Successful entrepreneur Kelli Loughman has been a licensed and practicing aesthetician since 1996, and owner/operator of two spas in Ventura County. In May 2015, when her husband was diagnosed with cancer, Kelli knew she needed advanced training to be able to treat him safely throughout his medical treatment.
Since receiving her clinical oncology certification from the Oncology Training International program, she’s learned how important it is for individuals with cancer to have skin care treatments that are personalized for their exact conditions, medications and current treatments. Her advanced training allows her to take all necessary precautions to ensure client’s safety during treatments.
Kelli brought her husband to OjaiCARES for an oncology massage when he was feeling pretty bad from his treatment. Afterwards, they were able to go out and enjoy a lovely lunch together and he was smiling and seeming like his usual happy self, and able to eat an entire sandwich. “It was wonderful to see him feeling so good and I was so grateful to OjaiCARES for giving him some relief,” she says. “It was after this experience that she knew that I wanted to, at some point, become involved with OjaiCARES.”
It’s about a year now that Kelli’s husband passed away, and it’s been a difficult year of adjustments and grieving for her and her son. “My main focus is supporting my son through his grief in a healthy way,” says Kelli. “We stay busy with sports activities and school. We’ve been incredibly blessed with the support of family, friends, teachers and this beautiful community.”
Volunteering at Ojai Cares has been such a wonderful and healing experience for Kelli. “I consider it a great honor to create a safe and special place where one can come, completely relax, and leave feeling completely renewed from within.” For Kelli, there’s nothing better than knowing that she’s provided a little bit of relief for those on a difficult journey.
We’re grateful to have met Kelli and her husband, and that she’s chosen to heal through her service at OjaiCARES.