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Scottsdale’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyagePhoenix is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Greater Phoenix area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out inspiring stories from Scottsdale and surrounding areas below.

Christina Stumpf

Prior to founding DermaPrecision, I was a Surgical Physician Assistant in general and then plastic surgery at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. I trained with and worked alongside some of the top surgeons in the world. I learned to care for patients with complex medical problems from diverse backgrounds. Operating across the table from a surgeon for 7 years certainly fostered my critical eye and meticulous attention to detail. In plastic surgery, patients expect perfection. For better or worse, I happen to already be a perfectionist; so, helping patients achieve the best result while working with my hands came second nature. I left my career at UCSF and moved to Arizona with my family in 2018. The long days in the operating room away from my 2- and 3-year-old daughters took a toll on me mentally, tugging on my mama heartstrings. I took a short break from hospital medicine in search of a career that would afford me flexible time with my family while allowing me to continue to use my talent and technical skill to help others. Starting my own boutique medical aesthetics practice seemed like the ideal solution! Read more>>

Dr. Saru Bala

Growing up, I had a lot of struggles with my own health- I was diagnosed with IBD at the age of 13 and was on and off harsh medications that made me feel awful for months before deciding this wasn’t going to work long term. I was able to turn to naturopathic medicine and by changing my diet and adding in herbs/supplements, I was (and still am) able to manage my IBD with none to minimal symptoms, without any medications. My biggest turning point with naturopathic medicine was when my mom battled stage 4 ovarian cancer while I was in college. I watched her get told by multiple doctors over and over that she only had a few months left to live. She turned to naturopathic medicine and was able to be in complete remission. Seeing the hope and life come back to her after finding integrative options made me realize this is exactly what I wanted to do for others. I wanted to be able to give people hope when they felt like they didn’t know what else to do. Read more>>

Hannah & Chuck Keels

Living Hope Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit cancer organization co-founded by Stage 4 cancer thrivers, Chuck & Hannah Keels. They coach the positive spiritual mindset on how to GET UP AND LIVE with cancer, something that is missing in the cancer industry. Mindset changes everything! They are published authors and inspirational speakers sharing their miraculous healing stories to inspire Hope and healing. The WHOLE reason they got to a place where their mission was to “give back” began in 2016 when Chuck was diagnosed with end-stage cancer and given 3 months to live, and placed in hospice. The day that they were planning to get on a flight back to Ohio, so his parents could take care of his teenage sons, he suffered a broken back while walking down the hallway. An ambulance took him to the nearest hospital, John C. Lincoln, ran some tests and decided they would fight the cancer. After two surgeries, Chuck woke up in the Recovery Room and was assured that his surgeries went perfectly. Read more>>

Patty Carlson

Better late than never! I should be thinking about retirement, but all I can think about is how my lifelong dream has finally become my reality. Party in a Vase didn’t happen to bloom by chance, it was intentional and I had a vision of being surrounded by beautiful blooms while creating unique arrangements. I have a home-based studio and sell at local farmers’ markets on the weekends. I design ready-made fresh bouquets each week. Read more>>

Jennifer Lyons

In my previous corporate career as a Marketing and Facilities professional, I was charged with opening new offices around the country plus marketing and events. I gained valuable experience working with architects, contractors, design services, and project managers. During this time, I was traveling across the country and needed someone to care for my home and my dogs. I got to experience the good – and the bad. When your home is an investment as much as your pets are, you need to have trust that everything is being cared for and loved as if you were there. I needed Always Home. So, I started this business out of a need that I had and am offering the level of services that I would have expected to have. I absolutely love going above and beyond for people whether I am watching their house, their pets, or helping them with any concierge services. I love what I do! Read more>>

