Natasha Baldivia was on a mission to combine her skills and experience as an esthetician with her love for others and her community to help make a difference in people’s lives. With a business plan and a full-heart, Natasha set out to start her company, OTM Skin. After working with a different lender, Natasha found her way to CEF who she chose as her lender because of, “the low rates, ongoing resources, and I like that it is local!” Natasha tells.
After receiving funding, and despite the challenges from business shutdowns due to COVID-19, Natasha opened OTM Skin in June 2020 in Thornton, Colorado, providing tattoo removal and skincare, and specializing in treating acne, anti-aging, melasma, skin aesthetics, and other hard-to-correct skin conditions.
While OTM Skin helps to make all of their customers feel good in the skin they’re in, Natasha wanted her impact to go even further and created a special program, the Community Tattoo Removal Program. Through this program, OTM Skin is helping to change lives for people in re-entry, rehabilitation, ex-gang, and organizations supporting human trafficking survivors by offering free or low-cost tattoo removal.
“With this type of program, we can help change the way people view themselves. By removing visible tattoos and those reminders of a past life, I can contribute to new confidence. My hope is that, as I fade the tattoos, negative memories fade with them,” Natasha explains about this special program she created and runs at OTM Skin.
Opening just a little over a year ago, Natasha, OTM Skin, and the Community Tattoo Removal Program is already getting national recognition. Jails-to-Jobs, an organization that gives ex-offenders the tools they need to find employment, featured OTM Skin in a recent article, highlighting Natasha and the opportunity she is providing for her community in Thornton.
Natasha plans to keep expanding OTM Skin, possibly creating a mobile unit so that she can reach more people who may not be able to leave the facility they’re in. She says that it will help her reach more youth under age 18 and is hoping to establish a nonprofit to be able to, among other things, apply for grants and funding to create her mobile unit.