A Dream in the Making – Mission: Small Business

May 30, 2012 by · 29 Comments 

A personal story about a dream I have had for many years. It all started back when I was 8 years old. I was riding along with my family in the car heading back home from a store on a bright sunny summer day, when my dad, who was driving, accidentally ran over a raccoon. Gasping, I looked back and saw the poor thing squirming in death throws. I wanted to help the little guy but didn’t know how and I emphatically stated “If I were a vet, I could save that raccoon.” My father looking in the rearview mirror at me said “I bet you could.” And that’s how my desire to be a vet started over 30 years ago. Of course over those 30+ years, 8 years of schooling, 16 years of practice, certification courses in animal chiropractic and veterinary acupuncture my life, my knowledge and my experiences have changed me, but one thing has remained the same I still have the desire to be a vet.

Now in the past 10 years I have had a desire to own my own veterinary clinic. Not just any vet clinic, but a specialized clinic, a holistic wellness center, focusing on chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, functional medicine and physical therapy to help animals with chronic disease and pain management. Chronic diseases and pain that traditional vets have little answers for and neither the time or expertise to correct. Answers other than an anti-inflammatory or a steroid to problems such as arthritis, allergies, immune system diseases, and digestive disorders. Correcting problems with proper diet, exercise, herbals and nutrition is the type of medicine I enjoy. I love seeing the positive results in my patients as they are able to stop taking the steroids or the anti-inflammatories for the first time in months or even years. Controlling disease and pain in order to really improve their quality of life satisfies me.

Also the ability to help animals with pain from acute injuries or after surgery other than sitting in a cage on heavy pain medication. Being able to bring them back to full function with acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, and other modalities and improving their quality of life is what makes me excited, happy, and fulfilled. Trying to figure out answers to difficult problems and difficult cases helps keep my mind active and is an enjoyable part of the business – solving puzzles is fun.

So why have I not opened a vet clinic? If this is my passion, what has kept me from doing it? It is the same thing that has stopped most people from fulfilling their dreams and their life passion – FEAR. In my case it is fear of failure, fear of not being able to provide for my family, fear of trading time for money and not being able to spend time with my family. Currently, I have a great business and a great business model, I am able to help a wide area of patients from Peoria, IL to Westville, IN, up to Gurnee, IL and out west to LaSalle, IL and everywhere in between. My overhead is extremely low consisting of my van, a small amount of rent, and the few supplements I carry with me. Opening a practice would change some of this and the biggest change the one that actually does cause fear is the amount of overhead it takes to open a practice. Why, when I am having such a successful practice doing what I am doing now, would I want to worry about having to cover a large increase in expenses and overhead? This question stops me and makes me consider – is this really what I want to do? I always say, “Yes, I still want to do this!”, but how? How do I decrease the risk? Do I start really small and build from there? Do I take out huge loans and buy the overhead take the risk, knowing that this is my passion and if I structure it right it will work out fine? In this business environment right now I am definitely shying away from the latter!

The good news – my overhead fear is being crushed by my desire and passion at this moment and I will be opening a facility in the near future. As fate would have it, after having made this final decision in my heart and mind an opportunity came along. This opportunity will provide less risk to me and will definitely help make this venture successful. But I need your help –

Chase Bank and Living Social have combined to bring small businesses an opportunity to win up to a $250,000 grant. A business needs 250 votes to even be eligible. This grant would give me the opportunity to open a holistic veterinary clinic with less risk and in this business environment less risk is optimal 🙂

So to help me in this endeavor please go to https://www.missionsmallbusiness.com/

On the lower right side click Log in & Support (you have to have a Facebook account)
then to vote type in Balanced Motion Veterinary Services, the state: Indiana and the city: Crown Point then click search.

Last and this is the important step click Vote

Thank you in advance for your support. It is Balanced Motion Veterinary Services that you are voting for a chance at a $250k grant.

If you have any stories about how my passion for helping animals or another holistic veterinarian has helped your dog, cat or horse, post them in the comments section below.