Aroma Therapy uses the scented part of the botanical,
known as essential oils. It is the botanical's life force and
functions similarly to our immune system.
Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, her Mother and younger Brother moved to the United States when she was about 9 years old. She grew up moving back and forth between the US and Europe. Birgit joined and later retired from the US Army in 1998. She worked for corporate America for 18 months when she realized she wanted to do more on her own. She became a nationally licensed massage therapist in 1999 and opened her own business in 2000. In 2002, Birgit expanded to Occoquan and worked in her massage studio until 2004 when she opened Dansk Day Spa at its current location. She has since expanded two additional times within that same building. Birgit has studied many techniques through her hundreds of continuing education hours, such as Thai on the Table, Neuromuscular, Muscle Release Technique, Lymph Drainage, and more. Her philosophy is to understand the needs of clients and to ensure those needs are met to the best of her ability. She hires those who subscribe to this same belief and each of her therapists and technicians are dedicated to their craft. Birgit spends every opportunity with her husband, her three children and two grandchildren.
Birgit Campana, CMT, NCTMB, Spa Owner
Dana was born in upstate New York, and has lived all across the country. She has called Virginia home for the better part of 25 years spending some time in southern Maryland and four years in Marietta, Georgia. She returned to NOVA in January 2013. Dana has intensive retail and management experience, managing stores for Estee Lauder and Royal Doulton. After taking time off to be at home with her four beautiful daughters, she was looking for a career change and wanted to get back in the beauty industry when she joined the Dansk team in March 2013. She is excited to see what the industry has to offer, and is looking forward to the new direction of her career.
Dana Whipple, Spa Manager
Connor was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2014 with a degree in History. She enjoys reading, baking, and yoga in her free time.
Connor McCoy, Administrative Assistant
Originally from El Paso, Texas, Donna received her license as a Nail Technician in 2004 from the Executive Beauty Academy, Inc., in Virginia. She has been with Dansk Day Spa since it opened its doors in 2004 as one of two employees, the owner, and four rooms. Donna received training in body treatments through Sybaritic International in New York City in 2005. In 2006 she received further training at the Yonka Paris Institute in New Jersey. Donna also specializes in body scrubs and spray tanning. She loves working at the spa and with her clients.
Donna Petersen, Nail Technician, Body Treatment Certified
Born in Bolivia, Giovanna received a Physical Therapist degree in 1996. Between 1997 and 2002 she worked in Bolivia as a physical therapist in her own practice, in hospitals and the Bolivian Institute for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. During that period she applied her skills to pain relief and stress treatment, among others. In 2002 she was blessed by the birth of triplets. Having moved to the United States in 2003 she devoted her attention to her family. In 2012 she became a licensed Massage Therapist. Her skills include, but not limited to Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Thai Massage. She has applied her knowledge and skills to relieving muscular pain caused by stress, muscular tightness and postural dysfunctions. In her free time she loves to do outdoor activities with her family, in particular bike rides, swimming, and walking. She is also actively involved in activities to help people with motor disabilities.
Giovanna Zúñiga, Massage Therapist PT, CMT, NCTMB
Elisabeth has lived in Northern Virginia for 23 years. She is a nationally certified massage therapist since 1997. She is fluid in a variety of techniques from relaxing to more technical. She does traditional Thai massage, reflexology, and a deep tissue blend of trigger point and myofascial release techniques. She also does hot stone massage and other massage modalities. Her philosophy is to tailor sessions to individual client needs and preferences. Additionally, Elisabeth is a certified personal trainer with a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion. Her concentration focus is on muscle imbalances and corrective exercise. In her spare time, she pursues knowledge of healthful living and spends time with family and friends.
Elisabeth Papageorge, MS, CMT, NCTMB, Certified Personal Trainer
Originally from Seoul Korea, Michelle majored in nursing from College of Korea and worked at a health department. She moved to the United States in 2005 and worked as a cook at the U.S. Marine Base Camp, as well as the U.S. Senate Building. Although she really enjoyed cooking, she decided that being an Esthetician was something she much more interested in and would be more beneficial for her future. She went to school and graduated from Annie Beauty and Technical School. She loves the beauty industry has learned the latest techniques and is keen to keeping up with the latest advances. She loves to cook for her family and in her spare time she plays golf and goes hiking.
Michelle Jang, Esthetician
Originally from Vietnam, Lana received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Vietnam in Computer Science and Accounting and worked for a foreign company as a Customer Service Manager running Administrative websites and web pages. After she was promoted to assistant General Manager, she began to have breakouts in her skin from the daily stress of her duties. During this time, Lana spent a lot of time researching and trying to treat her acne skin and fell in love with skin treatments and interned with a Dermatologist and Plastic Surgeon. Upon her arrival to the United States in 2014, she began her pursuit of becoming a Master Esthetician. She has received certification and licensing as a Cosmetologist, Permanent Makeup Tattoo Artist, IDI Speed Waxing Technician, Nail Technician, Laser Hair Removal and Laser Skin Treatment Technician. She has also received her Master Esthetics License in 2016. Lana loves to read and study and in her free time she spends her time learning.
Lana Tran, Master Esthetician, Permanent Makeup Artist
Originally from Maryland, Candace received her Bachelor’s in Early Education and moved to Pennsylvania for a few years to work with children with behavioral issues. After moving back to Maryland, Candace wanted to start completely over and go in a new direction. She started her own children's event company, and went to the Aveda Institute in Washington DC to receive training for her Esthetician License. After becoming licensed in DC and Virginia, she then started her Masters Program at the Esthetic Institute. Candace has now joined our Dansk team in 2016 and has furthered her education at the Yon-Ka Institute in New Jersey. She hopes to constantly evolve within the beauty industry and bring the best techniques and knowledge to each client. In her spare time, she is an avid reader and beach lover.