About Us

THE NEXT LEVEL OF SALON PROFESSIONAL™ At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) we believe that pursuing an education in the professional beauty industry is the first step to discovering a career filled with creativity and endless opportunity.  Our goal is to maximize your artistic potential through a program that teaches not only the latest techniques, but also proven business and marketing strategies.  TSPA’s quality education can significantly improve your earning potential and prepare you for a long-term future in the industry.

  • Our curriculum and training has been co-developed and continually updated with help from REDKEN 5th Avenue NYC. This ongoing collaboration translates to education that is some of the most relevant, trending and compelling in the industry.
  • Our approach to personal, hands-on training includes smaller class-sizes that enable more interaction and one-on-one time with educators.
  • We continually train and support the educators who instruct you in the skills you’ll need for a successful and rewarding career.
  • Our beautiful, innovative Academy locations provide a positive, real-world learning environment.
  • In addition to technical skills, TSPA develops your ability to grow clientele and bookings, increase retail sales, and build lasting guest relationships – abilities that put you in high demand with top salons.
  • We make the privately-held salons and spas, where incomes are highest, a target for placement.  Area salon and spa owners serve on our advisory boards and recruit from our school.  Additionally, we have relationships for placement with more than 6,000 Redken Club 5th Avenue salons across all 50 states.
  • Fred - Owner

    I have always enjoyed creating, Didn’t matter if its wood metal or hair. As time passed and I found myself coaching more.

    I enjoy that, a school was the natural progression. It’s amazing how quickly these student progress, of course the education they are getting is light Years ahead of where I started

    Graduated 1979 from MATC Madison WWI. - Worked as an apprentice till 1981. - September 1981 I Founded what became Salon CTI and Day Spa employing (40-50 staff). - Opened TSPA Appleton in 2005 with Josif Wittnik and our wives Joy and Karen

    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

    I love the outdoors, Fishing, Bow hunting, Golf and Travel - Oh yes, and Cooking.


    Josif - Owner

    Josif Wittnik has been in the industry since 1980, (you do the math). His wealth of knowledge stems from a history of education with many industry companies and icons, mostly in the Redken Company, which brought him on board as an educator in both platform and classroom. Through the years he has touched the heart and souls of many hairdressers and students.

    Josif’s experience in the industry has taken him international, where his work in image consulting, haircutting, hairdressing, wigs, hair extensions, fashion editorial work, as well as his work that has been featured in and on the cover of 17 magazines internationally. He has worked on national commercials as well as television. He also has his own segment on Fox Morning Show, changing lives of people doing on air makeovers. He has done the hair for the rich and famous, such as The Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, Tony Curtis and Paris Hilton…just to name a few.

    His non-profit organization, Joy Rising Project, has helped fit women and children suffering from illness, with beautiful custom hair wigs. His wigs have helped patience in Canada, Australia and Puerto Rico, as well as the United States. His recent non-profit endeavor was Cut out Hunger which raised money to help feed local families in need. Cut out Hunger has grown into a national campaign which will reach out to 30 Salon Professional Academies nationwide, with the support of national industry leaders such as SPEC, Redken and OPI.

    Josif owns Salon CTI and Day Spa with his wife of 30 years, as well as The Salon Professional Academy. He also has 2 awesome and successful daughters. He’s a painter, loves to draw and also teaches yoga both locally and internationally. Josif just loves to connect with people in whatever way possible.

    His motto: “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”


    Margaret - Academy Director

    Margaret has been with The Salon Professional Academy since the opening in 2005. Joining the TSPA team as an educator, her vision with personal goals led her to become Director of Education, Shareholder and Director. In additional she is a Redken salon owner which gives great reward in watching the full potential and growth of the TSPA students as they transition from academy life to salon life.

    She shares her passion and dedication to the industry with everyone she meets to inspire anyone to follow their dream. When a student’s face lights up with accomplishment it reiterates all her beliefs.

    Spending quality time with family and friends enjoying the beauty of the outdoors are her favorite past times. As well as football season.

    “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t not open.”


    Tara - Admissions Director

    Being part of the team at TSPA has been such an endless road of amazing opportunity. Tara joined the TSPA family as an Educator in 2005 after 5 years working in the field as a stylist. She became the Admissions Representative in 2012. There are so many great things to love about this industry and the opportunities are endless. Helping students make their dreams a reality is just one of the most prodigious things in her position.

    Tara is blessed with 2 beautiful children. Ayden was born in 2006 and Adilyn in 2009. In Tara’s spare time she can be found outside riding bikes, going to parks, swimming, playing sports and camping. They are also all huge Green Bay Packer fans!

    "Not everything you try can be done, but nothing can be done until you try."


