The brainchild of Ascend Spa and Skin IconX, Tara Lendener, is a trusted and sought after skincare and spa expert. The NYU alum developed a passion for skincare after having several facials from the Red Door Spa by age fifteen. She had been implementing a four-step daily skin care regimen by age seventeen. This Skincare Devotee spent most of her twenties traveling the world, submerging herself in varying cultures with unique attitudes towards life, love, and happiness. These experiences granted her the ability to more deeply understand and integrate the exciting diversity of perspectives into her professional life. This attitude, coupled with the experiences of rich cream facials in France, healing baths in Russia, and the use of Thalassotherapy in Greece, fueled a fiery passion within Tara Lendener to pursue Spas of her own.
Opening her first spa at age twenty-nine, Lendener has gone the extra mile to connect with her clients, striving to offer them all that she had experienced. Through these valued client relationships, Tara seeks to extract their personal skin concerns, goals, lifestyles and diets, in order to generate the most comprehensive protocol prescription for their individual skincare needs. It is this commitment to her work that has attracted a number of loyal fans…loyal Skincare Devotees.
Tara Lendener’s lifetime of travels have made her a firm believer in something singularly unique about New York– and the particular skincare needs of a New Yorker. For instance, your skin can show the effects of stress, pollution, or even your hectic commute. Lendener utilizes this knowledge in combination with years of cosmo-ceutical education and an individual client relationship. This is one of the many reasons her loyal Devotees continue to come back for more.
Crystal joined the Ascend team in 2015. She is a currently studying International Crime and Justice at John Jay College. She is constantly involved in UN panels, and community events. Crystal is also a NYS licensed Cosmetologist. During the second half of her life, Crystal is here at Ascend. Much like Speedy Gonzalez, she’s always working hard and fast to keep the spa updated, to keep the staff updated, to keep appointments running smoothly, and of course, to keep the clients happy. Crystal loves working with the Ascend family and is happy to give her time to make sure others feel great!
“Knowledge is the base of power” With a passion for his craft and the wellbeing of others Jeffrey is always looking out for the best interest of his client. He encourages educating the client on their specific issues and working together to find the best treatment for the client’s individual needs whether it be for relaxation, injury rehabilitation, injury prevention, or targeted pain relief. With a specific interest in Sports and Thai massage he aims to assist athletes in accomplishing individual goals. He can use deep pressure for the sorest of muscles, light pressure to increase circulation and relaxation and has expertise in stretching to increase joint mobility and flexibility which reduces the chances of injury and aches to achieve peak performance. Everyone can benefit from massage, which is why with a broad knowledge on eastern and western massage modalities he aims to help anyone looking to heal their bodies and obtain that balance of homeostasis.
Brenda is a graduate of The Aveda Institute of New York, where she was trained in both eastern and western modalities. She takes a holistic and result driven approach to her treatments, focusing on her clients relaxation needs while targeting their skin concerns one session at a time. She is very thorough with her extractions and has a very gentle touch.
Even as a young girl, I always wanted to help people. I can still remember watching my grandpa be the town’s per say “chiropractor,” fixing some person’s back, making them feel better, and how happy and proud that made me feel, and how happy and relieved they felt. I wanted to be just like that. I grew up not knowing how to take care of my skin and so I wanted to learn and help others too. In 2003, after a lifelong passion for wanting to learn about the skin, and how to properly take care of it, I proudly attended the Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics in New York City. I really enjoyed working and learning with products that are plant based, natural, and good for your skin. That is very important to me, knowing that there are alternative to chemically laden products. I get very excited reading up on skin care treatments and attending classes to continue my education. Great communication, honesty, sharing knowledge keeps the client informed and happy. Listening to their needs and concerns is very important to me. Educating them on procedure, a healthy lifestyle, and how important after home care is! It’s a great formula for wonderful results. I also believe that nature and science go hand in hand. I am friendly, happy and an honest person, that care for building relationships with each client. My priority is to give each client the best possible, relaxing, and excellent experience!!
Andrew believes that through the joining of Eastern and Western modalities and theories, we can help maximize the body’s natural ability to heal and slowly begin to understand how to prevent ailments through diligent preventative care and maintenance along with client education. With the extensive experience and education of multiple modalities from NYCHP and over 14 years of qi gong practice with Sifu Henry Moy, he provides a comprehensive full body approach which combines practical musculoskeletal work with esoteric but definitive energy work through a combination of Swedish, Myofascial, Asian, Acupressure, Zen Shiatsu, Thai, and Sports modalities. Core focuses with Andrew are: shoulder & neck work, forearm & hand work, and calf & ship work. Eventually he would like to create comprehensive system which can be used as a standard in the martial arts community to help speed up recover times, maximize training, and prevent future injuries by working closely with clients.
Lauren has nearly two decades of experience in the field of massage therapy. In that time,Lauren has learned to work with the body’s natural instinct for self-correction and self-healing.Through the integration of nurturing touch with subtle energy perception, Lauren’s work helpsher clients to bridge the connection between body, mind and spirit. She draws upon diverseWestern-style massage techniques including Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release,trigger-point, joint mobilization and stretching, as well as hot stone, reflexology, polaritybalancing, guided imagery, breath work, aromatherapy, acupressure and earth energies.Lauren is also certified in Pre- and Post-natal massage, offering relief and support to those whoare expecting and to new mothers alike.