Meet Anaika Ocasio. Anaika worked for the US Postal Service for 16 years, but when USPS announced downsizing throughout the US, just like that and much like our youth in foster care, her life changed abruptly.
Anaika comes from a family of entrepreneurs. Raised by her grandparents, business owners in Puerto Rico, Anaika learned first hand the importance of hard work and ingenuity. At the age of 12, Anaika relocated to New Haven, Connecticut and was reunited with her mother, who also embodies the entrepreneurial spirit. Anaika’s mom was the first woman to open a clothing boutique on Grand Avenue in the 80s. Anaika’s mother encouraged her to explore her own entrepreneurial spirit and in doing so, she discovered the world of massage therapy.
Motivated by her family, Ocasio begin attending school in the evening while working the third shift at the Post Office. She graduated with top honors and completed an externship at Yale New Haven Hospital. Shortly afterwards she opened the doors of The Serene Spot, a therapeutic massage studio, where she is owner/operator.
Anaika supports foster care awareness and The Serene Spot serves as an information hub on fostering with The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. Stop in and learn more!