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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.

Brighton, our shop dog who we lost on May 20th, 2019... We miss you Brighton!