Meet the Owners of TSPA DC: A Team Dedicated to Growth and Education

To run a successful beauty school, you need to have the right owners. Owners are the face of the school and the individuals who set the tone for a school’s culture and environment. Since first opening in January 2017, The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), DC has been committed to education and helping cosmetology students grow professionally. Such an intense level of dedication and passion could not exist without school owners Patrick Guarniere and Elena Gioacchini. Formerly successful stylists with years of experience behind the chair, they switched to beauty education so they could share their passion with the next generation of cosmetologists. With this winning team at the helm, TSPA DC can offer students a rigorous and professionally-driven education.

Elena and Patrick at TSPA DC.

Two Sides of the Same Coin

Patrick and Elena both attended cosmetology school and worked as stylists before they owned TSPA DC. As a creative person who comes from a long line of cosmetologists, Elena says that beauty school was always written in the stars for her. “I love the industry and I love how it’s growing,” Elena says.”I feel like it’s who I am…The industry made me who I am and it gave me everything I have in my life.” Patrick never thought about attending beauty school until he noticed how fulfilled cosmetologists seemed in their career. He enrolled in cosmetology school as a way to improve his own future and hasn’t looked back since.

After their respective graduations from cosmetology school, Elena and Patrick met while working at a local salon. Between Elena’s creativity and Patrick’s technical skills, they became fast friends and eventually co-owners of the salon. While they loved running the salon for 13 years, both shared an insatiable hunger for education and sharing knowledge with new cosmetologists. When the opportunity to own a TSPA school arose, they knew they had to seize it.

“Elena and I were really successful hairstylists. We had full books,” Patrick says. “The reason we gave that up is because we love teaching and we wanted to pass on what we know to help other students live the kind of life we know they can have, because we did it.”


At TSPA DC, Patrick and Elena’s goal is to make their students salon-ready from day one. They chose to work with the TSPA franchise because the culture focuses on students’ growth and improvement. In addition to teaching technical and practical skills, TSPA places a strong emphasis on business and marketing knowledge. This type of education is key to preparing students for the beauty industry. Another draw of TSPA was its exclusive relationship with salon brand Redken. As a global leader in innovative hair products, Redken is always on the cutting edge of the beauty industry. Passion for innovation extends to their educational program, which focuses on preparing the individual stylist for success in a beauty industry career. “Redken education really changed our lives in the salon,” Patrick says. “So when we found a school that offered this education from the beginning we were very excited. We found the people we were hiring in the salon were undertrained. This school sets them up from the beginning with what they need to know.”

TSPA DC’s Mission

Patrick and Elena are friendly, fun-loving people, but they take cosmetology school very seriously. Just like any other form of post-high school education, cosmetology school takes a lot of hard work and commitment to complete. Students who are determined and hardworking are likely to have a positive educational experience that could prepare them for a bright future. When you get the chance to learn from enthusiastic educators, it makes all the difference. There are no two people more passionate about sharing their beauty knowledge than Patrick and Elena.

“We’re committed to the education,” Elena says. “We want students to be committed and serious. If they are, we will give them as much as they put in.”

Learn From This Dynamic Duo

Has reading about Patrick and Elena made you want to meet them in person? Contact us to ask us about enrolling in our cosmetology program and joining the TSPA DC family! We’re always excited to welcome hardworking students who love beauty and want to learn. We can’t wait for you to see the TSPA difference for yourself!

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