We’re excited for you all to meet Dr. Amanda Chan from Ottawa, Canada. She is a chiropractor who has been running her business for 15 years.
What does your dream life look like? Are you currently living your dream or still working on it?
My dream life would include more long-term travel with my family. I love what I’m doing and the next evolution of my practice will be to free myself up to work remotely for periods during the year.
Tell us about what you do.
I am a non-traditional chiropractor who gives people tools and strategies to regulate their nervous system.
What inspired you to start this business?
When I was a traditional chiropractor, I worked with patients who had low back pain and neck pain. Some people got better and others did not.
When I started to look into stress and its effects on the nervous system, I realized that I was missing the whole person when I was treating them. Now, I incorporate a person’s physical, emotional and mental well-being into tools and strategies for healing.
What’s your motto?
My motto is: The doctor determines the diagnosis, you decide the prognosis.
If this resonates with you, visit my website to join one of my free monthly workshops.
You’ve been in business for 15 years. I know you’ve faced some challenges along your entrepreneurial journey.
Unfortunately, two of the most disruptive times in my business have been when I was on maternity leave. This was frustrating as a new mother because I was torn between spending time with my children and my business.
Luckily, I was able to find a locum to replace some of my shifts in my business and I although I went back to work quickly, I was able to do it gradually starting part-time and then transitioning to full-time.
Has being an introvert affected your business?
In the beginning, being an introvert really affected my business as I had difficulty doing presentations and networking in large groups.
What I did to overcome that was to schedule presentations every week for a year. In the beginning, I prayed that no one would show up so I did not have to do the presentation.
As I challenged myself to speak more and more, I eventually became better at it and grew to like it.
What methods do you use to bring in new clients?
I do free monthly health and wellness workshops on Zoom. This allows people to get to know me if we are just starting our journey together. For others who have been with me for a while, this allows us to build a community where we meet monthly.
Is attending networking events a part of your marketing strategy?
It was at first. Since COVID, I have not attended any in person events.
How do you define success for yourself and your business?
The ability to serve, help others in their health and also make a profit so that we can continue in business.
What advice would you give to other introverted women who are just starting their own businesses?
Do it your own way. Also, you will have to get out of your comfort zone at times in order to achieve your goals.
Thank you for taking the time to share your story. Where can our readers find more information about you?