Today we’d like to introduce you to Stefanie Juon.
Hi Stefanie, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
My professional journey started in 2007 as a yoga instructor and clinical medical assistant. Early on, I discovered the advantages of combining traditional medicine with integrative therapies after encountering my own health difficulties. I realized quickly that I would need to become my own advocate and seek a holistic approach to health and healing. Pursuing my passion for integrative health, I became a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner in 2011, and in order to deepen my understanding and knowledge, I enrolled in the Doctor of Naturopathy program at Trinity School of Natural Health.
I first became passionate about creating natural skincare products when I was about 16 years old. I had developed a variety of handmade products throughout the years and was ready to take my formulation skills to the next level. In order to address common skin problems and promote healthy, beautiful skin by safeguarding the skin’s microbiota, I set out to develop formulas for naturally preserved cold-pressed skincare to deliver hydration and antioxidants to the deepest layers of the skin.
In 2014, life came to a halt as I underwent open heart surgery. Following the procedure, I faced a difficult road to recovery, suffering from depression and severe physical limitations after complications and ending up in ICU. After months of recovery, I was finally able to teach yoga classes again while working in occupational health.
In 2015, on the exact anniversary of my open heart surgery, while performing a yoga photo shoot, my subclavian vein collapsed. I underwent immediate surgery where they removed my first rib to facilitate repairs to my vein, and again, a painful and slow healing process would follow. Once it was manageable, I returned to teaching and my students were once again such a source of inspiration to work through the injuries and limitations. Due to my inability to raise my left arm above 90 degrees, I earned the nickname “one-armed yoga teacher.”
Over the next several years, I gained invaluable experience in both the medical and naturopathic fields, working in emergency and occupational health as well as building my own business as a naturopathic consultant with a specialization in gut-skin microbiomes.
I received my Doctor of Naturopathy diploma in 2018 and passed the board exam given by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board. The Hydro-Line with Antioxidants was created in 2019 following years of dedication to skincare formulations and trials.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have undoubtedly been many difficulties along the way, both as an entrepreneur and as an individual trying to maintain a living and a company in the modern world. I’ve typically run a full-time business while working a full-time day job most years. It’s definitely challenging to know how to use your voice and build your own brand in the very competitive businesses I’ve grown to love.
Everything does, I believe, happen for a purpose. Despite the difficulties I’ve encountered and hurdles to overcome, I feel there is always something to learn and put into practice to be able to grow as a person and as a business. It’s not always easy, but I love what I do, and I want to enjoy every moment of it—from sweat and tears to accomplishments and the building of long-lasting relationships with my audience.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
My company is virtual health, wellness, & skincare hub with growing tools and resources designed to help you simplify your health and wellness goals using a holistic approach that fits your budget and your lifestyle.
The virtual hub offers:
Holistic health consultations with a focus on the microbiome and correcting imbalances in the gut through nutrition, lifestyle support, functional lab testing, and supplementation when needed.
Functional nutrition offers customized recipe books to help with a variety of conditions, as well as preventative health and maintenance.
Each client is assessed individually and given evidence-based nutrition, education, and recipes. A shopping list is included in every recipe book.
We also offer 1-4 week programs and challenges with an abundance of resources and support to help you on your wellness journey.
Health and wellness protocols & guides. These are up and coming! The first to be released in August is on Acne!
The wholistic livin’s guides and protocols are designed to equip you with the tools you need to achieve and maintain optimum health, and wellness. Protocols cover an array of health elements and conditions and include evidence-based lifestyle, nutrition, lab, and supplement recommendations.
Virtual specialized yoga for all levels, athletes, trauma, pre/post-natal, health conditions, and weight management.
The Hydro Skincare Line with Antioxidants:
Cold pressed skincare which allows the ingredients to remain fresh and highly potent as intended to give you fast-acting results.
Combines plant-based, natural, wild harvested, raw, and organic ingredients with safe synthetics such as Vitamin C & Biotin for naturally quick results.
No toxic chemicals, fragrances, fillers, or preservatives.
Ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients.
EWG verifiable ingredients.
Eco-friendly, recyclable, airless, cosmetic pump bottles.
Handcrafted in Charleston South Carolina while supporting artisans globally.
- Website: https://www.wholisticlivin.com
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/StefanieJuon
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/wholisticlivin/