As a mother of three young boys, it’s a wonder Dr. Jill Javahery has the energy to wake up in the morning, let alone the bandwidth to run two dermatology practices and create her own skincare line. After years of medical school and training, she began practicing as a board-certified dermatologist in Long Beach, Calif., in 2007. With a passion for advocating for awareness of the dangers of skin cancer, as well as the value in maintaining and improving healthy skin, Javahery opened her own practice in 2012.
“Leaving my group practice was not an easy decision,” she says. “I knew how to care for patients but had no idea how to run a business.” Despite her apprehension, it didn’t take long for Javahery to learn the ropes of managing a business. “One day, about a year after I opened, I paused for a minute and looked at my busy practice—my amazing employees, my happy patients and my beautiful space, and how it had all come together. I had such a great sense of pride and accomplishment in that moment,” Javahery says.
Her accomplishments didn’t stop there. Javahery opened a second practice and launched her own skincare line, Bright & Beautiful, in 2016. Adopting an all-around wellness approach, Javahery sends the message to her patients that beauty starts from the inside out and tailors her treatments to meet each patient’s needs. “I love educating mothers and children about skin health. It is so gratifying to help women feel great in their skin at any age!” Javahery says.
Dr. Javahery tells Mom.me how she manages to balance two growing practices, a skincare line and motherhood.
Describe the moment when you were inspired to create your Bright & Beautiful skincare line.
I wanted a line that could give a patient everything they needed, avoided the ingredients we try to avoid and that works well as a system. There are so many wonderful products out there, but they don't always pair well together. It's overwhelming for patients to figure out what's best for their home skin care regimen. I've had many appointments where patients bring in bags of products that they’ve wasted tons of money on and still aren't producing results. We love our Bright & Beautiful line, and our patients are getting what they need and want out of it.
As a mother, as well as a doctor who owns two dermatology practices and has created her own skincare line, how do you make it all work?
Life is very busy! There's no question about it. My days start at 5 a.m., and every minute is accounted for. I have to be very organized with everything from meal planning to the children's schedule to my work schedule. I am often tired, but in a happy, satisfied kind of way. Weekends and vacations are extremely important to me. I work hard and play hard. I have no guilt about blocking out time for school events. If there's something special happening, I never miss it. My kids know that they are my heart and soul, but they also know that my life is busy. They are healthy, happy, strong and independent. So as long as that is the case with them, I feel good about what I'm doing. I’m also so grateful for the women in my life. They keep me in the loop and offer to help with my kids when I can't be there. I couldn't live without my girlfriends! Lastly, I have the most supportive husband. If I start talking about him, I'll never stop, so I'll leave it at that.
As a successful female entrepreneur, what are some ways that you want to teach your boys about "girl power"?
This is so important to me! There are three boys in our family, ranging in age from 6 to 16, and I want them to respect women and know what they are capable of. I've always believed that the best way for my children to learn is to model the behavior that I want them to emulate. A working and entrepreneurial mom is all they have ever known, so it wouldn't occur to them to think of women as being anything but capable and hard-working. My 8-year-old son was shocked during the election when I told him that Hillary Clinton could be our first female president. I loved that he truly could not fathom that we hadn’t had a female president before. My sons definitely understand and have come to expect "girl power."
Has there been anything about opening your own practice that surprised you or inspired you in a way you didn't expect?
I am inspired by career and staff development. I love to hire employees and mentor them. My staff will tell you that our meetings are more like therapy sessions. I have my office manager talk business, and then I try to inspire them with an anecdote or a theme that's important to me. We've covered everything from trying to see the good in all of our patients to avoiding gossip. I had a staff member, who is already so lovely, tell me the other day that she is trying to be a better person based on these discussions. I hope that whoever joins our practice feels good about the work they're doing, the people they work with and always strive to achieve more in their personal and professional lives.
What sacrifices have you made as a mom and business owner to keep everything in balance?
There are many sacrifices. Personally, I cut out anything that I don't consider a necessity—things like watching television, going shopping or weekly manicures. Those are more superficial things, and I am comfortable living without them. The hardest part for me is that I would love to do more at my kids' school. I have never missed a family day or performance, but I can't be a regular participant in their classroom. Sometimes I miss important moments, like my youngest child's first step. My heart aches when things like this happen, but I have to remind myself that I can share in the joy of all of their milestones even if I haven't witnessed every single one. I try to focus on the big picture and all the time we share, rather than the things that I have missed.
Are there any new initiatives or products on the horizon for your practices and/or skincare line?
We are currently doubling the size of my first practice and have brought on three new incredible practitioners. We are offering a greater breadth of services than ever before and are trying to perfect the patient experience. I am very excited for the future!