Our Team

We are a spa family with support and encouragement as the backbone of our success.

Tanya Higgin

Owner, Facialist, Body Therapist, Waxing Specialist, Esthetician & Reflexologist

Voted #1 Best of the city-Best Day Spa by (Black Press), Emerald Day Spa is proud of the recognition, as it acknowledges the effort, determination, loyalty, community involvement Tanya Higgin has put into the business over the years, as well as it’s latest successes.

Before the success, motherhood and marriage, Tanya found her calling in the spa industry through her lifelong passion for helping people. 19 years ago, her journey started by chance, when an esthetician and friend introduced her to the wellness industry. Perfecting her trade in the industry, she ignited her entrepreneurial spark, and went into business for herself, two years of hard work paid off and she founded Emerald Day Spa – a place she describes as “a home away from home, where we support and empower women. We are more than just a spa, we are a community for employees and clients to be heard and appreciated.”

Success hasn’t come without challenges, however. With all the nail salons and spas popping up and saturating the market, Tanya kept her business strong by executing her vison: to empower and help people. This involves providing long lasting careers for her employees in the industry, it’s not just a “job” it’s a career that facilitates leadership and training for professional and personal growth. Through keeping her vision focused, Emerald Day Spa offers the best experience for anyone that walks through the doors – men included. Leveraging her vision, Tanya founded Women Empowered, a fundraiser to help raise money for women and children who have endured abuse. It is Tanya’s passion to better herself and her circumstances to help everyone that comes into her life; whether it be through the spa or in her personal life. Tanya truly believes hard work, determination, drive, loyalty to her clients, her employees and the community, truly does pay off.


Spa Manager

Tavia has been with EDS since early 2021. Tavia brings a calm and balanced energy to the spa which is a welcome reprieve to our team members and clientele. Tavia thrives on customer satisfaction and the ability to learn and grow. 

There is no question or request too large for Tavia to handle, she is extremely knowledgeable in O Cosmedics and Aveda skincare line as well as Aveda hair care. She is always available to have a chat about life, her bird Mooncake (see photo)  and all thing spa industry

Email Tavia any spa-related questions, she looks forward to treating you!


Spa Therapist, Esthetician & Body Therapist

Jessica has been working at Emerald Day Spa since May 2009. Jessica started her journey in Toronto, where she graduated with honors from Marvel Beauty School in 2005. In all her years as an esthetician, Jessica has loved every aspect of her profession. Jessica excels at all spa treatments however her specialties are pedicures and massage. Jessica’s upbeat personality and attention to detail will make your experience memorable. Relaxation is just around the corner.


Spa Therapist, Facialist, Body Therapist & Esthetician

Coming from Italy, Paola’s choice to become an esthetician marked a turning point in her life. Paola completed her program at the Aveda Institute of Victoria in 2014. She also completed the post-graduate Advanced Academy program, Beauty Council exam, and two advanced classes in waxing (general and Brazilian). Paola worked at Aveda as a professional for 4 years. Driven and detail-oriented, Paola is committed to providing a personalized experience for every guest, including product and service recommendations. She specializes in relaxing, deep cleansing and exfoliating facials as well as brow shaping and body waxing. Her goal is to deliver quality services while pampering and beautifying her guests to look and feel amazing.


Spa Therapist, Esthetician & Gel Polish Technician

Native to Qualicum Beach, Lauren brings her experience and love for the beauty industry to Emerald Day Spa. Lauren is passionate about waxing, pedicures and anything that make you feel magnificent. Come meet her and feel uplifted by her positive energy and personality. She looks forward to meeting you.


Skin Care Therapist, Esthetician & Gel Polish Technician

Aurora has been in the esthetic industry since 2013 after graduating from New Image College of Fine Arts. Since then, she has continued with her education in multiple fields either enhancing techniques, learning new innovations as well as new services. She also has an absolute passion fit skincare. Originally from the Lower Mainland, she has worked in spas in British Columbia, as well as Ontario. Aurora specializes in all services that make people feel their absolute best, however she’s an absolute fan of facials, massage, waxing, and pedicures. The goal is to create a meaningful connection and have everyone craving more! 


