Dolka Lina Vazquez of Dolkalicious
Dolka is a cheerful and friendly Colombian woman with a lot of energy! Currently, she teaches Spanish in Richmond, Indiana, but before that, Dolka owned a small business selling food, juices and smoothies. Over time, she not only nourished the locals, but she also built a small community around her.
Driven by her desire to improve her English when she arrived in the States, Dolka started browsing through the books that she could find; namely, cookbooks! These cookbooks sparked such joy in her, that with time she ended up opening her own establishment: Dolkalicious!
There, in the heart of Richmond’s historic district, she started off by selling fruit juices and smoothies three days a week. Eventually, she began to sell wholesome, home-cooked meals and earned a place in the hearts of the people who would go and eat at her beautiful, cozy restaurant.
“How I cook for my family is how I cook for my customers.” (Dolka, 21:50)
Today, as a teacher, she continues to cook and bring food to her students. If you want to find out more about Dolka and Dolkalicious, go ahead and tune in! She even shares some of her cooking hacks… What are you waiting for?
A native of Colombia, Dolka Lina Vazquez holds degrees in Bacteriology, Linguistics and Business Coaching. After meeting her husband while traveling, she moved to the United States. She followed her innate sense of well-being and opened Dolkalicious, an all-natural juice bar. Today, her son is away at college and her daughter, Gabriella, is still at home. Dolka lives in Richmond, IN, where she teaches Spanish full time.
Sacha Jones of Stiggly Holistics
Sacha, who was born in South Wales, moved to New York City at a young age to work as an au pair. There, she discovered a sense of freedom and opportunity she had never experienced before. She found that she could reinvent herself and there, in the city where everything seems possible, she founded Stiggly Holistics.
Suffering from asthma and other health issues, she tried to figure out how to get back on her feet and be healthy again. In this way, she discovered that being healthy has not only a physical side, but also an emotional aspect. She takes a holistic perspective when treating her clients, focusing on cleansing and nourishing the body and the soul.
“This is my life blood. This is healing me.” (Sacha, 12:38)
She works with individuals, couples, and groups of varying sizes. Her focus is on enjoying the process and eliminating the false belief that having a healthy life means saying “no” to certain things. Instead, she says yes to many wholesome and nourishing alternatives. After all, it’s about having fun, right?
Sacha Jones is the founder and director of Stiggly Holistics. She is a Certified Holistic Wellness Counselor, a Lifecycle Celebrant, and a non-denominational Minister. For her earlier career in early childhood education, she earned a Bachelors from CCNY.
Sacha also studies herbs with BE University and Rosemary Gladstar, and is truly a lifelong learner, often taking classes and further studying to enhance her practice whenever possible.
A native of South Wales, in the UK, Sacha Jones moved to New York City in 1988, and founded Stiggly Holistics after receiving her training at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Along with her husband, Mike, she splits her time between the East Village in New York City, and Sullivan County in upstate New York. For more information visit Stiggly Holistics
Pavan & Olga of Juno Health and Wellness
Our guests for our first interview of Season 2 are Olga and Pavan Gulati, who in 2014 launched Juno Health & Wellness in San Francisco. Their goal is to promote integrative wellness using a holistic approach through educational courses and retreats. They provide their clients with specific tools they can use to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Olga, having survived an eating disorder herself, gives us some insightful reflections on how the birth of her daughter and the founding of Juno Health & Wellness inspired her to overcome her own illness. Today, she supports others in their search for balance. She and her husband Pavan also take us through their creative process and the first steps they took when founding their company. Having lived in San Francisco and Olga’s home country of Colombia, they moved to Alicante, Spain, where they have lived for the last two years along with their young daughter.
“Let’s just jump! We’ll figure it out when we land.” (Olga, 22:30)
Olga is a psychologist, life and nutrition coach. Since 2009, she has been dedicated to helping people heal mind, body and soul from an integrative perspective. Pavan has a background in science and today he is the creative director of Juno Health & Wellness.
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