We had the good fortune of connecting with Paula Sturm and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paula, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I really wanted to start my business because I had a unique set of skills that I couldn’t fully showcase working for someone else. I wanted to be able to help people with my process, not someone else’s. Plus, having control over your schedule is a huge bonus!!
What should our readers know about your business?
In my practice, I help support women who are navigating the terrain of autoimmunity, help people overcome chronic GI issues, as well as demystify and offer solutions to seemingly mysterious health issues. What sets me apart from other practitioners is I have a deep understanding about nutrition and how to help people with overwhelming diet changes combined with a rich background in Functional Medicine and Genomics. To add to that, I also work on the spiritual and emotional aspects that can often impede how someone progresses toward wellness.
I’m proud of the fact that I can be a one-stop-shop for diet, labs, supplement recommendations, and mind-body support. Instead of seeing multiple practitioners, which can get confusing and expensive.
My path toward my success has certainly had its ups and downs but I wouldn’t still be here if I didn’t persevere through the adversity. It’s been a test of my emotional resilience, for sure! However, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, right?! I’m pleased I stuck it out and feel so much more adept at sticking with it when the times get tough. I’ve always reminded myself that if someone else can figure this out and be successful, so can I. I just need to keep at it.
I want the world to know that my persistence in business translates into my persistence in helping my clients. I am always hopeful I can help them. I’ll really want to make sure my clients feel cared for, understood, and supported.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Certainly if visitors are in town I would take them to the Safari Park as our first stop. I love how it almost feels like a mini Safari. Of course you can’t visit San Diego without going to the beach, my two favorite spots are Del Mar and Moon LIght Beach in Encinitas. Getting your feet in the sand and sun on your face is just what the dietitian ordered 🙂 Stopping by Monarch in Del Mar to catch the sun set while enjoying some appetizers is a must. Then to get up early and take a trip to Torrey Pines for a scenic hike down to the ocean. There is nothing like the views from atop of the Torrey Pines hill then to descend down to the ocean for some sea air and cool sand. You can’t miss one of the many farmer’s markets around town while you are here! LIttle Italy and Rancho Santa Fe are two of my favorites to grab fresh, local produce, honey, nuts and nut butters and to grab a quick, healthy bite to eat. The final evening we would go visit the Sky Deck in Del Mar to peruse the gourmet food court, people watch, and enjoy a lively atmosphere and great selection of tasty food.
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?
I want to dedicate this Shoutout to my son. He’s been my motivation to never give up on my efforts, even when I’m down.
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