Wellness, relaxation and health are an ongoing lifestyle choice. Cocoon Urban Day Spa embraces this philosophy from the moment you walk through the door. Catering to both men and women, we distinguish ourselves from other spas by offering thoroughly personalized services according to the specific needs of each client. We encourage our clients to leave behind the bustle of the city for a unique and unforgettable experience. Our unique integrated approach to health and well being is aimed at helping you.
Our therapists and instructors are dedicated to ensuring that you
enjoy a very special experience with us.
Meet Our Founder
Sarah Redmond, Founder
Sarah Redmond is the founder of Cocoon Urban Day Spa. She is European trained and has an Internationally recognized degree (CIDESCO) specializing in skin care and waxing.
She began her career in Dublin, Ireland in 2000 working for Bliss. She held this position for 2 years before moving on to work with Sothys (Paris) and Decleor (Paris) as a brand ambassador & international trainer where she got to visit many of the top spas in France, Ireland and the U.K.
“this was such a great opportunity for me, to see what works and doesn’t work, not only as a customer but also what goes on behind the scenes. Through this experience I learned how to run a successful business where both staff and clients are happy to be there! It is truly exciting for me to be able to create the kind of spa where I would want to spend the day. This is what motivated me in the beginning and what will continue to do so everyday.”
With over 15 years of experience, Sarah brings together her favorite services, products and hand-picked staff all under one roof.
Merritt is the Co-Founder and managing operator of Cocoon Bare. Her vision for a friendly, pared-down neighborhood spa developed from her experience at Cocoon Urban Day Spa, where she saw firsthand that a spa can be affordable and convenient without sacrificing style or comfort. That vision is now a reality at Cocoon Bare, where lovely, talented and professional staff, great music and, most importantly, free-flowing champagne and chocolate come together to create intimate and indulgent spaces for relaxation and beauty. As the Cocoon line expands, Merritt is intent on keeping the spas small and taking the utmost care to maintain the easy-going, inter-personal experience adored by a growing list of her regular clients.
Kimi Mercado Area Manager
Kimi, is a Charleston native, who moved to California to attend Sacramento State. There she studied business development and human resources. After graduation in 2000 she started working full time for Bebe where she developed into the position of area manager for Northern California. She held this position for over 14 years. Kimi joined the Cocoon team overseeing our flagship store in Soma and also as area manager to our other 4 stores. Her love for the spa business and building relationships with both staff and clientele makes her a natural leader. As a manager, Kimi believes in the importance of going above and beyond for the client to have an unforgettable experience at Cocoon!
Felicia Gelardi General Manager & Aesthetician
This Bay area native, has been practicing Esthetics for over 17 years. After experiencing severe skin problems of her own, Felicia was inspired to drop out of the corporate world to help others with their skin. Running her own skin care boutique for 13 years before joining Cocoon she was able to hone her advanced skills and amassed a large brazilian wax following! Felicia spends her free time with her partner Ray and eight-year-old daughter, Rosie.
Monique McDonald Assistant General Manager
Boasting over 15 years of diverse experience, Monique has a passion for driving business and creating a one of a kind luxury experience for our guests. Striving and always succeeding to elevate our guests experience, she draws from her years of experience in customer service. Monique is a veteran leader with over a decades experience in managing operations and overseeing diverse teams. When she is not leading our first class team she can be found in the treatment rooms at Cocoon as she is also a seasoned esthetician, massage therapist and Cidesco Diplomat!
Genevieve Castro Aesthetics Manager
Genevieve has been a California Licensed Aesthetician since 2009. She has an extensive background in skincare, makeup, and waxing and is a truly passionate and talented Esthetician & Body Worker. Genevieve brings a new and exciting element to our Esthetics Department at Cocoon, specializing in both Endermologie and Body Wraps. She has been working with body clients for the last 5 years, and recently completed her advanced training in Endermologie from Europe. She is an expert in body sculpting and has a genuine passion and love for helping her clients achieve their goals: this paired with her caring and fun demeanor ensures that you will want to see her weekly and add yourself to her ever growing list of regular clients!
