We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr Rachel Hamel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr Hamel, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
Getting a mentor/discipleship. Mentors have been key to helping me navigate the changes in my business as well as to adapt to them. Mentorship can look differently for different people, whether it’s a prayer partner, a coach, or a colleague. You also have to be willing to adapt! Different patients/clients have different needs. Know your strengths and that will help you determine how you best serve your clients!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I definitely have a very unique healing practice. The goal of all of my healing modalities is to achieve optimal brain health and wellness. I am a certified craniopath and functional medicine practitioner. I believe that all health ailments stem from three causes. A breakdown in the mechanical, chemical or emotional system/(s). The body has an amazing capacity to heal, if looked at in a lense of systems NOT symptoms. I am just one of a very select number of craniopaths in the US, which is just a fancy words for the bones of the skull. I also provide customized protocols utilizing SOT chiropractic, kinesiology, emotional healing and genetic based nutrition. Being different in a field, especially in a male dominated field never came easy to me, but over the years I am so proud of the practice I have built. I believe I have built the practice that I always wanted to go to when I was chronically ill over 10 years ago. No matter the comments or hardships, I’ve always stayed true to who I am and believed it would pay off, and it most certainly has! There is no better reward than seeing your patient’s health restored. Challenges come with any business, so it’s all about how much you want it and adapt. I relocated my practice about 2.5 years ago from the Bay Area to San Diego, with no patients and without knowing anyone except 1 person. I started from ground zero again, but knew my strengths, knew who to reach out to, and worked and grinded really hard the first couple years. I now have an almost weekly waitlisted practice. The best advice I’ve gotten is to just be a great physician and people will come. I’ve never done a lot of marketing or huge campaigns, I just do really great work and have a select number of referrals that know me and my work exceptionally well. Of course, there days and years even that you feel like “did I follow the right path?” I’m sure every entrepreneur has been there. But, it gets better! Get in the right environment, get alongside people that build you up and speak life into you, and make your self care a big component. I want more individuals of all classes and demographics to be educated and to have the availability of natural care. My goal is to teach this work more and to expand within the next year.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Whenever someone visits I love taking them to Coronado Beach or La Jolla Shores. I highly recommend doing the kayaking or paddleboarding! Some of my favorite eatery spots are Trilogy Sanctuary or Oscars for some amazing tacos! Additionally, if you can get outside, I’d highly recommend Cowles mountain for a great view of the city. Balboa Park is always a great day session as well, if you can catch some local dancers and live music.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shoutout to Pathfinders in San Diego. They definitely were a huge contributor in my success and coaching me through the many battles of entrepreneurship! Also a huge thanks to my mentors Dr. Bloink and Dr. Mersky in coaching me into this amazing career path!
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