Today we’d like to introduce you to Neha Bhatia.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Neha. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my career in health and fitness with a BS degree in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine. When I graduated, I started working in Corporate Health and on the side, I was a Pilates instructor at a Chiropractic Office. I was lucky to work with some amazing Doctors who taught me about Chiropractic and how they were helping people without medication or surgery. The idea that I could have a more hands-on approach to helping people thrive was eye-opening to me. There are not many female chiropractors out there but with the encouragement and support of my bosses, I was inspired to pursue Chiropractic, and I’m so glad I did.
I went to Chiropractic School in LA and when I graduated, I was hired by a doctor in Los Angeles area. But I knew that I would eventually get my own practice. That was always a dream of mine. I had been working as an associate LA for almost seven years and when I visited San Diego a few times in 2018, and I just fell in love with everything SD. The weather, the pace, the people, the activities, the social life and community connection. It was everything I wanted but couldn’t get in LA. So, it was time for me to make the move and call SD home. But the only way that was going to happen was to take another big leap of faith and get my own Chiropractic Office.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
To make this practice a reality, I had to invest a lot of time and energy. It took me about a year to find the right practice for me. I bought this practice from another Chiropractor. When buying a practice, the new doctor shadow’s the current doctor for a few months, without pay, to make the transition easier for the patients. This was a two-month process. I was working in LA on Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays and I was shadowing the doctor here in San Diego on Tuesdays Fridays and Saturdays, which meant I was making the drive back and forth from LA to SD multiple times a week. Chiropractic is a physically demanding job. A typical day during that time was, seeing 20 patients at the LA office. Getting off at 7 or 8pm then making the 2.5-hour drive to San Diego (traffic permitting) so that I could shadow the next day in Ocean Beach.
And then, drive back to LA in the evening to work another full shift the following day and then repeat. It was physically and mentally draining at that time but it didn’t matter, I was so excited about this practice and excited to be in SD so I willing to do whatever it took to make it happen. I wanted my own practice. I wanted to live in San Diego. This was my dream and I was going to make it happen. No matter what.
We’d love to hear more about the business.
I differ from other chiropractors because I spend a lot of time with each of my patients. Getting to know them, not just their ailments, but their lifestyle, their stressors, their health and wellness goals. Getting to know the patient as a whole. I’m not just treating the pain; I’m treating the whole person. In many chiropractic offices, the doctor is there only for the adjustment but I take a whole person approach to helping my patients. Which means aligning their spine, but also nutrition, supplements, exercise, stretching, ergonomics and so on. When dealing with the whole person, it’s important for me to know why someone is trying to be healthier, for one person it could be that they want to have more energy to run around with their grandkids, for someone else, it could be that they want to finish their first marathon. By understanding this about each patient, I’m able to provide a more customized approach to the care I provide to each patient.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t necessarily believe in luck. One year before I bought this business, I was visiting SD and went to Sunset Cliffs. Sunset Cliffs in one of my favorite places in this world. I closed my eyes and envisioned having my own practice here. About a year later, I came across a sale listing for my current practice which happened to be on sale in Ocean Beach (just a few blocks away from Sunset Cliffs). Basically, one year later, with a lot of hard work and dedication on my end my dream came true. I have my very own practice right near Sunset Cliffs. I don’t believe that was luck. I believe that was manifestation. So, you can say that I manifested my business.
- Address: 4967 Newport Ave
San Diego CA. 92107
- Website: sandiegorevivechiropractic.com
- Phone: 7147426342
- Email: email@example.com
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