Fruita woman rejoices after makeover

Linda Reese, the winner of the makeover.

Linda Reese’s body and soul journey started with a nominating letter from her daughter, Rebecca Fosmo, to Le MedSpa owner Paule Stiefler.

“My mother is the sweetest and most caring woman you’d ever meet,” Fosmo wrote.

“She was the oldest of eight children and her mom was a single mom (who) worked two jobs.”

Reese’s family was “very poor” and she grew up charged with taking care of all of her brothers and sisters. “(She) never really had a child life of her own,” Fosmo wrote.

Reese was self-conscious about her skin, teeth and weight, the letter said.

“As a child, (Reese’s family) didn’t have money to see the dentist so her teeth aren’t in the best shape, therefore she doesn’t smile and show her teeth as much as she should.

“We of course still think she is beautiful, but she is very hard on herself,” Fosmo wrote.

The letter struck a chord with members of the Body and Soul Makeover Dream Team. After reviewing many entries, Reese was selected as the winner of the Body and Soul Makeover contest based on the strength of Fosmo’s missive.

Stiefler reached Reese by telephone in Wisconsin, where she was visiting family.

“(Stiefler) said, ‘Are you sitting down?’” Reese recalled. “And she said, ‘You won.’ I was so speechless I just started crying. Nothing like this ever happens for me.”

So began Reese’s journey to a complete body and soul makeover.


Perhaps the greatest hurdle Reese overcame to complete the makeover was the one erected by her own thoughts.

At her first meeting with Dream Team members at Le MedSpa, Reese didn’t know the language she needed to express what she wanted done.

“We were very poor when I was growing up and so we didn’t have those extra luxuries,” Reese said. “I’ve never been the type, well, I have to look beautiful. I mean, I am who I am.”

The more team members worked with her, the better she felt about the process. Marcus Straub, Reese’s life coach, explained the mental process.

“I try to reconfigure their own self perception, their own perception of reality so that they can become who they want to be inside the world in which they live,” Straub said. “I try to free them so they don’t want to hide in the shadows or worry about what people think but really grow their self-confidence and self-esteem to rise to new levels in their life.”

“It’s changed my life. From the life coach to the gym,” Reese said.

“I really, at first, didn’t know what to think or what to do and then I just thought, OK, they’re professionals. They know what they’re doing. This will be good and it was. It was.”


A series of skin treatments that included lasers and injections over 12 weeks took the wrinkles out of Reese’s face.

She felt the heat from the laser treatments, which she described as like “a really good sunburn.” In between treatments there was downtown, which she used to work with a personal trainer at Crossroads Fitness and to consult with Straub.

“I felt in really good hands,” Reese said. “Everyone was very calm and very giving. I trusted them and I felt very relaxed.”

Growing up the way she did, Reese said she had a lot of responsibility and held a lot of emotions inside.

“Even after 58 years, I was this grown woman and I felt like I still had to be the one who had to solve all the problems,” Reese said. “I have learned that it’s OK to let things go and relax and let some of those things go.

“You have to talk about those things you probably harbored growing up,” she said. “I’ve learned it’s all right to be a kid at times and just enjoy your life.”

Professionals on the Dream Team donated close to $20,000 in services to complete the makeover, including $12,000 for skin treatments, body sculpting and energy healing from Le MedSpa and $4,000 in counseling services from Straub.

“This project has been an amazing discovery,” Stiefler said. “It was so gratifying to find out how willing other professionals are to help and most have responded positively when asked if they wished to be involved. We truly have an amazing Dream Team.”

“I absolutely love to encourage win-win situations, which are very rewarding and the best karma to spread around the universe,” she said. “Win-win situations ... with very positive cooperation between different people are what drive me, energize me and fuel my spirit.”

“I feel like Cinderella who’s just been given the glass slipper,” Reese said before last week’s Big Reveal Ceremony.


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