Today we’d like to introduce you to Ratana Castillo.
Ratana, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My background is in Psychology. I worked with children diagnosed with Autism for almost 20 years. I worked my way up the corporate ladder and became the Operations Manager for Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), a huge corporation with almost 300 offices nationwide providing services in homes, school settings, community settings and clinic-based. I started off in the clinical field implementing Applied Behavioral Analysis to young children and adults. My last few years at CARD, I switched over to administration when I was promoted to Operations Manager. I love my job. It was very rewarding to be able to make a difference in the lives of so many people. In addition, the families I’ve worked with became my extended family. Each and every family I worked with have made an impact in my life just as much as I had for them. They’ve touched me in ways they will never know. I was not looking for a different career. So, how did I become a Licensed Practitioner and Educator in Non-Invasive Aesthetic? Well, here’s my inspirational story and I really hope it motivates people to just have faith in yourself and trust the process. It’s not just about how fast you get to your goal but the journey along the way.
Body Sculpting is a treatment I used to get done regularly for myself. When work and family get really busy, I miss out on my treatments causing a lack in consistency for my self-care. As a result, I took a few courses and bought the equipment so I can continue to provide the treatment to myself. Once friends and family found out what I was doing, many were requesting for me to do the treatment for them. I was doing body sculpting at home on the side after work. At the time, I did body sculpting as a hobby and not for extra income. Once I realized how many people I was treating, I saw the potential business. That’s when I took a leap of faith, put in my resignation and opened Venus Body Sculpting and offered a non-invasive alternative to cosmetic surgery. Although I miss my old job very much, I have no regrets. There’s nothing like being your own boss. I get asked a lot about the stress in running your own business. For me, I don’t feel the stress but more of an adrenaline that keeps me going.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I did hit a roadblock when I first wanted to open. I reached out to the city with my business proposal and to my surprised, they asked me to have a physician on site. I almost gave up but something in me just didn’t feel right. I went back to the city and very nicely explained my business proposal again. I made sure to clarify that all treatments are non-invasive, there’s no incisions, no recovery time needed and most importantly, it is not treating any disease or illness. Every treatment is for cosmetic purposes only. I asked them to please review my business proposal one more time and explain to me why I needed a physician on site. We went back and forth for a little bit before they told me they were going to reach out to the board. I didn’t hear back from the city for a few days. I was starting to lose hope. Then I got the email I was waiting for, giving me the green light to proceed with my business application. The emotional rollercoaster I went through that day was full of excitement and anxiety. A part of me was thinking it’s not too late to change my mind. I’m so glad I never listened to that part and move forward with my business plan.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a National Med Spa Association Licensed Practitioner and Educator for Non-Invasive Aesthetics. I specialized in fat reduction, butt and breast enhancement, cellulite treatment and skin tightening using ultrasound cavitation, radiofrequency, wood therapy, vacuum therapy, and infrared sauna treatment. I am most proud of meeting my client’s expectations and helping them achieve their goals, resulting in 100% growth and 90% retention from 2020 to 2021. What sets me apart from others is that I am a Licensed Practitioner and Educator. In addition to my practice, I also teach a curriculum for Licensing Practitioners. My curriculum is approved and accredited through National Med Spa Association. I was also nominated for 2021 National Med Spa Association Educator.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
What helps me do my best in life is seeing other people succeed. When I see others being successful in what they do, it inspires and motivates me to find my path to success. Once I achieved a goal, I set a new one. I am very goal-driven and everything that I do, I do with a goal in mind.
- Body Sculpting Treatment – 4 sessions for $340
- Non-Invasive Aesthetic Practitioner Licensed Curriculum – $1,500
- Email: Ratana@venusbodysculpting.org
- Website: www.venusbodysculpting.org
- Instagram: Venus_bodysculpting
- Facebook: Venus Body Sculpting