Meet the Escapes Spa Team


Lucero (Lou) Botkin - Owner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Nail Technician

Possessing a true passion for helping others, Lou attended and graduated from Cedar Stone School of Massage in Harrisonburg, VA 5 years ago and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist ever since. Lou loves all styles and modalities of massage therapy, but two of her particular favorites include prenatal massage and Rainbath therapy. She is also trained and certified in other therapies and spa treatments such as threading, lymphatic drainage massage, body treatments, reflexology, Reiki, and more! Lou especially exceeds when it comes to customizing therapies for her clients. Whether it's your first session with Lou or your 100th, you're sure to never receive the same massage twice. Lou's goal and promise to every individual client is to provide bodywork that honors their mind, body and heart.

When she isn't melting away stress and relieving tight muscles, Lou is making memories with her loving family. She, her husband, and their children live on a farm in Augusta County. Between farming, beekeeping, gardening, adventuring, and experiencing all the world has to offer, there is certainly never a dull moment on the Botkin ranch!


Leah Kilcup - Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist Instructor

Leah’s journey to massage therapy began when she lived overseas in Thailand. For two years, Leah studied Thai Massage under the instruction and guidance of the local practitioners. Bringing with her all the lessons and wisdom learned, Leah returned to the United States, finished her education at Cedar Stone School of Massage, and subsequently received her massage license. Leah also obtained a license to be a Massage Therapy Instructor. Immediately getting to work on educating other inspiring massage therapists, Leah began teaching at Cedar Stone. For three years, Leah mentored students in Swedish Massage, Joint Mobilization, and Shiatsu. Leah’s scope of practice includes Thai Yoga Massage, Shiatsu, and Lymphatic Drainage Therapy but she is also well-versed in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, and several forms of hot and cold Stone Therapy. It’s no secret that Leah is extremely passionate about the positive impacts of therapeutic massage and its holistic benefits. Leah looks forward to working alongside her clients in their path to health and wellness!


Connie Magee - Certified Massage Therapist 

Connie Magee is a Board Certified Massage Therapist of 5 years and has passed her knowledge onto others by teaching various courses at Cedar Stone School of Massage. She excels in deep tissue therapy, Swedish massage, joint mobilization, neuromuscular therapy, Reiki, Facial and Foot Reflexology, Shiatsu, Tui Na, cranio-sacral, and meridian work. Connie is also a Sound Healer (Level 2 Certified by IASH), a yoga and meditation instructor, and teaches Shamanic healing work.


Destiny Anderson - Makeup Artist

Destiny made her way from Richmond, Virginia to the valley when she was accepted to attend James Madison University. With a lifelong desire to help others, Destiny received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Exceptional Education. Though a proud natural hair enthusiast, artist, and educator, Destiny decided to add Makeup Artist to her repertoire as well. It wasn’t until relatively recently that Destiny became passionate about being a professional Makeup Artist, but it’s been one of her biggest dreams come true. Destiny loves everything about makeup but her absolute favorite aspect of it all? Eyebrows! From grooming, to shaping, to a flawless fill-in, Destiny couldn’t love eyebrow artistry any more if she tried! Destiny takes great pride in complementing and enhancing the beauty of others and always looks forward to meeting new clients to transform.

When she isn’t working with makeup, Destiny is shopping for makeup. It’s not unusual to find her in a Sephora, Ulta, or other cosmetic shop searching for the newest best products. But that’s not all! Destiny enjoys being with her family, supporting charities, and fundraising for the causes she believes in.


Simone Brickhouse - Nail Technician 

Simone has been creating fabulous nail art as a Nail Technician for 5 years now. With an extraordinary talent for french manicures and pedicures, ombré effects, intricate nail designs, glitter art, and acrylic nail sculpting, Simone's ingenuity is sure to amaze you. Never missing a moment to learn the latest techniques and nail designs, Simone has the knowledge to make your manicure and pedicure ideas a reality. Whether it's classic nails you want, or the trendiest nail fashions, Simone's ultimate goal is to help you achieve the most healthy and beautiful nails imaginable!

Simone, her husband, and their adorable children live in Page County, VA. In addition to designing incredible works of nail art, Simone loves spending time with her beautiful family and living life to the fullest.


Mandy Ruckman - Licensed Cosmetologist

Mandy grew up in Grottoes, Virginia and graduated from Spotswood High School in 2014. Eager to begin her career as a hair stylist, Mandy attended the Staunton School of Cosmetology where she learned all of the basics to make others look and feel amazing. With three years in the salon industry so far, Mandy has already gained so much more experience and absolutely loves her job! Some of Mandy’s specialties include bridal/wedding party styles, event up-do’s, and various hair coloring techniques. Mandy is especially talented when it comes to analyzing her client’s hair types and determining what looks will work best for the individual. No matter the hair service you’re looking for, Mandy can’t wait to meet you and help you feel beautiful!

In addition to performing incredible hair transformations, Mandy’s other passion is performing with a local theater group that’s based out of Staunton. If you can’t find Mandy behind the chair, you’ll probably find her on the stage. Mandy finds the strength to live this exciting, yet hectic, life in her loving family and friends – her biggest support system. However, none of these things compete for Mandy’s love and affection quite as much as her two fur babies; Jake the black lab and her kitty cat, Lucy.