Game Changer Interview: Karissa Richtmyer

November 1, 2023

Name of Your Business

The Nurse Piercer, LLC.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

As a board certified critical care registered nurse it’s always been my passion to provide compassionate care to those who need it most. I proud to be able to use my skills as a nurse to continue to support families and children by bringing a smile to their faces with new earrings.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

My ideal client is the busy mom who wants to get their child’s ears pierced in a safe, reliable and comfortable environment.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

I bring the ear piercing experience right to your doorstep! I understand how hard it is (and stressful) to bring your kids out to the mall or a non family friendly tattoo shop for their first ear piercing. I take the stress out of this experience and help children feel comfortable and confident for this big moment!

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

My role model has always been my grandmother, she was the matriarch of our family and an incredible woman. She was a mother to 8, grandmother to 22 and great grandmother to 6. She cared for all of us at one point or another and never once complained. She taught me how to be a fearless hard worker and loving mother.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

I love a small, quiet, locally owned coffee shop where I can relax with the perfect book and warm latte.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Who doesn’t love retail therapy? You can find me a TJ Maxx at least once a week!
2. I also love a deep tissue massage
3. and hydro facial

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I love when clients come to me and ask to style their current piercings! It’s amazing how changing just one or two pieces can change the entire style or vibe. I love switching up curations with ear chains, cuffs, and dainty gems.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

Tears of the Silenced by Misty Griffin, a memoir about how one woman broke free from the abusive life she faced as an Amish girl and started a brand new life for the better.

Favorite Movie and Why?

I am a huge Disney fan and probably watched Mulan a thousand times as a little girl. She is a the perfect example of being able to do anything you set you mind to, even when the world is against you.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

“I create my own path and walk it with joy”

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

I am very proud to be able to say I am a full time nurse, business owner AND a mother! My days are long and tiring, but I’m happy to be living a life I never thought was possible.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Ask for help! You cannot pour water from an empty cup.

Advice to Younger Self?

Even if it doesn’t feel like it now, it will all work out in the end. Don’t let fear and judgement keep you from following your dreams.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

As a nurse I have experienced every walk of life, and have seen people are their best and worst. I have “nurse humor” and can find light in even the darkest of times and put a smile on your face when you need it most!

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

This is an opportunity I wish I had found sooner! Once you join you won’t regret it!

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

I am your go to for jewelry MADE for you to live in. All my earrings are made in a medical manufacturing facility: completely sterile, nickel free, and hypoallergenic. My titanium is made from the same material as artificial joints and bioplastic from sutures!

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Members can receive 10% off your first piercing with me, contact me at The Nurse Piercer, LLC