After treating over 10,000 paramedical and cosmetic patients through Cinnamon Girl Clinic, Jody is recognized as an industry leader, and has served as a board member of the American Academy of Micropigmentation. She has partnered with doctors and plastic surgeons, and offers information sessions at local hospitals regarding the various options available to those recovering from injury or trauma.
Little did Jody know, she would be using her scar camouflage skills on herself just a few years after opening Cinnamon Girl Clinic.
In 2013 she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and underwent a thyroidectomy. Now a member of the community she had been helping, she battled depression and anxiety related to both her health and physical appearance. With a large neck scar after surgery, Jody felt people’s gaze shift from her eyes to focus on her scar, a constant reminder of the disease she wanted to put behind her. When she was ready, she put her skills to the test on herself, incorporating the the scar protocol and revision that she offers to her clients today.
The profound transformation Jody experienced first-hand made the terms paramedical tattoo and healing tattoo interchangeable. Her doctors could not believe how she was able to camouflage the scar, and she was finally able to move forward and put cancer behind her. Through the illness and healing, Jody redefined herself and her business solidifying her path, purpose, and journey in the medical tattoo field.
Now cancer-free, Jody’s goal is not only to continue healing through Cinnamon Girl Clinic, but to make medical tattoos more widely accessible while elevating standards in both medical and cosmetic tattooing. Jody has recently opened her own Paramedical Tattoo Academy to provide training and help more individuals feel confident in their own skin!