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West LA 10.2.2017

Nicole Butler

Raised in the Midwest and schooled at NYU. Raised in a small town of 3,000 in Illinois town. My best friends are my parents who have been married over 40 years. Before they retired, my mom was a psychotherapist and my dad was in real estate, I grew up near my cousin’s family pumpkin patch. The land has been in the family for 6 generations. Read more>>

Mark Salkin

I began my real estate career as an older adult looking-for-a-new-chance profession. Educated as an attorney, I’d left the field in 1992 to try acting, at which I failed. So, with two kids approaching college age I felt I needed to put some money in the bank after spending our savings as an actor. Read more>>

Ethan Fialkow

Born in the deep South, I was raised and grew up all over the country. From Georgia to California, I have been lucky enough to live in and experience many of the wonderful offerings of our great nation. Having grown up among diversity, and in so many different economic situations, I became aware of a strong need for people who genuinely care about. Read more>>

Kristina Li

My path to becoming a nutritionist started shortly after college, when I suddenly and inexplicably fell ill. The recovery was slow and hard, but nutrition and exercise played a large part in helping me regain my health. That experience really shaped my perspective and ignited a passion in me to help others live healthier lives. Read more>>

Paul Heltzel

I was actually a tenant at the hotel (Air Venice) while it was still mainly an apartment building. I lived there for about a year, working from home, but then picked up a job in Silverlake. After commuting from Venice to Silverlake for about a month, I decided it was time to move closer to work. Read more>>

Sharron St. John

Growing up, I always wanted to own my own business. I graduated from UCLA after starting a business student group and interning at a fashion startup company. By the time I was 27, I had already started two small businesses and was looking for a career that would merge my passion for helping people with my love for entrepreneurship. Read more>>

Jessica De Leon and Cassie Warren

Jessica: Years ago, my 89-year-old Diabetic grandmother was told by her Western Doctors that she her blood sugar levels had spiked so high, she needed to have both of her legs amputated. My grandmother, being the strong willed woman that she was, laughed and sought another opinion. Read more>>

Ryan Iwamoto

Prior to starting 24Hr HomeCare, my co-founders and I all worked at a large nationwide home health company. I started out as a recruiter and worked my way up into management and eventually left with my now co-partners to start 24Hr HomeCare in 2008. Read more>>

Brooke Sprowl

When I was deciding what I wanted to do with my life I asked myself what I loved more than anything. I realized helping people was my passion. I’ve always been a very introspective person so being a therapist feels like a natural fit with who I am. It doesn’t feel like work. Read more>>

LeeAnn Weintraub

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). I completed a Bachelor’s of Science at James Madison University (Virginia) and a Master’s in Public Health at UCLA. After completing my dietetic internship and passing the exam required to obtain my RDN credentials, my first job as a dietitian was working with people with kidney failure on dialysis. Read more>>

Ehsan Ali

After completing my medical education and training, I began working for a large medical group in the Los Angeles area. I quickly realized the need for a doctor that would cater to high profile individuals that have special requests such as house calls and immediate access. I decided to start my own practice and have grown rapidly. Read more>>

Donna Cooper

I have had yearly eye examinations since I was in 4th grade. Every year my vision would get worse. I found myself with quite a severe prescription, only being able to see an object clearly if placed about 5 inches from my face without the aid of glasses or contacts. I loved what my optometrist could do for me, and it ultimately started my path to my career. Read more>>

Patricia Norwine

Real estate is actually my third career. Advertising and advertising sales came before real estate. Having this background has helped me greatly in real estate. My first year in real estate was the hardest. Here I was with a license (to kill for my clients) but who is going to trust me with no experience? Not even a family member, (sigh) but I couldn’t blame them. Read more>>

Troy Lair and Daniel Powless

After leaving Beverly Hills Surgical Institute with a past tenure of 15+ years in Health Care Management and Administration, I was challenged to start up a new surgery center for a distant colleague. While working on this project, it became apparent that there was no affordable consultant that I could lean on for assistance in developing and accrediting my first surgery center. Read more>>

Jennifer Day

I think it is in my nature to want to help others but I do think there were a couple turning points in my journey that led me to work in the wellness industry as a life coach. In 2002 my mother was diagnosed with an aggressive, cancerous brain tumor and given a short time to live. Read more>>

Matthew Smith

Originally from New Jersey, Matthew moved to Los Angeles upon receiving his Masters in Speech Pathology in 1997. He has resided in Culver City for seventeen years and loves the Westside community. Upon completing his Masters degree (inspired from growing up with his brother who had been diagnosed with ADD). Read more>>

