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Executive Profile , Dr. Valerie Youngblood

Beauty may be skin deep, but Dr. Valerie Youngblood of Continuum Aesthetics & Age Management gets results from balancing mind, body and spirit in her holistic approach to medicine.

Having worked in emergency medicine for seven years, after four years of residency, Youngblood is no stranger to stress.

When she needed a change, the internist decided to turn her degrees and skills toward a business of her own in 2003.

Knowing what makes your business unique in its field makes all the difference, according to Youngblood.

“Without batting an eye, I turn away potential clients who are not going to be happy with my treatments; some people are looking for surgery, and that’s one option, but it’s not what we offer,” she said.

Continuum offers a holistic health evaluation targeting specific problem areas, based on genetic analysis and personal history.

“I don’t mind getting older , I like it. But I don’t have to show it!” said Youngblood.

Since letting go of certain duties at Continuum and allowing herself to delegate, Youngblood has experienced 30 percent growth in her first three years.

Continuum’s client base consists of an equal ratio of men to women.


RESUME

Name: Dr. Valerie L. Youngblood.

Company: Continuum Aesthetics & Age Management.

Titles: Medical director and chief executive officer.

Education: R.N., Mercy College, Detroit. Bachelor of Arts, Wayne State University, Detroit. M.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.

Birthplace: Detroit.

Age: 54.

Current residence: La Jolla.

Family: Married, with two adult children.


BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY

Essential business philosophy: My directive is not a one-shot encounter, but long term, in that my goal is to meet whatever needs a client may have for many years to come.

Best way to keep a competitive edge: I am aware of competition, but my focus is on developing long-term relationships with my clients. Keeping it real and authentic is our edge.

Guiding principles: Recognize each person’s need to be heard, understood and appreciated. Mistakes are gifts, so don’t be afraid to be uncomfortable just stay with it.

Yardsticks of success: Thirty percent annual growth during the last three years. Fifty percent of my staff has come from competitors and they never leave, nor do 85 percent of my clients.

Goals yet to be achieved: A second location within six months, incorporating yoga, meditation and naturopathic medicine. Also an online store for sustainable, holistic home and health products.


JUDGMENT CALLS

Best business decision: Recognizing the importance of, and developing, a support team.

Worst business decision: Naively attempting to do it all myself to conserve cash flow.

Toughest business decision: Terminating an irreconcilable business partnership with a friend.

Biggest missed opportunity: None yet!

Mentor: The lessons my mother and grandmother taught me transcend them all, “Do right and you will be able to sleep well at night,” and I do.

Word that describes you: Authentic.


TRUE CONFESSIONS

What you like best about your job: Ownership, which affords me the joy of directly creating my dreams and the privilege of helping others realize their potential.

What you like least about your job: Maintaining a balance between the responsibilities of business and home.

Pet peeves: Dealing with persons who lack integrity, honesty and reliability.

Most important lesson learned: No matter what mood I am in, at the end of the day knowing that I am abundantly blessed. This too shall pass.

Person most interested in meeting: It’s a tie , Oprah or Tina Turner.

Three greatest passions: Revealing to others how brilliant, gorgeous and talented they really are. Continuing my inner practice of yoga and meditation. Loving and being content with “life living me.”

First choice for a new career: Writer and motivational speaker.


PREDILECTIONS

Favorite quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,

Our deepest fear is that we are all powerful beyond measure,

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” , Nelson Mandela

Most influential book: “One Taste,” by Ken Wilber.

Favorite status symbol: Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Favorite restaurant: Firenze in Encinitas.

Favorite place for business meetings: Donovan’s, Tutto Mare or my office.

Favorite vacation spot: Fiji or Italy.

Favorite way to spend time: Reading, writing or painting by a lake in the mountains or hanging out with my girlfriends.

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