Our team

Portraits by Whitney Smith

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Tara Lynn Baeza

Owner, Aesthetician, Makeup Artist & Cosmetic tattoo artist.

Tara’s journey as an artist began at a very young age with sketching and drawing. Music and theatre expanded her creativity which introduced her to the world of make up artistry which little did she know this hobby was the start of her forever career.
Her career as a make up artist took off in 2004. Soon after she realized skin care was a passion and in 2006 she attended Golden West College in Huntington Beach California & became a licensed Aesthetician. In 2010, this California native went where the wind carried her which landed her in Philadelphia, PA.
From then til now Tara has had the opportunity to wear almost every hat in her industry. From NY fashion week, QVC, bridal, salon management, regional trainer & executive. She’s specifically trained well over a hundred aestheticians & artists in her career in brow shaping.
After quite a few years working in corporate beauty she had a calling to go back to what truly made her happy which was services & making clients feel their best. Fascinated by Microblading for awhile & seeing how it was so life changing for so many women & men, she decided to get trained & certified in 2015. It was then Tara found her true calling. Her career as a microblading artist took off organically & very quickly.
In 2017 Tara opened up her own studio @birdsofpreyartistry in the heart of south philadelphia after working in a tattoo parlour for a couple years. Within 8 months Tara expanded her business & now has @birdsofpreywellness - a full
service Aesthetic & wellness studio.
Between Tara’s passion, artistry & leadership capabilities she has been able create two of her dream studios under one roof with an amazing team of artists & esthetician’s, as well as the best clients a business could possibly ask for!

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Amanda Brizzi

Licensed Aesthetician & Certified Access Bars practitioner

In 2017, Amanda graduated at the top of her class in the esthetics program from the Jean Madeline Institute. A New Jersey native and Philly transplant, she began her career in skin care by assisting with Jessica Saint Beauty. Now a fully licensed esthetician, she is beyond thrilled to be part of the team at Birds of Prey Artistry & Wellness. In addition to her esthetics license, Amanda is a certified Access Bars practitioner specializing in removing energetic blockages. Whether it's a customized facial or brow shaping appointment, Amanda's main goal as an esthetician is always to make her clients feel beautiful and confident. You can follow her journey as an esthetician/singer/catmom on Instagram at @breezyjones821

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Allison Gretsuk

Licensed Aesthetician & Makeup Artist

After 7 years as a makeup artist, Allison took the next step to branch into the business of helping people. She is now a licensed esthetician who has practiced since May 2018 and joined the BOP team January 2019. She loves all things waxing and brings her sense of humor to a potentially unpleasant service to put clients at ease. Brow shaping is one of her favorite services because a simple wax can reframe the whole face. She recently trained in ProCell microchanneling, which has also become a favorite service due to both the instant and long-term results her clients enjoy. Outside of working with amazing clients and a passionate team, Allison is an artist and musician who resides in South Philadelphia. Allison is at the studio weekly on Friday’s & Saturday’s you can follow Allisons skin care page on instagram @Obscura.esthetics

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Jessica Saint

Licensed Aesthetician, Makeup Artist & Certified Access Bars Practitioner

Jessica is a highly sought after Makeup & Hair Artist with 17 years of experience working in the beauty and fashion industry. Wanting to up her game as a Makeup Artist, Jessica went back to school to get her Esthetician’s license in 2015. Realizing she had a passion for skincare she decided to offer services in a spa setting alongside her makeup & hair business. Jessica joined the amazing Birds of Prey team in 2018 after working at a spa in Chestnut Hill since graduation. At BOP she offers many skin related services as well as Access Bars, but her personal favorite is micro-channeling. She loves performing a service that not only transforms her client's skin immediately but also their self-esteem. When Jessica is not working at the spa, she is usually on set or doing a wedding. Jessica is an Old City resident who loves vintage fashion as well as music, art, and nature.

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Jaimie Lastick

Certified Reiki Master & Yoga instructor

Jaimies Reiki journey began in 2016. She had been going through a challenging time. This inspired her to begin a regular yoga practice and soon after, a discovery of the healing benefits of a Reiki session. She knew after her first experience that she was destined to share this incredible practice with others. Since that time, she feels she discovered her true self, found purpose, and gained strength physically, mentally, and spiritually. “As a Reiki practitioner, I am looking forward to the opportunity to provide my clients with the healing they need to help enhance their lives” - Jaimie
Jaimie received her Reiki Certifications from The Reiki School in Philadelphia and YogaLife Institute in Wayne, PA. In addition to her Reiki Certifications, she received her 250 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification from YogaLife Institute. In addition to Reiki and Yoga, she enjoys going to the gym, exploring the city, and spending time with friends, family, and cat Stevie.
Jaimie is now accepting Reiki appointments and has availability from 12- 6pm on Saturdays