Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health & wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dr. Crystal Whisler DC, CFMP, Doctor and Functional Medicine Consultant of Functional Medicine For Life, located in Laguna Niguel, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am one of the few certified functional medicine practitioners in the country and work virtually worldwide. I specialize in helping people eliminate fatigue, brain fog, and chronic inflammatory conditions by finding and addressing the underlying causes using the most advanced evidence-based approaches available today.

Tell us about yourself

I first discovered the healing power of functional medicine when trying to overcome own health problems I experienced in my late twenties. I developed chronic fatigue with associated anxiety, brain fog, and depression. It took a tremendous toll on my performance and life. At one point, I was barely able to work. I visited numerous traditional medicine doctors as well as many types of healers. Surprisingly, none of these specialists were able to help me with my debilitating fatigue and mental health issues.

What I learned is that traditional medicine and even wholistic cookie-cutter approaches offered me no solutions, and what works for one doesn't necessarily work for the next person. So, I took charge of my health by putting the pieces of the puzzle together by assessing my biochemistry and uncovering the root causes. This process, combined with environment and lifestyle strategies, allowed me to heal completely. My experiences reinforced that the traditional medical model is lacking when it comes to chronic health issues. To be honest, I feel it's my purpose to help and guide others through this healing path. I want to help others prevent and heal from these issues as we all deserve to live a healthy, happy, connected life where we can be of more service to the world

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Creating a business that truly helps people regain their health and create the life they desire. Our health affects everything in our lives, from our productivity, career, relationships, peace, and joy. When people recover or improve their health, their lives change.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

I think one of the most difficult things is juggling different roles. The clinician, the business owner, the entrepreneur, the marketing, and the researcher.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Put service first. When your mindset is how can I help people, you will move forward in an aligned way that brings both profitability and benefit to the world.
  2. Define your niche. How do you enjoy working with the most and can help?
  3. Don't try to do it all alone. Find others who are ahead of you. You can collapse time and avoid many mistakes with good mentors.

Where can people find you and your business?


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