Meet Our Team
Kiki she / her
Kiki is a Bay Area native with East Coast roots, heart and appreciation of clear, direct communication. A friend’s grandmother once described her as “vivacious,” and it remains her favorite compliment. She is a feverish dancer, a devoted meditator, a daily writer, and a lover of rambling walks, sweet treats and befriending neighborhood cats.
Karen she / her
Karen is an Oakland native and has been a licensed esthetician, focusing primarily on body waxing, since 2011. When she's not in the treatment room Karen prioritizes spending time with family and close friends. She also enjoys the occasional hike and drives along the coast with her two dogs Roscoe and Malakai.
Shymell she / her
Shymell is a CA licensed Esthetician with 12 years of experience working in the field of both waxing and skincare. She has a great passion for wellness and skincare and enjoys taking care of others. Shymell grew up in the Bay Area and has spent most of her life here in Oakland. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking all over the Bay Area, particularly the East Bay hills. Being in nature is her happy place. She has a passion for decorating and is always trying to find new ways to express her creativity.
Jess she / her
Jess is a Bay Area native with a passion for healing and working with her hands. If she’s not catching up with her extended family on a rooftop, she’s doing bodywork on either herself or others, on a hike in the redwoods or elbow-deep in some delicious experiment in her kitchen. With ten years of experience as an Esthetician, she found that waxing, specifically, presented a special atmosphere where she could connect to and nurture her clients on a multitude of levels.
Gloria she / her
Gloria is a Bay Area Native with a passion for healing. Family, food and her fur babies are her joy. When out of the treatment room, she can be found traveling the world, having new adventures, or just enjoying the simple things in life.
Desiree they / she
Desiree is a career activist and intimacy geek based in Berkeley, CA. They are passionate about social justice, honest self-work and plant identification. In their spare time they’re as likely to be at their sewing machine as they are on their bike. Desiree appreciates the power of waxing as an act of self-love and bodily reclamation. She believes in taking care of ourselves and feeling good in our bodies.
Gabriel she / her
Gabriel has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2017, and holds a degree in business administration. As the passionate salon manager of The Yoni Temple, she takes great pride in curating an environment that fosters self love and beauty. She's got a keen eye for detail and a knack for running a successful business, ensuring that every client leaves feeling empowered and confident. Beyond work she loves unleashing her creativity through karaoke sessions, whipping up delicious dishes, and mastering the art of baking delightful treats for her loved ones.
Taylor she / her
Marketing, PR, & Events
Taylor has been a licensed esthetician specializing in Brazilian waxing for 17 years. In 2020 she met Ashley and was the sole Esthetician at The Yoni Temple ~ Nevada City. After relocating to the East Coast in 2022 she made the transition out of waxing and pivoted to working behind the scenes with The Yoni Temple. It has been such an honor for her to get to continue to share in the legacy of The Yoni Temple. In her free time Taylor enjoys cooking & eating vegan food, playing in her herbal apothecary and wandering the woods in search of medicinal plants & mushrooms, yoga & meditation, and traveling with her partner, JD.
Ashley she / her
Owner & Founder
12 years ago, Ashley opened the doors of the Temple with the intention to create a safe and sacred space for everyone. Ashley is a yoga and meditation teacher, alchemist, clinical herbalist and functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner. In her free time she loves to be in nature, especially by the ocean. Ashley has an appetite for travel and amazing food. She loves creating beautiful spaces and giving hugs.