Professionally…Dortha Hise is the Chief Overwhelm Eliminator and Joy Giver at Pretty Smart Virtual Services, with a team of Overwhelm Eliminator Specialists to rescue entrepreneurs and small business owners out of overwhelm by tackling their to-do list for them, so they can take back their life and get back to doing what they love.
Prior to starting the business in 2004, Dortha was a litigation paralegal in a very demanding field of law that required her to work a great deal of overtime and she began to discover that her heart was much too delicate for the type of work she was doing and a change was needed.
She started her business as a research assistant for her very first client and it began to develop from there. Every time she would ask Dortha to learn something new, Dortha was always a “yes”…which led her to learn how to write code for websites and she really tapped into being a total techie nerd – she loved it and continues to learn and grow her skills!
Today, she partners with clients to provide a 30,000-foot view of their business and help strategize and provide solutions for the implementation of the tasks that overwhelm them – social media management, writing blogs, updating or re-doing websites, product launches, research, newsletter creation, short and long-term planning and so much more. We like to think of ourselves as partners with each client – keeping their bottom line in mind and their goals in sight.
Dortha holds a B.S. from Loyola University of Chicago in Psychology and a B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Criminal Justice, as well as a Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Design from Sierra College.
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Personally…Dortha is a woman of faith – she spends time daily in prayer/meditation. Her family is a priority – and she makes sure to spend time with family regularly. She is a woman who puts her health and fitness on the top of her priority list and workouts 4-5 times a week.
After a 2-year period of enduring the loss of her mother, her great-grandmother, a friend’s husband and one of her best friends from high school, she woke up with no voice. Thinking it was a simple case of laryngitis or bronchitis…she waited it out. It turned out not to be so simple… it took some time, several doctor visits, specialists, and other non-traditional medical visits to be diagnosed with a condition called Abductor Spasmodic Dysphonia (“AB SD”) – which in and of itself is quite a mouthful. The condition is neurological with no known cause and the only known potential “cure” is to have Botox injected into the vocal cords directly – the idea of which has not been something Dortha felt was the “right” treatment option for her. AB SD prevents her from using the phone or speaking normally – her voice sounds incredibly hoarse much of the time. Dortha has used technology to accommodate her vocal disorder. She corresponds with her clients and email over email, and via video conferencing.
Dortha maintains an attitude of gratitude for the experience as it has heightened her sense of hearing and it allows her to really hone in on what others are saying (or perhaps not saying).
Dortha enjoys getting out onto the trails hiking or backpacking with her husband and has found much healing in the power of nature.
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What sets Pretty Smart Virtual Services apart…
Here are the core values that make us who we are:
- Integrity – We are honest, authentic and decisions are made based on doing what’s right because it’s the right thing to do.
- Faithful – We are loyal and supportive of each other and our clients
- Dependable – We keep our promises and follow through on what we say we are going to do
- Positive – We are happy to be here, we maintain a can-do attitude and we believe anything is possible
- Compassionate – We believe in “walking around in a person’s shoes” first, before action or words, we are empathetic to the needs of others, and we are kind
- Trustworthy- We are reliable, truthful, and impeccable with our word
When you make the choice to become a client of Pretty Smart Virtual Services, we will rescue you from the overwhelm you may be experiencing, allowing you to take back your life–let us tackle your to-do list!