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Meet Gina Jernukian of TatXtract & Soul Survivor Inc. in Biltmore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gina Jernukian.

Gina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have been a Director in one of the largest cosmetics companies in America for the last 20 years. About 10 years ago I was looking for a new challenge, so I took a course and received certification as a Permanent make-up artist. After my mother’s mastectomy, I then took it another step, and went on to Advanced Para-Medical tattooing. I was renting a studio in North Scottsdale when I learned about a new Tattoo Removal procedure that was safer than laser. I took that course and begun to do removals.

After a while of removing tattoos, it was brought to my attention that some people received tattoos as a form of “branding”. This of course, is through sex trafficking.

After that I did research on sex trafficking and contacted organizations here in the Valley. I had no idea what a huge problem it was, and that some of these girls are “branded” by their traffickers. This put a pit in my stomach and I knew I wanted to help. So, with my husband’s encouragement, I founded the foundation, Soul Survivor Inc., and we now remove these “brandings” to help aid in the healing for the victims.

After doing a few removals on the girls, I was finding that the healing process was just “ok”, and new it could be better. I then started a tattoo removal company, TatXtract. I partnered with a Physician and a formulator to create the best products and process for tattoo removal. We have developed products and are seeing 50% more ink removed per session and healing times cut in half! Lasers destroy the skin, push the ink into the body and through the lymphatic system while our products (which you could drink they are that healthy) literally extract the ink out of the body. We are now growing and will be in numerous states and countries with select Doctors on board for not only offering tattoo removal as a service to their clinics, but they will volunteer their time to remove these painful markings of slavery too! Tat-Xtract will donate all products to these clinics. We are truly blessed and honored to be just a small part of the survivors healing process. Our next goal is to include our sister company, XTRACT, in the removal of tattoos from former prisoners and gang members.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s never a smooth road when you are an entrepreneur! Being your own boss takes commitment and diligence. I have found that when I have a goal, to write it down with a deadline, then break it down to monthly, weekly, and daily activities.

I’ve had many ups and downs, whether that’s people, legalities or just not having the knowledge or skills needed to get something done. Thankfully, I’m lucky to have found that knowledge and skill sets in others. With them, I have a team who helps make the road less bumpy.

TatXtract & Soul Survivor Inc. – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
TxXtract It most effective tattoo removal system in the industry, taking an average of 3-6 removals compared to 15-20 by laser. We have the lowest scar potential, making it the safest ink removal process and suitable for all skin types. Unlike lasers treatments that can create burns and scars on the skin, especially darker skin types.

TatXtract works synergistically with the cells for the removal of the tattoo, drawing the ink to the surface of the skin to avoid the toxic matter from entering the blood stream. Unlike laser which in turns explodes the ink into nano-particles to be filtered out by blood stream, which carries the toxic ingredients throughout the lymph, kidneys, liver and heart. There are no color restrictions. TatXtract was created by a physician, with patent pending technology and utilizes advanced wound repair by creating an immune response within the body.

Tatxtract is essential and the only treatment for allergic reactions caused by tattoo ink & is more affordable and better tolerated than laser. I am most proud of our team that has heart, passion, and integrity to put people first. I love that our focus is to help others, and donate to Soul Survivor Inc. to aid in the healing for those that fell victim into sex trafficking. Our profits are secondary.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment is when Soul Survivor Inc. became a 501c3. How often can a person do what they love and give back to others? Recruiting other doctors, raising awareness, and helping to prevent our youth from being manipulated and trapped into this heinous industry has truly been the biggest achievement!

This was not on my radar at all, and doors kept opening and truly feel Gods hand led me to where I am now that being making others aware of this problem and helping survivors move on without a permanent reminder.

We have been limited to how many free removals Soul Survivor Inc. was able to accomplish due to the growth and demand so recently held our very first fundraiser. The Face Behind the Masquerade Ball. It was a huge success and not only raised enough money to carry on and perform more procedures, this event raised awareness to so many that didn’t know sex trafficking or forced tattoos existed in America, but right here in Phoenix.

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