Debra Pattishall has been in Colorado the last 25 years. For 20 years, she’s been rejuvenating people with her variety of therapeutic spa services in the local area — from Norwood to Telluride.
(A native Ohio woman, she came to the area from Florida.)
Pattishall has 35 years of experience in the field of health, wellness and beauty.
Her business, Little Oasis, in Norwood has been in existence for two decades. In a 700-square-foot yurt, that is of course heated with a fire, she completes specialty appointments. She is licensed for just about everything in her field. That includes massage, facials, body waxing and nails — manicures and pedicures. She does other things too, like herbal body scrubs and lash and brow tinting. Additionally, she can include aromatherapy for her clients. And, she’s a certified yoga teacher, so she can teach classes too.
For her, it’s good to offer many things. She’d never want to limit herself to one way of serving people.
“I like doing it all, I don’t want to just specialize — like some massage people just do massage,” she said.
In the past, she’s also made her own products, for skin care and beauty, so of course she has the experience and the knowledge to assist people in selecting different products for themselves.
She retired from the Peaks Resort and Spa — an award winning and nationally recognized spa — in Telluride in 2002, where she offered many of her services. Still, in the last few years, the Peaks has brought her back for part-time work. In total, she’s been a part of the Peaks for 20 years.
At the same time, she’s been seeing her Norwood clients at Little Oasis. She works alone and independently.
Right now, the availability for Little Oasis bookings is mostly on Tuesdays, or by special appointment. She said she can work to accommodate other days sometimes.
Pattishall said she enjoys living in Norwood. For her it’s quiet — sometimes almost too quiet — and she loves to watch the incredible sunrises and sunsets.
“It seems like we have more of those than most people,” she said.
She and her husband, a ski instructor with 30 years under his belt, have two dogs and sometimes care for old and retired horses (though at this time they don’t have any equines).
Pattishall said she’s mostly a private person. In the past, her business has spread through word of mouth. She hasn’t worked too hard to advertise or to reach out to the public. She hasn’t had to. People have come to her over the years.
She loves working with what she calls “rejuvenating therapies,” and she loves doing the work. Still, after more than three decades in the field, she said she is ready to make some changes.
In the future, Norwood could see more availability at Little Oasis.
“I would like to work more at home,” she said.
Anyone who would like to contact Pattishall and inquire about her services or book an appointment should call her number at 970-327-4704.