Spa Therapist, Hot Stone Therapist & Esthetician

Doreen has been an esthetician for twenty-some years, working at Delta Ocean Point Spa. Doreen found Emerald Day Spa after the Delta Ocean Point had to close its doors, and she is thankful she did as she finds Emerald a wonderful place to work. Before her career in the spa industry, Doreen worked for a local bank and a title search company. She is married with two sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, and two great-granddaughters. Doreen is passionate about esthetics, especially facials and pedicures. She is fully trained in body wraps, scrubs, and relaxation massage. More specifically as a registered Aromatherapy Professional, as well as a LaStone Hot Stine practitioner. Doreen has continued her training through esthetics courses throughout the years, believing that a good facialist needs to know what new techniques and skincare products are available. The world of medical esthetics is also opening up for her at Emerald and she looks forward to learning more and treating you in all areas of this magnificent industry. Come see her for all your skincare needs.


Spa Therapist & Body Therapist

We are excited to have Kumar as our Spa Therapist and Deep Tissue Body Worker. He has joined our team at a time when there is a growing demand and popularity for Male Therapists. A strong feminist, Kumar graduated from Vancouver Community College as a Certified Cosmetologist and Skin & Body Therapist and has earned experience as an Esthetician, Facialist, and Spa Therapist at various spas in the lower mainland and Sunshine Coast. He is currently a Student Member of RMTBC and a student at West Coast College of Massage Therapy working towards the RMT designation. He’s humbled to be one of the top academic students in his class. He brings a wide variety of skills and knowledge and is well trained in Spa Treatments and Massage Science. His favourite services to offer are body massage and facials. Kumar’s focus in body therapy is Deep Tissue Massage, Gentle Pressure Massage for calming Anxiety and Stress, Pain Relief, improving Functionality, Contrast Hydrotherapy, Lymphatic Drainage, and Head Toe Rejuvenation of muscles, fascia, and connective tissues. His unique contribution of spa massage treatments ranges from 30 min to 4.5 hours in length per session for holistic care of our dear guests. He loves offering Extraction and cleansing Facials and Back Facials. He is a believer in the Principles of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Ahimsa and has worked with various natural and organic brands. He is an Aveda Science advocate and enjoys hiking, nature walks, running, traveling, photography, on top of the hill yoga, exploring the quaint and under-explored towns, trails, and islands to seek inspiration and appreciate natural beauty, culture, and true character of the world. Being a practitioner and advocate of positive touch, etiquettes, respect, cleanliness, and kindness, Kumar prioritizes inner healing and external well-being equally. He confesses that he is a terrible cook. We are pleased to add Kumar who is a busy student, therapist and loves his family, to our talented team.


Medical Injector, Acupuncturist & Medical Esthetician

Zaliah has a wealth of education and training in medical aesthetics and is highly accomplished in the field of dermal fillers and skin rejuvenation treatments.

After completing her Global Aesthetics Diploma in 2016, Zaliah started her aesthetics career at the Blanche Macdonald Center. She has since continued her passion for facial aesthetics at the Pacific Training Institute for Facial Aesthetics and Therapeutics and has completed advanced facial dermal filler training in 2020. Zaliah is extremely skilled at maxillary cheek augmentations, nose contouring, as well as temporal, chin, and lip volume restoration. She has honed her ability using the cannula technique, resulting in exceptional product placement. Zaliah‘s skillful technique minimizes bruising, resulting in ultimate client satisfaction and less downtime with every treatment they receive.

Zaliah has also trained at Pacific Rim College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, transferring to the Royal
Pacific Institute to complete her diploma of Acupuncture and continuing studies towards her Doctorate of Chinese Medicine.
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