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Trailblazers: Point Loma & Shelter Island

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 Point Loma & Shelter Island that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Mia Christina Sarno

Although I didn’t know it at the time, my story and journey toward personalized health coaching began in 2000. As a young girl with a blended heritage, I always knew two versions of family. My father, a Philippine immigrant, and my mother, a midwestern farmer—each strived to live a fulfilling life. Read more>>\

Delveen Tahir

My family had to flee to the mountains of Kurdistan in 1991 to avoid being killed by the regime of Saddam Hussein. I lost two brothers in the process. One was miscarried because my mother fell on rocks in the mountains. My other brother, Tahir, died of starvation in the mountains. My family escaped with literally nothing but the clothes on our backs. Read more>>

Christine Sterling, M.D., FACOG

I decided to dedicate myself to improving the preparation and support for postpartum. For five years before I became a mother, I had treated birth as the destination of pregnancy, not seeing what was right in front of my eyes– the destination is motherhood. When we honor and support the developing mother in pregnancy and postpartum we provide the care women deserve. Read more>>

Ashley Abbott

Ever since I was little, I loved fashion, hair, and makeup. I’ve always loved makeup and I did it for fun but I never thought of taking it seriously and thinking of it as a career path but eight months ago, I created a makeup account on Instagram and now, it’s what I would like to do for my career. Not only do people’s makeup of events, but I would like to create my own brand. Read more>>

Meg Ehman

Freelancing ignited a fire I had never experienced before and a year later, I’ve scaled to a digital marketing agency. Starting a business comes down to being able to jump head first into the unknown, which I will always attribute to travel. Read more>>

Mycalia Athanas

I actually had a really positive undergrad experience. School always came very naturally to me but classes bored me. I value real-world experience and I used my internships as opportunities to explore different career paths. I had a fashion internship with Conde Nast in Times Square, a public relations internship in Woodstock. Read more>>

Sara Strome

I became the social media specialist for a coffee shop and a bakery where I enjoyed and appreciated the space to really think out of the box and find new, innovative ways to share not only a product but a story. I learned early on, that people remember a story more than a brand, and this would actually make their brand come alive. Read more>>

Corissa Dailey

I realized pretty quickly that I love to guide and help people with their finances. I started doing home loans and caught the bug, mortgage loans are like a mathematical word problem. No two transactions are ever the same. We are constantly problem-solving and building relationships. Read more>>

Steffanie Dotson

I have to admit: I love volunteer work. Giving back and being of service is part of my makeup… it’s my dharma. I also love staying busy, which can be a curse, but I try to keep everything in balance. So, when I was in college, studying woodworking and furniture design, I joined a nonprofit organization called The Furniture Society. Read more>>

Megan Richardson

Garrett captures the beautiful and vastly significant beginning of couples’ journeys as a married couple, and as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, I have the privilege of meeting couples in a time of need, crisis, turmoil, grief, or in times where they recognize they need a bit of encouragement. Read more>>

Bridget Grimes

I wanted to dig into parts of their life that were out of balance so we could address their financial issues, overcome them, and empower them to make good, smart financial decisions. Most of all, I wanted to help more women live a better life. And that’s when I decided to launch WealthChoice in September 2016. Read more>>

Hayden Ralph and Tess Erskine

While in San Diego we spent most of our time working, hanging with friends and writing music. We made several demos together and emailed them to some people in the industry. We then got news that there were people in Nashville interested in our music and us. Read more>>

Kayla Bannon

While I was assisting I discovered my passion for bridal and special event styling. Mariah’s sister, Tiana Whell approached us and told us she wants to open a salon in Temecula and I was all in from day one. GURU is everything I dreamed of. I’m now the Lead Bridal Stylist at GURU and have a BOMB bridal team of hair and makeup artists that’s going to take bridal styling to the next level! Read more>>

Kiana Loomis

I am a passionate personal trainer and fitness coach with a background in fitness nutrition and yoga as well. I began my profession in the fitness industry as a yoga instructor, which soon lead me into private sessions and ultimately, pursuing my passion for fitness and nutrition as an overall lifestyle. Read more>>

Brittny H. Ferguson

I always knew based on the God-given strengths that I had this crazy ability to connect with almost anyone and inspire them (if afforded the opportunity), to be their best self. Managing people allows me to do this on almost a daily basis from a professional standpoint, however, I’m also the one that most of my family and friends come to for trusted advice or guidance on a personal level. Read more>>

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