Mingjie “MJ” Zhai

I started this organization to inspire all of us to discover our inner artist in heartbreak. I started this because I had a lot of anger and resentment towards my ex-husband for his betrayal during our marriage. When it fell apart, I had put all the blame on him and the anger almost destroyed me. Read more>>

Chris Marrero-Howieson

I was one of those weird kids that knew what they wanted to be when I was 14 years old. I suspect I would’ve known earlier, except my profession involves dark feelings and hard conversations, and that’s not something that we do in my family (You see, I come from a long line of strong, adventurous people that happen to be allergic to feelings). Read more>>

David Yamini

Growing up in Santa Monica with the dream of becoming a doctor, I always knew what I wanted my future career to be and I would do whatever it would take to get there. I attended medical school at the University of Miami, spending four difficult yet rewarding years earning my MD. Read more>>

Rana Crostic

Started with building an aviation on demand charter company. It led to acquisition and partnership with brokerage firm. From there I left to venture on my own and Jet-i was born. Not particularly… finance was the biggest hurdle, Private Aviation clientele are a small percentage in the population. Read more>>

Michael DeGood

I graduated from the American Conservatory Theatre in 1996 and I arrived in LA around 1998. I was pursuing acting and working as a bartender to make ends meet. It was important to me through High School, College and after to maintain a lean, strong body. Read more>>

Louis Tanguay

Louis Tanguay started Circle Marketing in the middle of the Great Recession. Having 15 years of marketing experience and online business building, Louis found himself laid off from his second full time job in a row. Collecting a tiny weekly Unemployment, and with the job market in the bleakest condition in decades, it was a challenging and frustrating time. Read more>>

Rosemary Hjelleset

I am originally from Norway. My first job was in a hair salon in a small town when I was 15 years old. I was mostly cleaning after work hours, but occasionally would help wash hair and serve clients coffee and tea. When I was 17 years old, I moved to a bigger city to go to a hair school. Read more>>

John Layke and Payman Danielpour

When Dr. Danielpour and I started practice in 2009, we took emergency call at the hospital. We noticed families would bring their child who sustained a laceration, they would wait hours to see a plastic surgeon, and many emergency room doctors would stitch them up and send them to us for follow up. Read more>>

Jacqui Holland

I was successful in the Entertainment Industry for many years. I acted in many popular sitcoms like “Desperate Housewives,” “Suburgatory”, “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Workaholics” even acted opposite Kate Hudson in the movie “My Best Friend’s Girl.” After spending many years in Hollywood, my soul was having trouble handling the lack of authenticity. Read more>>

Ashley Novak

Sales has always been a part of my life. My grandfather owned a car dealership and I grew up at the dealership with a family full of salespeople including my mom. Throughout high school, I worked in various commission based jobs from selling shoes to windshields to getting people to refinance their mortgages, but towards the end of high school I opted for a different path outside of sales and enlisted in the United States Air Force. Read more>>

Meg Mangano

Growing up as a competitive athlete, I have always had a passion for nutrition and performance. I thought it was incredible that the food we ate and the amount we drank was a science, not only in health and disease, but also in sport! Early on I knew I wanted to share this passion with people and help them feel and perform their best, too, both in sport and in life. Read more>>

Joseph Vijay Chokal Ingam

Before I started in 2010, I was a business student at UCLA’s Anderson business school. The economy was really bad and I remembered the head of the career services officer saying this was the worst time to graduate from business school in the history of the business school. Read more>>

Maz Ghodsian

I became a Proctologist (yes, I get asked this question frequently) because I realized that there were very few residency trained Proctologists in California and so many people needed help. I became the second residency trained Proctologist in California. Read more>>

Jon Paul Crimi

I’m not a guy you would expect to teach something like Breathwork. I’m sort of like what would happen if Bill Burr and Tony Robbins had a hairless love child and they somehow fell into teaching this thing because it changed their lives and they felt some weird obligation to then share it and help as many other people as they could. Read more>>

Todd Conversano

My interest and work in the field of Architecture started early in my childhood. My father was an interior designer whom my brother and I worked for most summers during our middle school and junior high years. Both of my parents were artists as well, so my interest in design was well rooted. Read more>>

Bin Yang

I enjoy seeing others at their best and happen to be talented in finding their missing tools. In 2004, discovered my talent at clinics. About 70% primary clinic visits are stress-related, for example, heat attach, stroke, insomnia, and headache. The main cause is a lack of the right tools to meet challenges and relieve stress. Read more>>

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