We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. La’Boris Cole and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dr. La’Boris, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
My passion has always been dancing and helping others. After taking dance classes from a professional dance company in high school, my desire to teach dance grew. I, then, decided to use what I learned professionally by integrating skills and techniques within my dance company and ministry. As a result, I was hired by different churches to teach different forms of dance for various dance ministries. Eventually, I started Born 2 Danz to broaden my reach by affording the community the same opportunity and experience.  Towards the end of completing my doctoral degree, the idea and desire of pursing private practice and opening a substance abuse treatment center increased.  While pursuing my secondary degrees, I had the honor of interning and working as a counselor at a private practice, a substance abuse center and became the Treatment Manager for a RDAP program at a county jail. During this time, I gained experience in not only clinical counseling, but I was able to learn the business side of each entity. Most importantly, to witness the transformation and restoration clients and inmates experienced, encouraged me to continue the path of providing resources, tools and treatments that address the needs of the whole man.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Professionally, I am a psychotherapist, entrepreneur, life coach, drug and alcohol consultant, and educator. I am most proud of recently initiating and in the process of completing the phases of launching my first substance abuse treatment center. While working to complete this major task, I am, also, in the process of opening my private practice in the DFW area in the Spring. This is major to me because I did not begin my professional journey in Texas. A few years ago, I was pursing my doctoral degree in Tennessee; therefore, my clientele and resources were located in Tennessee. So to relocate to a different state and begin the licensure and business process all over again and to be close to completing these tasks brings tears to my eyes. I am most proud and excited about these two major launches because I understand the benefit both will provide to the community at large. Hard work, determination, accountability, self-care, encouragement, and GOD has led me to where I am today. No. It was not easy. There have been and still at times are challenges in pursing my dreams and completing these tasks. No matter what the challenges are, I have been intentional about encouraging myself as well as engaging in self-care on a daily basis, Intentionality, encouragement, and emotional regulation are three major factors I had to learn to do consistently. Once I mastered these three factors, completing professional goals and enjoying my personal life became easier.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love to EAT and SHOP!! So we would go to the Galleria Mall and other malls around the city. We would eat at Trulocks, True Kitchen, Del Frisco’s, Salivianos, STIX, and check out other restaurants in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Keller. We would also go swimming at The Pool on the Rooftop and go bike riding later that evening. Oh… and we can’t forget about going to church. We would for sure end the week at church on that Sunday.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shout out to my parents, Phyllis Finley and Dr. Leroy Cole. My parents have been such an inspiration and encouragement to me. Even at a young age, I was very creative and active. My parents did not ignore or attempt to suppress my creativity but instead they invested in me. For example, my mother’s furniture turned into my personal trampoline. I would jump on her couches all day doing toe touches. In turn, my parents put me in gymnastics and supported me as a cheerleader. My father would come to majority of my cheering functions, even if he was the only father there. This alone meant so much to me. My mother would come to my cheerleading competitions and ensured that I had everything I needed for each competition. Even, when I decided to play basketball; yes, I was out there on the court playing basketball, my parents supported me in that. Also, throughout my educational journey, including me completing my doctoral degree, my parents were there to encourage me when I wanted to quit. My mother’s ability to make me laugh and my father’s calming, peaceful spirit have meant the absolute world to me.

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