About Melissa


Who am I?


I am 41 years old and live right here in Milwaukie, Oregon with my partner. I am an animal lover and currently have 3 dogs; Groot,  Ajax and CB, 2 cats; LOKi, Nyx, 7 chickens and a horse; Buddy. I spend  much of my free time riding my horse, camping, and traveling when I can.  Maui is my home away from home. I also  have an extensive tattoo collection and beat ovarian cancer in 2017. 


How did I get here?

I became a licensed nail technician in 1998. I went to Cosmetology  Careers Unlimited in Portland, Oregon. I have focused my talents towards  acrylic nails, pink and whites, colored acrylics, sculptured nails and  free hand nail art. Additionally, I work with problem nails to make them  less of a “problem.” 

I've been in the salon full time since 2011 and love it! I offer waxing services in addition to my current nail services. I have full time nail tech who will be offering manicures, pedicures, and enhancement services and a part-time esthetician who will be offering waxing, lash lifts/tinting, lash extensions and skin treatments. Check out the team page for details on these awesome ladies!


I earned my bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, but my passion for  the nail industry has lead me in a different direction. In 2015 I attended a four day intensive training to become a certified educator with Hand and Nail Harmony. With my advanced certification I teach cosmetology students how to use all Harmony products including Gelish Soak off gel polish, Dip manicures, PolyGel, and ProHeison acrylic. I’ve also had the opportunity to work trade shows with my Gelish family which is hard work, but I love every second of it. I continue my education by attending classes regularly throughout the year. January 2019, took  a "nail cruise" to the Western Caribbean. It was incredible! I'm planing on going on the 2021 nail cruise. 

April 2019 I had the honor to be featured in Nails Magazine for a series called “Healthy Tech.” 

Bella Hands isn't like your average walk-in nail salon. I strive to set myself apart those those type of establishments. It's my goal give every client personalized services, top-notch customer service, clean and sanitary environment, and high quality results.