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Meet Our Team

The Grove Grotto & Spa won Best Medspa in the 2023 Best of Bama Competition hosted by Alabama Magazine

Meet Our Team

Our medical professionals at The Grove Grotto & Spa in Albertville have extensive training and expertise in a wide variety of medical and cosmetic procedures, and they are dedicated to assisting our patients in achieving their desired results. To guarantee that every one of our patients receives the very finest care available on the market, our specialists have almost 30 years of combined expertise in the field, during which time they have received continuous training in the most modern and cutting-edge therapies. 

At our medical spa in Albertville, our team of doctors and cosmetic experts are committed to providing our patients with the treatments that are both the safest and most effective. However, we all have one goal in mind, and that is to work with our patients to achieve the results that they envision for themselves. Learn more about our team and their experience below and get started on your treatment by giving us a call or filling out a contact form with your information! 

Amber Stricklin

Owner & Laser Safety Officer

Amber lives in Guntersville with her two children, Brady & Mia. She has been a practicing therapist for over 10 years and is the lead educator for the Sexual Wellness Program at The Grove Grotto & Spa. Also a certified sexologist, Amber completed educational training with Dr. Charles Runels, Creator of the O Shot and P Shot for sexual wellness. Amber also completed aesthetic laser training and certification at The National Aesthetic Laser Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. With a love for all things beauty and anti-aging, Amber is constantly seeking advanced learning opportunities. She has trained with some of the industries top beauty professionals, such as Los Angeles based Celebrity Makeup Artist Kimberley Bosso and Celebrity Spray Tan Artist Isabel Alysa of Dolce Glow.

Michell Bowling


Michell has been in the beauty industry for over 30 years. She has been a cosmetologist and makeup Artist as well as a Salon Owner. Michell not only helps ensure that the operational side of the spa is running smoothly but she also makes it her goal to make every client that enters the door feel beautiful in their own skin. We like to think of Michell as a Jack of All Trades & A Master of Many.

Ivy McCormick

Chief Operation's Officer

Ivy has been in the medical field for over 30 years She got her start as a Public Health Educator with The Alabama Department of Public Health. After 10 years, Ivy then transitioned to the role of Drug Representative for Merck Pharmaceuticals where she spent 15 years and earned the titles of Executive Vaccine Specialist, Most Valuable Peer and Southeast Region Trainer. Ivy then transitioned to the mental health field as Marketing Director and Educator for Integrated Behavioral Health. In addition to her professional achievements, Ivy has been a lifelong runner and wellness enthusiast. In addition to being a Yoga Instructor, Ivy is also our Lead Sound Therapist. She conducts monthly group sound baths as well as 1:1 sessions.

Dr. Sanjay Malhotra

Medical Director & Lead Injector

Dr. Malhotra has been a practicing physician for over 30 years. He completed his laser training at The National Aesthetic Laser Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He also has extensive injectable experience and has trained with top injectors from Alabama to California. Dr. Malhotra also completed training for both injectables and sexual wellness with Dr. Charles Runels, Creator of The Vampire Facial, Vampire Facelift, Vampire Breastlift, Vampire Hair Restoration, O Shot and P Shot.

Amanda Floyd

Aesthetic RN

Amanda lives in Arab with her husband and two children. Amanda is a Registered Nurse with a background in mental health. Amanda says “I was hesitant on leaving a field that I loved (mental health), but now I get to enjoy the best of both worlds. As odd as it may seem, our services here at the spa allow our client’s to leave feeling better about themselves or maybe just get the relaxation that they desperately need. Whatever it may be, I love being a small part in boosting someone’s confidence and hopefully increase their overall well-being.” Since starting her aesthetic journey, Amanda has been certified in lasers, and permanent makeup, with a focus on oncology services. Many people will also recognize Amanda as the Lead Nurse in the Injection Room.

Jackson Padgett

Director of Salon Services, Cosmetologist & Professional Makeup Artist

Jackson has been in the beauty industry for over a decade. He graduated from Paul Mitchell and has spent years traveling to learn from the best celebrity hair and makeup artists in the business. To say that Jackson has a true talent for hair and makeup is quite the understatement.

Kailey Knapp

Licensed Massage Therapist

Kailey is a native of Portland Oregon. She moved here from San Diego, California with her boyfriend and two dogs in August 2022. They are loving it in Alabama. Massage is how she puts in to practice her love of learning about the human body. She enjoys helping people recognize muscular imbalances and reduce their chronic pain.

Jade Hernandez

Aesthetician, Brow Artist & Permanent Makeup Artist

Jade attended Northeast Alabama Community College for Salon and Spa Management in Esthetics. She is known for her super relaxing and corrective facials, as well as her ability to thoroughly educate her clients regarding their own individualized needs.

She’s is a highly talented Brow Artist. Prior to working at The Grove Grotto & Spa, she was a brow artist at the Benefit Brow Bar for Ulta and loves to custom design brows.

Jade has a love for skin care and all things beauty. She is also a highly trained microblading artist and has traveled throughout the Southeast to learn from some of the best artists in the industry.

Tessa Watkins

Tattoo Artist & Laser Technician

Tessa is our highly talented Tattoo Artist. With decades of experience in art, Tessa is highly skilled in the design of both small and large tattoos as well as coverups. She is known for her precision and loves to do fine line tattoos due to their intricate detail work. In addition to tattoo’s Tessa is also one of our microblading artists. Tessa has traveled throughout the Southeast to learn from

some of the best artists in the industry. In addition to tattoos, Tessa is also one of laser technicians and is extremely passionate about improving difficult to treat skincare concerns that can be rectified using laser and light based devices.

Rachel Prickett


Rachel lives in Albertville with her goldendoodle Archie. Rachel is a surgical tech, makeup and hair artist, and is now a receptionist. Rachel has always had a passion for taking care of people and greeting them with a smiling face. Rachel says “I have always loved all things skin care and I am so happy to be working in a place that helps people achieve their desired skin and appearances. I love seeing the smiles on our clients faces as they walk through our door and as they leave after their treatments!”

Kylie Plunkett


Kylie lives in Geraldine with her husband and 7 month old daughter. Kylie says, “As a mom who stays home with her baby most of the time, I love having the opportunity to get to know the people who come to us and making sure their experience with us is worthwhile. I’ve always been passionate about skincare and I’ve learned so much working with the wonderful ladies at our spa.”

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