Find Your Inner Zen at Xanadu
Meet Our Staff
Mark is a visionary leader bringing over 25 years of experience in establishing operational optimization across diverse organizations. He has been nationally recognized for both strategy development and providing corporate vision. Mark is distinguished for an entrepreneurial mindset with creative problem solving ability combined with operational effectiveness. He especially enjoys converting strategic plans into tactical reality. His background comes in the form of running multiple businesses and through the unpredictable journey that life provides he found his way to the Medical Aesthetic industry. It didn’t take long to determine that he has a real love of everything it has to offer!
Educationally he brings an undergraduate degree in Public Relations and Organizational Communications from Carroll University and a Masters Degree in Psychology and Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. On this most recent journey he has picked up certifications in spa operations and marketing. He consistently continues to expand his knowledge of the aesthetic and spa industry through ongoing education and training, always seeking new opportunities to add to his knowledge foundation. He has two teenage daughters who he loves deeply and is bracing for the reality of college for them in the very near future.
Assistant Spa Manager
Darcy recently moved to Fort Collins from Houston, Texas, where she worked at a local yoga studio – leading hot yoga classes, meditation sessions, and workshops. Her background in yoga and meditation allow her to remain present, level headed, and calm in fast-paced situations. Darcy’s purpose in life is to help people, and her empathetic nature allows her to provide sincere, personalized, friendly customer service to each person that she comes across at Xanadu.
When she’s not at work, Darcy loves spending time with her dog, trying new food, and traveling.
Irene Sokolowski, MD
Director of Health and Wellness
Irene Sokolowski, M.D. is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been practicing medicine for almost 20 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in biochemistry and then attended Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine where she earned her medical degree and graduated with honors. She completed her residency at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Sokolowski is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Society and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Sokolowski has continued her medical education with advanced training in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, medical weight loss programs, and med spa treatments. She is a happy mom who enjoys every day to its fullest providing support for her family and balancing that with the love she has for her career.
MS, APN, NP-C
Aesthetic Nurse Injector/Provider
Melanie Zimmermann received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Colorado State University. After working as a Social Case Worker for five years, she then began her nursing education attending Front Range Community College, and soon after received her BSN at the University of Texas. While working as a Registered Nurse Melanie gained experienced working in outpatient surgery centers in perioperative areas, in the emergency room, and infusion nursing. Her interest in the aesthetics field prompted her to attend The National Laser Institute in Dallas, Texas where she received certifications in neurotoxin injectables as well as dermal fillers. Upon completing graduate school and receiving her Masters in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Melanie continued broadening her interest in aesthetics, adding hormone replacement therapies, weight loss treatments and vitamin infusions to her repertoire.
Melanie is a Fort Collins native and after living for several years in Houston, Texas, her husband and their many pets moved back home. She is excited to start her career in her hometown and pursue her passion in the beauty and skincare industry while applying her medical background. Her attention to detail and conservative, yet effective approach allows her to tailor treatment plans that fit a patient’s needs and desires, yielding in aesthetically pleasing outcomes.
Kim Dixon, BSN, RN
Certified Injectionist and Laser Technician
Kim comes to the Xanadu family with 20 years nursing experience, working in Oncology, Infusion/ IV therapy and currently Interventional Radiology at UC Health. She is board certified in vascular access. Kim is a lifelong learner and has spent the last few years researching the medical aesthetic industry and has completed certification in injectables, advanced injectables and laser treatments at National Laser Institute. She has also had training in IPL and Ultherapy. Her passion for the aesthetics field developed as the years of sun seeking and the facade of agelessness did not correlate with her reflection in the mirror. Kim’s theory is to “grow old gracefully.”
Kim is a multigenerational Fort Collins native. She is married, has two wonderful adult children and two granddaughters. She has strong roots to the local community and enjoys running into acquaintances and old schoolmates around town. She likes to frequent the gym if time allows and even once held 1st place in bench press competition in Denver 2007. She advocates healthy choices including diet and exercise to maintain balanced wellness. Kim is dedicated to her career as a nurse, her passion of aesthetics and maintaining relationships!
