The Urban Spa is planting its feet firmly in the sand and stating it’s purpose for all to see. What we do is so unique, we had to invent a word: PERCEPTIONAL

Perceptional is defined as a Personal and Exceptional Spa Experience. That’s what The Urban Spa stands for.

There are 3 components to our purpose.

  • Personal: The Urban Spa doesn’t just provide services, we personalize all of our services.
  • Exceptional: The Urban Spa strives to make every visit exceptional. That doesn’t mean good, doesn’t mean great, it means EXCEPTIONAL. We want to make an impact on your life!
  • Experience: The Urban Spa no longer offers services, we offer experiences. Every encounter with our clients leads to an experience. We’ve invested heavily to make sure The Urban Spa provides an experience like no other. From the free Nespresso lattes, to the curated music experience to the world menu only offered at The Urban Spa, we strive to be PERCEPTIONAL.

To experience our “Perceptionalness” (another word we invented) call us at 705-741-1212 or book online.

Located on the main floor of a beautiful historic building in the most historic parts of Peterborough (East City) The Urban Spa has served over 13,000 guests who have trusted us with their health and wellness since and we strive daily to being different and making a difference.


Urbanator [ur-buh-ney-ter] NOUN: An Urban Spa team member dedicated to giving you, our guest, a perceptional spa experience every time you visit.

Alexandra Yake, Level 1 Esthetician: “As a young girl growing up in the small town of Haliburton, I have always had a love for art and beautiful moments found in everyday life. I enjoy yoga, skiing and surrounding myself with great company. I attended Haliburton School of Art+ Design, where I graduated with a diploma in visual arts, specializing in drawing and painting. Soon after I set a goal to find a way to reflect my creativity onto others. Esthetics was the answer. I soon attended fleming college where I focused on the skills needed to become an esthetician.

My goal as an esthetician is to treat each client as a beautiful canvas, waiting to be refreshed, whether be from a 15-minute brow wax or an hour-long pedicure.” See some of Alexandra’s work here or make a reservation with Alexandra online.




Jennifer Cowey, Level 3 Lead Esthetician: “I have lived in the Peterborough area my entire life and am proud to live and work in beautiful East City.  I have been joyfully serving my esthetic clients for over 10 years and I believe I offer a wealth of knowledge as well as personal and professional experience to make each treatment special and unique to the individual.  I believe our education doesn’t end with graduation, so after receiving my esthetics certificate from Fleming College I have continued learning a variety of new skills including medical esthetics, various skin care line and spray tans.  My career has taken me from spa parties for special occasions, to community events like Be a Goddess and even doing runway makeup for some of the major wedding shows in Peterborough.  When asked what my favourite service is, I always say it changes with the seasons or event, but really I just love doing them all and am really excited to be continuing my career with The Urban Spa” See some of Jennifer’s work here or make a reservation with Jennifer online.




Mataya Spellman, Level 1 Esthetician: “I spent the early years of my life in Florida but have found myself in Peterborough. Esthetics has always been a strong passion of mine since I was very young. Assisting my family in their salon and spa’s I knew what I was meant to do. I spent my high school years competing in the Ontario Skills Competitions. I attended Fleming College for Esthetics and loved every second of it. My passion is in nails but doing every service feels like home.” See some of Mataya’s work here, make a reservation with Mataya online or, to read fun facts about Mataya, click here! Mataya is also the proud winner of 2018 Peterborough Examiners Readers’ Choice Award for Favourite Esthetician! Read more about that here!




Mitch Johnson, Level 1 Esthetician: “I was born and raised in Peterborough and went to Crestwood Secondary School. I have been an esthetician for almost a year now and my favourite services to provide are facials and body treatments. I’m a burger connoisseur (seriously!) who loves wearing and doing makeup and being different!” See some of Mitch’s work here or make a reservation with Mitch online.





Sarah Reid- The Urban SpaSarah Reid, Level 2 Esthetician: “I am a vegan with a true love for animals. I have quite a few fur babies and I reside in Peterborough. After my wonderful experience at Fleming College in the esthetician program, I am so excited to begin my career with the awesome team at the Urban Spa. I enrolled in the esthetician program because I had a strong passion for skin care, body treatments, and all around self-care and I am excited to share my skills and expertise with the guests of the Urban Spa. Make a reservation with Sarah online or, to read fun facts about Sarah, click here!




Shaelyn O’Marra, Level 1 Esthetician: “I was born in Peterborough and have spent most of my life here. I went to PCVS for the Visual Arts program and graduated from Fleming from the Esthetics Program in 2015. I’ve always been a bit of an art dork, dabbling in painting, drawing, ceramics, makeup, knitting, sewing, photography, art history, printmaking and pretty much any other art medium you can think of! Music is my life! My favourite bands/artists are David Bowie, Lorde, Alvvays, Grizzly Bear, Kendrick Lamar, and Leon Bridges. When I’m not working I’m traveling. The Netherlands, Barcelona, and Greece have been my favourite places I’ve visited so far, and the list of places I want to visit is always growing.  I love everything about esthetics and working in the spa industry, but I love doing foot care the most. I’m so excited to be working at The Urban Spa; the team atmosphere is incredible!” See some of Shaelyn’s work here or make a reservation with Shaelyn online or, to read fun facts about Shaelyn, click here!




