We had the good fortune of connecting with Danielle Koelbl and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Danielle, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
By the time I was in my late twenties, I had already worked for three boutique and mid-size companies. The variety associated with each structure provided a robust exposure to corporate framework. While size and structure varied, one thing was consistent; in all three roles, I had to brace myself for serious change. From relocation requests, mergers, lay-offs and restructures, the lack of control over my professional fate left me frustrated and anxious. It was during a part-time furlough period that I began to truly look inward at my five-ten-year goals. I determined that I struggled with how to continue my career goal of becoming a corporate executive and yet introduce motherhood into my life. Women do it seamlessly all the time; however, it felt like given my career structure, I’d encounter a lack of balance emotionally, physically and end up failing at both roles.

With the support of my husband, I began creating a roadmap that bridged continued support for my current employer, while determining how to invest in me. Two months later, I went “live” with my own firm, MedRev Solutions. Within six months MedRev had national clients and within 22 months Terry and I welcomed our first daughter into this world.

And…four and a half years after our daughter Taylor was born, so was, “The Girl Who” stories. I quickly realized that adults and children look at life through completely different lenses. As parents we hope to raise confident yet empathetic children while our children are expected to understand large concepts at a young age. Our nighttime storytelling turned into eight manuscripts in two weeks. Each story bridged the gap between common parent/child disconnects. 

From there my goal was to show Taylor that if we believe in ourselves, people will support and believe in us too. Sure enough, her 2019 book, “The Girl Who Loves Unicorns” was an Amazon Top 100 Children’s Category book for over a year, selling ~ 6,000 copies in twelve months.

What should our readers know about your business?
At this point in my life, I am proud and excited to have overcome the fear of rejection. This is a serious achievement I hope all humans accomplish! I am also proud that my work comes from the heart and positively impacts our local, national, and international communities, even if only a small impact.

My corporate company supports healthcare providers by identifying and collecting unpaid amounts due to providers from insurance carriers. It’s a sophisticated software that utilizes provider-specific algorithms to create large scale customized responses to unpaid bills owed to providers. Our white glove approach to “denial management” is second to none and I absolutely love feeling like a “Robinhood” within the healthcare industry.

The Girl Who Stories, my passion project, was my more vulnerable attempt at making a small difference in our world. Any time a person puts pen to paper and publishes a book, you are putting a piece of your soul out there for the world to enjoy, or rip to shreds. I’ll never forget our first negative review. It hurt so much more than if I’d lost a bid for a billion-dollar healthcare client because the series was written with my children for children in an effort to build early education confidence, integrity, and have fun along the way. One silly review made me feel like a failure. And then I got over it. The sooner we all love within, the sooner we love all. I’ve learned to love the critics as much as the supporters because their negativity ignites constructive assessment and perpetuates growth.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My San Diego Places

Hikes & Recreation: Torrey Pines State Reserve Hike, Del Mar Beach Walk, Coronado Island Bike Ride

Restaurants: Coasterra, One Paseo, Del Mar Plaza, Cucina Enoteca, Pony Room, Ken Sushi

Boutique Shopping: Cedros Design District

Downtown: Find a rooftop bar/restaurant after sunset – breathtaking city/Coronado views

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my success to my parents, sister, aunts, grandmas, friends, husband, and my children. Each of you has supported me in big and small moments. All of you have continue to love me for me: crazy, passionate, driven, wild, sappy, sassy, happy, sad, rational, dramatic…all over the map me.

Website: www.thegirlwhostories.com

Instagram: @thegirlwhostories

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