Get To Know Angie...
Angie Carron, founder of OmTurtle, always lived a high risk, low self-care lifestyle. A strong, ambitious woman working in a fast paced pharmaceutical industry crumbled after many years of self-inflicted stress consequently leading to a multitude of physical and mental conditions. She went from a spirited young woman, climbing up the corporate ladder while raising 3 young children, to one who could no longer get out of bed. After many years of overexertion she was branded with Generalized Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Panic Disorder.
This trifecta meant she had repetitive, uncontrollable, irrational thoughts that fed into paralyzing panic attacks at all hours of the day. A tortured soul. Desperate, she secretly checked herself into multiple emergency rooms and visited multiple doctors hoping someone would figure out what was "really" wrong with her, every time leaving with an anti-anxiety prescription and a talking to about stress. How could all this be from stress? She felt defeated, alone and ashamed. A strong person now socially stigmatized as a “crazy person.”
She succumbed to a rotating trial of pharmaceuticals which led to a medley of side effects. Her knowledge of pharmaceutical trends propelled her to seek a different approach. After months of research she decided to surrender to the holistic practices of yoga, meditation, massage therapy and superfoods. With perseverance and patience she was able to regain her life. Wholly, fully, deeply. Better than she ever was before.
During the healing process, however, she learned there were so many others suffering in silence... just like her. Compassion led to training. Training led to opportunity. Opportunity fueled passion. Passion led to carrying a yard sign and a yoga mat in a local park. People came.
She saw in her students the same healing she endured during her own practice and by the grace of God and support of her family, in 2013, she opened up her first yoga studio and turned the back office into a small apothecary. In the apothecary she'd hold workshops and handcraft essential oil products for students suffering with pain, anxiety, and depression.
In 2014, she quit her pharmaceutical job and built another studio in the neighboring town of Ferguson during the time of unrest to help provide a place of unity and peace. Her message, "No matter who you are… you belong."
In 2016, she built a wellness spa using only handcrafted medicinals for massages and skin care, still focusing on her clients greatest needs around pain, anxiety and depression.
In 2019, after 2 years of building, refurbishing and restoring, she opened OmTurtleCafe. A community garden café that served superfoods to nourish the mind and body. This gave students an opportunity to connect outside of class over a cup of coffee and blueberry scone. Restaurant Brokers and Franchise Lawyers eagerly compared it to the next First Watch.
Angie‘s dream of creating a comprehensive healing environment was finally coming true. So in March of 2020, she began paperwork to franchise hoping to expand health and healing in all 4 corners of St. Louis, MO. Then a worldwide pandemic hit.
Prolonged restrictions during Covid disabled OmTurtle but she remains hopeful and innovative. Out of the ashes she rebuilt the apothecary and is laser focused on expanding accessibility of her best selling products. If she can't bring people to her, she's determined to bring it to them.
Angie's a fighter and is eager to share her story. She's passionate about creating and educating consumers on the healing aspects of nature and nurture. She wants others to know you can overcome life's adversities. It takes perseverance, patience and a whole lot of unshakable faith but it's possible and she's living proof. She's only just begun.
PS: What's an OmTurtle? A turtle represents wisdom and longevity. It takes perseverance and patience to win the race. "Om" is a yoga term that represents peace. Peace Turtle. (The real reason, her son named it, whose going to argue with a 4 year old!)