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Trailblazers: Balboa Park & Hillcrest

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Balboa Park & Hillcrest that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Lauren Mallari-Snyder

I had become so passionate in treating my patients with this blended approach from the mindset of wanting to show people a different style of treatment, to enhance function as opposed to just treating symptoms, and figured if I was going to work this hard, I might as well be doing it for myself! Read more>>

Vanessa Marie

The intimacy of skincare sparked my interest, & the classroom immediately fueled a fire inside of me that was new. Two weeks after being licensed, I became employed at Palmer Skin. A medical spa in the heart of Hillcrest, where the owner Timothy Palmer gave me the tools to become the esthetician that I am today. Read more>>

Lilene French

Throughout my experience in the education sector, I find it extremely important to give millennial women a safe space in which they can identify their limiting beliefs, and create an action plan that is tailored made to fit their experience and expertise. Read more>>

DJ Dirty Kurty

What sets me apart is my passion and professionalism.  You will see me behind the DJ tables dancing around and interacting with the crowd. This is the connection between me, the music and the crowd and this is what I love about what I do. Read more>>

Joanne Yahn

I would say my design style is much like my personality, unique and bold. Post undergrad, I minted myself in New York City working as a Graphic Designer and decided to continue my career out West for brighter and sunnier days. Read more>>

Kaia Olivia Reuter

As my fascination with wellness grew, I later found out that my grandparents ran a health and wellness center; so I got inspired and went on to study and attain diplomas in Reiki and Pranic Healing. From there, I began noticing the stomach pain my body was once experiencing subsided, so I continued doing things that brought me joy; singing, dancing, performing poetry at open mics throughout San Diego. Read more>>

Monica Picazo

I graduated beauty school before high school and started working in the salon environment. I never thought it would be my “career” because I thought accounting and business was the direction I wanted to go in. After taking some college courses, I quickly realized an office setting was not for me. Read more>>

Noelle Hughley

My career goals grew into a passion for entertainment, creating great content, and connecting it with the world. As a Radio Personality for Streetz 105.1, the fastest and largest growing digital urban radio station in the U.S, I love using my energy to create bonds with listeners through my content and production skills. Read more>>

Brie Strang

I’m originally from New Jersey and spent all of my life living on the east coast. After graduating from Columbia University’s doctor of physical therapy program, I moved to San Diego. I actually did my last internship for PT school at the Clairemont Select PT office, which led to a job offer and the easy decision for me to move across the country. Read more>>

Katy Ward

Now, my new commitment is this: “I’m going to work with transformational and wellness brands to help them change people’s whole mindset with their brand message. I’ll do only what I’m good at and work half of my current hours, to make room for creativity, health, and nurturing relationships.” Read more>>

Maribelle Lococo

I am capable of doing anything that I want by setting a goal and chasing that dream with fire and passion! I was a starving artsy pastry cook, and although pastry is a passion of mine and I will FOREVER be a pastry nerd, I wanted to expand my ability to achieve financial freedom, for not only myself but for my mother’s sake. Read more>>

Tiffany Allen

When you have your own business, there are always going to be inherent challenges like finding the right associates to work with, understanding finances and insurance and liability and the yucky things that no creative business wants to consider, as well as the difficulties that exist when your paycheck isn’t a regular thing. Read more>>

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