Team Members

Our energetic and talented staff help inspire confidence and creativity by doing what they love.

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 Emily Nicolaisen


Owner*Stylist*Day Maker


My dream as a very young girl was to become a professional hair stylist.  I have been doing hair forover 10 years now and I am still loving every minute!  My passion for the beauty industry is very clear and shows through out all of my work.  I have attended many color and cutting classes throughout the years.  Trends are always changing, so it is important for me to always stay up to date.  I especially love working with custom hair extensions, blondes of all shades and tones, and our latest and greatest smoothing treatment.  If you are looking for that sweet new look or just a simple refresher..look no further.  See you soon!


Carissa Buhl

Stylist.Colorist.Surface Educator


I have wanted to be a hair stylist since I was 12 years old. I began really chasing my dream and pursuing hair education and training when I was 14 and have loved it the whole time. Cutting coloring and updos are my top three loves in the hair industry, I can't pick a number one! Along with being passionate about hair, I am also passionate about my guests’ health, my own health, and respecting the earth. That is why, for the past 7 years, I have worked with all-natural, organic hair care products and cutting system called Surface. I recently got accepted onto the Surface Art Team, which means I get exceptional training all year long to stay on top of the latest trends. Come in for an all-natural nourishing experience, I’d love to meet you!



Carla Ruiz 

Hair Stylist*Day Maker*Artist 

Oh man, do I love what I do. I have the pleasure of traveling the country for weddings, educating myself on the latest hair trends and building a relationship with you! I've desired to become a professional stylist for as long as I can remember. Allow me to show you how to turn heads by customizing a suitable color for you and sharing the simplest yet greatest hair styling tips! I'm here for YOU. So come sit in my chair and tell me your story. Let's grow together! 

Amanda Brierly

Licensed Massage Therapist

I knew at a young age massage was an incredible way to help people and make a difference in a person's life. In high school my hands used to itch to massage someone and  I would usually end up massaging whoever was sitting in front of me. I graduated from The American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Columbus, Ohio and have been licensed since 2006. The majority of my experience is in therapeutic massage. I use elements of neuromuscular therapy, Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, trigger point, and myofascial release to ensure the best individualized results for overall well-being and health. I am known to be a “seek and destroyer” but my overall goal is to help people feel human again. I believe I have a natural born talent for massage therapy and am persistently on my journey to change the world with my healing hands- one body at a time.

Brittany Anderson

Owner*Reiki*Day Maker

I have always loved the health and beauty industry and wanted to be a part of it. I moved to Northern Colorado in 2008 and immediately fell in love with the lifestyle. I feel that many of the people here have a passion for a healthy lifestyle, including the outdoors and slowing down to take better care of ourselves.  I love being part of this community.  I dabble in all sorts of areas, and am so excited to be a part of Roots Beauty Studio.  I have a passion for serving people and making them feel bettter about themselves.  With all the services that we offer at Roots, that will be easy to do. From a cut and color to a massage, to a yoga session, you will leave our studio feeling better than ever. I am happy to meet and serve you at a place where you can truly honor yourself!


Makenna Dancer

Lash tech Extraordinaire

Hello! I'm Kenn. I moved to Colorado from Southern Utah and am so happy to be in Fort Collins. I've always had an interest for beauty products and the ingredients on the label which steered me towards a career in Esthetics, where beauty and science meet. Soon after graduating school at Taylor Andrews Academy, I began perfecting the craft of eyelash extensions and that's when my passion for the beauty industry grew immensely. I love seeing the first reaction to your fresh full lashes and making all of my beautiful clients feel foxy. By happenstance I stumbled into Roots one evening and instantly decided that it was where I needed to be Roots has such and inviting atmosphere and a super groovy feel, I guarantee you'll leave feeling refreshed and uplifted! When I'm not lashing I'm likely to be found listening to local music or hiking around our incredible backyard. I'm a cat person, a dog person, and a people person, so whether you have four legs or two...I'm so excited to get to know you! Peep my instagram for some pictues of my work! @kennadancerbeauty

Kara Beecham

*Wax Master*

Hello! My name is Kara and I am a born and raised Fort Collins girl. I have always loved all aspects of the beauty industry. My mama has always been my inspiration! She stayed home and raised her family, yet everyday she fixed her hair, applied her makeup and dressed up. She always told me that when a woman feels beautiful inside and out, she can conquer the world. So, 10 years ago I decided to enter the beauty world. I received my license in Esthetics, and I have found my niche in body waxing. I have been perfecting the art ever since.I love to provide all waxing services for men and women, and I am obsessed with creating the perfect brow!

When I am not pulling hair, I am spending time with my best friend/husband Caleb and our 4 amazing boys. We love all the activities that come with our beautiful Colorado summers! I look forward to meeting you and taking care of all of your hair removal needs.