Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Lenny Roberts, Founder of Summit Spine and Wellness, located in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

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

We work with newborns to Centenarians, elite athletes to weekend warriors, those suffering from debilitating pain to those seeking to get that extra edge on life! We seek to Empower Families toward their Full Expression of Life thru customized corrective chiropractic care. We also offer Neuropathy care, massage therapy, acupuncture, and Red Light Weight loss. To help our patients on their path to optimal health and wellness.

Tell us about yourself

At Summit Spine and Wellness, we know how it feels to miss out on life!
I was born and raised in Roxborough. Graduated from Germantown Academy in 1992. My interest in helping others was shaped by an athletic career that included six knee surgeries. I missed my entire senior high school football season after three surgeries on my left knee.

In 1993, I played offensive line on the Rowan football team (runner-up in the Division III National Championship). On the last day of football camp, I suffered a knee injury to my right knee. Unfortunately, after surgery on the right knee, I developed a staph infection where I could have lost my leg! 2 additional surgeries, six weeks in a wheelchair, and three months on IV antibiotics to clear the infection left me with a total of 3 procedures on each leg at 19 years old. I was removed from football for good! Unable to play, I stopped working out, felt sorry for myself, and partied a lot. I gained a lot of weight and tipped the scales at over 340 lbs.! Fortunately, I made some substantial lifestyle changes, became passionate about working out, competed in amateur boxing competitions, and ran the San Diego marathon in 2006. I earned my Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, GA, in 2001. I founded Summit Spine and Wellness with the mission to "Empower Families Towards their Full Expression of Life," and that mission remains true 20 years later! I helped thousands of people in the community live a more active, pain-free life! And served as a Team Chiropractor for the Philadelphia 76ers from 2009-to 2015 and has been the Team Chiropractor for Temple Football from 2015-present.

While working with elite athletes is a life-long passion, I love working with people of all sizes, shapes, and backgrounds to get back in the game of life!!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Creating a great team while not losing focus on day-to-day patient care.

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

Building a team and continually trying to lead.

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

  1. Have a coach who has been there/done that.
  2. Immerse yourself in routines that support you - exercise, sleep, proper nutrition. to do what you do best. Make it a priority always.
  3. Be patient, and don't be too hard on yourself!

Where can people find you and your business?


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