About Us

  
  

Rhonda Peters

Rhonda Peters - Owner

 
Rhonda received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000, her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2006, and completed residency in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology at the University of Minnesota in 2010.  Dr. Peters is licensed with the MN Board of Medical Practice.  She also owns Sojourn Pathology Services Inc and practiced as a surgical pathologist in Grand Rapids, MN from 2011-2017.  


Rhonda co-founded Bala with her childhood friend, Christina Andersen, in 2013.  She obtained specialty training in injectables through Allergan, Palette Resources, and Connie Brennan at Aesthetic Enhancement Solutions, LLC.  She was trained in laser procedures through HealthTech Solutions, collagen induction therapy through Eclipse Aesthetics, and is an advocate of medical grade skincare by SkinMedica and Revision.  Dr. Peters provides injectables, collagen induction therapy, and laser services at Bala.  As Medical Director, she is passionate about educating both the staff and guests and hosts several educational events each year.


Rhonda lives on the lake with her family, dogs, and chickens.  She’s a homebody who enjoys interior design, rebooting in her boathouse, and when life allows - she ventures out to the farm where she boards her horses.
Christina Andersen

Christina Andersen - Owner


christina received her bachelor of arts degree from st. olaf in 2000, her e-ryt certification with yoga alliance, stott pilates advanced certifications, and has been owner of center yoga & pilates studio since 2008.  in 2013, she received her esthetics license and has continued her career advancement with advanced laser technician training, advanced pharmaceutical skincare education and advanced esthetics practices.

christina currently resides in grand rapids with her two boys, husband and 3 dogs.  she loves the advanced esthetics field and is honored to provide services next to her longtime friend, rhonda peters. 

christina is bala's business manager and currently offers consultations as well as many esthetic skincare treatments. 




Our Staff

 

Kim Olson

Kim Olson

Bala Spa Manager & Esthetician

A licensed Esthetician for over 12 years, Kim has had advanced esthetic training all over the country and has performed hundreds of facials. She has a passion for all things skin care and has had advanced pharmaceutical education. Kim has been certified in medical esthetic services including deep chemical peels, laser procedures, micropen and dermablading. She loves to customize effective treatment plans and skin care regimens that produce optimal results for each client.

Kim and her husband own Salon Brad and live in Grand Rapids with their two Morkies. She has 5 grandchildren whom she adores and enjoys watching them grow. Kim loves to spend time with family and friends, travel and has an appreciation for Minnesota's nature.



  

Heidi Lonson, RN

Injectables

Heidi Lonson RN, BSN is our nurse injector who works closely with her clients and builds lifelong relationships.  With over 17 years of nursing experience, she is able to thoroughly anticipate her client’s needs and meet their demands.  Heidi is a certified in providing Botox, injectable fillers and Kybella.  Heidi takes a conservative approach in providing a natural-looking result for her client and is honest with her clients about their desired outcomes.  She is passionate about blending the art and science of non-surgical aesthetics to restore and enhance natural beauty.

In addition, Heidi also provides individualized skin care assessment and recommendations using our Skin Medica and Revision at-home skin care products, as well as providing Micropen treatments.


Alyssa Anderson

Alyssa Anderson

Esthetician, Lash Extensionist, Nail Technician

Alyssa Anderson has always had a passion for the beauty industry. She grew up knowing she always wanted to do hair and skin as her career. At 15, she started at Salon Brad (our next door business) cleaning weekly. From there she knew she was in the right career!

Alyssa completed her Cosmetology schooling at Professional Salon Academy in Bemidji, MN in July of 2015. From the beginning, Alyssa loved skincare. Facials were one of her most favorite services to offer in school, and that passion carried on when she started at Bala. She continues to learn the best techniques to improve her skills when providing facials.

Alyssa has attended multiple advanced educational events including: makeup training with Jane Iredale, Skincare training through Skin Medica, Revision and Rhonda Allison. 

Along with a yearning for education to advance and improve skills, Alyssa loves to educate clients on how to take care and to LOVE your skin! She desires to build relationships, trust and for her clients to feel beautiful in every way. 


   

Stephany Andrews

Stephany Andrews

Esthetician, Lash Extensionist, Nail Technician

Stephany Andrews has been dedicated to customer and client care since 2006. Stephany studied cosmetology at Cosmetology Careers Unlimited College in 2013.  She has since, completed multiple advanced training courses, and has been certified by CND Professionals, Rhonda Allison [take10], and Novalash.

Stephany resides in Grand Rapids, MN and enjoys renovating with her boyfriend, and good old Minnesota living: being on the lake, pontooning, wheeling, or just enjoying a bon fire with her loved ones.

Steph’s goals are to continue learning and providing top of the line skin care for her clients.





   

Brittany Bluhm

Esthetician, Lash Extensionist, Nail Technician
Brittany is a 2008 graduate of La'James International College in Fort Dodge, Iowa where she received her cosmetology Liscense (including  Esthetics & nail technician Liscense)  

She worked in a full service salon & spa before moving to Minnesota in April of 2016 and joining the Bala spa team. 

Brittany strives for establishing trust and giving personal attention to all her clients needs and requests, helping them to achieve their ultimate skin care goals and feeling confident in every way. 

She has advanced training in skin care, Novalash eye lash extensions, Jane Iredale make up,  creative nail design and advanced skincare practices.





Danae Kangas 

Massage Therapist | Thai and Traditional


Danae is an internationally trained massage therapist, graduating from the Costa Rica school of massage therapy in April of 2013. Post graduation, she completed the NCBTMB exam and continuing education in prenatal massage and Thai yoga massage techniques.

Danae lives in Nashwauk, MN and outside of work you will typically find her on the lake or in the gym lifting heavy weights.







Katie Cargill

Katie Cargill, DDS

Injectables 

katie received her bachelor of arts degree from the college of st.benedict in 2000, graduated with distinction from university school of dentistry in 2009 & currently practices cosmetic and family dentistry at northern lakes dental. katie has also received training with injectables with p.a.l.e.t.t.e and connie brennan, as well as laser technician training with healthtech solutions.


   

Kelly Fider

Kelly Fider, PA

Injectables

kelly received her bachelor of arts degree from the college of st. scholastica and pa from uwl-gundersen-mayo clinic. kelly has been a certified physician assistant for 15+ years and loves performing procedures - especially injections. kelly has received specialty training in esthetics with p.a.l.e.t.t.e , connie brennan and allergan as well as laser technician training with healthtech solutions.

Kelby Kleinendorst | Spa Coordinator

kelby received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from north dakota state university in 2013. post-graduation, she worked as a nanny for multiple families and has a passion for taking care of people. kelby is stott trained in pilates reformer and pilates mat and is an instructor and personal trainer and center fitness studio.

kelby currently resides in grand rapids, minnesota with her two puppies and chickens. she loves to run and spend time at her family’s log cabin on balsam lake. 

kelby has learned a lot from her talented co-workers and loves seeing how their clients skin, in addition to her own, has benefited from the products and services that bala provides.