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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.

Tina Scaccio

“If money wasn’t an issue what would you do?”. Unbeknownst to me this question would establish Close to Home Pasta Co., but at the time I was simply asking a question to get to know my future husband. Close to Home Pasta Co is a husband and wife team; it was founded and run by both myself and my husband, Eric Clark. Read more>>

Tina Barnard

I started To a Tfitness after years of being involved in fitness on my own in my personal life but never dove entirely into the field as a career. In high school, I took my first girls’ weights class and from that moment, I became hooked. It was so awesome witnessing my body change and getting toned but the best part. Read more>>

Leel Michelle

Founded by Leel Michelle in 2006, Bow Wow Dog Bakery (formerly Bow Wow Beauty Shoppe) is an award winning retro dog bakery and pet boutique with exceptional onsite pet grooming now provided by Gabriel Feitosa Grooming Salon. Read more>>

Mia Najor, LMFT

It took me a long time to finish my undergrad schooling. I had failed out of school multiple times and I think it was because I was lacking direction. I never saw myself as someone who would ultimately end up with a professional career. Read more>>

Mariza Lockhart

Helping others has been very important to me ever since I first volunteered with the American Red Cross in middle school. Growing up, I envisioned having a job in which I could help others and make a reasonable living at the same time. Read more>>

Stacie Daigle

I’ve always had an affinity for unique fashion and vintage clothes that no one had. I come from a family of artists, so I was equipped with the tools to seek art out of various mediums and find passions at a young age. I actually started in the corporate world doing PR, Marketing. Read more>>

Dr. Theresa Pulickal, DPT, RYT

I started practice in pediatrics with severe neurological impairments in Los Angeles, California. I would visit children in their homes or schools. I will always have a special place in my heart for those children. I started working with adults when I moved to San Diego. Read more>>

Mara Gabino

Long story short, hehe. I was born in Mexico and lived there for seven to eight years. Then my sisters, my mom and I moved to California after my dad passed away in a car accident. We moved a lot, I think my mom was trying to find her place in California – not too far from our family in Mexico. Read more>>

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