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Trailblazers: Old Town – Mission Valley

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 Old Town – Mission Valley that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Lauren Keller

I was a Psychology major at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. I was in my third year of school when I took my first Somatic Psychology course. My professor created an assignment where we had to write a research paper on a holistic treatment modality of our choice. When I heard about Structural Integration, I was immediately fascinated. Read more>>

Kelsey Padigos

I began the “Clinical Hypnotherapy” program, a schedule of four courses with real-life practical work. What I did not realize was how much I was going to change. I became addicted to the work, it was magical, it was life-changing, and it was effective. I had the answers to life. The key to confidence and so “The Confidence Company” was born. Read more>>

Valerie Mar

About a decade or so, I started spending a lot of alone time with myself, I started becoming more and more in tune with who I was as a person and what I wanted out of life. I was reading some amazing “self-help” books at the time, including Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Awakening to your Life Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. Read more>>

Mysty Rusk

Part of our success has to do with the way we play. We play with a sense of urgency as if lives depend on our ability to be honest and responsive. We are also known for telling the truth because a hard truth is better than a solution that never makes it to market, or an entrepreneur who loses everything in the long run because people were being “nice” along the way. Read more>>

Beth Sando Komulainen

Hello, my name is Beth Sando Komulainen and I have been living in San Diego for over ten years and have been in Title Insurance for seven of those years. I moved here from West Hollywood to be closer to my family. It was an excellent move as it got me to where I am today. Read more>>

Keely Thomas

As a kid, I have always been fond of animals. I grew up around dogs, cats and other animals and I had always loved spending time with them. I eventually found a passion for cats and kittens, and I began to watch educational videos about them. Read more>>

Angelita Turnbaugh

I had a traumatic experience in 2017, I fell into a deep depression. Getting out of bed was difficult, human interactions were minimal if it wasn’t for art and my husband I don’t think I would have made it out. I turned to my love of art for help. I discovered a new passion, plants. Read more>>

Jennifer Palmer

I grew up in Maryland, where I initially wanted to be a math teacher. Once I injured myself playing soccer (dislocating my kneecaps), I soon figured out I wanted to be a physical therapist. I attended Lebanon Valley College, a small liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, for six years (three undergraduate and three graduate) to receive my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Read more>>

Sando Komulainen

I have been living in San Diego for over ten years and have been in title insurance for seven of those years. I moved here from West Hollywood to be closer to my family, and it was an excellent move as it got me to where I am today. I was working at a restaurant called Davanti in Del Mar (it’s really good. Read more>>

Rayne Blakely-Lopez

I was born and raised in Los Angeles in the Crenshaw District. Growing up, education was always at the forefront of my family. My father is a teacher and my mom is a sign language interpreter, as a result I have always had great role models for what I can do in life right in front of me. Read more>>

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