(719) 630-3444 | 1701 S Tejon St. Colorado Springs, CO 80905
meet your stylist
Lisa Backstrom
Elizabeth (Lisa) Backstrom - Owner

Owner and CEO of J Gregory Salon, Elizabeth was a court reporter and deposition owner for 21 years. Enjoying a 25-plus year friendship and stylist relationship with Greg Chavez, Elizabeth became a silent investor inJ Gregory Salon in 2007. Because of Elizabeth’s passion for the beauty industry and her investment in the salon, she took over full-time management of J Gregory Salon in January of 2016. Elizabeth has fashion-styling experience and training that she utilized in California before relocating back to Colorado Springs. Her past business experience and work in the beauty industry, in which she is zealous and dedicated to, has prepared her for co-ownership and management of J Gregory Salon.

Desi Foster - Hairstylist
Desi’s background had her living in several parts of the country; however, she spent a large portion of her childhood in a small town in Texas. Loving the Southern hospitality and having an eagerness to please others, she decided to settle in the beautiful mountains of Colorado and make it her home. In high school, Desi participated in a dual-enrollment program, which allowed her to acquire her Associates Degree in Business Administration. Desi also competed for the state of Colorado in cheerleading as well as figure skating. Freelancing in makeup during that time ignited a spark for her future. Desi decided to follow her heart and enrolled in cosmetology school, discovering that the beauty industry was her true calling. This industry had always been an integral part of her life during her other pursuits. Desi had worked with extensions for over four years, doing her teammates’ hair and makeup for cheer competitions. Desi loves providing others with services that have them walking out the door feeling ecstatic and confident, and states, “It is a feeling like no other.” She is committed and passionate about making people look and feel beautiful both inside and out. We are both pleased and delighted to have Desi as part of the J Gregory family!
Lynnea Standley
Lynnea Standley - Guest Relations
Lynnea is a Colorado native. She is currently a student at Pikes Peak Community College studying to get her degree in business. Lynnea enjoys meeting and having conversations with new people.

Being a social butterfly, guest relations allows Lynnea to exercise that gift. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering at Doherty High School helping with the Poms Program. Lynnea is a valued addition to the J Gregory Team.

Kasey Esclavon Hairstylist
Kasey Esclavon - Hairstylist

Kasey has lived in Colorado for nine years. She graduated with honors from the Toni and Guy Academy. Kasey has had a passion for the salon industry since the age of seven, always aspiring to be a stylist. Passionate about the industry, Kasey loves to give the client the look that they desire. The J Gregory Team is excited to have Kasey as part of our salon family. Kasey is joyfully looking forward to continuing her education and all the advanced training that J Gregory Salon has to offer.

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Kandis Rich - Hairstylist

Kandis Rich was born and raised in central California and recently moved to Colorado Springs summer of 2018. Kandis has been doing hair for over five years. She loves making every client feel beautiful inside and out. She says it is her goal and desire to have every guest walk out with the biggest smile on their face. In Kandis’ spare time, she enjoys the great Colorado outdoor with her pit bull puppy Harper. J Gregory Salon is pleased to have Kandis as part of our team!

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Whitney Rhodes - Hair & Makeup Stylist
Whitney is from a small town in Arkansas, but even as a child she was passionate and captivated with hair and makeup. "The art of bringing the beauty out in all of us, seeing the joy in peoples' faces after a fresh new look is the best feeling in the world.” Whitney attended Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School in North Little Rock, graduating in 2017 with Color Honors. She came to the beautiful state of Colorado in November 2020. Besides hair and makeup, Whitney loves to hike and explore the outdoors with her fur babies and husband. Whitney says, “I am more than grateful to work at such an amazing salon. I am so excited about all the new opportunities J Gregory Salon has to offer in such a beautiful place. I am forever blessed.” We at J Gregory are excited and blessed to have Whitney as part of our team of amazing stylists!
Katie Todd Hairstylist
Katie Todd - Hair Colorist

Katie is known as “Katie the Colorist”. Katie is a strong believer in doing what you’re passionate about, which is why she solely a hair colorist. Katie graduated in 2008 from The Lab, a New Jersey Paul Mitchell Partner School, and shortly after moved to Westchester, NY to further her career opportunities. As she continued to hone her craft, she discovered her true love of hair color while working at New York's very first "color only" salon. Six years later, Katie moved to the Springs, and we are excited and passionate about having Katie as a J Gregory colorist. She specializing only in hair color, whether is be fashion, corrective or every-day color. She also specializes in Cezanne Smoothing treatments.

Andrea Brown Hairstylist
Andrea Perrett - Hairstylist

Andrea has deep love of classic structure and a keen sense of a contemporary flare, Andrea has been in the industry since 2003. To maintain her edge and style, education remains on the forefront of her priorities. Andrea continually furthers her own skills through education. She strives to create a strong and comfortable rapport with all of her guests and can achieve a fresh look with the least bit of direction.

Lisa Ortiz
Lisa Ortiz - Front Desk Manager

Lisa Ortiz joined the J Gregory Team in 2012. She is a licensed stylist but her love of people brought her to our front desk. Her talents and people skills have propelled her to front desk manager. Lisa has four adult children, three grandchildren. Lisa’s love for the beauty industry makes her an invaluable front desk manager of J Gregory Salon.

Maria Beutmiller - Hairstylist
Maria joins the J Gregory Team with extensive experience and education. Her training began in Germany where she received her Master Colorist and Trend Vision certifications. Maria’s passion has alway been advancing her education and keeping current. She completed courses from Vidal Sasson, Pivot Point, Toni & Guy, and L’Oreal. She is also Balayage certified. Maria is confident that her guests will experience the difference this makes. She holds Dreamcatcher and Babe extension certifications that enable her to offer phenomenal results. Maria loves being an accomplished stylist, and her mission has always been to extend her expertise so that you look fabulous and feel great about your hair! Maria looks forward to seeing you in her chair soon.