Rosa Lee Aesthetician
Rosa is a licensed Aesthetician who has worked in the spa industry for over seven years. She joined Cocoon when we opened our flagship store in 2007. She took a year off to travel and is thrilled to be back in the treatment rooms creating customized and amazing experiences for our clients. Rosa loves using her experience to help her clients look and feel their best and she is very passionate about helping you achieve the brightest and most beautifully smooth skin possible!
Kat Dimaano Aesthetician
Kat is a Licensed Aesthetician and a Bay Area Native. She received training and education in esthetics from the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology. She has also received post-graduate education with the International Dermal Institute, Dermalogica, Skinceuticals, and believes that ongoing education is the key to success and delivering results to each client’s individual skin care needs. Prior to joining the Spa & Beauty industry she worked with SF at-risk and homeless youth for six years, before deciding to apply her passion for helping others through beauty and wellness. After overcoming the challenges of adult acne herself and years of experience, Kat is dedicated to corrective skin care and developing skills that will deliver life-changing results. She’s also kind of obsessed with brows and hopes to make SF as fierce as possible, one set of brows at a time!
Vita McConnell Aesthetician
Vita McConnell is a graduate of the Dermal Institute Apprenticeship Program and has been working as an Aesthetician for ten years. She specializes in peels and deep pore facials with great care taken during the extractions. She loves working with clients to help them achieve radiant skin. She also creates beautiful sexy brows. Vita is celebrating her 7 year anniversary as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society as an instructor for the Look Good Feel Better Program.
Michelle Peden Aesthetician
Meet Michelle! Michelle has been an Aesthetician with Cocoon since 2014. Skincare is her passion and she loves to incorporate her knowledge of the skin into all of her facial treatments. Michelle recently got her certification in Endermologie and Sudotonic Body wraps and has quickly developed a strong following for her targeted body treatments!
Tatiana Dayers Aesthetician
Tatiana is a licensed esthetician that graduated from the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology. Inspired by her own childhood and adolescent concerns with keratosis pilaris and eczema, she decided to pursue esthetics to help others. She loves learning about skin and the latest innovations in skincare. Her goal is for her clients to leave feeling happy and well taken care of with a good understanding of their individual skincare requirements supported by a solid home care regimen. Lash extensions are another one of her many passions related to beauty. Under Liv Contrera’s tutelage, she earned her certification in Lash Extensions and loves doing them. In her spare time, she is teaching her dog new tricks, writing on her blog, exercising, or playing with makeup.
Adrienne Finley Aesthetician
Adrienne graduated from the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology. She’s always been drawn to the beauty industry but really found her passion in cosmetics and skincare. After obtaining her degree she learned the importance of how caring for your skin goes hand in hand with correct makeup application. She loves teaching her clients the importance of both and her specialities include the increasingly popular lash lift, endermologie and advanced skincare!
Kim Babnik Aesthetician
Meet Kim! Originally from Western NY, Kim moved to the bay area in 2010 after finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Art. She started at Cocoon in 2012 working the front desk with an interest in becoming a hair and makeup artist. While at Cocoon she instead found inspiration in becoming an Aesthetician and in 2016 graduated from International College of Cosmetology in Oakland. She specializes in very fast and (almost!) painless waxing and sugaring services – her technique and bed side manner are truly second to none. She aims to maintain the skin’s integrity while performing hair removal removing hairs and has quickly obtained many regulars here at our spa. Clients love her for her efficiency and gentle demeanor.
Jessica Beauchamp Aesthetician
Jessica has over 10 years of experience with a background in skincare and waxing. Despite her years of expertise she is always curious to learn more and has perfected her skills by attending trade shows and training courses in order to keep current with the latest beauty trends. Through that she has been able to enhance her technique and product knowledge which she brings to all of her treatments such as microdermabrasion, LED treatments, and different types of peels! Clients can’t stop raving about her facials and her passion shows in helping others achieve healthy-glowing-beautiful skin!
