Quaint Cottage, Magic Potions & Leeches
By Donna Obernberger, Director
Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre
“You are such a good witch,” I said with a smile to the
care physician, but her medicine was almost like magic to me-
-the results were fast, painless, and wondrous.
a quaint cottage house, and when swinging the door open,
smelled of sweet and earthy herbs brewing.
I had met Dr. Nidia Diaz in 2011. At the time, I was 39
years old and needed some acupuncture to heal my condition
instead of relieving it with pain pills. Astonished by the results
her treatments provided me, I recommended my family
and friends to her at every opportunity.
This year, Dr. Diaz reached out to me for small business
advice. I am the Director of the Tampa Bay Women’s Business
Business Administration and by local public and private
funding. TBWBC’s mission is to provide classes and individual
consultations to women-owned start-up and established
At least one year had passed since I last saw Dr. Diaz for
acupuncture services. She has added a variety of rejuvenation
treatments; the facial rejuvenation interested me.
Now, at age forty-six, after years of sun exposure, air pollution,
occasional poor diet, alcohol, being a single-mother,
and a full-time-worker, the levels of stress had taken a serious
toll on my face.
I’m talking about brown spots on my cheekbones; congested,
swollen, saggy cheeks; redness on my chin, forehead,
and around the mouth. I had never really been one to scrutinize
my face, but with the onset of perimenopause, these were
undeniably my new facial features. I needed to act fast.
During a consultation, Dr. Diaz and I discussed the above
facial changes. She also asked about the left side of my face.
After further examination, Dr. Diaz suspected my left cheek
was not functional. I didn’t doubt her, recalling that in most
of my recent photographs, I was smiling out of one side of my
mouth. Her recommendation was the last thing I expected to
hear: medicinal leeches for beauty. I was like this is 2019, not
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