    Jess - Financial Aid Director

    Jess believes cosmetology has opened a whole new world for her. She has been in the industry for 14 years now, 7 of those years behind the chair and 7 years as an educator here at The Salon Professional Academy. Recently she changed paths to the Financial Aid Director. There are so many opportunities for you when you are in the cosmetology industry which is what excites her the most when choosing which career to pursue.

    Most of her time outside of work is spent with her husband and 2 children. They all enjoy crafts, exploring the up north and of course hanging with friends. It would be very hard for her to choose a quote that’s a favorite but one that has always been special is “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world”. I try to think about this each and every day in this big world we live in.


    Bobbi - Educator

    Bobbi has been an educator for 10 years and has spent 3 of the last years at The Salon Professional Academy. She has received her Master Educator Certification through Milady Standard Cosmetology Curriculum. For the past 26 years as a licensed cosmetologist she has had a strong passion for the industry.

    As the industry changes Bobbi enjoys being a life-long learner and shares her excitement and knowledge with the students. Redken has been a prominent line for her and she continues to love all they have to offer to the cosmetology industry.

    “Whoever said “it was easy,” didn’t do it. Whoever said, “don’t take a risk,” didn’t take one. Whoever said, “forget about it,” did. Whoever said “don’t dream big,” never dreamed at all. Dream Big.”


    Meggie - Educator

    Meggie has been a part of the TSPA team since 2012 and the journey has been amazing. She is an alumni, coming back to educate has impacted the lives of students by assisting and coaching them with their career dream. The influence of her past educators and mentors has given her a lot of happiness and accomplishment. This career is so rewarding for Meggie because she has the opportunity to share her passion, skill and knowledge with all the students.

    Meggie is also a stylist at a Redken Salon which she believes gives her the best of both worlds. She fuels her energy with the smiles on her guests faces from their amazing experience. With a career you get to wake up excited to go to work and absolutely love what you do. Meggie is very blessed to be able to call this a career she couldn’t see herself doing anything else.

    She has a golden retriever named Rayha which is the light of her life. She enjoys being outside camping, fishing and spending quality time with family and friends.

    “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life its about what you inspire others to do”


    Mary - Educator

    Mary has been part of The Salon Professional Academy since 2006. Along with being part of the cosmetology industry since 1987, she also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Sciences, certification in Aromatherapy, and a background in health care.

    Although Mary’s goals are focused on the commitment for higher education for all students, she also brings inspiration, creativity, and enthusiasm with Redken and The Salon Professional Academy philosophies.

    “Straight roads don’t make skilled drivers”


    Winter - Educator


  • redken_logo
    Over a decade ago, The Salon Professional Academy joined forces with Redken 5th Avenue NYC to develop a salon and cosmetology franchise that has changed the industry.  Redken and TSPA collaborated to redesign what a “beauty school” was from the ground up – revisiting everything from the way things were taught to how the student salon area looked and functioned.  The result was a ultra-modern training facility providing students with skills beyond what they do behind the chair; skills that prepare them for a professional, successful career.

    Redken Diamond Academy

    This exclusive award is earned for the commitment to, and delivery of, Redken’s advanced education protocols and standards. This recognition can only be earned by successfully completing a rigorous examination of the Academy’s facility, systems, curriculum, and staff.

    Recognized By Redken For Excellence In Education.

    With a commitment to industry-leading education, business skills that prepare students for more than passing state boards, and a desire to see our students surpass all expectations for this profession, Redken has provided The Salon Professional Academy franchise locations the exclusive designation of “Recognized by Redken for Excellence in Education.”

    Bioelements Partner School

    We’re proud to be a Bioelements Partner School offering a curriculum infused with the latest technical training from the industry leader in skincare.

    • Great school! Graduated top of my class and was able to start off in a high end salon off the bat. Now 4 years later, I am an independent Stylist! Thanks to Jess and Sarah who are amazing Educators!

      Sara B.TSPA Appleton Alumni, Salon Owner
    • Tspa gave me all the tools to live a successful career in Cosmetology. I have won "Best Hair Stylist" 2 years in a row in my current city in Colorado & hoping for 3 this year! Not only did I learn that the skills that they taught at Tspa but I have now I have a constant desire to better myself through NY classes, Vegas symposium and to constantly learn from other stylists! Keep on pushing on students & other graduates! Continue to educate yourselves & to push one another instead of dragging each other down!!! Don't be a "break room stylist " as Michael Cole talks about!

