Esthetician and Cosmetology School in Maplewood, MN

THE NEXT LEVEL OF SALON PROFESSIONAL™ At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) we believe that pursuing an education in the professional beauty industry is the first step to discovering a career filled with creativity and endless opportunity.  Our goal is to maximize your artistic potential through a program that teaches not only the latest techniques, but also proven business and marketing strategies.  TSPA’s quality education can significantly improve your earning potential and prepare you for a long-term future in the industry.

  • Our curriculum and training has been co-developed and continually updated with help from REDKEN 5th Avenue NYC. This ongoing collaboration translates to education that is some of the most relevant, trending and compelling in the industry.
  • Our approach to personal, hands-on training includes smaller class-sizes that enable more interaction and one-on-one time with educators.
  • We continually train and support the educators who instruct you in the skills you’ll need for a successful and rewarding career.
  • Our beautiful, innovative Academy locations provide a positive, real-world learning environment.
  • In addition to technical skills, TSPA develops your ability to grow clientele and bookings, increase retail sales, and build lasting guest relationships – abilities that put you in high demand with top salons.
  • We make the privately-held salons and spas, where incomes are highest, a target for placement.  Area salon and spa owners serve on our advisory boards and recruit from our school.  Additionally, we have relationships for placement with more than 6,000 Redken Club 5th Avenue salons across all 50 states.
  • Cortney Gorres - Owner/Operations

    Ms. Gorres graduated from Century College, White Bear Lake, MN with a Cosmetology license in 2007. From there she went right into the workforce getting experience under her belt at a salon in Minnesota. In 2008, Julie Mitchell recruited Ms. Gorres to come work for her salon, Hair Company & Spa in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

    During her nine year career with Hair Company & Spa, Ms. Gorres motivated and pushed herself, growing into the manager’s position. Also a “level 4” elite stylist, her responsibilities today include managing the salon and coaching her team to stay focused on their numbers, which are tracked through the Summit Salon program to help achieve higher income goals. With the Summit Salon program, Ms. Gorres also is dedicated to marketing herself and the salon in order to build clientele, meet their needs and keep them coming back. Ms. Gorres' persistent dedication to her clients through great customer service and continued advanced education is the number one driver of her ongoing success.

    As an educator for the associates program, Ms. Gorres has trained extensively on how to teach newly hired associates at Hair Company & Spa how to grow into a successful full time stylist. New associates spend the first three to seven months with their educator, during which time they are evaluated to assess if they can meet the requirements to be a full time stylist at Hair Company & Spa.

    Ms. Gorres is also very involved with her local community. She is an ambassador of the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, contributing her time to monthly meetings, standing-in at ground breaking ceremonies, ribbon cutting events, and hosting and helping at other local events.

    Julie Mitchell - Owner/Operations

    Ms. Mitchell graduated from Professional Hair Design Academy, Eau Claire, WI in 2002 with a degree in Cosmetology. She started working at Hair Company & Spa in 2002 and purchased the salon in February 2005. While working full-time as a stylist and running the company, in 2007 Ms. Mitchell attended St. Croix Center of the Healing Arts, Hudson WI, taking courses in integrative and deep tissue massage as well as a massage business class, and bringing her new knowledge to expand Hair Company & Spa’s business. Ms. Mitchell has used her love of continuing education, her drive and people skills to make her salon a success. In addition, she has created a very positive and loyal culture between her service providers and guests in the salon.

    In 2010, Ms. Mitchell attended the Summit Program with a goal of taking her salon to the next level. This leadership and business event provides a powerful experience that is targeted to help create a salon culture that is highly profitable, team-driven, and sales oriented. Since becoming a Summit Salon, Ms. Mitchell has grown her business from four service providers to a team with thirteen service providers and four additional customer service experts (and, as a result, growing from $258,596 in sales in 2010 to $801,940 in 2016). As a noteworthy aside, gift certificate sales increased from $14,718 to $45,965 over the same period. Ms. Mitchell is very proud of her numbers and her team, but knows that they have not reached their full potential. She will always strive to reach the next level!

    Hair Company & Spa became a Redken Elite Salon in 2014, one of only 300 salons in the country with this status. The same year, Ms. Mitchell and her husband built their own building for the salon. Hair Company has earned a spotlight on The Summit Hall of Fame titled, “Success is on the other side of your comfort zone -Hiring practices and pricing strategies for profitability.” In addition, in 2015 The New Richmond Chamber of commerce named Hair Company & Spa as the Medium Business of the Year.

    Daniel Link - Education Director

    Daniel Link began his career as a stylist in 1988 after graduating from Cosmotolgey School in Fargo, ND. After working 14 years behind the chair and overseeing the creative and educative direction for 425 hairdressers at large company in Minneapolis, MN, the culimination of a lifelong dream was brought to reality in May 2002 when Daniel opened MarcDaniel Salon located in Maple Grove, MN. The salon is the bold expression of his vision and over 29 years in the industry. Of those 29 years, 27 yrs have been commited to training and empowering successful stylists. The salon has been named “Best Salon” 4 years in a row.

