Tao Wellness Med Spa

YOUR SPA SPECIALISTS

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Spa Owner & Medical Team
Tao Wellness Med Spa

Amy Hathcox

Amy Hathcox

Amy started her education with a B.S. in Biology and received her massage license in 1999. She decided to open Amy’s Day Spa to provide these wonderful services to South Tampa. She continued her education in 2009 by becoming licensed in esthetics. Amy recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing to fulfill the vision of adding medical spa services and transforming to TAO Wellness Med Spa. She has a love for the industry and strives to provide exceptional service and maintain a highly educated and experienced staff.

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Gwen Alonso

Gwen Alonso

Gwen is an ANCC board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in aesthetic and emergency medicine. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012. From there, she found a love for procedural care while working in busy emergency departments. In 2020 she completed her studies at the University of Tampa with her Master of Science in Nursing where she pursued a career in injectables, lasers, anti-aging and concierge medicine.

As a collegiate athlete at Florida State University, she always has had a passion for health and wellness. Gwen is committed to helping her patients look and feel their best with her precision and attention to detail.  In an ever evolving specialty, she prides herself on staying at the forefront of the latest injection techniques while ensuring patient safety and natural beauty.  

Gwen has been living in Tampa Bay for over 8 years where she enjoys runs on Riverwalk, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Joseph Castellano, MD

Joseph Castellano, MD

Dr. Joseph Castellano is a native Floridian where he grew up in the Tampa Bay area. After attending Jesuit High School, he attended the University of Florida where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry in 2000, graduating with honors.

He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of South Florida in 2005. During medical school he received clinical honors In Surgery, and received the Watson Clinic Award for best research by a medical student.

 From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Joseph Castellano completed his first two years of General Surgery residency at the University of Florida, Shands Hospital. From 2007-2010, he completed his residency training in General Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.

During medical school and his 5 years of training in General Surgery, Dr. Castellano developed a strong interest in Cosmetic Surgery. He followed his residency training with an elective year of specialized training with the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.From 2010-2011, he completed a fellowship in Indiana focused entirely of cosmetic surgery of the face and body. During his fellowship, he received specialized training in facial rejuvenation, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, and body contouring. Dr. Castellano received his board certification from the American Board of Surgery in 2010, and is also board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

Dr. Castellano has now returned home and has opened a new practice in Tampa, Florida focusing on breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, liposuction, facelift, and eyelid rejuvenation. Additionally, he operates on numerous skin cancers, scar revisions, spider veins, and specializes in the management of aging skin with chemical peels and laser resurfacing.

Dr. Castellano is actively involved in research for the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. He is currently a member of the following organizations:

  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

  • The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery

  • The American College of Surgeons

  • The American Medical Association

    We are happy to have Dr.Castellano as the  medical director of TAO Wellness Med Spa!

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Melissa Marte

Melissa Marte

Melissa Marte, APRN, FNP-C, is a board-certified nurse practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Melissa was born and raised in Miami, FL and her background is from the Dominican Republic. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of South Florida. After graduating, she continued her education, obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing from Columbus State University. Melissa has been a nursing professional for 9 years and has worked as an advanced practice registered nurse in cardiology and preventive medicine. Before her advanced practice work, she served as a registered nurse in a hospital, primarily on a medical-surgical unit with a specialty in post-operative bariatric care. She currently specializes in medically-supervised weight loss, nutrition and IV hydration therapy. Melissa consistently provides exceptional patient-centered care. She finds passion in helping patients with their weight loss goals. She strives to educate her clients and make them feel comfortable. She provides a thorough and comprehensive treatment plan, recognizing that each treatment is individualized based on the client’s goal. When she is not at the office, Melissa enjoys traveling to new places both near and abroad, attending concerts and spending quality time with her family and friends. Melissa is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.

Manager & Administrative Staff

Ingrid LLerena

Ingrid LLerena

Ingrid LLerena

Ingrid has over a decade of experience as a manager. Tao Wellness Med Spa is the perfect location to utilize her leadership skills and help lead the wonder team of providers at this location. Ingrid also a Licensed Massage Therapist and has over 13 years of experience in the health and wellness field and over 2 years of experience as an educator.  She believes in the therapeutic aspect of Massage Therapy and how it can help heal your mind, body, and spirit through the power of touch. She has acquired several certifications in different modalities but is most skilled in Deep Tissue.

