We had the good fortune of connecting with Stefanie Trenholme and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stefanie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Life is all about taking risks- and one can either shy away from taking them or one can try and hopefully succeed. Leaving Canada and moving to Los Angeles for graduate school – not knowing anyone was a risk. Starting my own practice was definitely scary and also involved a lot of risk both financially and emotionally, but with things I wanted to accomplish in my career I felt it was necessary. I wanted to be involved in more aspects of running a company- not just seeing children for therapy, however I did not know what I was doing as I had never run a business before. I also wanted to integrate an animal in my practice which was also a risk, but knowing the benefits of animal assisted therapy- it was worth it. Starting another business around my therapy dog (littlelolafrenchie.com) was another huge risk, as was writing a children’s book.. But at the end of the day I do believe in nothing ventured, nothing gained. I would always want to try- even if it does not work, rather than wonder what could’ve been. At the end of the day, all the risks I have taken have allowed me to invest my time and energy into something that I truly love and can be proud of- so to me that is a success in of itself and exciting.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I knew I always wanted to work in the field of pediatrics, but I wasn’t sure in what context. At one point my family thought I was going to be a professional student as I kept getting degree after degree and they had no idea of where it would lead. I have always had a passion for art and I originally wanted to be an art therapist. However, I also had a desire to work in the field of communication disorders. While speech pathology was the career path I ended up going down, my background in art education and art therapy have been an asset allowing me to integrate my love for the arts in speech therapy. My art background has not only helped me with developing therapy materials or as a way of eliciting a therapy goal, it has also enabled me to create my book series starring Lola, my therapy dog. I have always wanted to write books to help children learn language in a fun and educational way. As a speech therapist, I know the importance of reading- especially in developing language. Because Lola has been so popular with the children and families I work with in my office, I wanted others to have the opportunity to see how she has helped so many. As such, I designed a website showing how children benefit from animal assisted therapy, along with providing free resources in hopes of reaching a wider audience should someone need ideas in developing communication skills. For those who do not have the opportunity to be around Lola, she also has an online store where her book can be found along with other adorable Lola items,

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles has so many wonderful spots to visit. Driving along the PCH from Santa Monica up to Malibu. Walking around the Getty Museum. Not only does it have a beautiful art collection, the grounds are so well kept and the views are amazing. There are so many great restaurants- you could never starve in LA. I love Cecconi’s, Le Petit Four, the Rooftop at the Peninsula Hotel, Via Alloro and El Compadre to name a few, Another fun thing to see are the cantilevered homes on the canyons from the San Fernando Valley onto the west side. I would also say visit the Queen Mary for its historical value. Los Angeles also has so many great theaters such as the Ahmanson, Mark Taper and the Pantages which put on some superb theatrical productions. I would also suggest Westfield Century City and The Grove as they are fun spots to walk around, shop and eat.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family for encouraging me always to follow my passions. It was also because of them that my newest venture came to be- because without them giving me the best gift ever, Lola (aka Little Lola Frenchie), so many things would not have been possible,

Website: littlelolafrenchie.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlelolafrenchie/?hl=en

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stefanie-trenholme-167898156

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LittleLolaFren1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littlelolafrenchie/

Other: Lola has everything under Little Lola Frenchie Lola also has TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@littlelolafrenchie?lang=en My company for speech therapy also has pages on both Facebook and Instagram: “Trenholme Speech Therapy” and would appreciate it if you could include as this is my speech therapy business. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TrenholmeSpeechTherapy Instagram https://www.instagram.com/trenholmespeechtherapy/ My website is under construction- as most of my time has been spent building Lola’s brand LOL

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