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Island Girl Nails Manicurists


Vicki Thompson

Owner/Licensed Manicurist

After spending my twenties and early thirties on a couple of different careers, I fell upon the idea of becoming a manicurist. I attended school and became licensed in January 2005, and opened Island Girl Nails immediately after. I love the challenge of managing a small business, as well as taking care of my clients! 
My husband and I have lived on Whidbey since 1998, have an amazing daughter (who works at the salon), an awesome son-in-law, and a spunky granddaughter. We are also servants to our dogs and cats...


Sarah Wasser

Assistant Manager/Licensed Manicurist

In the summer before my junior year of high school, I took a cosmetology course through a local community college, and decided that I didn't like hair or skin nearly as much as I liked nails! In my senior year, mom felt the nail salon calling as well, and it was a given that this was what I was I meant to do. Upon graduating high school, I took two weeks off for myself, and enrolled in nail school as soon as I could. I graduated in November of 2005….and have been loving my job ever since!
I have lived on Whidbey since 1998, with a few years spent in Virginia supporting my husband in his military career. We are happily settled back on the island, raising our beautiful daughter! We also share our house with a dog, a cat, and a few fish.


Cathie Walden

Licensed Manicurist

I had been a client of Island Girl Nails for several years, then in the summer of 2012 while getting my nails done before a trip, Vicki and I got to talking. One thing led to another, and in October 2012 I went to Evergreen Beauty school to became a manicurist! I passed my exams in March 2013, got my license and have been enjoying my career ever since. 
My husband and I moved to Whidbey in 2003 so he could be closer to his business. Before moving to the island, we raised a son, and a daughter, and now are the caretakers of a dog and a cat!


Tasha Blasko

Licensed Manicurist

I've lived on Whidbey since 1986 and have had several careers over the years. In 2014 I went to school for my manicurist license for a sense of accomplishment, it is my hobby job and I love it! I've split my time between working full time at Payless, and working part time at Island Girl Nails for several years.
I have had the joy of raising two beautiful girls and now have two grandsons. Oh, and a goofy dog!


Jill Gulbranson

Licensed Manicurist

I have problem nails. They’re weak, they don’t grow well, and worst of all I’m a problem lifter. Enhancements are the only thing that makes them look good, but I had trouble keeping them on. I found Island Girl Nails, and Sarah didn’t give up on my problem hands and she found a way to make my nails last! Sarah and I talked about how busy she was handling all of the enhancements at the salon, and they could use another person. The timing couldn’t have been better! I enrolled my daughter in preschool, and myself in nail school and went to work learning the skills and information I need to become a licensed manicurist.

My husband and I have lived on Whidbey since 2013, and are raising a wonderful daughter and two dogs!


Lynn Murphey

Licensed Cosmetologist

I grew up in Kirkland and was blessed to spend my days at the barn riding and showing horses.  I still have the love for horses!
I worked in retail selling clothes where I met an incredible friend who one day asked me what my fantasy job was... I said I want to be a nail tech, she handed me the phone and said what’s stopping you? I completed school and was issued a cosmetology license in 1985. I feel blessed to have found a career that I love to this day!
I moved over to the island June 2018 for the summer and never left.. I split my time between working at Island Girl Nails, helping my friend at horse shows, and caring for my dogs and cats.

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Sherry Mejico-Hochenedel

Apprentice Manicurist

I was born and raised in southern California and worked in the medical field for most of my adult life. My husband and I and our furry kids moved to Whidbey Island in September 2015. His parents have lived here for close to 20 years and gave us the opportunity to build a house on a lot in Scatchet Head that we couldn't pass up. I've been a client of Sarah's for a couple years now and when she asked me if I was interested in going to school to become a manicurist, I thought that it would be a good career change. I'm having a great time learning and am happy to get all of this hands-on experience for my apprenticeship. I can't wait to get my license and be a full-fledged manicurist!

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