We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I earned my doctorate in physical therapy, completed a residency program, and successfully passed special examinations for Board-Certification as a Women’s Health Clinical Specialist. I wanted to make sure I had the skills, most importantly the knowledge of communication for sensitive concerns and the tools to help others heal themselves. I had successfully built up a Women’s Health/ Pelvic Health Program in one of the clinics for a large company, but I had a 2-3 month wait list, my availability was limited and the clients could not afford the rates even if they were in-network with an insurance provider, but hadn’t met their deductibles. I had no control over this. I’m all for maintaining my boundaries and going on vacations. My saying has always been, “don’t give me benefits if you don’t expect me to use them.” Unfortunately, I was starting to burn out. There had to be another way. I saw a need and decided to design my business to protect my energy and get clients the support they needed. By honoring myself, I was able to be more present for my clients and they were getting solutions to their concerns quicker.
I noticed a need for financial education as well. I was introduced at a young age to financial management and was able to move into my entrepreneur journey knowing my financial needs as a start-up and being able to support myself. Some people are unaware of the costs to bring a child into this world, all the way from preconception through postpartum. I saw so many people put themselves on a backburner, because no one had told them it was a possibility they would experience urinary incontinence or pain with intercourse after having a child, and there are costs either to seek treatment to have a better quality of life or to buy absorbent pads. Also, I saw many clinicians who were feeling stuck in positions that no longer served them simply because of student loan debt or other financial concerns. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone, but information and implementation is. I figured out a way to share techniques to manage your money so you have the upper hand to leave and go to new opportunities if that is what your soul is calling for in order to maintain your passion.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I have a practice that blends my ability to support the birthing individual and family from pre-conception through postpartum and beyond. My Physical Therapy practice addresses discomfort/pain throughout the body during pregnancy and any bowel, bladder, painful sex, or pelvic organ concerns, just to name a few. I lovingly say, “If you have concerns with the 7 p’s- pee, poo, pain, preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause- come see me.” The Yoga component helps prepare your body for birth and recovery afterwards. As A Birth Doula I am your guide, Think of it as the travel agent of your dreams. You know your goal destination is Healthy Baby and Healthy Mama, we may have to take alternate routes to get there, but you know you can trust the journey with my support that helps empower you to advocate for yourself. My company serves many components with you being in charge of the direction you want to take. We are all about being proactive rather than reactive by addressing wellness, but when concerns do arise, we are able to address them. The new membership site will be launching soon to include all components that will allow for live and self-pacing activities.
As a money mentor, I help healthcare professionals and those wanting to enter the field to manage their finances. This will also be included in the membership site for expecting families. If you did not have anyone who experienced this before you, how do you know what decisions to make? I want others to know how much peace it can bring to your life to have these techniques and it can open the door to opportunities that can help you feel fulfilled in life.
I am proud my businesses have been able to expand while maintaining boundaries. I have several services, but they compliment each other. The growth of my businesses were natural and I did not have to go into hustle mode, something I wholeheartedly wanted to avoid. I would love for others to avoid as well. Maybe it’s because I love naps so much, but my time is precious and so is your’s.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For variety, I take people to Legacy Hall first. I try something new every time and I always make sure I get dessert. Have to throw in some seafood, depending on who they are we’ll either go to Pappadeaux or Shell Shack in Plano. Can’t forget Pappa’s Delta Blues either. Yum. I do have on my list to try Cattleack BBQ and Motor and Maple so need more people to come in town for me to take them there. Can you tell I love to eat?
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Village- this includes family, friends (who are more like family), my Sorors (shoutout to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.), and amazing colleagues I have met along my professional journey.
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