Women In Wellness: Jacqueline Ramsey Of The Fresh Test On The Five Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Help Support People’s Journey Towards Better Wellbeing
An Interview With Candice Georgiadis
Know that you have the strength to choose what your intuition tells you is healthy. Without going through the science of everything, I think we all know for ourselves what is good and bad for us.
As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jacquie Ramsey.
Jacqueline Ramsey is the founder of Fresh Test, LLC — a natural FemTech company based in Los Angeles. Fresh Test, LLC has a product that has been begged for by women…for literally decades.
With 15 years of work in Endocrinology, Obstetrics and Medical Device Business Development, Jacquie was poised fortuitously to take on big-pharma. This passion was sparked when she was asked to drink traditional “glucola” in her 1st pregnancy; Jacquie was shocked by the product’s dyes, flavoring, BVO and preservatives. Jacquie, accustomed to eating anything (e.g. termites on the CBS show, Survivor)..she refused to drink the 1970s glucola. After bouncing around from OB to OB she decided to take on the challenge of launching a more natural version of the glucose beverage for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus screening.
Jacquie’s career has always been in healthcare after graduating from UW-Madison. Growing up in the Midwest, Jacquie has a love hate relationship with her obsession over work. However she finds ways to stay glued to her co-founders (age 3 and 5) after work-hours. Her son and daughter were right along-side her (one was inside) through the many years of R&D and product launch.
Jacquie literally “runs” meetings while taking as many as she can on the road, jogging. A true college athlete and triathlete, Jacquie is taking a unique approach to business and claims the runner’s-high leads to extremely successful brainstorming sessions. She is running this clinically backed company fast with 65% quarterly growth in hopes to make a massive impact before turning 40 in late 2022. Having started many companies throughout her life, Jacquie immediately felt God’s hand on this one. This business always felt unique; no longer a struggler but rather each step was replenishing and reinvigorating.
While starting her family, Jacquie and her artist husband Tyler Ramsey, re-married in 20 different countries and cultures while working abroad in hospitals. Jacquie’s global perspective on healthcare has lent itself to an extremely innovative and natural portfolio of nutraceuticals and medical devices coming to market in the female space. Jacquie started her career in Fortune 500 Medical companies and although she has respects big-pharma, she hopes Fresh Test’s spike in market share has made a loud impression; to steer away from “earnings calls” focus and towards a better “why”…strengthening the voice of the patient & bringing mother-nature back into products.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Our readers would love to “get to know you” better. Can you share your “backstory” with us?
I had 15 years of experience in sales and business development for diabetes and obstetrics industries. In a touch of serendipity, 15 years ago, my Obstetrician asked me to drink a beverage to manage gestational diabetes. I was pressed to take on the challenge of creating a natural option to manage diabetes and compete with Big Pharma.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career? What were the main lessons or takeaways from that story?
It’s quite incredible that when you find something in life that seems to align with who you are and what you think you’re destined for, everything somehow seems to come together. Daunting obstacles somehow move easily, and progress comes organically. I’ve founded several start-up companies in the past and I always felt challenged or forced, until I founded The Fresh Test, LLC. I eagerly took on the task of launching an organic glucose beverage. With 15 years of experience in endocrinology and obstetrics education and business development, the company always felt right. In many ways, start-ups are hard, but starting The Fresh Test, LLC felt natural, easy and true to who I am.
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
I hired a consultant without thinking about or preparing a contract. Within a year of working together, this consultant tried to challenge me on ownership percentages. If I didn’t concede, he threatened to leave the company and compete with me in the market. Looking back, I wish I had been more selective of the people I work with.
Let’s jump to our main focus. When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
My company wants to bring natural choices back into the pharma world. Today, everyone reads labels and does their best to be healthier and more environmentally conscious. Nowadays, It’s important to provide options to people. It empowers women to know they can choose a product designed for and by women with their health and baby in mind. In the past, I feel that pharma companies base their product and company decisions solely on earnings and ROI. However, we’ve set that aside with The Fresh Test, LLC. Our brand brings healthier options for women, whatever the cost. That is our purpose.
Can you share your top five “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing? Please give an example or story for each.
- Know that you have the strength to choose what your intuition tells you is healthy. Without going through the science of everything, I think we all know for ourselves what is good and bad for us.
- Consume what nourishes your mind, heart, soul and body. Everything else brings you in the opposite direction.
- If you want to feel your best, say yes to feeling your best. It’s your choice whether you want to make your yes mean yes.
- Unhealthy lifestyles and habits are generally a reaction to a larger problem. We should get to the root of the problem and heal from there. Wellness will follow after that.
- Every day, we need to put on our armor and call upon strength and choose wellness.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
Women proclaiming from their rooftops that we should try natural remedies, natural foods and inner wellness FIRST before jumping to “band-aid fixes” or artificial products and drugs. It’s incredible what a single day of choosing wellness can do!
What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?
- Pour LOVE into everything — each conversation, meeting, product, idea, email, employee and everything else in between deserves it.
- Use principles from the Bible and the best CEO out there, Jesus, to guide your company and your day.
- Things don’t have to be hard or grueling. When they are, it’s a sign that something might be wrong, but a light will shine on it to work it out. Things will feel right and true, when they are ready to be.
- Straighten your priorities and everything else will fall into place. If you have the privilege of playing and giggling with your little one on the floor, take it! There is no better way to prepare for a meeting. You will be more efficient and you will have the mental clarity to make better decision with a tank full of love.
- I made the mistake of piling on project after project. I felt it was a good idea to pile on another project when my stress is maxed out. Choosing to do less has helped me accomplish more. Adding more projects to mask my stress was a pattern I wish I addressed years ago.
Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?
Mental health. We need to heal ourselves and feel and absorb love in order to give it back. Love can move mountains that can assist with sustainability, environmental changes, health concerns, etc. After having my first child, I fell deep into post-partum depression that clouded everything and caused great pain. Starting The Fresh Test felt so empowering and fulfilling that it helped me climb out of that pit and heal. It was only then that I was able to make wise choices, offer love and do my part to help improve the world.
What is the best way our readers can follow you online?
Instagram, @TheFreshTest and our website www.thefreshtest.com
Thank you for these fantastic insights! We wish you continued success and good health.
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