At the Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon, our staff is dedicated to meeting your needs and providing service above-and-beyond your expectations! As active members of the health, beauty, and wellness community, we always aspire to achieve our highest potential in everything we do. Get to know our team and come to see us soon!
The driving force behind the success of the Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon is great dedication and superb customer service. Strongly influenced by her family values and Italian heritage Richel has focused her career on quality of treatment with respect to the body. A pioneer in her field, Richel D’Ambra opened one of the first North American Day Spas in the 1980s. The first day spa owner to hold an executive seat on its board of directors, Richel was honored by the International Spa Association in 1999 and was instrumental for bringing day spas into the organization.
Acclaimed for her superb quality of service and professionalism, as well as her nurturing personality, Richel has been noted in various leading publications, such as American Spa, American Salon, Allure, Elle, Mademoiselle, Good Housekeeping, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Style, Self, Town & Country, and Vogue.
Spa and Salon Director
Amit Gabai, LMT
Experience, Specializations, and Achievements: Amit has been practicing massage therapy for over 10 years. In these years, Amit has worked with Chiropractors and Spas, treating a wide range of patients including professional athletes, chiropractors, and medical doctors among others, due to their trust in his skills, technique, and broad experience with medical conditions. Amit is certified in many different massage modalities including: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Myo-Fascial Release, Reflexology, Reiki, Prenatal, and others.
What inspires you? Gratification. Working regularly with patients with disabilities whom I have helped, whether it be physical or stress related–and seeing results. It was such a rewarding feeling that it inspired me to continue learning and continue helping people.
Anthony Dandrea, LMT
Experience, Specializations, and Achievements: Anthony went to Massage Arts of Philadelphia. He specializes in stretching and is certified in Maternity, Essential Oils, and Level 1 Table Thai Massage. He believes in massage for preventative maintenance for his clients.
What inspires you? Helping people & making sure everyone leaves happy and healthier then when they came in.
Licensed Esthetician / Brand Management & Design
Experience, Specializations, and Achievements: Courtney believes in providing services that not only focus on improving a client’s outward, aesthetic appearance, but also apply a relaxing, restorative, and healing approach to overall wellness and stress-management. She is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology and hopes to further her studies in holistic and alternative therapies.
What inspires you? I am tremendously inspired by nature and how it seeks to find and achieve balance in all things. In this respect, I am learning to find joy in the quiet, little moments that sometimes go by unnoticed. I love having the opportunity to work with and learn from people who have a deep understanding of the profound impact our thoughts, feelings, and energies have on ourselves and on each other.
Licensed Esthetician & Massage Therapist
Experience, Specializations, and Achievements: Danielle studied and trained in Medical Esthetics under Dr. Link and has years of experience in medical peels, photo facials, microdermabrasion, and laser hair removal. Throughout her career she has worked with the Eagles Cheerleaders, Philadelphia Style, and was featured in Allure in 2006. She also traveled to Los Angeles to give facial facial treatments to guests that were attending the Oscars in 2012.
What inspires you? One of the main reasons that inspired me to study in this field was the acne and scarring I personally experienced throughout most of my teenage and early adult years. Through all of my training and classes I healed my acne and transformed my skin to the flawless radiant complexion we all crave. I am strongly passionate in similarly helping other people achieve beautiful skin through treatments and product usage.
James Roslon, LMT, NCTMB
Experience, Specializations, and Achievements: Graduating as valedictorian from the Cortiva Institute, Somerset School of Massage Therapy in Somerset, NJ, Jim has been practicing massage therapy since 2005. As well as being licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, he also holds the prestigious designation of Board Certified, with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
To further adhere to these high standards, Jim has taken NCBTMB approved continuing education classes in various modalities, including the Muscle Release Technique, Orthopedic massage, Qigong healing, Trigger point therapy, as well as many other therapeutic applications. He has worked with a diverse clientele including cancer patients, professional athletes suffering from sports related injuries, as well as those suffering from stress and strain from everyday life.
As an accomplished fitness enthusiast completing numerous marathons and half marathons, Jim believes in a well-rounded, balanced way of life which includes health, fitness, proper diet, and a positive attitude toward everyday activities. Along with his Bachelor of Science degree from The College of New Jersey, his combination of education, experience, and expertise help provide an integrative approach to help any client achieve their massage treatment goals.
Kristina Peker, LMT
Experience, Specializations, and Achievements: Kristina grew up and was raised in Republic of Georgia. She has been practicing massage over twelve years. Kristina is educated in various modalities including but not limited to: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Maternity, and Sports Massage. Kristina enjoys helping people feel spiritually and physically better as a whole. She is specialized in intuitive massage techniques which allows her to listen to the muscles of the body in order to give the client the best body work to suit their needs.
What inspires you? Massage is my life and I am excited to be able to share my gift with you.
Nancy Connell, LMT
Experience, Specializations, and Achievements: Nancy spent over 20 years in the financial industry, which included several years as an Options Trader on The Philadelphia Stock Exchange. Her own personal experience with massage therapy as a stress reliever inspired her to become a massage therapist.
What inspires you? I strongly believe in massage as a viable modality for enhancing overall health and wellbeing. I intentionally create a massage which is tailored toward the individual needs of each client by using multiple techniques to get the best results possible.
Regina Ricci, LMT
Massage Therapist, Esthetician, Reiki Master, Theta Energy Worker
Experience, Specializations, and Achievements: Formulated a distinct mind-body healing touch.
What inspires you? Staying connected to source and working on multiple dimensions of health. Helping clients through the use of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual modalities.
Stephanie Tackett, LMT
Experience, Specializations, and Achievements: Specializing in Sports Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy.
Tom Kirby, LMT, BS, DC
Experience, Specializations, and Achievements: Tom has studied more than 23 martial arts over 34 years, various forms of meditation, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi, as well as Neurology and its application in Mind/Body work as it relates to physical health, performance, and achieving goals.
What inspires you? I am inspired most by having the opportunity to work with clients so they can feel and be better, thus contributing to a potentially improved global society. Each client is an opportunity for me to assist them to express themselves at their best, making their lives more rewarding and fulfilling.
Lisa Marie Ponzio
With over 20 years experience, Lisa has been making clients beautiful for film, editorial print and red carpet ready as a premiere freelance stylist.
Lisa started her career in NYC where she refined her skills creating runway looks for Versace, Carolina Herrera and Zac Posen and styling various magazine covers. Lisa furthered her education with Bumble and Bumble, Toni & Guy, and Redken and was the spokesperson for Barex Hair care Italia. She worked for Peter Coppola NYC and moved on to Warren Tricomi Salon NYC and Los Angeles working on photo shoots and on location. Specializing in blow outs, color, and creative cuts, Lisa tailors each look towards the client’s personal style and current trends. Lisa has worked on many celebrities including: Joan Lunden, Drew Barrymore, Salma Hayek, Penelope Cruz, Martha Stewart, Ina Garten, and Tommy Hilfiger.