Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dr. Andrew Gillihan, Co-Founder of Alinea Performance, located in Cincinnati, OH, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Alinea Performance is a physical therapy practice specializing in sports, performance orthopedics, & male pelvic health physical therapy in Cincinnati, Ohio. We help active adults decrease pain, recover from an injury and increase performance. We currently treat patients recovering from numerous conditions such as post-surgical, joint replacements, neurological disorders such as Parkinson's Disease, automotive accidents, and workplace injuries, as well as other male pelvic health conditions such as pelvic pain, erectile dysfunction, and urinary incontinence.
Tell us about yourself
I started my own business while in graduate school to change the healthcare field by working with veterans, military members, and other tactical athletes such as police officers, firefighters, and first responders. I worked within the VA for a while and saw how difficult it was to receive appropriate care. My motivation comes from wanting to really make a difference in how healthcare treats PEOPLE. As of now, it is set up to be a very reactive system and treats people that are sick after they actually need to address their overall health issues. Establishing a HEALTHcare model is a big piece of what keeps me pushing forward.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Opening my practice immediately upon graduating from my doctorate program. It wasn't easy, and it continues to be a challenge, but I'm so happy I did. I've been able to help hundreds of people already and continue to move the needle forward in male pelvic health physical therapy. I am currently the only male physical therapist treating within the scope of male pelvic health physical therapy in Cincinnati (and probably the tristate area).
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Being absolutely responsible for everything that goes right AND wrong in your business. It can be daunting some days, but it is also very freeing to know that I am in complete control over my fate and my patients' experience within healthcare.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Hire an accountant.
- If you are going to dive, make sure it's deep. Half measures are for half-lived lives.
- Life and business are a series of sprints and time for rest. It is not a marathon. Allow those seasons to flow, and understand you can't redline yourself forever.
Where can people find you and your business?
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