Cole Leptick, Level 3 Lead Registered Massage Therapist: “Peterborough has been my home for the past 10 years and I could not imagine living anywhere else. I took a chance and left my hometown in Northern Manitoba in order to find myself, I ended up finding more than I could have imagined.

My greatest accomplishments have been completing the Massage Therapy Program and becoming a Registered Massage Therapist. It has been an honour to serve Peterborough and the Kawarthas for 4 out of my 5 years of practice. I love working with my clients in helping them achieve their health goals. I am a firm believer in the power of touch. Living in this fast-paced world we often forget about self-care when it is, in fact, one of the most important keys to a healthy lifestyle.

I’ve been very fortunate to have been voted by Peterborough This Week as Peterborough’s best Massage Therapist four years running. I’m blessed to have great clients! I am beyond excited to start this new chapter in my life in joining the Urban Spa team and cannot wait for what the future holds!” Make a reservation with Cole online. Cole is also the proud winner of 2018 Peterborough Examiners Readers’ Choice Award for Favourite Registered Massage Therapist! Read more about that here!




Jennie Persson, Level 3 Registered Massage Therapist and Cast Coordinator: “I graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Fleming College in 2007 at the top of my class, and have been practicing Massage Therapy ever since. Having worked in both clinic and spa settings, I have been able to treat a large variety of clients for everything from work-related stress and tension to sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents and the aches and pains associated with pregnancy

I grew up in the Peterborough area, so I’m pleased to be able to offer my services in my hometown and make a difference in the lives of people in this great community. I believe that your health and wellness should be a top priority, and regular massage therapy is a great way to improve both your physical condition and your sense of general well being. Stress management is an important step in preventing illness and injury, and improving your quality of life! I get great fulfillment from helping people feel better every day, and I can’t wait to help you get started on your journey to better health!” Make a reservation with Jennie online or, to read interesting facts about Jennie, click here!




Jessica Pilon, Level 3 Registered Massage Therapist: “I graduated in 2007 from Fleming College and started right into the spa industry in Cobourg. It wasn’t long at all before I fell in love with the setting. I truly enjoy making people relaxed and ease away their stress, especially in today’s high-pressure world. I spent many years in my private practice at a spa in Bridgenorth and then transitioned to the clinical setting at a chiropractic office. My love for the spa industry prevailed and I was drawn back to the essence of the spa. I fell into fitness a few years ago and now love exercising and promoting healthy living.  I enjoy guiding and helping people to a healthier way of living, mind, body, and spirit.” Make a reservation with Jessica online or, to read fun facts about Jessica, click here!




Lisa Wardle, Level 2 Registered Massage Therapist: “I graduated from Trent University’s Business program discovered massage therapy in the midst of years of dance and movement training. Curious for a deeper understanding of anatomy, physiology, and injury prevention, I returned to Peterborough in 2014 to follow my passion and study Massage Therapy at Fleming College.

My practice is rooted in empowering and educating others by way of the innate knowledge of the body through somatics.  I am inspired by the unique makeup of each individual.  I believe that by unfolding how to access the inherent intelligence that we all possess, we transform structure and movement patterns.  I use a variety of Swedish and deep tissue techniques through my treatments, supported by developmental movement patterns. I am a Reiki Master/Teacher and a firm believer in the mind/body/soul connection. I look to combine healing modalities to benefit not only the body but also the mind and soul.” Make a reservation with Lisa online or, to read fun facts about Lisa, click here!




Stuart Bell, Level 1 Registered Massage Therapist: ” I was born and raised in Belleville. I grew up with two older sisters who were always asking me rub their back or give them a massage. My father also worked in a factory and would come home extremely tired and with a sore back which I would always try and help with. Since I was helping my family with it, I decided that I would go learn how to do it properly and help out more than just my family. I moved to Peterborough to go to Fleming College and I graduated the 3-year program. I am now starting my career with an amazing team at The Urban Spa and I can’t wait to help the Peterborough public!” Make a reservation with Stuart online or, to read fun facts about Stuart, click here!





Tyler Leavitt, Level 1 Registered Massage Therapist: “My name is Tyler Leavitt and I was born and raised in both Prince Edward County and the small town of Brighton. Growing up I was always very active playing pretty well everything I could. With this, I would always be sore and started practicing self-massage and most of the time it would work. From there I moved to Peterborough to try something new. I then graduated from Fleming with a Fitness and Health promotion diploma but didn’t feel like that was enough so I went back to Fleming and took Massage Therapy. Since moving to Peterborough I can’t see myself anywhere else.” Make a reservation with Tyler online




Sara McFeeters, Level 1 Hair Designer: “I’ve lived in Peterborough for 16 years but I grew up on a dairy farm in the Hamlet of Argyle. After selling the farm, I went on to graduate with a Law Clerk diploma, a diploma from Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionery Arts and a Cosmetology/Hairstylist Diploma. Apparently, my interests went from one end of the spectrum to the other. I am now settled in the hairstylist lane. I love the “before and after” excitement. When I’m not doing hair, I’m either baking or visiting with family and friends.” See some of Sara’s work here or make a reservation with Sara online or, to read fun facts about Sara, click here! Sara is also the proud winner of 2018 Peterborough Examiners Readers’ Choice Award for Favourite Hair Stylist! Read more about that here!




