Spa team


Dr. Sung Up Hong

Third Generation Acupuncturist

Sung Up Hong is a third generation acupuncturist with over 10 years of experience. Sung obtained a Master of Science from Samra University of Oriental Medicine and is trained in both traditional and integrative medicine. He is also certified by The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Sung takes a holistic approach in healing the body, mind, and spirit using a combination of acupuncture, massage therapy and oriental medicine providing clients with a greater opportunity to achieve well-being, balance and rejuvenation.


Dr. Caren Sadikman

Botox and Juvederm

Caren Exelbert Sadikman, MD, a native Washingtonian, is a physician who specializes in facial sculpting through Botox and fillers.  Dr. Sadikman graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University in 1996, and from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2000.  She trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in internal medicine and physical rehabilitation.  In 2004 and 2005, Dr. Sadikman completed a dermatology fellowship at the Washington Hospital Center, and subsequently trained in the use of lasers for hair removal, vein removal and facial rejuvenation, as well as in the administration of Botox and dermal fillers for facial wrinkling and laxity.  Dr. Sadikman now exclusively focuses her time and studies on facial enhancement through Botox and fillers.  She views aesthetic medicine as  artistry and recognizes the importance of tailoring care to each person’s individual needs.  A calligrapher and artist, Dr. Sadikman combines her keen eye and steady hand with her medical knowledge to improve people’s self-image and well-being.

Joelle Lyons

Aesthetician, Director of Aesthetics 

Widely referred to as The Skin Clarifying Queen by Essence Magazine, this First Aesthetician to the First Lady is a results-oriented SkinCare Specialist with comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the skincare industry.   Over the years, she has achieved status for her unique approach to common skin issues and conditions. JoElle, specializes in Customized Clinical Facials, Men’s SkinCare, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Hair Removal, Prescriptive Therapy and a wide range of Laser Treatments.

Mahin Huschmand


Mahin Huschmand was born in Tehran, Iran and graduated from the University of Tehran with a Master’s Degree in Art and History. She continued her artistic interests by studying at the School of Beauty and Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany. She then practiced aesthetics at a German Dermatology Clinic before moving to the United States. Prior to joining Nival Spa, she owned “Mahin’s Euro Day Spa” in Bethesda, Maryland for 10 years. She has more than 25 years of experience as an Esthetician and specializes in chemical peels and is licensed in semi-permanent make-up. In 2008 won the “Best of Montgomery County in Permanent Cosmetics” Award by the US Local Business Association.

Sedi spa team

Sedi Bahramanian


Sedi was born in Tehran, Iran and has 20 years of experience in skin care. Prior to embarking in a career in aesthetics, Sedi worked in finance as an assistant to the President of a bank. She later trained and practiced her craft in Denmark for 5 years until moving to the U.S.  Before coming to Nival Salon and Spa at the Collection, Sedi worked at Red Door Salon and Spa for 12 years. Sedi specializes in brow shaping, skin brightening and anti-aging facial techniques such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels.

Kelley spa team

Kelley Unthank

Resident Make-Up Artist and Retail Specialist 

As Nival’s resident make-up artist, Kelley Unthank attracts high profile clientele in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area, including several celebrity faces and blushing brides. Kelley has five years of experience in make-up artistry and served as a lead artist for MAC Cosmetics for three years. Her innate talent and passion led her to grace the pages of Essence magazine, along with other influential fashion prints. Kelley excels in all types of skin tones, complexions and can create all looks from natural beauty to avant-garde. Her beauty expertise includes weddings, special events, tutorials, and photoshoots.  To view Kelley’s work click here.


Alison Gregg LMT 4747
Massage Therapy Director

Alison Gregg has over 15 years of experience and a broad education in healing therapies. She studied massage therapy at the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe and studied chinese medicine at the International Institute for Chinese Medicine, in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has also studied neuromuscular therapy, myofacial release and cranio-sacral therapy, tui-na and acupressure. Her masterful techniques reflect her passion and dedication to massage therapy. She brings deep relaxation and relief to her clients which facilitates the body’s natural healing power.

Robin Brownstein

Massage Therapist

Robin Brownstein has been a massage practitioner for over 21 years. She studied at the prestigious Swedish Institute at New York City. Her deep dedication for her work and her vast experience makes her one of the finest massage therapists in the DC area. She excels at a wide range of modalities, including trigger-point therapy, myofacial release and studied headaches, TMJ, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, Scoliosis and plantar fasciitis. Robin is also experienced in Reiki, reflexology, lymphatic drainage, and unwinding. She believes in honoring each person’s wisdom and encourages to participate in their wellness through massage, as well as complimentary avenues to health such as acupuncture, pilates, tai chi and yoga.

Rosy Saavedra

Massage Therapist

Rosy has six years of experience in massage therapy. She specializes in a variety of modalities including deep tissue, swedish, reflexology and thai massage.

Antonio Grandez

Massage Therapist

Antonio has six years of experience in massage therapy. He received training from the Baltimore School of Massage. He specializes in therapeutic deep tissue and reflexology. Antonio is also a Judo Master that teaches classes for military training. He has a broad range of experience from treating sports injuries to gentle swedish massage to provide deep relaxation and focus for optimum well-being.


Donna spa team

Donna White

Nail Technician

Donna is a native Washingtonian with 25 years in the nail industry. She specializes in acrylic application with hand filling. Her flawless manicures and pedicures leave hands and feet glowing. She also excels in Gelish and Shellac treatments.

Juana Brown

Nail Technician

Juana Brown is one of the top Licensed Nail Technicians in the Washington, DC and Maryland area. She has over 15 years experience servicing DC’s affluent clientele including local and national celebrities such as former News 4 Anchor Susan Kidd, radio personality Adimu, R&B singer and songwriter El Debarge, and Author Helena Andrews.

She specializes in drill-less sculptured Acrylics, Acrylic overlays and luxurious pedicures all while providing optimal customer service.