Anna, please tell us about what you do?
I am the founder of Balanced Bodies Lifestyle Clinic, where I practice as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Balanced Bodies Lifestyle Clinic is a holistic multi-disciplinary clinic with three locations. These include a private gym setting, physiotherapy practice and the Wellness Centre at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre.
What was your main motivation for opening up your own clinic?
My main motivation was that I knew I always wanted to run my own clinic. I was pushed into it a bit earlier than planned as a huge opportunity arose for me and I was able to rent a place within a gym and everything just grew from there.
What were some of the challenges you have experienced whilst starting your own clinic as an accredited exercise physiologist?
I have encountered a few challenges however the biggest challenge was being a new graduate. I had great clinical skills, however, I didn’t have business skills, which was a challenge when managing the business side of things. Also, I had to do my marketing on quite a lean budget!
What are some of the things that helped your business grow?
Initially, I tried to soak up as much information as possible from Business Coaches and Mentors. I was very fortunate as my brother is an accountant! Connecting with like-minded businesses helped and I also directly contacted the businesses I wanted to be mentored by.
Is there anything you’d like to share with those wanting to start their own clinic?
The main thing I would like to share is, it is important to set out your vision. If you have a big picture in mind, work back from that. Be practical, work with a weekly, monthly and quarterly plan to keep moving forward. It is also important to keep reviewing these plans as you go. If you feel you are falling behind, remember to make a list of the top 5 things you need to be doing and make sure you are on track. Also, keep planning the next steps.
What does the future hold for you, your clinic and general career?
Moving into my own standalone clinic and developing a space where people can feel safe and get a dose of exercise! I would also like to support communities and groups, mainly so I can contribute directly back to the community. Working on women’s health, bring in a dedicated team with their own specialty and I would like to develop staff so they can become leaders in their own field!
Anna is the founder of Balanced Bodies Lifestyle Clinic and believes in a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to healthcare. She works with people to understand not only their current health status but their lifestyle and motivations towards health. This belief in a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare has led Anna to build up relationships with many local health professionals to ensure her clients have the best care. Through her professional practice she strives to help you find balance in your body through movement.
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