By Lindsay Carey
Plantsville resident Jennifer Young was recognized by the Hartford Business Journal as part of the 18 annual 40 Under Forty Young Business Leaders award.
At just 26, Young is an experienced physician assistant and is the co-owner of Pure Skin Medical spa.
Young said she met her business partner, Jenna LeBel, in the emergency room, as they were both registered nurses with a specialty in cosmetology and dermatology.
They two connected through their interest in the skin care area of the medical field and came up with the idea for a medical spa. They opened Pure Skin in 2011, under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Perez.
Pure Skin offers Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Radiesse, Restylane, Perlane and Juvederm as well as laser treatments for hair removal, skin tightening, pigmentation, acne, rosacea and scar treatment. The business has locations in New Cannan, Stamford, Shelton, Middlebury, Wolcott and Southington.
Young said her business has been able to grow through referrals.
“We try to make each customer happy,” said Young. “There’s nothing better than when they can walk out and feel a little bit better about themselves.”
Young said she felt honored to have been recognized with an award for the hard work she and her partner have put into Pure Skin.
Young credits her success in the industry to her go-getter personality.
“I’m very outgoing and my perseverance of not taking being unsuccessful as an option has definitely contributed to my success,” said Young.
For young business leaders who are trying to establish themselves, Young has some advice.
“Expect difficulties everyday,” said Young. “Also harp on the successes that you have, because that’s what makes you continue to go.”
Young has worked for Southington Urgent Care and Emergency Medicine and has lived in town for two years.
“Southington is a great community to work and live in,” said Young. “It’s a quaint little town. I sometimes see my patients in the grocery store.”
Young and her fellow honorees were selected from over a hundred nominations.
“This year’s honorees were chosen from more than 100 nominations, and exemplify what it means to be leaders in both their careers and communities,” said Joe Zwiebel, founding publisher of the Hartford Business journal, in a press release. “We are so pleased to celebrate this group of young business leaders whose professional accomplishments have contributed so much to the Greater Hartford area, and we wish them continued success.”