As we interviewed Monique Hicks, it was clear to see that she is very passionate about women’s health. According to her, it is true “age is just a number and is no factor in how far a woman can take her beauty.” Med Spa gives credence to the current saying that 50 is the new 30 and so on and so forth. You can go into Monique’s Med Spa and come out looking years younger. The new world is for the bold, courageous and beautiful. You can find it all in Med Spa. We covered many topics during our interview with Hicks. Enjoy:
A CHANGE AGENT FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH
How long have you had your MED SPA?
This September will be 6 years.
How did you get started? MED SPA is such a unique business.
I am a nurse by trade and in 2007, I went to work in the hospital system. After 2 years, I decided that I wanted to go to medical school. I flew out to California to a medical school symposium and met with about 70 different schools. It was there that I met a navy doctor and his wife. They invited me on a humanitarian mission for 4 months with the Navy. We went to Haiti, Dominican Republic, Panama, Nicaragua, Colombia, El Salvador, Antigua and Barbuda. I applied to medical school during this trip but to my dismay, my documents were not transmitted properly via the ships intermittent internet connection.
Unfortunately, it is very expensive to apply to medical school and I could only afford to apply once. So, upon my return I began working at the office of a plastic surgeon. I was in charge of the weight loss division of her practice and very quickly uncovered an embezzlement ring in her practice run by three of her employees. She was very grateful for my discovery and she put me in charge of managing the practice. Her practice became very successful and profitable and she decided to sell after 2 years of my employment to retire. I had an option to go with either the person whom she was selling to or to go out on my own. I decided to go it alone. In 2011, I moved from Florida to Georgia and opened my practice.
Was it a struggle or did everything happen for you all at once?
I did not have very much money, so nothing came easy. After searching Atlanta for my first location, I soon realized anywhere desirable was out of my budget. I decided to go out to the suburbs of Atlanta where commercial property was more affordable. I met a gentleman named Clyde who owned the building that I was interested in. He was a contractor and occupied the upstairs of the building. He had a 973 square foot space for rent and he told me that the rent was going to be $7.61 a square foot and then he asked me, “How are you going to pay for your build out? I think we’re going to be somewhere around $20,000.” My heart sank and I told him I didn’t have the money for it and I couldn’t afford it. We ended up sitting there and just talking for a while.
He told me his story and I told him my plans. We finished talking and he said, “I see something in you and I want to lease the space to you. I’m going to go ahead and let you sign a year’s lease and I’m going to do the build-out for you complimentary.”
In that moment, he gave me the chance of a lifetime. With what he spent for the build-out, he did not even make his money back in the first year. However, he saw something in me and decided to take a chance. His decision paid off for him and me! After 12 months, I opened my second location. After 18 months, I went back to my first location and took the entire bottom floor of Clyde’s building amounting to 2500 square feet. He did that build out as well as building out my third location. Clyde has been a mentor to me and he’s been a part of my growth since day one.
He really gave me my one in a lifetime chance.