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Face to Face with JoAnn Juralewicz
By: Kristen Wegrzyn
Posted: July 1, 2013, from the July 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Since then, she has earned an International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) diploma at Atelier Esthétique Institute of Esthetics in New York City, as well as taking several courses there for continued education, and has attended training at L’Institut Sothys Paris in France.
Although Juralewicz is the owner of a successful day spa, it’s not about making millions of dollars, she explains. She has had the opportunity to help 20 women—who are either the sole breadwinners in their families, or single and self-sufficient—stay employed in careers they love. “To me, life doesn’t get much better than that,” she says.
The supportive culture that Juralewicz has cultivated at Simply Skin is probably responsible for the manner in which she and her team persevered when Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast in October 2012. “In October, the world we knew in Jersey changed. Although Simply Skin suffered no physical damage from the storm, the stories of our clients and their loss touched our hearts deeply,” says Juralewicz.
Immediately following the storm, the team at Simply Skin worked with clients by using a back-up generator. They also lent a hand anywhere they could, providing on-site massages for first responders and volunteers, and raising more than $2,500 at a benefit.
“There were many of our clients who were displaced. Some might say that massages and facials were the last things they were worried about. And yes, they probably were. But after two or three weeks, it was something that seemed normal to them,” says Juralewicz.