We are excited to continue our Flight Path series with a look at how Tracey Rudolph, co-founder of The Refinery Skin Clinic in Burnsville, MN.
Tell us about the services your business offers.
The Refinery Skin Clinic is a full service Medical spa in the Minneapolis area with all the services you love with n a traditional day spa. We offer massage, body scrubs and wraps as well as classic spa facials. With the infusion of the medical esthetic we are able to bring you more advanced results-driven procedures. With Botox, fillers, Kybella, PRP and dissolvable sutures. Medically advanced facial treatments are offered as well. Medical needling, chemical peels and dermal infusion help your skin to radiate.
Have you always wanted to do what you’re doing now? If not, what did you want to do?
There was a time when I wanted to be a psychologist, and even toyed with the idea of studying archeology. When I was in my 20s I went back to school. But after I had my third child I had to make a tough decision to follow a practical trade to make a steady income for my family.
Did you start this business to spend more time with your children?
No. Honestly, I worked for other businesses while my kids were young and I waited until my children were grown to start my own business. I knew it would require outrageous hours to really start and launch this kind of business.
Often RocketMamas blur the lines between work and home life. What is your work/life balance like?
Right now, having just opened the doors of a new business two months ago, I’m never home. I’m at the medspa open to close, six days a week, plus special events. Right now there is no work life balance. I’m really fortunate that I have a partner that understands this is what I need to do, and truly takes care of everything at home. I’ll get to a point where work life balance looks different than it is now, but right now it’s all hustle.
What does your “office” situation look like?
It’s not an office, it’s a spa! I have a brick and mortar location with an actual office in the medspa. But my workspace is the spa, and really my true “office” is the facial room where I work with my patients.
How do you get time to focus exclusively on work?
My kids have recently left the nest, so I do have the ability to focus on my work without constant interruptions. When I first started in this industry I was juggling three small children with school and work. I always worked nights (away from home) to make it work. When I first got my license I was working 2-9pm plus Saturdays. My husband and I would tag off. He would get home and I would head to work. Once the kids went to school, I made sure my work schedule was school hours and weekends, so I could be there when they were home.
What are you most proud of?
Having the courage to try something new and go for it. I took the leap into the unknown. And it could fail, but it’s ok. I’m learning and growing the whole time.
Do you have a special promo you would like to offer our readers?
We would love to offer 20% off a service of your choice. Mention “RocketMamas” when you book your service.