Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dave Sinha, Founder of Synergy Collaborative Health, located in Cochrane, AB, Canada.

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

We are an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals serving the community from Cochrane, Alberta. A confluence of East and West, science and spirituality, medicine and healing - our collaborative approach is integrative, evidence-based and above all - grounded in compassion.

At Synergy, we believe that healing is as much about tending to the fruit as laying the ax to the root. Our services span the breadth of medicine, innermost to outermost - from psychotherapy to medical aesthetics. Our team consists of physicians and surgeons who, through medications and procedures, address the grossest manifestation of disease. We work with psychologists and hypnotherapists who shed light on the deeper mental and emotional antecedents, while practitioners with specialized training in Ayurveda, naturopathy, or functional nutrition, may address the behaviors and biochemistry from which the condition arose.

Synergy was founded as I was seeking a space that resonated with what I had experienced and knew within was the essence of healing. As Mahatma Gandhi said, "be the change you wish to see in the world." This was coming together of potential; people and perspectives are the heart of 'Synergy.'

Tell us about yourself

I am a family physician with a procedural medicine and psychotherapy practice. My wife, Swati, is a pediatric hospitalist at the Children's Hospital. We have two dogs and spend a lot of our free time walking in beautiful places as a family!

For as long as I can remember, medicine has been my inspiration! As I began to consider a profession, there was a desire to do no harm in any way. When I discovered the physician's foremost principle to be 'primum non-nocere,' meaning 'first, do no harm,' - it resonated to the depths of my being.

I reasoned that if the essence of life was love and to serve its singular expression, being a doctor was profoundly aligned. Finally, I was looking for a career that could be a means to a greater understanding - of myself, of life, of our existence. In medicine, with its proximity to birth, death, suffering, and healing - the intricacies of science and the breadth of humanity - the universal is ever-present, both imminent and transcendent.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

When we founded Synergy, we made a commitment to sponsor, through Seva Canada, a sight-restoring surgery every day and each time a patient accessed a third-party aesthetic service at Synergy or any affiliated satellite site. This has proven to be a challenging commitment, as there are instances where our services can; as a result, run losses. Furthermore, central to our vision is integrity - taking care of every patient, practitioner, and staff skillfully, selflessly, and lovingly - all the while ensuring the feasibility of the business!

Ultimately, this has emerged as our inspiration, fuelling our passion and driving ever deeper innovation. Since inception, we have sponsored (will respond shortly with the final updated number!) sight-restoring surgeries for patients suffering from blindness and who did not otherwise have access to care.

When I think that there are children who may have otherwise lived a life never seeing a sunrise or the faces of those who love them - who may be held back in sharing their gifts with the world - I am ever grateful to Seva and the compassion they share. A service that resonates with our mission at Synergy to "Care. Comfort. Cure." This, to me, is our greatest achievement.

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

In essence, balancing diverse and, at times, opposing considerations - clinical, humanitarian, business, and personal - without compromising integrity is certainly one of the hardest things we face every single day.

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

  1. Connect with your deepest driving desire - your 'why' - and as Rumi says, 'let the beauty of what you Love, be what you do.'
  2. Understand that every challenge is a reflection of something within us, seeking resolution. Regardless of how busy you may be, take time for daily internal dialogue to delve into the practical problems, but also your personal patterns and resistance to what is.
  3. From the very onset, and at every juncture, prioritize personal, family, and work-life balance. Recognize that they constitute a mutualism that is enhancing, not exclusive - both the means and the end.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

The final words of the Buddha, 'Strive Earnestly'!

Where can people find you and your business?


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