Who is Theresa Valley, could you please introduce yourself?
Hi- I’m Theresa- Chiropractor, wife, mom, dog mom and general circus ring-leader. I have lived in Oakville many years, but love to travel, and had the opportunity to live and practice in the UK for 4 years, which was a critical piece of my career journey.
What is your business and when did you start?
I am a self employed, home based Chiropractor, licensed since 2005.
What inspired you to start your business?
The career flexibility to try to manage some “balance” with a busy family and a rewarding career has been my ultimate inspiration.
What were the challenges in the initial stages of your business and how did you overcome them?
I would consider myself to be in initial stages of my business still, as it has evolved (and continues to evolve) over the years from an in-office location, to overseas, and then to a home-based practice. Re-starting this practice multiple times has been a huge challenge but making connections in my communities has been key.
What motivates you about your business?
A drive to learn and provide the best possible care for my patients is what keeps me going.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Stay connected in a range of areas related and unrelated to your business, and be open to learning from all situations.
Interesting fact most of the people do not know about you?
I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie (skydiving!!) But launching a new business also falls into that category- aren’t we all a bit addicted to the excitement of the unlimited possibilities??
The best business advice I ever received was…
Provide the best possible service you can, with the best of intent, and if a “client” isn’t interested, it’s 9 times out of 10 NOT because of YOU. There are so many factors that influence a client’s decision. Don’t take it personally. Take feedback where provided and move on.
My definition of success is…
Making a difference for those I serve, (big or small) every day.
If I could go back in time when I started my business, I would tell myself to…
Not to worry about reaching a “peak” in my career but let all circumstances be about learning and adding to a greater ability to serve.
Three books I recommend for entrepreneurs are…
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
My personal tagline is…
You can only make the best decision you can at the time, with the information you have at the time.