Gold Medal Winner & Owner of Rochelle’s Day Spa
How did you find yourself in the health and wellness field?
I have a sincere passion about being and staying healthy. As a retired athlete, it is exciting for me to help others look and feel good as gold. I thoroughly enjoyed French treatments, body wraps, and facials while training for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
What was it like winning a gold medal?
I was truly excited with tears of joy about my childhood dream coming true at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
After traveling the world competing, why did you return to Memphis?
Although I have traveled to more than 50 countries, there’s no place like home.
What’s your day-to-day like? Do you have a regular fitness regimen?
My training consisted of six hours, five or six days a week. My training consists of weight lifting, drills, techniques, long distance running, sprinting and visual sessions.
How would you describe your spa?
Rochelle’s Health & Wellness is filled with serenity, soft lighting, and soothing sounds to help our clients relax and focus on destressing. We have helped thousands of clients with their weight loss goals and nutritional planning since 1998.
Please share a little about the Rochelle Stevens Foundation and its role in the local community.
Since, 1990 Rochelle Stevens Foundation has hosted an age group track meet for ages 2-75 years old. With an opportunity to compete in front of college coaches to earn a track and field scholarship. We give away spikes, tote bags, hats & tee shirts. We also offer “Achieving Dreams Scholarship,” Out Walk Obesity” and Family Health Fair.
Do you have any advice to young women with an interest in your field?
Strive for excellence and always go for the Gold.
If you had to do anything else for a career, what would it be?
I enjoy working with people. I would love to host a television sports show or a sideline reporter at sporting events. In celebration of the 2016 Rio Olympics my autobiography “Travel The World By Foot” will be released June 2016.
What was your first job like?
Competing as an athlete and being on contract was enjoyable, but at the same time it is stressful and for some reason you feel like you are missing out on all the fun. Like eating junk food, not exercising, going out late with your friends and family. Now that I am retired, I really didn’t miss anything.
What’s the most important thing you learned since starting your own business?
Since I was my own agent I negotiated 35 corporate contracts, speaking engagements, celebrity appearances for myself. I was able to carry over my experience along with my B.S Degree in Telecommunications & Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Morgan State University & Columbus University. I truly understand the importance of customer service, marketing and setting personal goals for business and myself.
What do you think is the most important health issue facing Americans today?
Obesity! It’s often the hidden secret that can lead to every health problem you can imagine.