Healthy Inspiration

Saving face

Written by James Combs

Tammy Trocino proves there is life after 40.

When some people reach their 40s, they may concede being past their prime as age-related ailments begin to rear their ugly heads.  

But for Tammy Trocino, there has been no midlife health crisis. In fact, the 48-year-old Mount Dora resident feels in better shape than she did two decades ago. 

“I feel great—like I’ve always wanted to feel,” she says. “I’ve transformed into the person I want to be and stepped into the skin I want to have.”

Tammy is a licensed esthetician and owner of Mount Dora-based Innerlight Studios East. She formerly owned day spas in South Florida and Colorado before returning to Lake County in 2017.

That’s when she decided to make health a top priority. She wanted to feel good mentally and physically and also maintain a radiant complexion to convince clients that they were in capable hands. 

“Nobody would want to go to a hair stylist with frizzled hair,” says Tammy, a 1989 graduate of Umatilla High School. “If you are radiating at a higher frequency, then that’s infectious.”

Tammy maintains a strict regimen to look and feel her best. She jogs three miles and walks her dog on a daily basis, performs yoga poses and occasionally rides the West Orange Trail on her bicycle. For diet, she eats mostly organic, grass-fed products. 

She recently gave up drinking wine, a habit she had enjoyed for 28 years. 

“Drinking wine was kind of a coping mechanism because it made me feel more comfortable when I was socializing,” she says. “However, I’ve discovered that not drinking wine has given me mental clarity and a calmness.”

She offers advice to anyone in the 40-and-over crowd who says that getting in tip-top shape is impossible. 

“If I can do it, then anyone can do it,” she says. “Give it a try. It’s liberating.”

Favorite quote: 

“Without heart, everything counts for naught. Unless the heart expands, nothing else will be available.”


Author Paulo Coelho. He writes beautiful poetic stories with deep underlying meanings. He is raw and authentic. 

Interesting fact: 

When I purchased my first business in 1997, I had only $2,500. The woman I bought it from let me make payments. 


About the author

James Combs

Akers Media Group's James Combs has been a staff writer for several local publications since August 2000. He has had the privilege of interviewing some of Lake County’s many fascinating residents—from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans—and bringing their stories to life. A resident of Lake County since 1986, James recently embarked on a journey to lead a healthier lifestyle. He has lost 60 pounds and walks nearly five miles a day. In his spare time, he enjoys target shooting, skeet shooting and watching his beloved Kentucky Wildcats!

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