Megan Hessler Permanent Makeup
Megan has been with our Cocoon team for over 8 years. Stemming from her respect for the art of tattooing, Megan offers a truly unique service to our clients by providing safe permanent cosmetic enhancements in an approachable and understanding manner. She has an eye for detail with her technique and has the highest standards for her clients comfort. Her accuracy, poise and artistic skill set meet her clients expectations to keep them coming back time and time again.
Arina Shames Permanent Makeup
Arina Shames is a permanent makeup artist and licensed esthetician whose creativity, persistence, and dedication to perfection have all earned her the reputation as a sought-after leader in the beauty industry. Her speciality is creating the most natural look possible with permanent makeup blushed lips. Her services are perfect for women who prefer not to (or simply can’t) spend hours in front of the mirror every single day.
Arina has honed her craft at multiple prestigious institutions, including the Hand Tap Method at Softap in the United States as well as the Machine Method at Elena Nechaeva, one of the most esteemed schools in all of Russia and beyond. A lifelong student, she continues to take workshops on microblading and permanent makeup.
Esteban Mariscal Massage
Esteban is a graduate of the National Holistic Institute’s Advanced Neuromuscular program. Using intuition and knowledge of the body, he formulates custom sessions tailored for each client. He is versed in several modalities from therapeutic to relaxing. He believes that the body has the tools to heal itself, which he uses to facilitate healing and relaxation. Esteban’s specialties include: Neuromuscular techniques, Myofascial therapies, Swedish, Shiatsu and Thai; which he also blends together for a truly customized session.
Daphne Przygocki Massage
Daphne is a graduate of the San Francisco School of Massage in Advanced Therapeutic Massage. Her goal is to provide therapeutic massage which she believes decreases stress and tension, increases relaxation, and promotes overall harmony and balance. Daphne strives to create a safe, nurturing space where clients can let go of everyday stresses and struggles, and get back in touch with their bodies. She draws from her experience and training in multiple modalities of massage to create customized sessions, best suited to facilitate each client’s own restorative experience.
Brittany Banks Massage
Though Brittany is trained in multiple modalities she specializes most in swedish, deep tissue and hot stone massage. Her aunt was a massage therapist so her love for healing the body through massage started at a young age where she was able to personally experience the benefits. In 2011 she obtained her certification at the National Holistic Institute and has been practicing ever since then. She joined the Cocoon team in 2016 and has fast become known for her fun loving personality and amazing massages.
Romeo Canicosa Massage
Romeo is a graduate of the National Holistic Institute, and is a certified Massage Therapist, Neuromuscular Therapist and Health Educator. He has more than 19 years of experience with established day spas, wellness centers and chiropractic offices around the Bay Area. Certified in Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Maintenance and Recovery Massage, Swedish, Zen Shiatsu, Pre-natal Massage, Romeo is able to customize his bodywork to fit his clients’ needs. Whether it’s sports related, personal injury, repetitive stress, or just a need for overall relaxation, Romeo’s years of experience, diverse training, and intuitive touch will be perfect for your overall massage needs.
Lynn On Mani/Pedi
lynn has been with Cocoon since the opening of our flagship store in 2007. A seasoned manicurist of 13 years, her skills have lead her to have a loyal following! Her clients always say that her eye for choosing a nail color is spot-on. Lynn specializes in Shellac CND and gives a killer foot massage.
Carlos Escate Floor Manager
Carlos has been Cocoon’s resident caretaker and housekeeper since its opening in 2007. He is an integral part of the team and does a stellar job managing our awesome team of housekeepers! Carlos not only takes care of the back of the house but also loves to attend to our clients. From a cozy massage table to a chilled glass of sparkling Prosecco, he makes sure every single client feels at home every time while also ensuring that the spa is in tip top shape throughout the day! Carlos – we heart you!
*You will be charged in full at the time of booking. Please note that reservations using gift certificates or prepaid packages must be booked over the phone.