Dr. Anais Aurora Badia, a board-certified pediatric and adult dermatologist and founder of Florida Skin Center, has been named the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida by the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. She received her award during a reception on the evening of May 10 at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center in Bonita Springs.
Both a pediatrician and dermatologist, Badia graduated from the University of Miami before obtaining medical degrees from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of Health Sciences School of Medicine. After completing dermatology training in New York, she founded Florida Skin Center in July 2001, becoming the only board-certified pediatric dermatologist within 100 miles of Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres.
Badia started her business nine months before she arrived in Southwest Florida via an ad in the Yellow Pages. On the first day of her practice, she already had 13 appointments and began fulfilling the entrepreneurial dream she had since childhood.
“It is wonderful to build something from nothing,” she said. “It proves that you can do whatever you would like, as long as you are willing to put the effort in.”