Kimberly's passion for skincare and massage started at an early age. Her family holds touch in high esteem, and she fondly remembers receiving massages on almost a daily basis from her mother and older sister. Kimberly is a licensed Esthetician and Massage Therapist with thirteen years of experience. From South Dakota State University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies; her emphasis focused on non-verbal communication and movement education. Read more about Kimberly's work, and be sure to get in touch with her!
First tell us about your business--why and how did you start it?
Atari, Mensa puzzles, and corn field mazes with a dose of farm fresh air were daily occurrences during my childhood. I remember rubbing my mom’s soft, peach-fuzzed neck folds at church at a very young age. My family embraced touch as a positive display of affection and as an effective tool of providing support during tough times. These experiences provide me the skills to remain relaxed under pressure and offer support to others at their most vulnerable states. All of which enable me to nurture, love, and conceptualize effective and realistic strategies with confidence.
My business began in 2004 with freelancing at various spas and venues. I drove my Jeep Wrangler all over Los Angeles as a mobile massage therapist. I created a part-time job that I could tailor around my family life. My passion evolved from a traveling massage therapist into an owner of a studio as I relocated and grew deep roots closer to home in Rapid City. Going forward I hope to incorporate my first passion - public speaking (my major at SDSU) - by hosting informative and varied spa workshops.
What services do you provide?
I provide holistic skin care services with an emphasis on massage-based facial rejuvenation. I like to focus on dissolving the stress patterns on the face and give clients the tools and skills to be able to care for their skin at home. I also enjoy waxing, specializing in eyebrow design and sensitive areas. Meanwhile, my team members keep my roots in massage therapy growing strong at The Nook, providing a wide array of bodywork styles. We have also added at full spectrum infrared sauna to enhance our clients well-being and have plans to add more units in the future.
Who can benefit from your services?
Those seeking whole-person self-care; women and men looking for safe, natural, healthy strategies to stay young as they age. Teens looking for their first brow shaping and women whose brows have been overdone in the past and are looking to restore and maintain a natural, fuller brow. I am here for those seeking an authentic, professional human connection, and lasting positive relationships. I still keep in touch with some of my California clientele, and several of my Black Hills clients have been working with me for over a decade.
What are some words of advice you can offer to other women in business?
1. Re-invent. Don’t be afraid to change yourself… humans are meant to be dynamic, not static.
2. Step Out. Know when to work on your business, not in it. I made this decision out of necessity after I gave birth to my last baby 7 months ago (I have 5 kids now.) I almost called it quits because I was an overworked practitioner, not the creative business owner I wanted to be. I was spending all my time in the treatment room.
3. Outsource. Delegate out what you don’t like and focus on what makes you happy.
4. Recoup. Please check out one of my favorite videos…Mr. T titled Recoup. My middle and high school daughters love this comical and inspiring clip from the 1980’s that is raw, hilarious, and feel good.
Why do you love The OWN?
I love The Own because women from every type of business and organization are a part of this collective and yet despite our different fields we still all have similar struggles and wins. It is so nice to have a support team and an outlet in place - I was boring my friends and family talking about my business all the time….hahahaha!