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Meet Our Staff

Nicole Hoch


Nicole developed her passion for art and creative expression at a young age.  Inspired by the idea of an industry designed for people to look and feel their most beautiful, Nicole acquired certifications in Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry.  While evolving within the Beauty Industry she discovered Merle Norman Cosmetics and identified with their philosophy of providing exceptional client experiences.  Behind the scenes Nicole is mentoring her team, aiding in studio development and the creation of processes.  Nicole encourages the team to provide an environment where every client can discover, explore and celebrate their inner and outer beauty!  Working very hard to make her vision a reality, she earns the respect of her team by staying committed to goals, remaining solution minded, demonstrating her own talents that inspire.  Equally as passionate about the human condition, Nicole is a strong believer in holistic therapies, self-reflection and identifying the potential in others.  Nicole is committed to her personal relationships, her family and her Teacup Yorkie, Sophie! 

Natasha Hoch


Natasha began her career in Commercial and Residential Construction where she was involved in customer service, bookkeeping and safety management.  Although Natasha was fully dedicated to her role within the construction industry, when the opportunity presented itself to enter into co-ownership in the beauty industry, she was excited to switch gears and was instantly committed.  Natasha focuses on new product introduction, vendor relations and accounting. Given Natasha’s spirit and enthusiasm it was a natural fit for her to lead marketing, social media, charity and event planning.   Natasha’s strength is her commitment to build strong relationships with clients, co-workers and business partners.  Natasha loves to travel and believes in family values and lifelong friendships.

Larry & Carla Hoch


Larry & Carla Hoch have been Business Owners in Calgary for 31 years.  Not only are they business partners but have enjoyed many years of marriage, sharing 2 lovely daughters, Natasha and Nicole Hoch, who are also co-owners of Merle Norman Cosmetics & Day Spa Signal Hill Centre.  Larry and Carla began enjoying the Beauty business in February 2014 at which time the Hoch Family purchased the Signal Hill Location.  Many of their past projects have been related to the Construction and Renovation Industry.  The Hoch Family was inspired to provide new life to the Merle Norman Signal Hill location that began in the local area some 30 years prior.  Together along with a team of talented individuals, their vision became a reality on April 1, 2015, when the family owned business was transformed and was relocated to the current brand new luxury space.  When Larry & Carla are not involved with their business activities they enjoy family, friends, travel and the outdoors.

Nikki Schleppe

Studio Manager

Leader, trainer and mentor of the Internal Esthetics Certification Program.

Born and raised in beautiful British Columbia, Nikki pursued and completed her Esthetics Diploma at Marvel College.  In addition Nikki has continued her education taking Advanced Esthetics.  Nikki began her career working at the Merle Norman Studio in Kelowna, at which time she learned the Merle Norman product lines and admired the brand and its message.  Nikki continued her career with Merle Norman Studios when she moved to Calgary in 2012.  A talented and respected Esthetician, with 8 years of experience in the Beauty Industry, Nikki has chosen to share her knowledge and has taken on the role of Internal Esthetics Instructor and Leader, certifying staff and standardizing procedures to ensure an exceptional customer experience.  Nikki is a loyal and dedicated individual who also holds a management position within the organization.  She supports day to day activities and customer service opportunities.  Nikki is a thoughtful person who loves to make her clients feel special.  Nikki is recently engaged.  Congratulations!  She also enjoys her family pet Flapjack.

Samantha Smith

Esthetician, Beauty Consultant

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Sam has always had a passion for the beauty world.  After completing a three year cosmetology program, Sam went on to find a job that would inspire her to further her career in the beauty industry.  Sam began at our Signal Hill Centre location with five years Merle Norman and esthetic experience.  She brings with her extensive product knowledge and a love of skin care and makeup artistry.  Sam provides expertise in facials and HydraFacial techniques as well as most other salon services offered.  Sam is easy going and incredibly sweet.  She stays motivated by helping and cheering on others.  “People who are accomplishing their dreams inspire one another to succeed”.

Christina Tolkar

Esthetician, Lead Beauty Consultant

Christina’s passion for beauty and genuine concern for people provides for an extremely satisfying client experience.  Christina provides flawless cosmetic looks and informative skincare analysis.  After completing and excelling in a Three Year Cosmetology Program, Christina moved directly in to the beauty industry.  Currently Christina is a well-rounded esthetician who continues to perfect her existing skill sets and add new treatments to her portfolio through continued study and a strong commitment to achieve her goals.  Christina is a genuine and detail oriented individual who enjoys being the best she can be.  The characteristics she admires most are “honesty and fairness”.

Mercedes Foltz-Wright

Nail Technician, Esthetician

Mercedes attended Delmar College where she completed her Nail Technician Certification.   Mercedes’ enthusiasm toward her craft and her ability to deliver the desired result for specific client requests is refreshing. Mercedes is an incredibly detailed and gifted nail artist.  When creating nail art she envisions the nail as a mini canvas where she can display her talent and heart.  While at our Studio, Mercedes has expressed the desire to learn more.  Her motivation and positive work ethic allowed the expansion of her Esthetic Treatments knowledge.  Mercedes future plans are to build on her nail techniques and master new ones.  Quirky and curious Mercedes has captivated the hearts of the whole Merle Team with her willingness to learn and her demonstration of hard work.  Oh, and she would love to marry James Paul McCartney in the process!

Barb Ulrich

Registered Massage Therapist

Barb is a highly skilled and sought after Massage Therapist who graduated from Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy in 2000 and also completed her Certificate of Neuromuscular Therapy and Trigger Point Release. Barb has been a Registered Massage Therapist with NHPC since 2002. Barb delivers memorable treatments for her many loyal clients through Swedish relaxation, deep tissue or prenatal massage therapy. Barb’s calm and compassionate nature, her genuine concern for wellness, along with her knowledge and practical experience is appreciated by her many long-standing and returning clients. Barb is family oriented and also places priority on creating and maintaining lasting and meaningful friendships.