Your perception of yourself is not always a steady line. At times, we have moments of self-esteem, when we are proud of ourselves and our accomplishments. At other times, we may feel sad or dissatisfied with ourselves — when we feel like nothing is good enough. Holding a steady line when it comes to confidence requires focus and continuous practice.
As a lifelong entrepreneur, Natalise Kalea Robinson, is no stranger to the ups and downs of life, especially the start-up life. After all, she always decided to follow the different path. Whilst pursuing her MBA at Stanford University, Natalise realized her passion for health and wellness for humans and animals. Underpinning that conviction is her belief in preventative health with a profound understanding that the future is precision medicine, precision health, and precision preventative health.
After getting her graduate degree, Natalise worked at different startups from pet health to mental health to science-based skincare, serving in executive roles. These experiences inspired her to start Parallel Health, a clean, science-based skin microbiome health company providing effective, personalized skincare powered by genomics. Parallel Health uses next-level science, particularly microbiology, genomic technology, bioinformatics, machine learning, and AI, to optimize your health.
Natalise believes that the biggest challenge to health improvement is yourself. She says that sometimes we might have so much self-doubt that we get in our way. “If you know in your heart of hearts that you are the right person to execute on this vision, then you have to dig deep to harness the confidence and perseverance to make it happen, while also having the self-awareness to know what you need to improve.
Natalise says that life is a windy road, and you have to enjoy the twists and turns that come your way. Your life today could be radically different from what it will be in a few years.
“When I was 23, I distinctly remember performing at the Oakland Arena to 30,000 people. If someone told me I was going to be a founder of a biotech company that uses genomic sequencing in the years to come, I would’ve been like, ‘Ummm, not sure about that.’ But somewhere along the journey, I decided to try to be open to the waves of life and not be so tied to one identity or another,” Natalise explains.
In the coming years, Natalise envisions expanding the business. She has dreamed of starting a venture that supports human and animal health through science and innovation. This has been her passion for years, and she wants to create sustainable solutions that improve not only lifespan, but also healthspan. Part of her dream is to discover and potentially unlock the key to autoimmune disease, which runs in her family.
To her, the microbiome is a vital part of this understanding, and she believes that some of the research her team is doing at Parallel is foundational to this area of work. On a lighter note, Natalise says she also dreams of voicing a squirrel in a Pixar movie someday…