      Kaitlyn R.TSPA-Appleton Alumni, Stylist
    • I attended both the Appleton and Eau Claire locations. I definitely made the right choice. When I started in the field after graduation I realized I knew quite a bit more than recently graduated stylist not from TSPA. Because of my educators, I knew so many different techniques in color and haircutting that others didn't. My educators really cared about my experience, they'd always answer any questions I had and even stayed late with me sometimes to help me finish colors I was behind on. Not only were they helpful, they also made everything fun and made plenty of incentives for us to succeed. TSPA was the starting point for my already excellent career. Only a year and a half out of school I've built a steady clientele with the knowledge I left TSPA with. And thanks to TSPA I could also find my calling within the hair industry. So only a year and a half out of school, I'm on my way to making my own business doing wedding hair. I thank TSPA for being the first building block to my dream career!

      Breanna M.TSPA-Appleton Alumni, Stylist
    • I was in the first graduating class of the Appleton location (2006) and am very proud of what this school was, is, and am sure will become. Huge leap of faith in something totally new at the time and I have no regrets.

      Chelsea D.TSPA-Appleton Alumni, Stylist
    • I'm so proud to say that I went to TSPA. I'm the only one at my salon that went to this school. When it comes to color correction I know WAY more than even my manager and other co-workers, all thanks to Jess. I'm a lot more comfortable with certain haircuts and color techniques. I know so much more about products and their shelf life and ingredients and such. It really shows that our education went above and beyond all the other schools. Thank you TSPA!

      Valerie K.TSPA-Appleton Alumni, Stylist
    • The Salon Professional Academy changed my life, they showed me I really can do anything I wanted. Gave me confidence, and taught me the most amazing skills. That was then and I still am so proud to be a graduate and also work for such and wonderful company and stellar people!!

      Winter B.TSPA-Appleton Alumni, TSPA-Appleton Educator, Certified MUD Makeup Artist, Stylist
    • Graduated in 2007! I have been doing hair for almost 10 years now and own my own Salon and Spa in Oshkosh!!!! The education I received was out of this world and because of it I have truly had a successful career thus far❤️ Thank u Tspa Appleton!

      Tonya J.TSPA-Appleton Alumni, Salon Owner
    • “The Salon Professional Academy has become my sole choice of schools who I will only hire from for the following reasons:
      • The academy is run by people currently involved in the Industry.
      • The environment mimics a Salon/Spa atmosphere giving the students a partial taste for what they are going to be working in.
      • The concepts of The Salon Summit Group are taught and followed by Coaches and Students--we are a Summit salon so this makes our job and transition of Students to Stylists so much easier.
      • TSPA is willing and encourages feedback from owners who have taken on their students.
      • The Graduates of TSPA seem to really grasp the fact that this field is not just a creative career choice but one with strong need for sales and marketing focus.
      Great concept, great back up for us Salon owners, great caliber of Graduates, great location!

      Sara OttOwner of Samsarah Salon
    • My dearest TSPA,
      Being here for 1 year has taught me a lot! It has had a lot of ups and downs (mostly ups) but that is life. They took my education past my expectations. THANK YA XOXO, and also helped me excel in things I’ve already done. I also made an awesome fam bam here!

      Brianna SchmidtTSPA Appleton Alumni, Stylist
    • After finally getting the courage to enroll for a cosmetology program, The Salon Professional Academy seemed like a perfect fit. The staff and students are so positive and encouraging. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better experience. I have made life long friends, honed my skills and really enjoyed my time here. I look forward to joining the cosmetology profession.! I LOVE TSPA!!

      Allison HammermeisterTSPA Appleton Alumni, Stylist
    • Being apart of an environment that fosters the education of a creative career, has been a dream! Learning and being able to use our knowledge right away, creates excitement for ourselves and our clients. There is a place to practice your passion for hair…. Its called THE SALON PROFESSIONAL ACADEMY!!

      MarkTSPA Appleton Alumni, Stylist
    • “The quality of education that a TSPA academy provides is beyond any beauty school I have ever experienced. What I value as a salon owner is when a TSPA student comes in for a position at our salon they are trained on the level system, understand the importance of retail, and most importantly, their skill level is exceptional. Here is the reality, it is important a graduating TSPA student understands the importance of not only how to sell retail but also how to sell themselves. The added benefit of the business-building education that TSPAs bring to the student is financial security.”

      Leah FreemanInternational Redken Artist, Salon Owner
    • “To have a passion in life is one of the strongest emotions we can have, to experience it every day is a gift, and to earn our living doing it is the blessing only few of us discover… hairdressing for me is all of the above. If being a salon professional is your dream then realize it in the capable hands of the Educators at The Salon Professional Academy, recognized by Redken 5th Avenue NYC. It’s the place to be to learn what you need to enable you to live better and earn better. You will leave school with intense enthusiasm, continued support and a stronger passion for one of the best professions that can take you to where you want to be.”

