Amanda Gorecki is a nurse practitioner with a background in surgery and critical care —"sick medicine," she calls it.
But she said she's always been passionate about helping people be healthy and well, and in 2001 she turned that passion into Healing Waters Medical Day Spa.
The spa opened the following year with eight employees who offered massage, facials and laser hair removal.
From there, it's grown to two locations — the second is in Durham, N.C. —that also offer body sculpting, more aggressive laser work and other services.
Gorecki said additional locations are being planned.
Gorecki also has developed a line of MD Pure skin care products that are sold at the spa.
She said the secret to her success is good employees and hard work.
"I have an amazing team," she said. "I try to hire the best I can afford."
The Wichita Healing Waters is moving from its original location, at Douglas and Oliver, to Bradley Fair. The new location, just north of the plaza, opens to customers Saturday.
The business had outgrown its old space. Gorecki said she wanted Healing Waters to be in the best location possible, so she waited until the spot she wanted at Bradley Fair came open.
"We are competitive; we are aggressive," she said, and the new location provides better access for out-of-town clients who also shop in Wichita.
Gorecki said she had no business experience when she started Healing Waters with her husband, neurosurgeon John Gorecki, and other physician investors.
But "I'm not your typical surgeon's wife," she said, noting that her hardworking ways started with putting herself through college.
She said Healing Waters has had some growing pains through the years but has continued to grow, year over year. She said she doesn't expect perfection but does expect the best possible from everyone, including herself.
She and her husband now live in Atlanta, Ga. She visits the Wichita Healing Waters about every six weeks but otherwise leaves it in the hands of her team.
"Our managers and our leadership team — they're rock stars," she said.