After spending years as a registered nurse, Marteen Lewis decided to change the way she helps people.
So she left the hospital setting and more than a year ago opened Earthly Wellness Bar, a health and wellness spa offering handmade products as well as services designed to aid relaxation. , lymphatic drainage and feminine care.
Growing the business is a dream come true for Lewis.
“The fact that you can just turn a dream thought into reality, stay focused and get the job done,” Lewis said. “I really want people to know it’s possible. Entrepreneurship has been one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever tried to do, but it’s one of the most rewarding outside of motherhood.
The Marianna, Florida native attended nursing school at Wallace Community College in Dothan and worked at Flowers Hospital after graduation. During her nursing career, Lewis worked as a cardiac care nurse, a dialysis nurse, and eventually as a travel nurse.
During the first year of the pandemic, Lewis helped care for patients with COVID-19 on his travel assignments. The emotional and physical strain of the pandemic on healthcare workers was far worse than anything portrayed in the media, Lewis said.
“The news was shared as much as they could, but being there was another story,” she said. “If you give me a scale it was probably 10 times worse than the scale you can give me. It was bad. The hours and the exposure, the lack of food, the lack of sleep because you come home home thinking about everything you’ve been exposed to – Am I going to give it to my family?
While on a travel assignment, Lewis was caring for a dialysis patient in a COVID unit at the hospital when five members of the same family were all hospitalized with coded COVID-19 during the same shift. That was it for Lewis. She began to rethink how she could use her nursing skills to help people boost their immune systems and live healthier lives.
“I had to make a change, and I just started researching the immune system, detox, and healthy living,” Lewis said.
It was a difficult transition as she loved being a nurse and Lewis still works one day a week as a dialysis nurse. Her family, including her two sons, ages 20 and 11, supported her through her years as a travel nurse and her transition into business ownership.
Earthly Wellness Bar is located on the Ross Clark Circle in Dothan. Services, products and booking information are available on earthlywellnessbar.com. Or call 850-557-8530 for more information.
Services include aromatherapy, detox, vaginal steaming, dry brushing, body contouring, and manual lymphatic treatments with wooden tools designed to help with post-operative care after cosmetic procedures. Handmade soap, yoni oil, bath balms, foot baths, and exfoliating scrubs are available for purchase. While the soaps are made by a fellow nurse in Atlanta, Lewis makes other products herself.
Earthly Wellness Bar products are made with all-natural ingredients, Lewis said.
While the focus is on feminine treatments, Earthly Wellness also offers men’s services — like a beard facial — as well as a package designed for couples. Lewis also plans to hire a massage therapist to provide massage services.
Prices vary by service but can range from $65 to $100. Services can also be bundled into a package. The soap, oil, bath balm, and exfoliating products can be packaged in a $60 set or purchased individually for $8, $10, $12, or $35 depending on the product.
Lewis does a consultation with clients before their first visit and says she tries to educate her clients on how to live a healthier life and the benefits they will get from it.
The services offered at Earthly Wellness Bar were influenced by Lewis’ own wellness journey while still working as a nurse. She started by learning about healthy eating, fasting, detoxification, and the importance of good gut health. Lewis said that by starting to eat better, she saw the connection between eating healthy and lowering her stress levels.
“It helped me along the way when I was on a nursing trip,” Lewis said. “I was able to make better food choices, I wasn’t as tired. I had more energy because the gut is where serotonin is stimulated, which gives you happy thoughts.