We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsay Burk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsay, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think of risk as something that is nerve wracking and uncomfortable, but ultimately necessary and inevitable. If you don’t take risks in life then it’s hard for you to grow and move forward. You must take risks to step out of your comfort zone and become something greater. I have taken several risks in my life and failed at plenty of them. I’m still standing though and I only learned from them and gained more experience and knowledge. If you asked me ten years ago if I would be owning my own business at this point in my life, I would have said absolutely not.
Throughout my career I have worked in different specialties and jobs, moved to different states, had to meet new people, and learn completely new skills each time. Each of those risks was a surrender of my security and have been stepping stones to getting me to where I am today. I can now look back at my past and be proud of how far I have come.
Taking little steps over the years has ultimately led me to feeling confident enough to be a medspa owner. There is no doubt that I will continue to have to take risks throughout the rest of my life, but I know that I will be able to overcome any obstacle. If I want something that I’ve never had then I know that I need to be able to do something that I have never done. You can dream all day long, but if you don’t put those dreams into actions and take the risk then you’ll be stuck in the same rut and always wishing for something better.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been a PA for the last ten years with a background in General Surgery, Pain Management, and Aesthetics. I have worked in both San Francisco and NYC throughout my aesthetic career with a top dermatologist and plastic surgeon which has provided me with a great amount of knowledge in injectables, PDO threads, and laser devices. It has taken me changing specialties, jobs, moving out of state twice, and having to learn new skills each time in order to get to where I am today professionally. It hasn’t always been easy as I have had to step out of my comfort zone and take risks, but I’ve always taken everything one day at a time. There were plenty of times when I thought I couldn’t do something or I wasn’t good enough. However, I have gained confidence in myself by overcoming the things that I didn’t think I could do. I have learned that even when I don’t believe in myself or I feel like I am failing, someone else is looking at what I am doing and is inspired and rooting for me. I want to continue to show up not only for myself, but for them as well. I want to inspire others and show them that it can be done. I’m proud of how far I have come in my life and it only makes me want to continue on my journey.
On a professional level, my job is my passion. I love seeing my patients smile and light up when they look at themselves in the mirror after getting a treatment. If they are happy then I am happy. I pride myself on being someone who listens to my patients, makes them feel comfortable, has a gentle approach, and provides them with a natural result to restore confidence in themselves. My business motto is “Be comfortable. Be Confident. Be Beautiful. Be You.”
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would recommend a spa/pool day at one of the amazing resorts here in Phoenix or Scottsdale. I’ve always loved how many options and beautiful places there are to stay in the valley. I would take them to Old Town Scottsdale to walk around at the shops during the day and for a fun night out in the evening. A day trip up to Sedona is a must for an Arizona visitor. I love walking around Tlaquepaque and renting an ATV for an outdoor adventure. Arizona has such amazing restaurants and there are so many to choose from. I love Vovomeena, The Henry, or Olive and Ivy for breakfast/brunch. I love bruschetta at Postino for lunch. One of my go-to dinner spots is Chelsea’s Kitchen or sushi at Nori.
We would also be stopping at AJ’s at some point for an iced tea and possibly a chocolate chip cookie.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, Nick, and my family and friends all deserve a little recognition in my story of success. In addition, I have joined a women’s entrepreneur group and all of those women have been supportive, inspiring, and encouraging throughout my business journey. All of these people in my life have been a positive influence and have helped me to get to where I am today. I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of them.