Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Mandy Patterson, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Naturopath, and Occupational Therapist, located in Evansville, IN, USA.

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

I run a telehealth practice geared toward helping busy, stressed-out women get to the root cause of their health challenges. I use a holistic approach to helping women rediscover their joy, happiness, and vitality. As a mom of 6 and health care professional, I get the challenges associated with putting my health first when raising a large, busy family.

Tell us about yourself

I have been a medical professional for over 22 years. I was initially trained as an occupational therapist and have worked in all sectors of health care. I became disenchanted and frustrated by our current medical system when my oldest child suffered from bowel issues that were unable to be solved by doctors. I could not resign him to a life of pharmaceuticals that miserably failed to bring about relief and stole his happiness, joy, and vitality. Several of my kids have dealt with learning disabilities, anxiety, and depression. I know that there is a better way with holistic health care.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

It is challenging being an entrepreneur and running a busy household. I have been coaching for over 12 years and have been running an online platform for over four years.

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

As an entrepreneur, it is challenging to work in isolation. Although I "see" my clients on Zoom, I am a people person and love being in the presence of people.

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

  1. Commit to your own self-care and be selfish with it. We have to love ourselves first before we can help and pour into others.
  2. Commit to personal growth each month. Write out your goals and come up with a plan to keep you on track. Get a business coach or personal mentor to motivate you and push you to achieve your goals.
  3. Be firm yet open with the people you serve. Set boundaries but know that sometimes you have to deviate from your plan or the rules.

Where can people find you and your business?


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