Fifth graders Alyx and Nolan survey the after-school offerings at the diverse, dynamic Wilson Focus School in Omaha, Nebraska.
These three dynamic ladies are at the helm of their small businesses. Taking their respective
Making it a quest to conquer and succeed in their respective fields, Patricia Azeh, Paulette Douglas and Sonya Bland are small business successes
Massage therapist uses touch to promote healing, relaxation
Patricia Azeh, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and AMTA member, is currently providing massage therapy services through the Vida Therapy Massage Center, 2505 N Mayfair Rd in Wauwatosa.
Azeh was born and raised in Brazil, Sao Paulo and has resided in Milwaukee for over 6 years. A graduated from Lakeside School of Massage Therapy in December 2011, an 800 hour state accredited program, Azeh’s massage styles range from stress reduction, relaxation massage to sports massage. She is also a certified in Infant Massage Instructor and teaches parents how to massage their infant and Pediatric Massage. The classes focus on wellness benefits of touch therapy and health.
“My mission is to support individuals in achieving life balance through personal wellness,” she said. “I strongly believe in the connection body/mind and how relieving physical as well emotional stress and massage is a viable modality for enhancing health and well-being.”
Prior to becoming a massage therapist, Azeh worked in many places as a seamstress, hairdresser, nanny, home care and many others. While living in Brazil she worked for an accounting company. It wasn’t until moving to Milwaukee that she decided to go to school to study in the health field.
After marrying and giving birth to two boys, she elected to change her career focus from nursing to massage therapy. “I can honestly say that I made the best choice of all my life,” Azeh said. “I love being a massage therapist and have the opportunity to meet many people, helping them to better cope with their stress problems through the use of positive massage touch.”
Azeh intends to continue to expand her knowledge, experience and expertise in bodywork and attend as many workshops and classes as often as possible to enhance her skills to better serve her clients. “I believe that all of us are in need of a more positive touch in our lives.
As our lives become ever more rushed and pressured, we find fewer and fewer opportunities for actual physical activities and contact with other people,” she said.
Adding: “ On the clinical side, massage has been shown to increase circulation, improve respiration, ease digestion, and facilitate recovery from muscular injury and soreness. It relaxes the body and mind and calms the spirit.”
Azeh is a firm believer that massage eases people into a slower way of life, where we can lie on a warm table with gentle music and calming hands to work out life’s stresses, while promoting healing and relaxation.
Paulette Douglas is the broker/owner of Transitions Real Estate Group LLC which serves Sellers and Buyers in Southeastern Wisconsin. Ms. Douglas has more than fifteen (15) years of sales and related experience. Ms. Douglas has received the Listing Leader, Sales Leader and Total Volume Leader awards. She is a certified Short Sales and Foreclosures Resource, is trained as a Buyer’s Representative and can assist you with listing your residential property for sale or rent.
She is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA), the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors (GMAR), the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).
She enjoys helping individuals realize their dream of owning a home and helping sellers to move happily on to their next stage in life.
Ms. Douglas volunteers avidly in the community and has done so for over twenty (20) years. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and currently holds positions as the Wisconsin Representative for the Midwest Regional Housing and Properties Committee with the region representing 7 states. On the local level, she is the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Coordinator for the Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Douglas is also a Board member with the Samaritan Project, a non-profit affiliate of Christ the King Baptist Church. The Samaritan Project’s mission is that it exists to educate adults and youth through programs and services designed to address personal and professional skills development.
Douglas is a Broker who cares about the community.
Sonya Bland a native of Chicago, Illinois has been in the field of bereavement for the past 13 years.
After taking several courses and hours of observation and practical work, she obtained a certification as a grief counselor from Greater New Birth Church. Since receiving her certification she has been charged with the task of training ministers in the area of bereavement. For the past six years, Sonya has been the Administrator of the Bereavement and Healing Ministry. Her responsibilities include, but are not limited to: training ministers and lay members on the proper protocol and procedures when visiting the sick, handling families in the death of their love one, and funeral procedures.
Sonya has been working the Funeral Industry for the past nine years.
She has had a variety of roles. Sonya has served as a Family Grief Counselor, Administrator, Public Relations Coordinator, Cosmetologist, Pre-Need Specialist, and Certified Funeral Service Professional. Currently Sonya is embarking on a new journey in the Funeral Profession. She has taken her purpose and her passion and opened the Grace Memorial Funeral and Cremation Services. She and her staff are dedicated to Celebrating Life and Honoring the Memories of their clients loved ones.
Sonya is a member of the Grace International Fellowship, Pinnacle Motivations, and the 100 Black Women of Funeral Service.