Andrea Krock

Andrea Krock

Hairstylist & Owner

Instagram: @andrea_k_hair

As the proud owners of First Impressions, including Aveda & Davines haircare, KPS Essentials Skincare and 1st Phorm Supplements, Andrea & Anthony would like to be the first to welcome you!

 

The little white house with a pretty pink door was built in 1927. Beginning as a hair supply store, it was converted to an Aveda salon by its original owner and has currently been a salon for over 30 years. as of August 2015, Andrea and Anthony are the 3rd owners. Wanting to remain loyal to it’s roots, they chose to rebrand under the salon’s original name. It has since been completely revamped, bringing you a trendsetting, innovative salon that feels like home.

 

Andrea graduated from Columbia City High School in 2003. She went on to follow her passion of being a hair stylist and received her licensing from Masters of Cosmetology, here in Fort Wayne. Andrea has 17 years of experience as a hair stylist, 14 of which have been with Aveda. As an owner/stylist, she takes great pride in using her creativity to make clients look and feel incredible. Andrea, along with all stylists & our esthetician from F.I. regularly attend continuing education classes and shows to further their education, providing you with the latest trends and techniques. Andrea enjoys working on DIY projects at the salon and at home in her spare time. She adores their daughter, Aurora who without a doubt is the light of her life and two dogs Rica and Tuck who are spoiled as well. After taking dance lessons for nearly 20 years, dancing is one of Andrea’s favorite things to do. She also loves traveling to new places with her husband and daughter, spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities  and being a mother. She devotes a considerable amount of time to her health and wellness through working out and proper nutrition.

Jami

Jami Smith

Hair Specialist

Instagram: @jambajami

Jami graduated from the Douglas J. Aveda Institute in Lansing, Michigan in 2004 and has been part of the First Impressions family ever since. Jami’s specialty is women’s haircuts but she enjoys men’s and children’s haircuts as well.  If you are looking for a refresh or a whole new style, Jami would love to have you in her chair.  She is also an amazing colorist, so if you would like a little dimension added to your new style, she’ll take care of that too. Making you feel beautiful is what she loves about her job most!

Andrea Gillenwater

Andrea Gillenwater

Andrea was born and raised in Fort Wayne.  She graduated from Canterbury High School, and went on to bartend at a few local hotspots before deciding to return to school.  Andrea received her licensing from Ravenscroft Beauty School and began working at First Impressions in 2008.  She enjoys keeping up with the latest trends and has recently attended ‘blonde bombshell’, ‘styled to last’ and the Aveda Mid-America hair show.

Andrea’s husband, Michael, works at the Rescue Mission.  She has a daughter, Sydney, who is in the third grade and a 2-year-old son, Cameron, who is already looking into a career as an acrobat.  They keep her busy, but she still finds time to enjoy a reading, gardening and hiking.

Samantha Harrison

Samantha Harrison

Samantha was a graduate from Leo High School in 2008.  She continued her education at Aveda Fredrics Institute in Indianapolis, IN.  Sam has been doing hair for the past 7 years.  She specializes in highlights, lowlights, gray coverage, hand painting eclipting, balayage, ombre, Brazilian Blowouts, special occasion styles, and women’s cuts.  Continued education is very important to her, so she can provide guests with the best product knowledge and up-to-date styles.

 

Samantha is married to Austin Harrison.  They share a home with their dog, Peyton, in Fort Wayne.  Her passion is making guests feel beautiful and looks forward to sharing her talents with you!  Check out her photo gallery on Instagram.

Jen Ratzlaff

Jen Ratzlaff

Master Esthetician & Eyebrow Guru

Instagram: @fantasticbrows

Jen became an Esthetician in 2001 and has been with Aveda for 16 years. During that time, she has continued growing her skills through educational training and networking with other skin and hair professionals.  One of her top priorities is to give all of her guests an amazing experience by incorporating rituals and aromatherapy during every visit.  She is known for her “relaxing waxing” technique.  Her goal is to help people obtain beautiful brows and healthy skin.

Hiking on the marsh or in the forest is where you will find Jen when she is not working.  So much so that she became an Indiana Master Naturalist, currently working with Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve.  Inspiration…spiritually, mentally and physically comes from her 3 children, Nate, Lindsey and Joshua.  She says they are her greatest teachers and her biggest fans.

Payton Rudolph

Payton was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is a graduate of Carroll High School. Payton received her cosmetology license through Anthis Career Academy while attending high school. She has been doing hair for three years and loves doing all the blondes and fun, bright vivid colors.

Victoria Feichter

Victoria graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School in 2014. While attending high school she went through Anthis Career & graduated with her cosmetology license. She has been working behind the chair ever since. Victoria loves balayage & styling hair. Her favorite thing about being a stylist is making people feel beautiful! She is a momma to a sweet little girl and married to her best friend.

Samantha Phillips

Samantha was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and a graduate of Snider High School. She has had a passion for making people feel beautiful since she was a little girl. Her mother was a nail tech at a salon in Fort Wayne and being in that environment growing up introduced her to this creative outlet. When Samantha started cosmetology school her goal was to get into special-fx makeup but as she learned more about hair color and cutting she had branched off from makeup and grown a passion for the color and cutting side of it! She graduated from Rudae’s School of Beauty Culture in 2019 and she has spent a lot of her time since haircutting and coloring! She is planning on becoming certified in hand-tied extensions so she can make all of her guests hair goals come to life! Her favorite is cutting, blondes and vivid colors.

Diana Mahathy

Nail Technician

Instagram: @dianam_designs

Diana completed the Manicuring program in May of 2021 at Ravenscroft Beauty school with high honors and a reward of “Most Outstanding Student” out of all departments in the school! When Diana was in high school she had her own “Mobile nail salon”. She would carry 4 tubs full of nail supplies around in her 2001 Chevy Impala with her at all times. So when a friend or family member wanted their nails/ toes done, she would be ready for them. Diana’s favorite service is Gel Manicures. She also loves providing all different kinds of nail art for her clients. She loves learning everything about nails to make sure she is providing you with the best service possible.

Diana loves spending her free time traveling and exploring new places with friends, spending time with family, and watching “The Vampire Diaries”.

You may have spoken to Diana on the phone while booking an appointment. She was one of our receptionists for about a year before taking the plunge to became a Nail Technician. We are so proud of her for following her dream and so happy to still have her on our team!

Amy Henke

Hairstylist

Instagram: @amyjhenke

Amy has been a hairstylist for over 10 years. She loves being able to make people feel good and relax in her chair. She has made amazing relationships with her guests over the years and that is a big reason why she loves doing what she does. She has an amazing hubby at home with 3 beautiful babes and a dog named Brody. This season of life is pretty busy but she wouldn’t want it any other way!