Ness MacKinlay, Level 1 Hair Designer: “I was born in Toronto and was raised in Belleville, Ontario. After graduating high school, I moved back to Toronto to go to Humber College to study Fashion Arts. While in Toronto I worked as a fashion stylist at 2B1 inc. until I graduated. I then went on to study Business and then finally made my way to studying Cosmetology and Hairstyling. I have been a hairstylist for the past 8 years and I love it more than anything. I always joke that it was my way of proving that I could be an artist and still make money lol. Luckily all of my education goes very well together and support each other. I am now a mother to 2 monster children, my son is 5 and my daughter is 1. I would say that my favourite part of being a hairstylist is seeing the smile on someone’s face when they finally see their hair, there is nothing quite like that.” See some of Ness’ work here or make a reservation with Ness online or, to read fun facts about Ness, click here!




Michaela Hetherington, Guest Reservation Specialist: “I’m very excited to be joining the team at The Urban Spa! I was born and raised in Peterborough and have always been very enthusiastic about the city! I have been actively involved in the local music scene within the community for over 8 years now. I graduated from Thomas A Stewart I’m currently studying Music and Concurrent Education at Queen’s University. I’m a total social butterfly and can not wait to get to know the guests of The Urban Spa! With the help of the Spa’s amazing cast members, I hope to learn as much as possible in order to make each guest experience a memorable one! I strongly believe that everyone needs a little sparkle!”




Samantha Zimmer, Lead Guest Reservation Specialist: “I was born in Toronto but raised in Marmora and Campbellford. I attended Centre Hastings Secondary School and graduated from George Brown College for Hospitality Management and Human Resources Management. I have two cats and a dog! I’m so happy we work closely with The Humane Society with our Urban Paw Program! I love outdoor activities, swimming, camping, canoeing, and hiking. My favourite food is comfort food; I’m a huge fan of french fries and ice cream :)”



Stacey Walker, Guest Reservation Specialist, Hair Extension and Lash Technician Level 1: I’m a newlywed, toddler mom, who is new(ish) to Peterborough. I love to travel, experience different cultures, and exploring new places. I am WPIC certified as well has TICO certified, and I love using my diverse skills to bring new ideas to the table in all aspects of my life. In the spa industry, I love hair and eyelash extensions. Hope to see you soon!” See some of Stacey’s work here or make a reservation with Stacey online.





Taylor Drake, Guest Reservation Specialist, Makeup Artist, and Lash Technician Level 1: “I have lived in Peterborough since I learned to walk, and while a part of me will always love being in big cities, I couldn’t imagine calling anywhere else my home. Animals, especially foxes, hold a special place in my heart, and whenever someone asks me the best part of no longer being shy, my answer is almost always “I’m not afraid to ask strangers if I can pet their dog”. I have always loved drawing and painting, and makeup quickly became an extension of that for me: a creative outlet that I could wear anywhere I wanted to go. I believe it is art, and can only enhance the beauty that everyone already has. I am extremely excited to be given the opportunity to grow as an artist with the Urban Spa, and to be welcomed into such a wonderful family, with equally incredible guests.” See some of Taylor’s work here or make a reservation with Taylor online or, To read fun facts about Taylor, click here!




Nicole Kelly, Guest Reservation Specialist: Hi, I’m Nicole! I’m a bubbly and positive person with a constant interest to learn new skills. I graduated from the I.A. program at PCSV/Thomas A. Stewart with honours in Dance. Afterward, I went to Centennial College for the Dance Performance Diploma Program. I have won provincial accolades, scholarships, and trained under world-renowned artists from New York, California, Miami, and many more places. My passion for art and dance has given me a huge appreciation for people. I love any opportunity to meet and converse with new people. I’m so excited to be a part of The Urban Spa family on the Guest Reservation Specialist team and I’m looking forward to continuing my education into Esthetics in the near future. I can’t wait to see all of you soon! To read fun facts about Nicole, click here!




Tasha Michniak, Guest Reservation Specialist: Hi, I’m Tasha! I am a vegan food loving, coffee obsessed, travel bug! I spend most of my time in the kitchen cooking and developing new vegan recipes. I live in the heart of downtown Peterborough with my wonderful husband, our dog Sam, and cat Lily. We love being outdoors, watching live music, and surrounding ourselves with all of our wonderful friends and family! I am a lover of comedy and am always laughing – I love bringing a smile to anyone’s face whenever I can.

I grew up in Bowmanville, Ontario and moved to Peterborough in 2013 where I received my diploma in Advanced Esthetics. I love living in Peterborough because it has a wonderful small town closeness with the urban flare of a big city. There is so much love and support in this town and I have a whole lot of love to give back! To read fun facts about Tasha, click here!




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