November 2011

C2's Women In Business: CC Of HHI, Skillets, Faces, & Travel Medicine Clinic

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Country Club Of Hilton Head

70 Skull Creek Dr. – HHI
843.681.2582 ext. 110 /

I was born in upstate New York to the offspring of two young aspiring musicians. Born in the bucolic town of Clinton, I spent the summer playing in the creek behind my house, the fall picking apples and the winters ice skating on the pond down the street. I loved my time up there…. regardless of the season. My parents, however, did not. Winters just got a little too chilly. In 1998 we made the migration south and were lucky enough to end up in the Lowcountry. Y’all replaced you’s and the pond replaced by the ocean. However, I missed my friends back home and after graduating high school I enrolled at the University of Syracuse. Four years later to the amazement and delight of my parents I was a college grad….I had met my quota’s of winter, packed my stuff and headed south…this time for good.

I spent a few years enjoying my days off and working late nights bartending at Wild Wing Café. I finally decided to trade in my beach towel for a briefcase, and became the Food and Beverage/ Private Events Director for The Golf Club at Indigo Run and the Golden Bear Golf Club in 2008. In 2010 I was promoted to the Regional Private Events Director for the Country Club of Hilton Head and The Golf Club at Indigo Run, where I plan every type of event imaginable. A big part of why I love this job is I plan weddings, I’m such a softie and can’t get enough of them, and it never gets old. In a nutshell … I need to be able to achieve just about anything in a New York minute while keeping a smile on my face, managing half a million other items at the same time and making it all look easy. It is a serious business, but I laugh a lot and it is a fun job!!!

Skillets Grill & Cafe

Coligny Plaza – HHI

If you have lived here for more than five minutes, chances are you have been to Skillet’s Cafe & Grill in Coligny Plaza. Whether you were stopping in for brunch after Church or nursing a hangover over a spicy Bloody Mary, you probably saw Amie Baima juggling the phone, hostess desk and a plate or two with an effortless smile.

As close as you might get to being a “real” local, Amie has been an Islander for over 30 years. When asked about what she likes to do in her spare time, she is quick to point out that she has none. On the rare occasion Amie isn’t at Skillets, she can be found hanging out on the soccer field with her son Evan or taking in the latest production at the Arts Center.

An Island staple since 1994, Skillets Cafe was only temporarily off the scene after a fire in a neighboring building. Choosing to come back better than ever after a brief hiatus, Amie re-opened the Cafe with an extensive dinner menu and now caters to everyone as a great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Entertainment is also offered during the summer months and your pet is as welcome as you are.

Faces Dayspa

Patricia Owen, Founder and CEO
The Village at Wexford

Guiding FACES from its inception in 1983 as a small beauty boutique to a nationally renowned day spa has taken a unique set of leadership and management skills that Patricia cultivated while working for Estee Lauder. Through persistence, determination, and flexibility she was able to develop the successful business model that is FACES today.

In fact, FACES DaySpa has won over 30 business and industry awards including the Hilton Head Island Small Business of the Year, the South Carolina Small Business of the Year, and the Small Business of the Year for the Southeastern United States in 2007 and 2009.
Patricia is passionate about her business and now finds herself in a unique position to make a difference for other small businesses in America. It all began on a local level where she has been a Board Member for the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Chair Person for the Small Business Council for the past several years. Since being appointed to the Board of Directors for the US Chamber of Commerce, where she also serves on its Council on Small Business, she has had the opportunity to champion programs and policies that benefit small business owners nationwide.

Travel Medicine Clinic

Paula Hart
2 Marshland Rd. – HHI
843.681.5444 or 843.842.6357

Paula is a Family Nurse Practitioner and a specialist in travel medicine. She received her Certification in Travel Health (CTH) through the International Society of Travel Medicine in 2009 and has been providing travel medicine consultation and services to Hilton Head Island and Beaufort County residents since 1999.

Paula first became involved in the field of travel medicine when she took a position with the public health department in Bluffton in 1999 doing general immunizations. Because of her background as a former foreign service nurse practitioner, she was asked if she would also provide foreign travel vaccines and consultation services. By 2005, Paula expanded her travel medicine knowledge by becoming a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine and participating in courses and conferences through the ISTM and participating CDC.

In July 2005, Paula started her own travel medicine business co-locating with the family practice of Dr. Jonathan Sack.

Paula is a member of the ISTM Nurses Professional Group and in May of this year, assisted with the ISTM exam held at the congressional conference in Boston.

A native of the Boston area, Paula graduated from Northeastern University School of Nursing in Boston and from the University of Vermont Family Nurse Practitioner Program in 1977. Following a career in the Foreign Service with assignments in Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, Paula moved to the LowCountry in 1984.

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