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Exclusive: Chief Operations Officer of Silver Mirror Facial Bar Rachael Gallo Wants to 'Empower and Uplift Others by Creating a Space Where They Feel Comfortable'

Jun. 11 2024, Published 3:49 p.m. ET

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Growing up in the rural countryside of England, Rachael Gallo saw health spa hotels "as a luxury reserved for special weekend getaways."

But after her family moved to America, her perspective "changed dramatically."

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"We had a neighbor who was the Spa Director at the Grand Floridian Spa in Disney World. Through her, I discovered that in the U.S., the spa industry is viewed not merely as a luxury but as an integral part of celebrations, vacations and overall wellness," Gallo exclusively tells Morning Honey. "The idea that spa services could contribute to relaxation, healing, stress relief and even boost confidence captivated me. Witnessing firsthand how these services could improve someone's well-being sparked my fascination and inspired me to pursue a career in the health and wellness industry. The ability to positively impact others' lives through relaxation and therapeutic services was a driving force in my decision to enter this field."

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Silver Mirror Facial Bar has several locations.

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Gallo then dove right in, as she started her career as an intern at the Grand Floridian Spa at Disney, which was an "incredible opportunity that allowed me to explore various positions and departments within a spa organization."

"This early experience provided invaluable insight into the dedication and effort required to eventually manage a spa," she shares. "Beginning as a spa attendant and Front Desk associate, and then advancing my education to become a Licensed Esthetician and Massage Therapist, gave me a well-rounded perspective on the industry. Each role helped me develop a deep understanding of the operational and service aspects of the business, enabling me to relate to, train and inspire my teams effectively as I advanced to management positions."

"Working for Exhale Spa was another pivotal experience for which I am forever grateful. The extensive training and opportunities for professional growth there further honed my skills and reinforced my passion for the wellness industry. Overall, these opportunities have been immensely rewarding. They have shaped my career and allowed me to contribute positively to others' well-being. The journey has been both challenging and fulfilling, and I am deeply appreciative of the experiences and training that have prepared me to excel in the wellness space," she continues.

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Rachael Gallo started working in Florida.

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Through those prior roles, Gallo "learned essential skills for managing and growing within the company. These experiences taught me to translate my in-room expertise into operational strategies that focus on fostering talented, passionate estheticians. I learned the importance of viewing each interaction through the lens of both the associate and the guest, ensuring that operations are streamlined and that the guest experience is seamless and exceptional," she explains.

From there, she became the Chief Operations Officer of Silver Mirror Facial Bar, with locations in D.C., New York City and Miami. "I apply these valuable lessons daily. My goal is to create an environment where associates feel supported and inspired, which in turn, leads to outstanding service for our guests. This holistic approach to management, rooted in empathy and professional expertise, has been key to my success in leading operations," she says.

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Rachael Gallo loves her job.

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"I believe what sets Silver Mirror apart from other facial options is our dedication to each guest's skincare journey. We deliver results-focused, technology-driven facials during every visit, but we also understand that our guests' skincare goals are part of a larger plan. Our estheticians work closely with guests to develop personalized skincare plans for both their facials and home care regimens. We recognize that every guest's journey is unique and will include several milestone goals. By working month after month, we help our guests achieve smaller goals while addressing targeted concerns. This specialization allows us to stay at the forefront of skincare innovations and offer highly customizable treatments tailored to address specific skin concerns such as acne, aging and hyperpigmentation," she says.

"Additionally, we incorporate the latest skincare technology and advanced techniques into our treatments, ensuring our clients receive the most effective and up-to-date care available. What truly sets Silver Mirror apart is our commitment to making great skincare accessible and enjoyable for everyone. We’ve created a welcoming environment that fits into busy lifestyles, making regular facials easy and convenient. We also believe in empowering our clients with knowledge about their skin and how to care for it, providing guidance and education to help maintain results at home," she continues, noting that Silver Mirror's mission is to "provide high-quality, results-driven facials that are accessible and enjoyable for everyone."

Ultimately, Silver Mirror wants their clients to feel empowered and educated.

"Our ultimate goal is to help our clients look and feel their best, promoting confidence and well-being through exceptional skincare," she says.

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Silver Mirror Facial Bar has many options to choose from.

Silver Mirror Facial Bar also has many options to choose from.

"We offer 30- and 50-minute services to cater to a variety of skin types, concerns and goals. Our 30-minute services are perfect for first-time guests or as maintenance facials, providing a comprehensive treatment in a shorter time frame," she explains. "For those seeking more targeted treatments, our 50-minute services are designed to achieve specific skincare goals. For instance, our Anti-Aging Facial focuses on Microcurrent technology to prevent, reduce, and improve fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a lifted and sculpted appearance. Our Acne-Fighting Facial uses professional-grade acids to unclog pores, allowing our estheticians to remove impurities effectively and target post-acne scarring. My personal favorite is the Seasonal Hydrating Facial, which adapts to the changing seasons to address environmental stressors and focuses on repairing the skin's microbiome. All these services are customized with your esthetician based on your unique skin type and condition, ensuring you receive the best possible care tailored to your needs."

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One of Gallo's favorite parts of the job is "overseeing Esthetician hiring and training across all our locations, maintaining connection and consistency amidst our rapid growth from three to nine locations presented a significant challenge."

"Balancing my presence across multiple regions to conduct in-person interviews and participate in monthly educational sessions demanded careful time management and dedication. However, amidst these challenges lies the best part of my job. I find immense fulfillment in inspiring our teams through my years of experience in guest interactions and offering educational classes on the latest innovations in our facials. Witnessing the passion and dedication our teams bring to their work each day is truly inspiring and fuels my own motivation," she says.

In the next five to 10 years, Gallo is hopeful Silver Mirror Facial Bar will keep expanding.

"Our goal is to maintain personalized care and attention, ensuring every guest feels valued and supported on their skincare journey. By prioritizing quality and customer satisfaction, we aim to grow while preserving the unique experience that sets us apart in the industry," she says. "For me, making a difference extends beyond the surface level; it's about impacting both my associates' and our guests' lives. With my associates, I aspire to foster professional growth, inspiring them to continuously learn and evolve in an ever-changing industry. By providing opportunities for education and creating professional stepping stones, I aim to empower them to reach their full potential. When it comes to our guests, I believe in the power of skincare. I hope at Silver Mirror we educate them about the nature of their skin and the importance of a consistent skincare routine. By instilling confidence and promoting natural beauty, we're not just addressing external concerns but boosting confidence without makeup. Ultimately, my goal is to make a positive impact on both my team and our guests, empowering them to thrive and feel their best, inside and out."

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Rachael Gallo is all about empowering others.

She concludes, "I hope to empower and uplift others by creating a space where they feel comfortable and cared for by someone they see as their skincare best friend. When someone leaves our facial bar looking amazing and glowing, it's not just about the outward appearance; it's about the inner confidence and happiness that shines through. By providing personalized treatments and education we help them continue the glow in their own routine. I firmly believe that skincare knowledge is the key to building confidence and achieving tangible results, and it's been a central focus of my work here at Silver Mirror."


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