    The salon’s core services are a reflection of Daniel’s philosophy of specialization. Having worked with some of the world’s best stylists and on the most glamorous shows in the industry, he developed an appreciation for the artistic benefits brought about by focusing on a singular area of expertise and developing it to the highest possible level. Daniel stays true to the art that has always been his passion, noting that there is a great difference between giving someone a haircut and giving someone a haircut EXPERIENCE.

    Education has always been a large part of Daniel’s philosophy, not only for his clients and himself, but for his staff as well. Daniel spent a large part of his career on the road doing platform work and providing specialized cutting curriculum for some of the top salon systems in the country. He has studied under some of the most influential names in the business. He completed three levels of study at the New York Academy under Jacques Dessage, has shared the stage with Annie Humphrey and Tim Hartley from Vidal Sassoon in London, as well as Sam Brocoto, Richard Hudavoni, Rocco Altobelli and Orbie’ to name a few. He is an annual attendee at London’s Salon International show and makes semi-annual visits to New York to view trends. It’s now his opportunity to provide that education for new generations in the industry. His involvement with many schools in the industry paved his path to realizing the importance of following his journey to Academy ownership.

    “I am very excited to be part of what is happening in our industry and specifically with THE SALON PROFESSIONAL ACADEMY and the team we have asembled to lead this neccesary change in the way we educate those with a passion and desire to succeed in our business”.

    I look forward to meeting and sharing with each of you.


    Tina Fisher - Lead Educator

    Tina’s professional career started in 2001 where she graduated top of her class with setting records is service and product sales. After graduation she became a stylist on a salon team in Forest Lake MN. In 2008 Tina followed her passion for education as a cosmetology educator for the next couple years.
    Now she says she is blessed to be the lead educator at TSPA Maplewood! She tells about her hesitation in her younger years to join the education industry because of the old phrase “Those who can’t do teach.” What she has observed and has helped create with our team here at TSPA is….. We teach! We Build! We inspire! We Grow! We love this industry! We don’t put a ceiling in our student’s or staff’s world. When you think you have hit the top find a way to get higher!
    When Tina is not with us at The Academy she still continues to work at her salon and enjoys time with her amazing 5 boys and husband.

    Keith Cipowski - Educator

    Sara Seufzer - Educator

    Sara enjoys meeting new people, her three dogs and her husband. She loves teaching new subjects and seeing the light bulb go on for the students. In her free time she loves her kindle and gardening as you can see here. Sara has moved from Wisconsin to Tennessee and recently came back to the Midwest. This helps bring a variety of talents to our Academy.

    Jessica Robinson

    Jordan Mahrer

    Why did you choose this industry?

    I chose this industry because it was fast paced and I could make an endless amount of money. I stay in this industry because it is ever changing. Its not just someone getting their hair cut or colored while the flip through a magazine. It is becoming family with people whose life you touch, helping them find beauty inside and out.

    What makes you most excited about starting your career?

    It’s an industry that helps you grow as person, as an artist and with some blood, sweat and sometimes a few tears.

    Pets.. names?

    I have four dogs, yes my house is full of fur. I always say it ain't homemade if there isn't dog hair in it.
    Atlas and Aurora are Chihuahuas
    Alaska is a Husky
    Archer is a German Shepherd

    Who is your hero?

    My hero is my Grandma Lila, she was such a selfless person. She would give you her last penny, even if she knew you had $10 in your pocket. She was so hardworking and just lived her life. Everyday I try to do something to make her proud.

    Jade Getskow

    Dana Franzen

  • Over a decade ago, The Salon Professional Academy joined forces with Redken 5th Avenue NYC to develop a salon and cosmetology franchise that has changed the industry.  Redken and TSPA collaborated to redesign what a “beauty school” was from the ground up – revisiting everything from the way things were taught to how the student salon area looked and functioned.  The result was a ultra-modern training facility providing students with skills beyond what they do behind the chair; skills that prepare them for a professional, successful career.

    Recognized By Redken For Excellence In Education.

    With a commitment to industry-leading education, business skills that prepare students for more than passing state boards, and a desire to see our students surpass all expectations for this profession, Redken has provided The Salon Professional Academy franchise locations the exclusive designation of “Recognized by Redken for Excellence in Education.”

    • “To have a passion in life is one of the strongest emotions we can have, to experience it every day is a gift, and to earn our living doing it is the blessing only few of us discover… hairdressing for me is all of the above. If being a salon professional is your dream then realize it in the capable hands of the Educators at The Salon Professional Academy, recognized by Redken 5th Avenue NYC. It’s the place to be to learn what you need to enable you to live better and earn better. You will leave school with intense enthusiasm, continued support and a stronger passion for one of the best professions that can take you to where you want to be.”