Customer Service Specialist/Patient Care Coordinator

Skylar Arriola

Skylar Arriola

Skylar Arriola

My first job working at a spa was in 2019. I grew a great appreciation for the industry and knew I wanted to continue working at a spa. When I moved to Tampa in 2020 I started working at Amy’s day spa(now known as Tao Wellness Med Spa). All the staff is welcoming and professional, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it. In my time working here, I am grateful for the loyalty and kindness I see from our clients. I love sharing knowledge on the services and products the spa offers and creating a relaxing and inviting reception experience. Now as the Lead Receptionist at Tao Wellness Med Spa, my goal is to work as a team to provide our clients with excellent customer service that enhances their visit.

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Cole Hathcox

Cole Hathcox

Cole is pursuing a business degree and is currently attending Hillsborough Community College.  Many of you have seen him running around the spa for many years & now you may see him helping you at the front desk! 

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Dianiz Ayala

Dianiz Ayala
My name is Dianiz Ayala. I am pursuing a career as an aesthetic nurse practitioner. I earned my CNA license shortly after graduating high school and I’m currently finishing up my prerequisites at Hillsborough community college, soon to start the nursing program. I’m thrilled to say working at TAO Wellness Med Spa has been such a pleasure, especially since it was my first opportunity of being employed at a med spa! I work as a customer service specialist now, and have learned so much surrounded by such an amazing, helpful, and kind staff, which always makes everything much easier as you could imagine. Prior to my CNA license I plan on studying to get my medical assistant license, so that I can work at Tao Wellness not only as a receptionist, but as a medical assistant as well. I’m delighted to see where my hard work takes me!

Licensed Massage Therapists

Jennifer Seco

Jennifer Seco

Jennifer Seco

Jennifer is a dedicated massage therapist and aspiring holistic practitioner. My dream since young was to help people heal. I believe in helping people restore their health through massage, My drive to help people in a more organic aspect is truly my passion. This is my art where I can express my love I have for Holistic health!

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Kearstin Beall

Kearstin Beall

Hi! My name is Kearstin, but you can call me Kiki. Yes, I am dual licensed! I've been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2021. I graduated from Altierus Career College in Tampa, FL. I've been licensed as an Advanced Skincare Facial Specialist since 2022. My education for esthetician work was obtained from Beauty and Health Institute, also located in Tampa, FL. I enjoy helping people relax and unwind, escaping from their every day life! My biggest reward comes from seeing the progression of my clients. Be yourself, love yourself, and treat yourself!

Licensed Estheticians

Julia Howey

Julia Howey

Julia Howey

Julia attended the Beauty and Health Institute in Tampa and is TAO Wellness Med Spa's Lead Esthetician. “Skincare has always been a huge passion for me and I personally believe it can change a person’s confidence and overall well-being. It is so important to me to be completely present, purposeful, and perform with intention in all that I do and practice. You can guarantee my heart will always be in it. I will always be motivated to continue to learn and increase my knowledge of skincare, nutrition, and overall health to help people become the best version of themselves.”

Skylar Arriola

Skylar Arriola

Skylar Arriola

My interest in skincare started when I was dealing with adult hormonal acne. Through research and working the front desk at the spa I learned so much and eventually decided to go to school for esthetics.I graduated from Cortiva Institute's Para-Medical Esthetician program in 2021. My professional approach to skincare is always keeping your skin happy and healthy with personalized treatments and home care routines that work for YOU. My passion drives me to expand my knowledge for skin and learn new skills to advance my techniques. I strive to create a relaxing, effective and educational experience for my clients to make them feel at home in their skin and inspire them to fall in love with skincare.

Licensed Cosmetologists

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Guillermo Medina

Guillermo Medina

Guillermo has been a licensed cosmetologist for many years. He is an expert in cut & color perfection, make-up, up-do’s & keratin treatments. He has worked at Tao Wellness Med Spa since July 2010.

Marketing/Social Media

Skylar Arriola

Skylar Arriola

Skylar Arriola

My interest in skincare started when I was dealing with adult hormonal acne. Through research and working the front desk at the spa I learned so much and eventually decided to go to school for esthetics.I graduated from Cortiva Institute's Para-Medical Esthetician program in 2021. My professional approach to skincare is always keeping your skin happy and healthy with personalized treatments and home care routines that work for YOU. My passion drives me to expand my knowledge for skin and learn new skills to advance my techniques. I strive to create a relaxing, effective and educational experience for my clients to make them feel at home in their skin and inspire them to fall in love with skincare.

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