Nurse Lauren's Interview with Voyage STL
Hi Lauren, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself. My name is Lauren Pohle and I am a Board-Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Aesthetic Medicine. I have over six years of hospital experience as a registered nurse in the emergency department, intensive care unit, and post-anesthesia recovery unit at Barnes Jewish Hospital. I have always loved all things beauty, art, and science. After feeling a little burned out from working long hours in the hospital, I decided to take a risk by starting an aesthetic business called Nurse Lauren. I built a solid reputation with my motto “Natural but Noticeable” and began building a clientele while working full-time in the hospital. I decided after a couple of years as Nurse Lauren I wanted to expand my reach even more and bring on an excellent team. I decided to leave the hospital completely and on July 13th, 2020, I opened a storefront aesthetic clinic: Modern Med.
I believe you must bring your whole self to the table if you want to thrive in today’s crazy world, your personality, your sense of humor, and most importantly, your heart. All of these elements brought me to step out of my full-time hospital (bedside nursing) job and become an entrepreneur. It was scary because so much was unknown. But in the end, it was completely worth it.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road? When opening a business, there are always risks, but not always a pandemic going on. Opening a business during the pandemic was frightening. So much was unknown, but I knew I had to trust the process. I learned so much through the process and it was the best decision I have made. The challenges made me a stronger business owner and the obstacles were great learning opportunities.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Modern Med? Modern Med specializes in all things aesthetic medicine. We strive to deliver natural but noticeable results while providing opportunities to educate patients on overall wellness, cosmetic injectables, skincare and aging prevention. We strive to deliver high-quality products at a reliable price, presented in an honest and meaningful way. We believe everyone has the right to feel beautiful in their own skin. We take continuing education very seriously and always maintain up-to-date with the latest trends in this forever-growing industry.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor? My advice is to connect with other business owners and leaders in your industry, whether that be through social media, email or networking events. Every time I go to a networking event, I learn something new! Find someone you trust and always remember, community over competition!