Kelsey is the Owner & Founder of RejuvaHealth LLC, an Orange-County based company specializing in the design of fashionable medical garments. Prior to starting RejuvaHealth in January of 2010, Kelsey spent several years as the Sales & Marketing Coordinator for a California-based specialty construction firm & dabbled in the dazzling world of Advertising. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies & Business Management from University California, Irvine where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa Honors.
I was born in New Jersey but moved to Southern California with my family at age 5 when my dad accepted his first President position for the American arm of a large Japanese consumer electronics company. I grew up a feisty, fiercely independent “mini-me” version of him, while my unbelievably cool, calm, and collected mom worked her magic to keep our fiery personalities from causing the equivalent of household Hiroshima. My dad’s career and mom’s support thereof meant that while most of my friends were playing around home, my brother & I were frequently traveling with my parents around the U.S., hanging out at Consumer Electronics industry events, or spending time with my dad’s much older peers & associates.
I think it was because of a lot of these interactions that I developed a passion for business & natural inclination to seek out new places, people, & things from an unusually young age. I vividly remember on Sunday nights as a kid, while complaining about having to go to school & asking my dad why he wasn’t upset he had to go back to work in the morning, he would simply say to me, “I don’t work because I love what I do”. As simple as it was, that statement & our experiences with him & his work had a huge influence on me – I always knew I wanted to “never work” just like my dad by finding something I loved.
As I grew older I jumped at every opportunity to get out of California & explore. In college, I spent subsequent summers studying abroad. First in Paris, where I studied International Management & Urban Development, and then in Switzerland where I studied International Finance & Relations. All the while I enjoyed a love for all things marketing, savoring any and all opportunities to study brands & branding and looking forward to pursuing a career in the field.
However, my active lifestyle & plans were suddenly & unexpectedly put on hold in 2008 when, at age 21, I developed a dangerous blood clot known as a DVT. (The full scoop is available at www.stoptheclot.org). This frightening experience provided me stunning new insights into a world that was formerly foreign to me: that of long-term medical treatment, blood clot-related medical devices, and the long recovery process. While there were positive things I learned through the event, there were also many things I realized I simply could not stand about the process – namely the lack of choice, “fun”, and humanness involved. The monochrome monotony that seemed to characterize all things”medical”combined with a sentence of wearing devices that looked nothing but doom & gloom, was simply something I was not willing to accept. It was then and there that I realized what I was truly passionate about & what I not only wanted but needed to do -and that is where RejuvaHealth was born.
Today, when I’m not looking for the latest and greatest for RejuvaHealth, I’m probably either scheming on a new side project, scoping out a travel adventure, or shaking up a skinny margarita (a highly effective survival tool – hey ya gotta do what you gotta do!).
You can read more about RejuvaHealth (and other projects) here.