It’s time for another Meet-A-Mom!! Yay!! I love this aspect of Shawnee Area Mom’s and hope you do too! Take a minute to read up on this local Mama! Dr. Kamille Merz is a joy to chat with and a successful business owner of the Physician Now Urgent Care and Inspire Medical Spa. We are lucky to have her as one of our Meet-a-Mom’s!
How long have you lived in Shawnee? What made you decide to live here?
We live in Lenexa, right on the edge of where Shawnee and Lenexa meet, and have been here for over 25 years! Our home backs up to a trail and we love the green space. We have enjoyed the great schools, restaurants, stores, and the multitude of activities that our community has to offer. My business is in Shawnee, and that has helped me get to know the western part of Shawnee. I really enjoy the friendly people and sense of community. We live in a great area!
How many children do you have and what are their age(s)?
We are a blended family with six children – five girls and one boy. Zoe, 24; Rachael, 24; Zachary, 22; Maggie, 20; Anna, 17; and Ellie, 14.
What’s your favorite family activity (in Shawnee Area)?
We enjoy riding bikes on the Mill Creek Streamway Park trail. We like to get on the trail around Shawnee Mission Park and ride up to Nelson Island on the Kaw river and then make our way back.
Where’s your favorite place to eat and/or shop in your town?
Our all-time favorite Shawnee restaurant is Paulo and Bill. I am so happy they have stood the test of time and are still thriving. My husband and I went there on our first date, and have spent many anniversaries there, but we also love it for just a random weeknight dinner.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I have recently taken up the sport of Pickleball. It’s a lot of fun!!
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
I don’t know how I could have raised my kids without their grandparents! My mom and my in-laws helped so much when my kids were little, whether it was babysitting or helping transport kids to activities. I really could not have done it without them. Unfortunately, they have all passed away and we miss them terribly, but I’m so grateful to have had them in my children’s lives.
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
I am a medical doctor and own Physician Now Urgent Care as well as Inspire Medical Spa. I operate both businesses in the same space in western Shawnee at 22334 W. 66th Street. I took over ownership of the Urgent Care about 7 years ago but worked there before that as a physician. I really enjoy urgent care. We get to see a variety of patients – anything from sore throats to lacerations. The days are usually not boring! Learning to run the business has been challenging and fun. I have an amazing staff who help me in many ways!
The medical spa may seem like an odd combination, but I have always been interested in skin care. I have done injectables such as Botox, Dysport, and a variety of fillers for years, so when I bought the urgent care, it made sense to do it in the same location. This part of my business is so enjoyable. I get to combine some artistry with the practice of medicine, and I get to help people look more like the age they feel on the inside! In addition to injectables we offer other treatments such as Skin Pen microneedling and various chemical peels. We also offer physician grade skin care products. Special Discount to Shawnee Area Mom’s!! $50 off Dysport or $75 off a filler in the Restylane Family! (Just mention Shawnee Area Moms)
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
As a small business owner, I have felt the love from our community. I think in general people are happy to support a small independently owned business when they have the choice. I consider it a great compliment any time someone refers a friend, family member, or neighbor to my business.