After 8 years of university, Kayla finally completed her M.D. in family medicine and started working at a major hospital in 2012. She was excited to meet and help patients. Unfortunately, the US health-care system is focused more on profit than on care, and within a few years, Kayla was burnt out and discouraged. Often with just 15 minutes scheduled per patient, she was not making the deep connections and serving the community in the way she had hoped to. She finally realized that to provide the type of care she wanted to give, she would need to start her own non-profit clinic. She spent another 2 years getting formally trained in Ayurvedic medicine. Armed with both science-based and holistic health training, she manifested Moon Cycle Medicine, Inc. from a dream into reality in 2017.
Kayla and I met through a women’s networking group, Women Entrepreneurs of Portland (WE PDX) that I cofounded with a realtor friend. She was so excited to find a reliable source for organic cotton intimates! She and her mom have become regular customers, and I have joined the board of her non-profit. Unlike Ann from our last customer spotlight story, Kayla has no known allergies or skin rashes. This led me to ask her at a meeting recently why she wore organic cotton intimates. She responded, “Wearing organic cotton bras and panties is part of my self-care. I get peace of mind knowing there are no chemicals on my intimate areas.”
She also told me she occasionally prescribes organic intimates to her patients. “I had a patient who had a severe rash in her private area. I prescribed her organic cotton underwear along with more conventional creams and antibiotics. When she came back for her follow-up, she had gotten all the conventional items, but still hadn’t purchased the underwear. I had to explain, that the organic underwear was the most important prescription I’d given her and sent her off to go find some.”
Kayla appreciates that FaeriesDance.com gives her a specific place to recommend patients to. “It’s easier for my patients to follow my guidance if I know where to refer them.”
With so much synergy between our respective businesses, Kayla and I will be working on a few joint projects over the spring and summer. She’s going to be offering a free workshop on breast cancer awareness at our warehouse and we’re also collaborating on a series of bra videos that have been on my to do list for several years.
As I mentioned in my last customer spotlight, my personal motivation for starting Faerie’s Dance was wholly environmental. Twelve years into the business, I have to agree with Kayla that wearing organic clothing, and intimates in particular, is part of my self-care. I just hadn’t thought of it in those terms. Wearing lacy soy panties, or a sensuous pine-tree bra feels luxurious to me. It’s become part of my everyday armor.