Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Margarita Chtein, Co-owner of Physio Summum Verdun, located in Verdun, QC, Canada.

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

I’m part owner of a new physiotherapy clinic located in the heart of Verdun. We have a variety of clients of all ages with different orthopaedic injuries, complex spine pathologies, vestibular conditions, and pelvic floor dysfunctions. We work as a team with our patients to heal the body, prevent future injuries and empower our clients to lead a healthier lifestyle through exercise and movement. Our patients’ well-being always comes first.

Tell us about yourself

Ever since I was little, I have also wanted to help people when I grow up. The most satisfying part of my job is seeing my patients’ progress. A crucial part of my work is patient education, as it is very important to understand the reason for your pain and how to manage it properly.

I obtained my master’s degree in physiotherapy from McGill University in 2011. Since then, I have been working in the private sector with clients suffering from numerous musculoskeletal conditions, chronic pain, and sports injuries. I continued my postgraduate studies in advanced manual therapy to earn the title of fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). This allowed me to learn in-depth the biomechanics of the body and advanced treatment techniques.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

As a new business owner, I’m in a constant learning experience. I’m learning to balance treating patients, supervising staff, managing the finances for the company, and so much more. But it’s such a great feeling to be your own boss and to know you’ve created something great.

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

The biggest challenge so far has been to hire reliable and good employees.

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

  1. Balancing sustainability and profitability.
  2. Finding trustworthy partner(s).
  3. Hiring good employees.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

There is no one recipe for managing someone’s injury or pain, every physiotherapy treatment is meticulously individualized to each person. A physiotherapist has an entire toolbox of approaches to help guide their patients through recovery.

Where can people find you and your business?


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