Our Team

Renee Elliffe - Owner & Beauty Therapist


Kat - Front of House



Trish Dobbs

Senior Beauty Therapist, Electrolisist & CIS Specialist

I have been working in Beauty Therapy for over 10 years and couldn’t dream of doing anything else. I have always enjoyed the feel good aspect of this job. I do believe it is important to have “you time” whether it’s a quick treatment in a lunch break or a few hours on a getaway weekend. I look forward to helping my clients feel totally pampered when they come and see me.

I love skin care and I am dedicated to helping those with skin concerns.The beauty industry is always changing and advancing and a true skin therapist knows how important it is to keep up with the play with new research and the latest technology. I love learning about these, it  keeps my job fresh and exciting.

I am passionate about combining both results driven treatments and products with relaxation to get the total Sanctum experience.

I am very proud to be able to welcome clients in a calm, relaxing and tranquil environment and also to be a part of such a professional and fun team.




Susan Hickey

Senior Beauty Therapist & CIS Specialist

I studied at the Victoria Aveda Institute of Ethology where I developed a passion for skincare knowledge with a particular interest in holistic and the natural skincare ranges.

In 2011 I moved from Prince Edward Island in Canada to Mount Maunganui. I began working at Sanctum in 2013.

I believe that skincare begins from the inside out so I am passionate about finding out about my clients’ lifestyle choices so I can help them to make positive changes in their life and skincare regimes.




Kathryn Hancock

Senior Beauty Therapist & CIS Specialist

I studied at the NZ Institute of Electrolysis and Beauty Therapy, also graduating with a Post Graduate Diploma in Spa Therapy.

I took the job at Sanctum Beauty Therapy when I moved to Mount Maunganui in 2013. Since then I have enjoyed working as part of a strong beauty therapy team, developing my skills with others who have are focused on the beauty industry.

My passions are providing clients with beautiful, therapeutic treatments. I particularly enjoy our massage and body treatments and having our clients leaving feeling relaxed and revived. I had some time away having my beautiful little boy Coehn and am loving being back at Sanctum working with my regular clients, and meeting new ones!




Jess Allerby

Beauty Therapist and Make Up Artist

I have a passion for beauty and helping people to relax and feel good about themselves. I particularly love make up and have been working with Youngblood mineral makeup since 2011 and enjoy wedding, fashion and all special occasion make ups.

I graduated with level 5 beauty therapy in 2007 and I started working at Sanctum in 2012. I love the way we evolve with the beauty industry, keeping every treatment interesting and offering growth for both me and my clients.




Samara Dillon

Beauty Therapist

We welcomed Samara to Sanctum in March 2016 and with her beautiful touch and manner she fits in perfectly. Samara has been working in beauty therapy in London and has recently moved back to New Zealand and is looking forward to her new journey at Sanctum. We have already received loads of positive feedback about her treatments and kindness.

I studied at the Bay Of Plenty Polytech in 2010, graduating with a level 5 certificate in Beauty Therapy and Electrology.

I enjoy all aspects of the industry and love to make a difference in my clients lives. Whether it be through nurture, home care results or treatments my clients needs are always my primary concern. During my time over seas I have learned a lot. One of my highlights during this time was working along side Liz Earle and the knowledge and technique I have taken away from this experience. I look forward to putting my new skills to use as I settle down and continue my career at Sanctum. 




Ella Murphy

Beauty Therapist, Electrolisist & Lash Specialist

I studied at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic for two years, graduating in 2012 with a certificate in Beauty Therapy and Electrology Level 5.

I am passionate about working as a beauty therapist because I love to make people feel good about themselves. I enjoy all the treatments we provide for our clients, but I particularly enjoy our body treatments as it gives our clients the chance to relax and escape.

Ella started at Sanctum in 2014 and recently re-joined the Sanctum family after a short break away. Many of our Sanctum clients will be pleased to know Ella is back. 

She brings a maturity and friendliness well beyond her years to the job which we love, and am sure our clients will appreciate as well.