Story Behind the Business: Slimming Solutions in Lee's Summit
Written by: Brooke
As a former boutique owner, I'm always curious about local businesses and how they 'came to be'. I know that every business owner has a story -- what inspired them to do what they do. As a client at Slimming Solutions, I wondered how the owner, Joi, got started. She has quite a story to tell.
Joi began her journey into anti-aging and esthetics back in 2006 as a frustrated mother simply trying to help her ill son. Their son had many medical issues throughout his childhood that caused him to spend on average four weeks of every year in the hospital. The hardest for him was his severe eczema. When he was 12, he spent three months in and out of hospitals during the summer and fall months.
Joi watched doctor after doctor try new medications and treatments without any lasting success. His health had deteriorated to the point that he and Joi were flown to National Jewish Hospital where they specialize in the treatment of eczema. After a week without any improvement, they called in a specialist and with a sample of his skin under a microscope they discovered he had one of the most severe cases they had ever seen.
They were able to identify that he was missing a type of protein in his skin that gives the skin a moisture barrier that prevents the skin from breaking down. They spent two more weeks there doing intensive testing and treatments to try and get his eczema under control. After they got home, Joi was determined to help him any way she could. So, at 42 years old she went back to school to earn her advanced esthetics degree so she could be the expert on his skin care.
Joi loved it, thrived in it, and learned all she could about the skin. Upon graduating top in her class, she learned how to better care for her son’s skin disease that almost took his life several times because of systemic staph infections. After applying what she learned, her son no longer had to be admitted to the hospital or battle scary life threatening infections. It was at that point that Joi decided to apply her skills to helping others -- Slimming Solutions Med Spa was born.