We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Zach Beatty, DC and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Zach, what role has risk played in your life or career?
This is a great question. The reason it is a great question, is because we are all afraid of change to some extent or another. We inherently contemplate the unknown or uncertainty. The recent global economic climate falls well within this threshold. The common questions of what do we do? What do we expect? How can we survive? These are all questions we have asked ourselves over the last few weeks or month. As a business owner, it is about risks. Some calculated, some not, some bluntly just jump without even looking. So taking a risk is imperative to success in my opinion. I tell many people on a regular basis, that I have one speed in life, with a two decision option (yes/no). I dont live a life of maybes. I live in a world of yes or no and when it is a yes, its a 100% all in no questions asked yes. Some may say that is risk. But I say it is the way of life for many business owners. Risk has played a huge role in my life with multiple aspects. The first phase of risk that was substantial in my eyes is in regards to my athletic and academic career. I knew I wanted to move out of my small town (less than 1,000 people) when I graduated high school. Little did I know where I would end up at that moment. I went from there to pursue a dual sport dual degree path in Cleveland Ohio.I had been recruited by bigger schools, thought of walking on at major programs, but ultimately decided on a smaller school, closer to home (2 hours away), but with superb academics and ability to network in a city atmosphere. From there life shifted with some injuries, etc. I buckled down academically Beyond that I took the next step to pursue my dream of being a chiropractor, so I packed up to move to St. Louis. Again further away from home, knowing only a few family members in the STL area. Upon graduation, I did what every normal sane human would do and took a plunge to move to, start my own practice, city where I knew absolutely NOBODY. I cannot stress that enough. I am talking no one, not one. But that wasn’t even the biggest risk of all. The biggest risk was when I turned down a very lucrative offer to remain closer to home, live comfortably. Also the risk of living in one of the more expensive areas in the country, knowing my professional license may take up to 6 months from graduation til the day I can start practice. I had saved a little bit of some money along the way from summer jobs. I basically put down a very very small amount (I cant express how low the amount) on black (also known as betting all in on myself). To be totally transparent for about 4-18 months. I barely had 1 singular solid night of rest. I would wake up in panic. What did I forget to do, what should I have done, I need to do that, etc. The list never got shorter. Fast forward to this past year where we opened a brand new state of the art facility, digital x-rays, multiple treatment rooms, and an extra room where we have the ability to add on to our services moving forward. We now have multiple staff members as well as interns. While the staff members are here on purpose to ensure an amazing experience every time you enter our facility, the interns seek to gain knowledge for their chiropractic journey to helping create an unbelievable experience for their future communities. Risk to me is a daily adventure. I am constantly thinking about things and all of them involve risk. We risk 3 major things as a society, most of the time without realizing it. But those three things are our time, our money, and our health. Which one do you value the most, which ones are you willing to risk the most, and which one will give the most benefit at the end of the day.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
This is a great question about what sets us apart. What sets us apart is in my eyes, is the analyzation of each individual case that walks into our office. Every person that walks in is not a number they are actually truly a person with a name. I know every person’s name, I know their family, I know what’s going on in their lives because I asked; I actually care to ask. The other thing that sets us apart business-wise is the fact that the technique that we use in our office is designed to create fast effective results for each specific person’s condition. We use a handheld device that allows us to detect issues along spine along with having the ability to take in office X-rays if needed and warranted. With The use of X-rays, we can identify the true underlying issues for your specific situation. We also use a specialized technique of adjustments (Gonstead technique) that allows us to be very specific in delivering that much-needed adjustment to the specific area. Haha getting to where I am today was not easy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way because easy isn’t the way good things happen in my opinion. Hard work, dedication, perseverance, and passion will prevail. Making the hard things look easy, but when you look back they were so well worth every blood sweat and tear that you put into that. How do I overcome challenges, great question, basically like I said hard work dedication perseverance and most of all passion. The passion that I have to help somebody makes those long nights those early mornings seem like nothing, but just a normal day. So I think it really just comes down to hard work and passion which will make it that much easier to overcome. I don’t see every issue in life as an obstacle, sometimes it is an opportunity to grow or develop. I want the world to know that we are here to help you because we put your health as our priority. When you walk into our office you instantly become part of our family. We are going to treat you and your family with nothing but love and support no matter what. We take pride in our Chiropractic technique because we feel that it allows us to get amazing results for you and your family. And one thing that we always hear is that as a doctor in our community for patients is that we truly care. If there’s nothing else that anyone in our office knows about us is that we actually care to know about them, their family, what’s going on in their day, what’s going on with work, how are they just doing today, and how can we make them better.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Like many of you know, we live in San Diego where people love love love to come visit us. I don’t know if I’ve ever had to make people just hit me up wanting to come visit so this is a great question. I mean you can go from anywhere from downtown Gaslamp to Mission Hills to Little Italy to Pacific Beach to Del Mar to Tijuana. So how to make an itinerary, let’s start with where we eat. I’m not going to give specific names of places hopefully we’ll see what happens here but definitely going to introduce them to some African food, of course Little Italy for some really good Italian food, going to go to Pacific Beach and show them the beach life with some great foods along the beach. Tacos are a must while visiting here, Indian food, Thai. But you better believe at some point I am going to throw down in the kitchen for my guests, so they can have the best food experience in San Diego. All joking aside, when taking friends around town I am all about experiences. The atmosphere, the people, the views, that is what I want to show off and enjoy about this beautiful city we all get to call home. Now on where to drink it all depends on which friends are coming into town because that will dictate where we go. However, definitely going to hit up North Park, Gaslamp, Little Italy, PB, if we’re going to do a brew tour, there’s no better place than Miramar. Some of the best places to go visit in my opinion are definitely the hidden swings, Kate sessions Park, Coronado. Then obviously all the beach towns OB PB, I love some aspects of TJ. However when it comes to my nephew’s coming into town you already know that we have to have to have to go to Legoland definitely. They want to go to the beach I think next time they come out I think we’re going to take them to Disney once they are a bit older. So again it really depends on who shows up and is ready to rock and roll. Because if it is my dad, we are 100% going to go play a round of golf and talk trash the whole round, but also get a chance to catch up uninterrupted. If it’s my mom we are going to the beach without a shadow of a doubt.If it’s both I am going to be wore out between beach and golf haha.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Hands down, my family. They are truly the backbone of not only who I am, but where I am today. They have full on supported me even when I know deep down it may have been tough seeing their child move across the country to follow my dream. Grandparents, same thing, they have supported me every step of the way. This is no joke when I say my parents and grandparents have missed less than 10 sporting events or significant events of my life. This is from the time I played tee ball through playing 4 high school sports, 2 collegiate sports, graduations, business grand openings,etc. Others that deserve recognition are my mentors and friends. There are far too many to list, but having a strong community network of people who have the same mission of helping others, whether it be marketing, business, chiropractic, life, the list goes on. I have been extremely fortunate to always have such an amazing supporting cast that not everyone gets to see.