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Trailblazers: North Park, South Park & Kensington

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 North Park, South Park & Kensington that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Maha Bazzari

Utilizing my knowledge, love, and enthusiasm for architecture, art, and travel, I pursued the most unique projects and tracked down awe-inspiring locations for shoots. At the outset of my journey of starting my business, studio MAHA, I dove into Nature, Landscape and Travel photography. Chasing adventure, unique structures, and capturing the remote and unknown is what excited me, pushing me to wake up at 3:00 am to catch the northern lights in Iceland. Read more>>

Anya Baker

My formal painting education and experience definitely influenced my makeup artistry skills and style. It’s just like painting but people’s faces are your canvas and I love it. It makes my day not just to see the result of my work but to educate my clients about skincare and makeup and teach them techniques of application which would be best for them. I thrive on seeing my clients flirting with their mirror face being confident that she looks amazing and feeling like a queen. Read more>>

Christina Kantzavelos

I’m a freelance writer, content strategist, gluten-free travel and autoimmune blogger, a licensed psychotherapist, library and archival professional, humanitarian and artist. It’s taken me a while to pin-point my passions, and how I wish to identify myself, and I believe that will shift for as long as I live. Read more>>

Bethany Noble Lindsay

Two years ago, Lindsay, Ingvild and I got together and dreamed out what it would look like to start a therapy practice together. We knew the sacrifices it would take to make this happen and so we knew if we were going to take the leap, we wanted it to be for something really beautiful and special. Cultivate was born out of the desire for us to create a space where people felt like they had arrived home as soon as they parked. And then again, as soon as they opened our door. Read more>>

Charissa Noble

From my earliest memories, I have explored new ideas and various cultural expressions through numerous creative channels. From projects as wide-ranging as outfits inspired by my teenage fascination with old films and their pioneering heroines (such as Monica Vitti in “L’Avventura,” Diane Keaton in “Annie Hall,” and Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face”), essays about surfing (written in the voice of Ralph Waldo Emmerson), and a self-directed study of Greek mythology, I have never been interested in drawing hard lines between art, research, identity, and culture. Read more>>

Sharon Wheeler

Here’s a little story of my first time baking. I’ve always been a stubborn soul. Someone who dances to the beat of her own drum. A real random “go-getter”, if you will. If someone ever told me “No” my first thought was “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED”, and lucky for me, the payoff was almost always getting to reply with a satisfying “TOLD YA SO! HA!” I remember the day the thought “I should bake” popped into my head. And as usual, my first dessert wasn’t going to be something simple, I was going to make a classic American apple pie. I wasn’t even concerned with what people were telling me, “maybe start small”, “a pie is a difficult dessert” “it takes a while to master”… naturally, all these comments did was light the fire inside me. Read more>>

Jessica Thiefels

I have been a writer since my junior year of high school, where I first discovered that I loved it, and to my surprise—was good at it. In college, I put all my energy into becoming a great writer. I took all the writing classes I could, wrote for the school newspaper, and sought out an internship at a local newspaper, where I also worked for free for an entire year out of college. After graduating, I’d also landed a very—very—low-paying freelance gig via Craigslist, writing SEO copy for a small marketing shop. Read more>>

Dr. Janice Doan

Dr. Janice Doan is a cosmetic dentist and co-founder with her sister, Dr. Justene Doan, of A+ Family Dentistry. The Doan sisters understand dental care both personally and professionally. They both have beautiful, healthy white smiles today — but it wasn’t always that way. The Doan sisters were born in Vietnam. After the war, their prospects were bleak. The girls tried to escape but were captured and imprisoned in a concentration camp. They didn’t have enough to eat — or even a toothbrush. Read more>>

Jessica Rose

I’ve always had a special interest in design, and how we use spaces to live and to work. I grew up on the Central Coast, where there is typically a good amount of wide open space – but I moved to the Bay Area for my undergraduate degree, and it’s quite a bit different there. I loved seeing how small shops and restaurants maximized tiny amounts of square footage through design. The more I saw, the more incredible it was to see how bare bones could be transformed into these amazing places people actually wanted to be in. Read more>>

Beth Mangat

I went to college for something completely different than what I do today. It wasn’t till my last semester when I realized it wasn’t the profession I wanted to pursue. I’ve always had an appreciation for art, a knack for making things, and a thrill for the behind the scenes life. One thing led to another and I somehow grew an interest for flowers –wedding flowers in particular. Now I freelance as a floral designer and run my own small wedding floral business. Read more>>

Jen Smith

I’ve always had an interest in doing hair, but was led to believe going to college was the “way to go” after high school. After completing my bachelors, I was lost on what to do for a career, as I get very bored at jobs easily. I moved out to San Diego 11 years ago and that’s when I decided to just go to hair school and pursue my passion. It has been the best decision I’ve ever made. I can honestly say that I love my job and love coming to work every day. Read more>>

Jessica Wilbert

Meditator and Ayurveda nerd. Seeker. Dancer and tanguera. New California girl. Former teacher + perpetual learner. Obsessive design brain, served with a slice of data. Not of this era. Weaver of words. I made the cross-country move to San Diego earlier this year — part of a total life overhaul, having grown up and lived on the east coast! The story of how I got here is one of hitting rock-bottom, wiping the whole slate of my life clean, and starting afresh. Read more>>

Lara Worm

This business is teaching me so many new things, and I am able to draw upon my training, experience, and judgment I gained from being an attorney, and apply it in completely different ways. And you never know what the future holds. Read more>>


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