I'm in Columbus, Ohio. I don't know if you've been to the Salon Review section over on the main page, but they show salons that have at least one curly stylist on hand. I've been to a few places, but am about to head back to the person I'm about to highly recommend: Mindi at Akada. I went to her about four years ago and "discovered" my curls (2a top and 2 b bottom...but you wouldn't know it now from the last three hair styles I've gotten from *other*
stylists--not Mindi :-<). I went to her for a few years, but she is pretty expensive, and I had to take a break. Last I went she charged $60. This is a case, though, where I have to splurge. I definitely got value for the price of those visits with Mindi whereas my trying to pinch pennies has only caused me disappointment and lots of pulling my hair back.
Mindi just gets curly hair, and once you see her amazing faerie princess mane, you'll know why. I've tried the other listed/reviewed stylists, and while they may be able to work on others' hair, they just don't "get" mine. It sounds like you're looking for someone who can really help you find the right style, so I would suggest you give Mindi a try. But plan to wait for a few weeks to get in, like I now have to have the patience to do. I think you'll find the results well worth it.
Whatever you do and wherever you go, I hope you love the results!