"Having spent 8+ years in the nursing field and then 2 as a stay at home mom I am excited to work with a business that promotes health, wellness and beauty. Working in a calm, warm and welcoming spa is the perfect match for me since I spend the rest of my time with my curious and energetic boys. Dylan is 9, Connor 7 and Ryan is 5. I enjoy interacting with people and have a knack for customer service. I am a lifelong resident of Greenfield, but now live in Peterborough and love everything about New Hampshire! As a Licensed Nail Technician, I love to help our clients with great looking toe nails and finger nails!"

Jenny studied at River Valley Community College and became licensed in massage therapy in 2019. Since then she has been providing therapeutic massage in the Keene area. She is proficient in many techniques and modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, and Reiki. Jenny feels fortunate to be able to use her skills in a career that she is passionate about to help others feel better, reduce their pain, increase mobility, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and with their overall well-being. When not massaging Jenny enjoys reading, crocheting, and just spending time with her family. Jenny lives in Keene with her husband, 3 cats, and 3 dogs. She has two grown daughters. 

"After being a stay at home mom of two sets of twin girls I decided I wanted to go back to school for Esthetics. I have always been passionate about all things skin care. I have been a licensed esthetician since 2015 and have continued to receive additional training over the years. After moving from Aspen, CO to Jaffrey, NH to be closer to family, I am now happy to be a part of European Esthetics, it’s such calming and peaceful atmosphere."

Abbey Shumway


Leslie Hartwell is the first face you will see at  European Esthetics as our front desk receptionist. Leslie is a New Hampshire native, and enjoys gardening, animals and nature. She is an accomplished watercolorist and has shown and sold locally. Leslie has years of customer service experience and looks forward to seeing you at European Esthetics.

Leslie Hartwell


Bethany McLaughlin

Licensed Esthetician

Abbey Shumway is our front desk receptionist at European Esthetics. Currently she is a junior at ConVal High School. She loves working at European Esthetics, the atmosphere is always positive and everyone is super friendly! 

Cam Auxer has been in love with Reiki since she was first initiated on April 28th, 1991 in Fremantle, Western Australia.  A dual citizen of the US and Australia, Cam has progressed through the Reiki ranks up to Mastership, studying with Reiki Masters in both countries. She is a certified Holistic Health Educator and has also been awarded a certificate in Shiatsu and Polarity Therapy.  Her other training includes Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy, HIV and Hepatitis B Teacher Training by the Red Cross, and classes in Naturopathy and nutrition.  She has served as a community health educator specializing in prevention and early detection of cancer, as well as prevention of STD’s, Hepatitis B and AIDS.   She has worked in documentary film production, radio production and copy writing, as well as radio and cable television advertising. She has appeared in and recorded sound for several independent films.  She is the author of When Bodies Break: How We Survive and Thrive with Illness and Disability.  
Cam moved to Peterborough in the summer of 2018 and immediately got swept up in its vortex of creative energy.  She has been learning to play the bowed psaltery and the ukulele and discovered the love of painting while attending local paint nights.  Capturing the beauty of the Monadnock region with her camera is one of her favorite past times. She feels that moving to Peterborough was the best decision she ever made!

Who we are

Kristen Anderson

Licensed Nail Technician

Jenny LaClair

Licensed Massage Therapist

Cam Auxer

Reiki Practitioner

Ellen Smith

Founder and owner

Licensed Esthetician

Certified Dr Hauschka Esthetician

Certified Holistic Health Coach

European Esthetics started in 1992, by owner Ellen Smith. She opened her doors in a tiny space on School Street in Peterborough, NH.

At that time professional skin care and esthetics was not a common thing. Ellen introduced the importance of skin care to the

Monadnock region as well as educated clients how to take care of themselves through organic skin and body care.

Now, after more than 28 years and in a location where the space is light, bright and airy with the continuous flow and energy of the Nubanusit River. Offering a variety of services including Therapeutic Body Massage, to feel good, reduce stress and

taking care of your body. Natural nail care services, which are very relaxing through deep massage with local olive oils and aromatherapy.

Professional care and continued education is valued deeply and customer satisfaction is priority.

Classes about all sorts of topics in health, self care and well being are being offered by local health experts and educators.

The Tea Room has been added for relaxation and health, as the benefits of teas have been known for centuries.

European Esthetics' doors are open for anyone who wants to come relax, pass some time as well as connect with friends.

Nice to Meet You!

"I am feeling very fortunate to be able to do what I love doing! Helping people feel great about their skin and give them some time for themselves, is a wonderful thing! My mother was an esthetician while I was growing up in the Netherlands and although I first wanted to become a nurse, I changed my mind and truly loved the two year esthetics education, a program offered by my Mom's teacher! I am very grateful to be part of the Peterborough community for more than 28 years; our clients at European Esthetics have been so supportive throughout the years! I completed my certification for Holistic Health Coach at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC in 2012.

So I am now also working with clients by supporting them with food and nutrition, and helping them reach their goals for their health!

I guess that's not far from nursing after all!"

Ellen lives in Greenfield, with her husband James and daughter Fiona (20) who is a sophomore at University of Hartford CT, while daughter Sabina (26) decided to stay in the Netherlands after her college years, loving the life, her new home and her boyfriend Nick.