      Kris SorbieRedken Education Artistic Director and President Kris Sorbie LLC, NYC
    • “Being that the TSPA academy is a Redken recognized academy, I believe that the principles that make Redken a huge success in education are easy to recognize when you’re experiencing the academy. I'm excited to see what we will witness in our profession in the near future because I know that the principles I've learned have changed my career and life. Now, seeing our youth start with these skills is very exciting to see unfold. The quality that a TSPA academy creates is a salon professional that is more technically skilled and is more career-focused, over all a better professional ready out of school.”

      Hugo UriasRedken Artist, FUEL Facilitator, Hairdresser for 20 years
    • “I have been working with the educators at TSPA for many years. The difference is in the educators. They say… ‘the bigger the party, the more people show up.’ TSPA schools attract passionate, committed professionals who love teaching others what they've learned. You can feel their commitment in everything they do and that translates to the TSPA graduate in more confidence, better skill retention, and at the end of the day - more earning power.”

      Scot ShermanFormer Redken Artist, Salon Owner
    • “The combination of strong technical skills and unique business building essentials make TSPA one of the top education facilities in the country. Students are provided the opportunity to gain skill excellence from amazing instructors as well as internationally recognized guest artists from across the country. When students graduate from TSPA they are fueled with a skill set to build a solid foundation behind the chair.”

      Ryan MorganRedken Artist, Redken Exchange Facilitator
    • “Exclusive training and unforgettable moments are in store for the student that attends The Salon Professional Academy. [They] offer top-notch education that will create healthy habits early on in your career behind the chair, as well as, more money in your wallet for the rest of your life. The point of difference with TSPA is this: While you are building your technical skill, you aren’t just learning to pass the State Board exams, you are learning how to build, run and grow a business.”

      Jayson MorganRedken Certified Designer & Colorist, Salon Owner
    • “Beauty schools are a great way for students to learn practical cosmetology skills while simultaneously preparing themselves for a rewarding career path and there is only one that I recommend and that is The Salon Professional Academy. In today’s world of cosmetology schools there is no better school that trains a student for the salon community then TSPA. TSPA schools teach technical skills, as well as solid business skills to support any salon, as the school atmosphere is professional and conducive to the achievement of excellence by student and faculty alike based on learner-focused education. The educators at TSPA find the knowledge and guidance to prepare a cosmetology student for a long successful future in the cosmetology field. The staff and management of TSPA schools instill the student with confidence to succeed in the professional salon industry.”

      Sam VillaRedken Education Artistic Director, Platform Artist
    • “I am thoroughly impressed by the well-rounded skills of the students that The Salon Professional Academy provides our industry. And as an owner, it is refreshing to hire students that are so well prepared.”

      Phil LeeRedken Educator, Salon Owner
    • “TSPA is undoubtedly the finest and most thorough academy for coaching and grooming the hairdressers of tomorrow! By not only learning your new hair skills from the industry's best, most experienced instructors, but also how to combine them with essential business strategies, you will be fully prepared for success!”

      Kenny BerkRedken Artist, 35 years industry experience
    • “I believe the Salon Professional Academies are some of the finest schools available in our industry. They have an excellent education philosophy and [their] curriculum stands out; providing their students with a complete cosmetology experience and prepares them for a great career in this industry.”

      Patrick ParentyPresident L’Oréal Professional Products Division, USA
    • The decision on choosing the correct academy to fast track your hairdressing career can be ominous. I think that means hard! LOL. Seriously, as the Artistic Director for Redken, President of Fuel Education and hairdresser for 47 years, I’ve traveled the world, taught and performed in 27 different countries. There is one common thing in the hairdressing industry… your “Learning to Earning” ratio. Simply put, the more you learn and the higher the quality of your learning – the more you earn.
      TSPA is affiliated with education-centric companies like Redken and Fuel Education Systems that train and help to produce the finest TSPA educators with the highest standards of education in the industry – bar none. How does that affect you? The best educators produce the best students. Salon owners want graduates who are salon-area ready with minimal post-academy training.

      TSPA understands your need to be grounded in the Principles of Design, Finish and Color upon entering your first salon. They help ground you in those principles and ready you for that position behind the chair; and TSPA has one of the highest rates of job placement …and after all that is the point, isn’t it

      Chris BaranEducation Artistic Director - Redken
    • As an educator for Redken (and as a working hairdresser), I have trained and worked with thousands of hairdressers in salons and schools all over the nation. No matter where I am, I can always tell a "TSPA" graduate because they are consistently one step ahead of their peers - in skills, professionalism, and customer service.

      Jesse LinaresRedken Artist, Artistic Director - The Studio by Studio Gaven