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Inspiring Stories from Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad

The heart of our mission at the SD Voyager is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the San Diego’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars from Del Mar, Enallicinitas & Carlsbad below.

Chuck Temple

Justin and I met at UC Davis MBA program’s entrepreneurship class. Justin was a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering and I was in the MBA program. He was taking MBA classes while getting his PhD. We formed a class group for his invention for a natural form of female birth control. We ended up taking that project to the school’s business competition, UC David Big Bang! In 2016 and ended up winning first place and the people choice award. Read more>>

Casey Evans

I was a runner in high school and then I attended CSUSM in San Marcos and ran there as well. After college, I knew that I wanted to continue to work with runners and give make to the community that has given so much to me. I began working at the Running Center (located in Carlsbad, Temecula, and Redlands) to hone my skills. Read more>>

Isabella Gilchrist

Surfer, creative & lover of the ocean and adventure. Being raised in Encinitas, I’ve always been close to the water. My parents actually met working at Rip Curl. My dad is now a partner in Arctic Foam (@Arctic_foam) and still shapes in his spare time. On weekends you can find me, my dad or brother Koby (@kobygilchrist) in my dad’s backyard shaping room in Cardiff. Our home was always filled with surfboards… and cameras. Read more>>

Britney Voegtlin

I loved being creative and making things, but I never realized that it could become my career. I went to Cal State Fullerton on a gymnastics scholarship and got my BA in Communications, Public Relations. I proceeded to spend the next three years at a desk job that I knew was not going to be how my life was going to play out. It wasn’t me. I needed a creative outlet. I needed something else. Read more>>

Kristopher Kirkpatrick

As with any successful business, this one started in a one-car garage. Originally a hobby, Kristopher’s creation of the Resin River Dining Table went viral and soon, the single car garage operation expanded to a sprawling 4,000 sq ft design studio North County San Diego. Read more>>

Shawn Weimer

Shawn grew up in Southern California in the 60’s and 70’s playing in local bands ranging from school symphonies to rock bands and, yes, a traveling accordion band! He was occasionally frustrated as a young musician of not being able to afford high-end quality instruments, in particular, guitars. Already being efficient in working with wood and metal, he turned that frustration into a desire to learn what went into the making of a high-end guitar. Read more>>

Casha Doemland

I am a freelance writer, prop stylist and the creator of a local LA organization Allies of Mother Earth. When I first moved to California, I had no idea what my career path would be. I, irresponsibly, decided to move across the country (from Georgia) on a whim and accepted any and all gigs that came my way. Four years later, I am making headway in career paths that genuinely excite me and inspire me. Read more>>

Amanda Gonzalez

I’ve always been fascinated with art and beauty. When I was young, I loved decorating, making things look pretty, and showing people something that delighted them. When I turned 11, I got my tiny little silver Canon Powershot SD 750. From then on, I was the annoying kid that always had a camera in my hand wherever I went. I was obsessed with taking pictures of anything and everything, from friends to leaves, to food, to my siblings. Read more>>

BreaRose Smith

I grew up in San Diego, but I went to school back east at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The experience of college and all that comes with it resulted in my continued mental and physical health exploration. I say continued exploration because, as a little girl (in addition to joy and happiness), I experienced daily intense anxiety and chronic fear. As a result, my parents introduced me to mindfulness techniques at a very young age. Read more>>

Chris Maggio

It was my senior year of high school when I first got a camera put into my hands. I did photography that whole year, and after I graduated, I had to return the school’s camera so I immediately started saving money to get my own camera. I started shooting action sports/sports because I enjoyed capturing those precise moments. Read more>>

Omar Alvarez and Anabel Martinez

It all began with a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Gradually WestCoastWrapsandBeads became an indication to connect with others about our love for the beauty of gemstones. Shortly after we were launched on a path of consciousness which lead us to our motto LOVE PEACE INCREASE. WestCoastWrapsandBeads influenced ourselves to be responsive in a time crowded with negative vibes. Read more>>

Jody Cates

After 26 years of living what I believed to be a happily-ever-after life, no one was more surprised than me when my marriage ended in divorce. Determined to learn everything I could about what makes relationships work – and why sometimes even Christian relationships fail – I began a quest for understanding. Read more>>

Lukas Huerta

I’ve always been interested in cameras and would document any type of event or adventure I would take. It started with film and I would finish roll after roll with my mom’s old camera. Then I was given a film camera with my favorite character on it, Pikachu. It never left my side and I would capture everything on it. Read more>>

Patrick Dockry

Patrick Dockry starting in the beauty industry at 16 years of age. He got his start while working for a friend’s family making nail products in their home garage. From there, he attended beauty shows and was inspired to attend beauty college at the Oceanside School of Beauty. After receiving his license, he worked in several hair salons. He had the opportunity to work with some of the most influential people in the industry, like Gene Shacove, stylist to the stars. Read more>>

Rima Abifaker

I’m Rima, a Registered Dietitian living right here in sunny San Diego. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and got to move to America’s Finest City in 2012 when I married the love of my life. My undergraduate work was focused in Dietetics, and I completed my internship in 2015 upon which I became an RD. At the time, I was pregnant with my son and working at Woman Infants and Children (WIC). Read more>>

Annie Petersen

I’ve always been an educator. My first job was working in a Montessori School in San Diego and I love watching the different ways that people process information. Sometimes it’s through music, art, numbers, or animals. I took a summer job as an educator for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (back then it was the Wild Animal Park) and I was fascinated with the connection that people had with the animals in the open field exhibits. Read more>>

Kimberly Wulff

I started my journey as Cosmetology ten years ago. I started like everyone else climbing the hills and mountains. When I was in beauty school, I knew I had a passion for hair and color right away. I absolutely fell in love. I had many skills to hon into and needed training once I hit the floor. Timing is huge and takes a while to strengthen. Read more>>

Amber Larsen

I graduated high school and started working with an SD floral artist who was also a friend. Found the passion and retained the knowledge. Then I went into working with The Succulent Source North San Diego in Valley Center. There I worked alongside their knowledgeable team on all things succulents. Learning how to care, grow, water, and anything else related to greenhouses and succulents. Read more>>

Beth Barrett

About four years ago, my job was eliminated. I felt a bit down and unproductive and was having a hard time not working; however, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next. I found a volunteer opportunity with a local hospice putting together flower arrangements, and since I have always wanted my own flower shop, I immediately reached out. For about a year, I made bouquets for hospice patients. Read more>>


Anthony Chadwell

I was initially interested in craniosacral therapy hoping it would help me with severe migraine headaches. I had a motor vehicle accident 20 years prior and it left me with headaches, chronic pain and mood disruptions. I was astonished after just a few sessions to find my symptoms started to decrease and over the course of the year. They were almost entirely eliminated. Not only did my headaches decrease but my nervous system felt a greater sense of relaxation and I had more mental clarity. Read more>>


Stacy Pierce

During Harrison’s freshman year of lacrosse, he suffered a pretty nasty knee injury that benched him for the season. He was starting to feel a little depressed about missing out, and I knew we needed to get him moving and active again as soon as possible. Once he was cleared to exercise by his PT, he joined me and my husband for our 5 am sweat sessions at a local fitness studio. Harrison and I started noticing everyone (including us) bringing old. Read more>>

Peter Wilson

I started my journey into the world of music at the age of 13. I needed an escape from the abusive household I was being raised in, and my guitar gave me just that! After teaching myself the basics, I fell in love with the art of music and started learning as much as I could! I taught myself how to sing and write my own songs. Which eventually lead me down the road of music production. Read more>>

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