      Kris SorbieRedken Education Artistic Director and President Kris Sorbie LLC, NYC
    • “Being that the TSPA academy is a Redken recognized academy, I believe that the principles that make Redken a huge success in education are easy to recognize when you’re experiencing the academy. I'm excited to see what we will witness in our profession in the near future because I know that the principles I've learned have changed my career and life. Now, seeing our youth start with these skills is very exciting to see unfold. The quality that a TSPA academy creates is a salon professional that is more technically skilled and is more career-focused, over all a better professional ready out of school.”

      Hugo UriasRedken Artist, FUEL Facilitator, Hairdresser for 20 years
    • “I have been working with the educators at TSPA for many years. The difference is in the educators. They say… ‘the bigger the party, the more people show up.’ TSPA schools attract passionate, committed professionals who love teaching others what they've learned. You can feel their commitment in everything they do and that translates to the TSPA graduate in more confidence, better skill retention, and at the end of the day - more earning power.”

      Scot ShermanFormer Redken Artist, Salon Owner
    • “The combination of strong technical skills and unique business building essentials make TSPA one of the top education facilities in the country. Students are provided the opportunity to gain skill excellence from amazing instructors as well as internationally recognized guest artists from across the country. When students graduate from TSPA they are fueled with a skill set to build a solid foundation behind the chair.”

      Ryan MorganRedken Artist, Redken Exchange Facilitator
    • “Exclusive training and unforgettable moments are in store for the student that attends The Salon Professional Academy. [They] offer top-notch education that will create healthy habits early on in your career behind the chair, as well as, more money in your wallet for the rest of your life. The point of difference with TSPA is this: While you are building your technical skill, you aren’t just learning to pass the State Board exams, you are learning how to build, run and grow a business.”

      Jayson MorganRedken Certified Designer & Colorist, Salon Owner
    • “Beauty schools are a great way for students to learn practical cosmetology skills while simultaneously preparing themselves for a rewarding career path and there is only one that I recommend and that is The Salon Professional Academy. In today’s world of cosmetology schools there is no better school that trains a student for the salon community then TSPA. TSPA schools teach technical skills, as well as solid business skills to support any salon, as the school atmosphere is professional and conducive to the achievement of excellence by student and faculty alike based on learner-focused education. The educators at TSPA find the knowledge and guidance to prepare a cosmetology student for a long successful future in the cosmetology field. The staff and management of TSPA schools instill the student with confidence to succeed in the professional salon industry.”

      Sam VillaRedken Education Artistic Director, Platform Artist
    • “I am thoroughly impressed by the well-rounded skills of the students that The Salon Professional Academy provides our industry. And as an owner, it is refreshing to hire students that are so well prepared.”

      Phil LeeRedken Educator, Salon Owner
    • “TSPA is undoubtedly the finest and most thorough academy for coaching and grooming the hairdressers of tomorrow! By not only learning your new hair skills from the industry's best, most experienced instructors, but also how to combine them with essential business strategies, you will be fully prepared for success!”

      Kenny BerkRedken Artist, 35 years industry experience
    • “I believe the Salon Professional Academies are some of the finest schools available in our industry. They have an excellent education philosophy and [their] curriculum stands out; providing their students with a complete cosmetology experience and prepares them for a great career in this industry.”

      Patrick ParentyPresident L’Oréal Professional Products Division, USA
    • The decision on choosing the correct academy to fast track your hairdressing career can be ominous. I think that means hard! LOL. Seriously, as the Artistic Director for Redken, President of Fuel Education and hairdresser for 47 years, I’ve traveled the world, taught and performed in 27 different countries. There is one common thing in the hairdressing industry… your “Learning to Earning” ratio. Simply put, the more you learn and the higher the quality of your learning – the more you earn.
      TSPA is affiliated with education-centric companies like Redken and Fuel Education Systems that train and help to produce the finest TSPA educators with the highest standards of education in the industry – bar none. How does that affect you? The best educators produce the best students. Salon owners want graduates who are salon-area ready with minimal post-academy training.

      TSPA understands your need to be grounded in the Principles of Design, Finish and Color upon entering your first salon. They help ground you in those principles and ready you for that position behind the chair; and TSPA has one of the highest rates of job placement …and after all that is the point, isn’t it

      Chris BaranEducation Artistic Director - Redken
    • As an educator for Redken (and as a working hairdresser), I have trained and worked with thousands of hairdressers in salons and schools all over the nation. No matter where I am, I can always tell a "TSPA" graduate because they are consistently one step ahead of their peers - in skills, professionalism, and customer service.

      Jesse LinaresRedken Artist, Artistic Director - The Studio by Studio Gaven