Meet the Mermaids

 
 
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Jody Rivera  

Co-Owner
A Houston girl who took the Big Apple by storm and learned from some of the best in the business, Jody is truly a jack-of-all-trades. From cutting and styling to coloring and straightening, she’s never content to follow and is always on the lookout for the newest techniques and products to expand her repertoire. A fast learner with gifted hands, Jody loves hair and she won’t quit until you love yours.

Jody has been practicing cosmetic tattooing since 2006 when she caught wind of the latest technique we now know as microblading. Only one problem- the people that inspired her most lived out of the country! Jody immediately decided to challenge herself and figure out microblading on her own. After exhausting her resources, she did it. Not only is she self taught but also has a few techniques of her own.

Since leaving Mint Salon in 2015, she opened her own shop to combine hair & cosmetic tattooing under one roof. And so, Swamp Mermaid Beauty Project was born. With over 20 years in the industry, Jody is truly a master.


Dave McKenzie

Co-Owner
Dave was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Ohio where he attended high school and college. He started his long and stellar career in consumer product sales and management, first with Proctor & Gamble, and later with PepsiCo where he spent over 20 years in sales, sales management, general management, and finally as a VP of Sales and Operations.

Searching for new challenges, Dave left consumer products and started a new career in healthcare with Gambro Healthcare where he oversaw the operation of 60 kidney dialysis centers. When Gambro was purchased by DaVita, Dave took on the additional responsibility of more than 100 dialysis centers. Dave left DaVita to become the President and CEO of LaVie Florida, the largest long-term care chain in Florida. When LaVie was sold, Dave became the President and CEO of Diabetes America, a chain of comprehensive diabetes care centers in Texas.

Dave came to Austin to join an old friend in a start-up and in early 2015 decided to retire. Retirement was short lived once Dave found out that retirement wasn’t challenging enough. With a desire to stay in Austin, Dave started researching healthcare-related business that he could start on his own, and LaserFocus Tattoo Removal was born.

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Tessa

Esthetician + Microblading Artist
Innately creative, Tessa’s love for enhancing each individual’s unique beauty led her to become an esthetician and esteemed microblading artist. Her passion for perfecting brows is apparent; take a look at her Instagram to see her stunning work! Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious! Combining skincare with microblading, she has mastered the ability to reverse the signs of aging as well as elevate the overall structure of the face. Tessa’s clients leave elated with their expectations exceeded! Leah completed her training with Microbrows Academy and continued perfecting her craft as an apprentice under Jody. Previously, Leah worked under a medical director providing microneedling treatments and PRP facials. She is passionate about beauty, fitness, and her two bulldogs.


Herma

Stylist & Semi-Permanent Makeup Artist
Herma is a vital part of the Swamp Mermaid team, she is a dedicated beauty assassin. She slays cuts, color, braids, updo’s, extensions, keratin treatments, microblading, and more! She began her career training with Jody but is now a force to be reckoned with! She is a bilingual babe with the know how to increase your natural beauty like a boss.

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Atealia Betancourt

Lash Stylist & Makeup Artist:

Atealia may be new to Austin, but she is not new to the beauty industry. She has worked as a professional makeup artist for over a decade across the country. Atealia's creative energy and desire to help clients reach their full potential drove her to add lashes and waxing to her service repertoire. 

Embracing client individuality, Atealia customizes each full lash set she does.  Personalized styling continues with each lash fill appointment.  The goal is to create a lash experience that enhances the beauty and lifestyle of each client.

Atealia's patience and attention to detail extends to her waxing and other specialty services.  She is known for her gentle touch!