Meet our Amazing Staff

You can expect only the best from our team.

DRAGO DIMITRI: Salon Director

Drago Dimitri is the owner of Drago’Salon and the Salon Director. Drago has been a hair designer for more than 35 years. Drago trained at Vidal Sassoon where he was a Master Designer and has continued his training as a Schwarzkopf and Redken colorist. He loves hair design. He has dedicated himself to excellence in his craft, and he encourages the salon staff members to do the same and delight their customers. He has a positive outlook in life and enjoys working and meeting people who feel the same. He continues to develop Drago’Salon and looks forward to working with his staff to create fabulous style with you and excellent services for you.

Stylists and Hair Designers

STEPHANIE JACOBSEN

STEPHANIE JACOBSON is a master designer who has been cutting, coloring and styling hair for over 18 years. She was born and raised in Michigan where she received her schooling at Pivot Point International Academy. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco, CA, where she started her apprenticeship and career. In 1999, she moved to the Carson Valley where she took a job with Drago’Salon and has been a part of the Drago’Salon family ever since. She has received advanced training through Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy Redken, Schwarzkopf and Paul Mitchell systems. She has a keen eye for style, a passion for learning and a genuine love of life. In her downtime, she enjoys spending her time with her family and friends.

MICHELE PETERS

MICHELE PETERS is a master designer at Drago’Salon. She is blessed to have been born and raised in our beautiful valley. She began her career at Drago’Salon in 2007, where she started working as a receptionist during high school. She has gone on to be trained at Paul Mitchell the School, San Diego, where she was trained by some of the top names in the industry such as Robert Cromeans, D.J. Muldoon and Stephanie Kocielski in precision cutting and advanced multi-dimensional color. She has continued her education with Redken, UNITE, Schwarzkopf and other independent platform artists. Michelle is married to another native of the Carson Valley; they both are having the time of their lives raising their two boys here.

JENNIFER KRUPP

JENNIFER KRUPP is a designer at Drago’Salon. Jen decided she wanted a change of pace in her life, being born and raised in the Carson Valley, and decided there was no better time than to go to the Paul Mitchell Academy in Sacramento, CA. There she was able to experience the fast paced California life and appreciate the diversity of ethnicities and expand her awareness of people’s personalities and how it affects their sense of style. Jen was taught advanced, technical color and cutting. They also taught her how to think outside of the box for those special clients who don’t want just the ordinary, which sparks her personality. Jen has been a stylist/designer for 7 years. After finishing school, Jen also has received additional training from Redken and Schwarzkopf as well as other training offered along the way. Jen loves doing hair and makeup, and enjoys learning about fashion because when fashion changes hair changes. She loves the creativity about doing hair, but mostly enjoys how it makes people feel which means she has done her job. When Jen is not working, she enjoys her time at home with her husband and children.

ERIKA EVANS

ERIKA EVANS is a designer at Drago’Salon. At a young age Erika knew she wanted to make people feel beautiful. After graduating from Douglas High School. She graduated from the Paul Mitchell School in Reno in 2011 and shortly after receiving her license began working at Drago’Salon. Erika has her California license as well. She has continued her education in Sally Rogerson and Schwarzkopf to name a few. With a keen eye for fashion and a love of creativity, Erika is always keeping up on the latest hair trends such as precision cuts, men’s fades, balayage and other up and coming color techniques.

DONNA WENTZ

DONNA WENTZ was born and raised in the Carson Valley where she graduated from Douglas High School. She attended Carson City Beauty Academy where she excelled in all areas of study. She began her career in 2012 joining the Drago’Salon family. She is a designer at Drago’Salon. She is enjoying growing her skills and experience and learning from Drago and her peers and she looks forward to the furthering her education and expanding her clientele. Donna enjoys doing hair for special occasions and does a lot of wedding parties.

JESSICA REAM

JESSICA REAM is a stylist at Drago’Salon. Jess graduated from Redken Academy of Style in Reno. After receiving her cosmetology license, she began her one year apprenticeship with Drago. Since then she has been building her clientele and loving every minute of her work. She specializes in cutting, color, updos and makeup application. She is passionate about her work and meeting the needs of her clients to the best of her abilities, because, as Vidal Sassoon once said, “if you (the client) don’t look good, we don’t look good.”

LAURA NELLIS

LAURA NELLIS is a stylist at Drago salon and is also a part of the management and eyelash extension teams. From and early age Laura has had a passion for the beauty industry and loves the creative freedom it gives. Laura graduated from Paul Mitchell the school Reno in November 2015 and is enjoying building her clientele while she goes through her 1 year apprenticeship under owner Drago Dimitri. Additional education is a key aspect of her career and is always looking to expand her knowledge and services.

Spa Services

MARIANNE GARDNER - Skin Care

MARIANNE GARDNER is Drago’Salon skin care specialist where she has been working since 2010. Growing up in the Carson Valley, Marianne loves this area and the people who live here. She graduated from Carson Beauty Academy in 2010; she is committed to furthering her education, regularly taking courses at the International Dermal Institute in Sacramento, CA. In 2012 she received Specialist certification with Dermalogica and her Expert certification in 2013. She is also certified in Dermalogica’s exclusive BioActive Peel. She specializes in all skin care, body therapy and waxing services, with an emphasis on skin health treatments, physical and chemical enzyme peels, and Brazilian bikini waxing. Marianne oversees the retail skin care product lines that Drago’Salon offers; she is happy to help you with your skin care product selections.

IRENE WELLINGTON - Massage

IRENE WELLINGTON is a massage therapist at Drago’Salon. After spending 6 years at UC Berkeley in search of something to be passionate about, Irene fell madly in love with horses and spent 35 years on a character-building journey that centered around their care and training. During that time, Irene knew numerous horses that transformed literally physically and in spirit by the use of alternative therapies (chiropractic, massage and energy work such as acupuncture, reiki, and cranial sacral therapy). Early on, Irene began to seek out these same modalities to heal her own aches and pains. The outcome was profound and, as a result, she began studying massage, zero balancing and reiki over 15 years ago. Irene has become immersed in this world of healing, completing the massage program at the Bodhi Tree Center for Healing Arts in 2009, where she graduated and was licensed and nationally certified.
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BARBARA SCHMANSKI - Nail Care

BARBARA SCHMANSKI has been a manicurist for over 23 years and has been with Drago’Salon for the last 17 years. She specializes in manicures, pedicures, natural nail wraps and gels. She strives to have her clients’ time with her special and relaxing, free from stress, allowing them to feel unrushed and pampered.

Reception & Management

Drago Salon has a strong professional receptionist and management staff focused on making your salon experience an excellent one.  Chrystal Kwast and Laura Nellis are the receptionist and management staff for the salon. 

LAURA NELLIS

Laura has recently joined the staff, rounding out the receptionist team.