For Rhonda, the beauty industry has not only been her focus through work, it is her passion. She is pleased to help others make the best beauty choices to suit their needs as she has been doing for the past 20 years. Rhonda Specializes in Facial Resurfacing, Revitalizing overall Skin Care Health, Hydrafacials, Chemical Peels, Intense Pulse Light Therapy, Collagen Induction Therapy, Derma-planing, Microneedling Oncology Replenishing Skin Care Treatments, Post Procedure Protocol, and is a Patient Educator. Rhonda is additionally certified in Oncology Esthetics delivering specialized oncology treatments with clinically appropriate products for Xanadu’s oncology clients.
Licensed Aesthetician and Massage Therapist
Antonia is a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician and has been working in the industry since 2000. The last 5 years she has worked as a skin educator teaching people about the health benefits and the art of skin care. Antonia specializes in treating a variety of different skin conditions including; prematurely aging skin, sun damaged skin and acneic skin by providing anti-aging, skin brightening and purifying treatments. She creates custom treatment protocols for each individual as our needs are unique and continually changing. Additionally, Antonia specializes in brow shape design and provides waxing services.
Antonia believes healthy skin is a reflection of a healthy body, mind and lifestyle. She uses natural, biogenic skin-care products that are both nourishing and effective for the whole body. She advocates “I love being an aesthetician because of the impact it has on people, helping to mitigate embarrassing or painful skin issues, teaching people how to take better care of their largest and visible organ, or making a connection with people by providing touch therapy in order to promote relaxation and reduce stress.”
When she is not learning new techniques in the industry, teaching or working, Antonia enjoys dancing, yoga, gardening, knitting, hiking, rafting, and spending time with her daughters, her husband, and all their wonderful friends in beautiful Colorado.
Traditional Manual Therapist & Registered Massage Therapist
Helen’s passion and unique Manual Therapy approach provides a gentle, caring, holistic restoration of the inherent self-healing and regulation mechanism of your body. Over time, your body lessens this ability due to the process of aging, illness, trauma, repetitive injury, surgical scaring, postural imbalances, emotion, mental and spiritual stresses.
The goal of each session is to precisely assess and address the root cause instead of the symptoms. The session includes a full assessment, manual manipulation and integration. Modalities such as Muscle Energy, Cranio-sacral, Fascial Normalization, Organic Manipulation, and Active stretching combine to restore balance of fluids and tissues.
Helen’s 25 years of experience and education in Manual Osteopathy (Canadian College of Osteopathy), Massage Therapy (2200 hour Canadian training), Acupuncture, Personal Fitness Training (NASM), and Reflexology are beneficial for those who have tried “everything” and still have pain or dysfunction that prevents living life to the fullest.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Lucy graduated from IBMC with an Associate’s Degree in therapeutic massage and aesthetics – specializing in pain management, post op massage, Ashiatsu, oncology massage, and overall relaxation. Lucy is passionate about bringing relief and relaxation to her clients. She is a skilled provider with over 30 years experience in the medical profession including more than 6 years in plastic surgery.
Additionally, Lucy has earned her estetheticians license – Specializing in all types of skin care health, chemical peels, HydraFacials, and derma-planing. She believes that bodywork along with aesthetics (skincare) goes hand and hand, not only to rejuvenate your skin and muscles but to create a better quality of life and well-being from the inside to the outside.
Licensed Massage Therapist
A great passion for helping and healing others, Travis graduated top of his class in 2013 from Higher elevation healing arts. He has worked at world premier spas in the Vail valley and across Colorado and understands what the body needs to relax, refresh and revitalize. Deep tissue, Sports massage, Swedish, master Reiki, hot stone, prenatal massage, reflexology cranial sacral and trigger point therapy are the modalities he currently specializes in.
As you can no doubt tell from reading the profiles of our experienced staff members above, we care a great deal about the culture of our medical and massage spa of Fort Collins. Our training is as detailed as it is cutting-edge, which means our clients are able to receive only the highest-quality of innovative day and med spa services. If you are interested in finding a local day spa you can trust to find the right treatment options for you, come see us at Xanadu soon.