The Serendipity Spa staff includes, from left, Lisa Martin, Susan Cullen and Connie Knapp. MARK KLAAS, Auburn Reporter

Community embraces new spa

Two sisters, one dream.

Lisa Martin and Susan Cullen share an interest in skin care, health and nutrition – master estheticians who had hopes of running their own spa someday.

That opportunity came unexpectedly.

After taking a yoga class at Auburn’s Longevita Pilates & Yoga Studio in September, the sisters met one of the owners, Mary Matlin, who told them she was looking for someone to enhance the offerings at her spacious spa.

“She asked what we did for a living,” Martin recalled. “They were looking to sublease space to like-minded, complimentary service providers and thought a day spa that offered skin care, acupuncture and massage would be a great fit in their studio.”

Right fit, right time.

“We absolutely were not looking. We were just coming down for lunch and yoga,” Martin said. “We were thrilled and excited and decided to move forward with our original plans. We decided to name it Serendipity Spa at Longevita Pilates & Yoga Studio because it literally fell into our laps. … Now it is open, and we are fulfilling our dreams.”

The studio, at 201 Auburn Way N., Suite A1, offers services with an integrative approach to skin care, health, nutrition and core strength training. The goal is to help customers – men and women – achieve a balanced, healthy body.

“We have a lot of compassion for women just to be their best,” Cullen said, “and our focus is on hospitality.”

The two-story spa accommodates studios designed for regular and hot yoga, barre, Pilates, TRX, high-intensity interval training and private instruction. The spa offers therapeutic massage, facials, facial and ear acupuncture, facial cupping, peels and microdermabrasion, along with other body treatments and therapies – with a natural, organic approach in mind.

“We’re doing a lot of anti-aging, relaxing and rejuvenating work on people,” said Martin, an acupuncturist who holds a master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine.

Martin, who grew up in the area, moved to Seattle after living and working in Portland for 25 years. She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is a state-licensed East Asian medicine/licensed acupuncture practitioner.

Cullen, who worked as a nutritional consultant, attended the Euro Institute of Skin Care in Renton. After graduating she attended Legend Aesthetsics in Auburn, where she earned her certification as a master esthetician.

The certified and trained staff at Serendipity Spa at Longevita Pilates & Yoga Studio includes estheticians Connie Knapp and Sydney Saallfeld.

“We feel this was the right place,” Martin said of Auburn. “The community has been great and has welcomed us in.”

To learn more, visit,, or The number is 253-394-1466.

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