Founder, Owner

Rikeesa owner, Rick Melillo, didn’t set out to be a stylist. Instead, it was while studying international law and business that he was drawn to the world of cosmetology, identifying it as a field where his business acumen and international perspective on beauty could merge to create something extraordinary.

Rick completed his advanced training at the Sassoon Academy in London and never looked back. He continues to hone his craft by taking advanced classes throughout Europe and the United States, sharing these worldly, cutting-edge techniques with his team.

Rick takes immense pride in the 4,000 square-foot, award-winning space he has created. His greatest joy, though, is working with clients to achieve results that enhance their greatest attributes in ways they may not have imagined themselveswhile remaining sensitive to and inspired by their wants, needs and original vision. He knows that often, the greatest results come from collaboration, both with other stylists and with his clients.

Rikeesa has been recognized as a Salon Today 200 honoree and celebrated its 30th year in May 2014. Ricks most important goal moving forward is to pass on to his staff the knowledge he has acquired and experienced over the years, giving back to the profession that has given him so much and sustaining the legacy he has built for his clients.


Master Artist

Beth has been part of the Rikeesa artistic team for over 15 years and has over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Her training in all phases of haircutting, styling and coloring includes training with global artists, becoming a certified Aveda color coach, certified in Socap hair extensions and a constant passion to pursue the latest techniques and philosophies to meet clients’ needs and desires. Beth loves all phases of coloring, cutting and styling. Beth took first place in the men’s commercial haircutting and styling at the International Beauty Show.


Senior Artist, Wedding Specialist, Keratin Certified

Sonia has been at Rikeesa for over 7 years as a hair colorist and stylist. She has advanced education and training in and out of the salon in haircutting and coloring, is certified in Coppola keratin straightening, and has a passion for formal up-dos and styling for brides, wedding parties, proms and special occasions.


Junior Artist

Evelyn graduated from Academy di Capelli in August 2015, after taking 2nd place in their competition. She is also certified by Academy Pro for hair extensions and by M.A.C. in make up artistry and airbrushing.

Evelyn is passionate about hair cutting, custom coloring and styling, along with a natural flair for make-up.

As a junior artist she has set the standard high and is very excited to be a part of the Rikeesa team to provide excellent service.


Skin Therapist, Nail Technician, Wax Technician

Kim began her career at Rikeesa after completing and becoming certified as a skin therapist from the Institute of Aesthetics Arts & Sciences in 2001. Her commitment to her clients to ensure the latest and best treatments are implemented are exhibited by her continuing education, some which include medical esthetics, derma planning and cryogenic therapy. Specializing in facials and peels with a focus on anti-aging, acne and other problematic skin care solutions, as well as body treatments, all facial and body waxing including Brazilians. Along with these services she also offers MLD treatments and pedicures.


The joy of delivering wellness and balance through Aveda’s unique philosophy of individualized customized treatments using different modalities and tranquility techniques to bring inner and outer peace to skin, body and mind and emotion is why she loves what she does.


Skin Therapist, Nail Technician

Christin has been part of the Rikeesa team since 1999, after receiving her training and certification as an esthetician from The Institute of Aesthetics Arts & Sciences. Her training included microdermabrasion, oxygen therapy, and advanced training from the Aveda institute and IS Clinical institute with a focus on problematic skin, aging skin and treatments to enhance your skin needs. Christin provides services in skin therapy, nails (including shellac manicures) pedicures, body treatments, facial and body waxing, eyebrow and lash tinting, spray tanning and make-up.


Skin Therapist, Nail Technician

Rose is the latest addition to our spa, and has been with the Rikeesa team for 2 years. She is a certified esthetician and nail tech since 2010, and is educated in all phases of facial and body waxing, body treatments, skin analysis and treatments, eyebrow and lash tinting, nail services including manicures (shellac) and pedicures. Prior to her career as an esthetician she was a tour guide from her native country Brazil. Rose enjoys all phases of the spa industry with advanced education in skin therapy. To quote Rose, “Aging is inevitable but correctable.”


Skin Therapist

Gayle has held her Connecticut cosmetology license since 1987. While enjoying working with hair, her passion has always been skin care and the creative aspects of makeup. Over the years, she has worked for many skin care and cosmetic companies including Estee Lauder, Clinique, Chanel and Aveda. In 2011 she decided to move into esthetics completely. She has attended many classes through the Aveda Institute as well as The International Dermal Institute, located in New York City. As a skin therapist, Gayle enjoys the nurturing aspect as well as the clinical aspect of giving a facial.


Massage Therapist

Dave has been with Rikeesa since 2009, and graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2000. Dave is trained, educated and experienced in all phases of massage therapy including sports or deep tissue, hot stone, aromatherapy, focus, pre-natal and aromatherapy. Dave has a very gentle persona and approach, and can deliver the right touch and massage you need.


Salon Coordinator, Guest Services

Marybeth is the backbone of Rikeesa; she embraced the position of salon coordinator full time 3 years ago and can assist any guest in any situation.