Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Justin Feldman, founder of Feldman Physical Therapy & Performance, located in Poughkeepsie, NY, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We are a team of physical therapists passionate about helping our patients get back to doing what they love to do. Too often, pain or injury gets in the way of what we enjoy. We work with a number of high-level athletes, so this can be a sports-related injury, but it can also mean that annoying knee pain that keeps you from sitting on the floor with your kids or grandkids or the lower back pain when you lift your kids. Our goal is to teach you the strategies to help you heal yourself and improve your daily life.
Tell us about yourself
When I first got out of physical therapy school, I was disappointed by the lack of individual time I was getting to spend with each of my patients. I felt that this was greatly limiting my ability to help them achieve their goals. I tried working in a few different settings before my family and friends finally gave me the push to create the environment I wanted to work in. I love being able to really get to know my patients, sit and talk with them, and get to what is really at the heart of their unique situations. Each day is so different because each patient is so individual; I can't wait to get to work each morning and see what everyone is going to accomplish.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I would have to say my biggest accomplishment is being able to build a team of like-minded physical therapists. We all have our own unique set of skills and bring something special to the table. Individually we are all great PT's, but as a team, we are much stronger than the sum of our parts.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The hardest thing for me is that as a business owner, you have a responsibility not only to your patients and customers but to your team to make sure that everything is going in the direction it should be.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Don't wait for the perfect time to start; it will never seem to come, but now is as good a time as any.
- Study business outside of your profession; you will generally find so much you can apply to your situation, often things that others in your industry aren't doing.
- Don't get comfortable; keep challenging yourself and your team.
Where can people find you and your business?
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