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Alumni Spotlight - Joanna "Jojo" Bucholz

When Joanna Bucholz chose Aims Community College in 2006, she never dreamed her journey would land her on a TV show 15 years later.

Alumni JoJo Bucholz on set
Joanna Bucholz, Aims nursing program alum explains how her medical training helps her meet her client's needs.

While working as a medical assistant in a local doctor's office, Joanna discovered her love of the medical field and decided to pursue a nursing degree at Aims. She remembers the camaraderie among the students in the nursing program and says the most important thing she learned at Aims was that her goals and aspirations are always possible with hard work and determination, and she has many goals and aspirations.

After graduating with an Associate of Applied Science, Nursing, in 2008, Jojo worked on a surgical floor at a hospital in Greeley before moving back to her hometown of Gillette, Wyoming, where, she worked in pre- and post-op roles. After a few years, she wanted to pursue other options and recalled her experience receiving treatment at a nurse-owned medical spa. Thinking that sounded like a career she would enjoy, Joanna got certified in Medical Aesthetics and was excited to use her nursing experience to help people feel more confident about themselves.

"I use my nursing skills every day in the spa. I believe my training as a nurse is what has made my business successful."
--Jojo Bucholz

Finding no medical spas close enough to home to join, Joanna decided to open her own and launched the 750 square foot Shekinah Clinical Spa in 2014. Her training at Aims taught her to take her time and really listen to her clients, she says, "I use my nursing skills every day in the spa. I believe my training as a nurse is what has made my business successful." Her approach worked and eighteen months later, she outgrew her space and moved to a location three times larger.

In March 2020, Shekinah Clinical Spa was chosen to be on the television show "World's Greatest." Joanna said, "We were chosen for our unique, caring and people-loving treatment of our patients. I absolutely love what I do!" 

Congratulations on your accomplishments, Joanna. 

Watch the episode of "World's Greatest" featuring this awesome Aims alum.