Lani Doser came with her family from Korea to the U.S. when she was two-and-a-half, settling on a ranch in a tiny town way outside of La Grande, Or. She laughs about her early life being compared to the Oscar-winning film, “Minari.” “It was a lot like the movie. With farming, nature always wins.”
Today, Dr. Doser is a highly educated professional (a Doctor of Nursing Practice) running her own small business in SW Portland—SkinwiseRX which provides “ethical, educated, and experienced” skin care. “This is an area that has been exploited,” says Doser, matter-of-factly. She continues, “It’s about your self-esteem: your self-worth.”
Her elegant clinic provides the standard array of cosmetic medicine services; body sculpting, Botox, fillers, and laser treatments, but she specializes in working with Asian clients. “Even as a kid growing up, it was very hard to find someone who knew anything about make-up application for the uniqueness of Asian skin; there are just so many nuances.”
Doser opened SkinwiseRX almost five years ago. She had seen steady business growth until the pandemic forced her to close for three months last spring. “I lost about 25% of my business,” she reports.
After hearing about Comcast RISE, aimed at helping small businesses owned by people of color, Doser applied and was awarded with three iPads, two laptops, a new desktop, and some free Comcast Business services. “We use iPads for all our photographs: whenever you’re doing retail medicine, people expect to have outcomes, so we use the iPads for before-and-after pictures. We have to set realistic expectations. I prefer to under-promise and over-deliver.”
Comcast RISE is again accepting applications until July 31st. Go to www.ComcastRISE.com to learn more about the program, whether your business qualifies, and to apply.