We had the good fortune of connecting with Elyse Quartini and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elyse, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I saw a need that I was unable to fill in the conventional physical therapy setting. Physical therapists have such a depth of knowledge and, very unfortunately, the current medical model doesn’t allow PT’s and many medical professionals, to be able to fully utilize those skills and talents to fully benefit patients. I think many people, want and need attentive care, And I don’t believe it takes more than what we already know how to do, we just need the time and autonomy to implement our skills and compassion to truly help patients improve.
What should our readers know about your business?
My professional life has always been about finding ways to to help other people in a way that keeps me positive and a need to have a depth of knowledge to make a significant difference. I’ve always wanted to make a living at something that impacts other people even on a very small level. It gives me a sense of value. And my curiosity and drive to learn how the body works, how we can make it work better and how we can prevent it from failing or having limitations motivated me to further my education. All of this has led me to physical therapy. I am very proud of what I do, so that motivates me to do it well and in a way that my patients can feel and that I can measure objectively. Physical therapy is a perfect mix of science and art. Treatments and assessments have to have validity but the way each applies to each person (with extremely varied issues) is where the fun comes in. No body and no person is a-like. And that’s what keeps it interesting. I have worked for myself twice in my life and neither were truly intentional. I really love working as a team. But at different times, I found myself in situations where being on my own in those circumstances, was the only way to bring the highest degree of quality and value to my patients and to myself. It was difficult. I am not necessarily a business minded person and have no business background. I honestly depend on my skills, my connection with patients and word of mouth to keep me afloat. I am not suggesting that for anyone else! I just found that this is how I stay authentic. I’ve learned when I use practices that may work for other people (marketing practices for instance), it doesn’t mean they are going to work for me. And I have stopped worrying that I’m not doing all the “things” I should be doing. I’m selective about how I present myself and with whom. I like to think my “brand” is primarily built on integrity and I seek others who possess the same quality. And there are so many incredible people that have collaborated and supported me and helped make my business grow. In my mind, my “business” is my life- physical therapy, surf photography and constantly exploring human movement.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
How fun, ok. Kayaking or paddle boarding in either mission bay or Carlsbad lagoon bc she’s scared of sharks. If I could talk her into it, definitely to look at the leopard sharks in la jolla shores Have BBQ on the beach with friends and try to get her to surf. Market Restaurant in Del Mar Queenstown public house Ride bikes along 101 or to Aquarium Dancing at Open Bar in PB to 90’s hip hop Fun Cat at paradise island with wine to lounge Host friends on my deck – if you’re standing you can see the ocean Boat ride out from harbor island and go tubing! Dog Beach in Coronado- happiest place on earth, then ice cream or an adult beverage at the hotel. Or both Live music or comedy show at Humphrrey’s, View point- Del Mar near lagoon and racetrack Ride bikes Oscar’s to tacos in PB Bird Rock—Coffee and walk around village, stop at the LJ wine bar – super nice and knowledgeable couple from S Africa, Go for run around la jolla cove and check out the seals- swim in the caves.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Without a doubt, my mother. She is incredibly strong, intelligent and accomplished in her own right. She may not have had as many opportunities that I have had to blaze her own way but she helps bolster me up and pushes me forward. She never tells me I CAN’T. She helps me find a way so that I CAN. There are so many people that have supported and mentored me along the way as well. Friends and colleagues, people I”ve met that inspire me to seek what makes me happy and be able to contribute to others. I am fortunate to be so supported.