Anna Golub immigrated to the United States from Moscow in 1994 at the age of 31, knowing just one person in this country and speaking only Russian. Eighteen years later, she not only owns an extremely successful skin care clinic in Providence, Rhode Island, but she also speaks English fluently. Golub was a skin care professional in Russia and the Ukraine, but that part of the world was experiencing difficult times. “In the 1990s, it was really unstable in Russia, and we wanted our 11-year-old daughter to have a different future,” explains Golub.
Her Russian-immigrant father, who works as a scientist in the United States, encouraged Golub to start a new life in America, and so she brought her talents to the East Coast.
When Golub originally immigrated, although she had the knowledge needed to be a great skin care professional, several obstacles were in her way—namely, the need for a license and the inability to speak the language. Her mother-in-law, who is an English professor, encouraged her to apply to an esthetic school and work with a translator for her studies. “The director of Arthur Angelo in Providence, Allie Trait, was incredible; she was like a mother to me, and she allowed me to attend with a translator. It was difficult to study, but I finished school in 1996, and Trait became my client and highly recommended me to other people. My client list grew quickly because of this,” says Golub.