David Ralston

I was born in 1964 into a small town of Marion, Ohio. My father passed early in life and was raised by my mother whom worked hard in blue-collar work. As a young boy of 12 I was always having problems with my back most likely due to my activity in the martial arts and neighborhood tackle football games. I was fortunate enough to have massage early in life and also experienced chiropractic. I believe this set a path in my heart to want to help people however I never had a strong desire to remember facts in school on subjects I didn’t find interesting. Read more>>

Suzi Glover

I love Arizona! A Southern California transplant, after 30 years of living in the Valley of the Sun, I totally consider myself a native. I’m happy to serve Scottsdale, AZ and the greater Phoenix area as a dedicated State Farm Insurance Agent. I opened my office in 2019, after spending almost two decades in the vertical transport industry. I bring that experience to benefit my customers every day, through personable, approachable communication and developing strong relationships. Read more>>

Sarah Neff

I started in the beauty industry in 2014 and began doing lash extensions about a year later. I thought I would be amazing at it because of how tedious and how much attention to detail you needed to have to complete the service. Let me tell you, I WAS WRONG! It took me years of struggling and correcting myself to get to the point where I’m at in my skill set today. In May 2018, I moved to Arizona without knowing a soul and set up shop. There are some outrageously talented artists down here, so while I was working on building my books, I took training after training to make sure that every client that came into my studio would never want to leave me. My hard work paid off and by May 2019, I was booked five days a week, taking a minimum of five clients a day – believe it or not, I didn’t pay at all for advertising myself – I grew strictly from word of mouth. Read more>>

Jeriann Dosemagen

Born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin, I am a former business executive who is now living my dream creating beautiful artwork. Throughout my childhood, I was extremely passionate about art and had early dreams of living my life as an artist. However, as life would have it, I ended up putting those dreams on hold to pursue a career in business. Despite thriving in numerous leadership positions, my inner desire to become an artist remained strong. As a result, I carefully planned an early exit strategy from Corporate America so I could get back to my original passion. Once retired, I relocated to Mesa, Arizona, and completed a comprehensive art program where I learned the painting techniques of the old masters. I’ve been creating and selling my artwork globally ever since. Read more>>

Rich Gibsen

I started my career as a Product Manager in the late 90s at JDA Software (now Blue Yonder) focused on delivering merchandise management solutions to retail customers. Working at JDA was an amazing experience that gave me a solid foundation for Product Management principles and the discipline. From there, I worked at a Scottsdale startup in the eCommerce space called Vcommerce. This company delivered SaaS eCommerce storefront and backend capabilities and was at the beginning of the SaaS evolution for software, and was acquired by Google in early 2013. I joined Scottsdale-based Taser (now Axon) as Product Manager for their own officer video solution and SaaS-based evidence management solution to help provide visibility, chain of custody, and accessibility of video evidence gathered by law enforcement. Prior to joining MyCarrier, I was Vice President of Product Management for a company based in Irvine California called SecureAuth that is focused on solving the challenges associated with identity security and access management. Read more>>

Brettany Kontz

I have always loved baking and would bake pies and cakes during the holidays when I was younger. I went to culinary school and started to work in bakeries. I absolutely loved the last bakery I worked in and learned so much from the owners. After a few years there, I left to be a stay-at-home mom but would occasionally bake cakes from home. I slowly started to take orders and over the years have gained amazing customers who challenge me with every order and design. It has been an amazing journey and can’t wait to see where I will be in a few years. Read more>>

Sierra Scriver

Photography has always been a creative outlet for me. Most little girls in my class danced or drew pictures, but for me, I made my friends get dressed up so I could take their photos at our local park. I would use my pink Motorola RAZR; or if I got lucky, I could sneak out with my mom’s 5-year-old point-and-shoot camera that only had pictures from our 2002 family vacation, lol. 3 years into this journey, my business has grown so much and I get to wake up loving what I do every day. Along this journey, I have been able to teach myself almost everything I know, and have met so many other creatives and amazing people I admire so much. I have had the opportunity to travel to different states and countries for my work, which I am so thankful for. Read more>>

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