“Opening up my own spa was the one thing I aspired to do because I’ve always had a passion for wellness of the mind, body and soul,” Dominguez says. After receiving her esthetic and massage therapy licenses in 2005, she was ready to make her dream into a reality. “My spa was my prodigy, and I wanted its atmosphere to flow with vibes of relaxation and wellness with images of calming, yet powerful ocean waves,” she explains.
Q: Why did you choose to go into the skin care industry?
A: “At the age of 10, when I wasn’t at school, you could always find me sweeping the floor and picking up towels at Isa’s Unisex, my mother’s beauty salon in Washington Heights, NY. I especially remember conversing with the regulars, and loved it. I wanted to know all about them, and would always ask how their days were going and what I could do to make their stay as delightful as possible. I answered phones, translated for the non-Spanish-speaking clients, and handled anything that would allow me to learn more about the business. No matter what I did, I always made sure our clients were satisfied in all aspects. Although I wasn't certain yet what career path I would take, I knew I wanted to run my own business some day and I wanted to make people happy in the process. I just needed time to figure it all out. And here I'm writing this and knowing that servicing others is exactly why I decided to go into this industry.”
“Education! At times it can be a bit hard to go to all the classes and shows, but it's very crucial and essential for me to take as many class online and attend a variety of different classes. We’re also trying new things and giving surveys to our clients to get feedback and stay up to par in this business. My partner and I also go to many spas to treat ourselves and see what other spas of different statuses offer. It's a win-win for us—learn and get treated. You will be surprised what you learn while being serviced in different spas.”