We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Edwards and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
It’s ironic because my personality and those who truly know me, I’m typically not known for being a risk taker or being the overly adventurous type. I tend to overthink, over analyze and try to make calculated decisions for the most part. Taking risks began during my college years as I had to continue working to put myself through graduate school. Although my family was not in the position to help out financially, I knew that if I wanted to become a chiropractor it was something I would have to do despite having to do it on my own. There were some very challenging times in which I did not know how I was going to make it and questioning if I made the right decision (times where I had to sacrifice studying for working to pay the bills). I kept telling myself that the risk will make my reward even greater. I have realized that if I am passionate, strong, determined and believe in myself, risks can lead to rewards. It is definitely true what they say, high risk equals high reward. The biggest risk that has played the most significant part in my life/career has been opening a clinic. Deep down I knew that I had the experience, the knowledge and the passion to treat the patients, but was tentative about leaving group practice. The security of being under a group compared to self-reliance as a business owner was daunting. When it came down to making the final decision, I considered where I was at in my career and what the success as a business owner could do for my family’s future. After talking with my family and looking at the positives and negatives, I decided that taking this risk was the best decision at that time to reach our goals and provide for a better future. What we didn’t expect or see coming was that after less than a month from opening our doors would be a worldwide pandemic causing the nation to shut down as COVID-19 struck. It was one of the most challenging times in our life as we literally had no control over the situation we were in. With the support of my wife and reminding myself that opening a clinic of my own has always been my career goal has kept me grounded and focused the most through the pandemic. At the end of the day we only have control of what happens within the clinic and the most important thing is for me to continue treating the patients to the best of my abilities. Even though we are still in the midst of the pandemic, by being honest, having faith, being genuine and treating patients the way that each one deserves to be treated, we have grown each month. Seeing how the patients have responded to the care, being a recipient of America’s Best Physicians 2021 award, receiving great reviews on social media and being a 95% word of mouth/referral clinic without paying for advertising proves to me each and every day of how fortunate I have been and how taking the initial risk is allowing me to live my professional dream.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My company is a chiropractic and physiotherapy clinic located in Allen, TX. We treat all types of injuries, ailments and conditions utilizing a detailed, hands-on approach. What truly sets us apart from others is that I am not all about getting the patients in and out as quickly as possible. I created and opened Impact ChiroSport to be a brand and clinic that would be recognized by the community and surrounding areas for impacting lives through a personalized treatment approach, being honest and truly caring about each and every patient who entrusts in us for their healthcare needs. Our approach is by applying our skills and being dedicated to helping each patient reach their goals as quickly as possible. In addition to being extremely detailed in our treatment, our patient interaction, knowledge and having over 2 decades of experience are what sets our standards even higher. I am most excited about the direction that we as a clinic and company are headed by doing what we love to do. I have always stood by the notion that if you treat people well, show that you truly care and work hard, everything else will fall into place and that you will reap your rewards because of your actions. In regards to challenges, we face different challenges each and every day of our lives. Some people’s challenges are greater than others. In my years of existence, life has never proven to be easy but at the end of the day I know there are people who rely on people, people who entrust in me and people who look to me for help. For me, this motivates me to be the best version of myself every day. I have set very high expectations for myself and hold my values at an extremely high level. In a business sense, even though we continue to grow every month, I always know that there is room for improvement within myself, our procedures and our treatments. This is why in our profession it is called a practice. I feel that if we stop trying to better ourselves, stop learning, stop progressing and stop striving, then we become stagnant and many times we regress. I know that there are far greater success stories out there and people who amaze me in what they overcome, accomplish and the level of success they gain proves that anything is possible. As for me, I feel that my story is still being written and there is still plenty to be determined. It is my goal that in the future I will be able to look back and know that my success came from hard work, being genuine, being honest and giving the profession my all for a greater good.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My friends and I are pretty low key, but there would definitely be either attending or watching a sports event or two during some point. We also enjoy live music and Dallas gets a fair share of concerts so music in some sense would be involved. In regards to food, I do enjoy a good steak as well as BBQ (being that I was born in Kansas City, MO) so we would definitely make it out to Bob’s Chop House for a great steak, Terry Black’s for some BBQ as well as Downtown McKinney for some food and hanging out time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There have definitely been influential figures at different stages in my life that have played roles at pivotal points. There are so many individuals out there that I would like to thank as I have been fortunate to meet and get to know a lot of great people thus far. There are so many who in some way have either influenced me, provided encouragement or have given advice that deserves credit. The most deserving of credit would be my wife Brenda. I would especially like to thank her for the unconditional love and support she gives me on a daily basis. She has been with me through some of the most challenging times in my life, specifically during our business launch right before the pandemic. She has been my rock, my number one supporter and motivator. Her sincere belief in me and my abilities has been the true fuel that I have needed to provide that extra push at times. I cannot express the amount of appreciation and love I have for her. Next would be my best friend Isaac. We have been friends for 30 years in which he’s always been there regardless of the highs and lows. No matter the situation, he tells it like it is and knows how to get through to me when providing advice or just lending an ear. He’s been family and I consider him more of a brother rather than just a friend. Finally I would like to thank Reid Elam. Reid is the father of one of my oldest childhood friends who I grew up with. Reid is a physical therapist who gave me my first opportunity and experience in the field. If it wasn’t for him allowing me to spend time at his clinics and working summers with him, I don’t think I would have been able to discover my passion and skills.