We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelica Ortiz, D.C. & Martha Mekonen, D.C. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Ortiz, and Dr. Mekonen, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
We are inspired by our patients! The natural, physiological, abilities of the female body amaze us daily. We get the opportunity to watch independent women transform physically, mentally and emotionally into empowered, caring mothers. This transformation is not easy and can be daunting, however, this is where we get to facilitate enjoyable pregnancies, functional births, and gratifying postpartum recoveries. At Life Adjusted Wellness we believe that birth is the epicenter of a woman’s power and this in itself is our inspiration.
What should our readers know about your business?
Life Adjusted Wellness is different than most chiropractic offices for one dominant reason, our focus is women’s health. You can probably guess that the daily passion for that specialty is driven by our all female team. The docs at Life Adjusted Wellness inform and empower women about their bodies and how to better care for it through posture, individualized rehabilitative exercises, and improving over all function with regular chiropractic care, especially in the perinatal stages of life. Arriving at where we are today has been a whirlwind of experience. Our first challenge was receiving the doctoral degree to be able to adjust and be licensed. Business planning in the midst of boards exams, cum laude qualifications, and our daily quizzes/tests was not easy but together we found strength, put in countless hours of studying and made it through. The next big challenge we faced was building clientele in a new city, this took effort and persistence, there was a time where we attended 4-5 networking events every week just to get exposure and practice our pitch. The biggest lesson learned in that stage was the power of the pivot. Realizing that what you are doing is not enough or needs improvement and pivoting to be better. We still face challenges, I think any business owner might tell you that challenges never cease, however, what we have improved on is overcoming those challenges through reflection and being resourceful. We want the world to know that anything is possible if you strategize and work hard! If two 26yo doctors can teach themselves business, establish a corporation, and create a successful, niche driven chiropractic practice with $4000 of graduation money then the only thing holding back aspiring entrepreneurs is fear. Our biggest advice is to release the fear and go for it, knowing that hard times will arise but maintaining persistence to continue pushing.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
We love hiking! One of the first places we take guests is the Torrey Pines Hiking Trail, nice, easy escape with luscious mountainous backdrops behind a beautiful beach. Another favorite hike is Cowles Mountain, this one is a little more difficult but such a beautiful view when you get to the top. Ocean Beach is our most frequented beach, fire pits, occasional fire dancers, and lots of great vibes.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We would be incapable of our success without the love and support of our families, they have been there for us through it all and continue to push and encourage us. We also need to give credit to the incredible mentors we have had along the way, from chiropractic mentors to business mentors we have absorbed and flourished from the teachings of Dr. Elliot Berlin, D.C., Dr. Carri Cook, D.C, Dr. Sarah Wilks, D.C. and Dr. Landon Amonette, D.C. These incredible leaders took us under their wings and helped us establish our vision. We are eternally grateful to all those mentioned above and we cannot wait to return the favor and mentor fellow entrepreneurs who aspire to heal the community.
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