a massage therapist and as fate had it, I had worked in a Chiropractic office. I always thought Chiropractic was JUST about back pain. Yet when I saw intense emotional, spiritual and physical healing – my perspective changed dramatically. I saw peoples’ lives change. I realized that I wanted to provide that to countless individuals to make more of an impact on the world and humankind.
Having a degree and advanced training in Nutrition, I enjoy helping my clients discover how to properly lose weight, increase muscle tone and live with energy!
I try to see all people for who they are, that is human, spirit, love. I’ve been described as kind of a dork in many ways. My faith in Chiropractic and our innate healing ability is limitless.
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Jamie was born and raised in the city of Pittsburgh. She dabbled with different forms of creative self expression until she found her artistic niche, hairstyling. In high school she began studying cosmetology at Beattie Career Institute where her love for helping others achieve there ideal self image was truly developed. After graduating at Beattie, Jamie furthered her cosmetology education at Empire Beauty Academy. She is a lover of all of the hair arts but specializes in creative color projects, blowouts and styling, haircuts and even natural dread locking. If you are looking for a stylist to thoroughly listen to your wants and needs, transform your look or simply maintain a healthy head of hair come see Jamie at Verve today!
Certified Booty Barre Instructor
Kristy Leigh Benack was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2004, she was accepted into Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in Jazz Dance. She has always had a passion for dance and performing, and continues to do so. She has worked and performed with kNotDance and is currently working with an aerial dance company, Bombyx Collective. She was one of the first instructors to begin teaching Booty Barre® and you can also find her hanging out in the silks during one of her Aerial Yoga classes. It is her true enjoyment sharing her enthusiasm for fitness with others! Meet her at the barre or silks and you’ll get to experience it firsthand!
Christina Brown has been giving professional, therapeutic massage since graduating from the Arizona School of Massage Therapy in 2007. She is well trained in over 12 different massage modalities; Swedish, Deep Tissue, Injury, Russian Sports Massage, Structural Integration, Hydrotherapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Acupressure, Shiatsu, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Reflexology, Pregnancy, Hawaiian Temple Style Lomi-Lomi and more.
Christina really enjoys working with her clients to find what modality or combination of massage therapies will work best for them and move them towards homeostasis. Christina’s goal is to help her client reach his or her own goals for optimal health, whether that means greater physical flexibility or energetic balance and stability during stressful times. Christina specializes in you, the client!
Certified Level 2 Peak Pilates Trainer