Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelsey Beach.
Kelsey, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My story started at the beginning of Covid. I was working at a clinic who just one day up and decided to furlough me with no end plan. I sat at home for five weeks wondering how I was going to contribute to my family. It was during these weeks that I woke up early on a Saturday morning and decided I was going to start my own clinic. Now mind you, this was NEVER my plan. I’d been a physical therapist for almost ten years at this point and always joked that I was a great employee. I showed up to work, worked, and then went home. But the furlough lit a fire under me. In two weeks, I built a business with NO formal business training.
Then on June 9th, my birthday, I woke up and something felt different. My husband and I had been trying to conceive for a few months now, and this day just felt different. I took a pregnant test, and low and behold, I was pregnant. This just happened to fall on the same week I was quitting my job.
July 1st, I launched enCORE Therapy & Performance. I started my clinic out of a small space in BLUSH Fitness. My goal was to work with active women. But being pregnant exposed me to something else; the lack of education we give women about what happens to their bodies during pregnancy. So my original business plan took a slight edit, and I veered to serving the women of Kansas City who were TTC, pregnant or postpartum.
Now enCORE prides itself on being one of the few if not only pelvic physical therapy in Kansas City who specially serves women in their reproductive years with all things pregnancy and postpartum. I am one of the only people in the region who’s teaching a PT Birth Prep series to also educate women on how to learn their bodies to use their bodies during labor and delivery. My whole goal as the owner of enCORE is to help educate the women of KC about learning and loving their new bodies during their reproductive years.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
HA! Smooth! what is that. In one year alone I –
1) Had hip surgery 5/27/20
2) Found out I was pregnant 6/9/2020
3) Turned in my notice 6/14/2020
4) Got fired 6/14/2020
5) Launched enCORE 7/1/2020
6) Bought a house 8/2020
7) Sold a house 8/2020
8) Moved enCORE 10/2020
9) Got head to toe full poison ivy for 6 weeks
10) Had a baby 2/18/2021
11) Hired a new PT 6/1/2021 to accommodate the growth of enCORE
Life def. gave me lemons and I made the best lemonade.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a pelvic floor physical therapist. I have a special niche in helping women in their reproductive years in relation to pregnancy and postpartum. I treat all bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunctions related to all things postpartum. I also have a passion for active women, being a long-time athlete and triathlete myself. I love blending pelvic PT with functional movements. Though pregnancy is not deemed a sport, it should be! Learning how to handle the changes your body goes through both during pregnancy and postpartum for me was harder than training for a half ironman.
What sets me apart is having the skills of a pelvic PT and a movement specialist.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
YES! Get a business mentor who’s been in the game and has learned how to make mistakes and learn from them. I was lucky that Meeka Centimano of Centimano Counseling poached me from BLUSH and had me move into her space. I’ve learned so much from her. She’s helped me pull back the reins on my overambition in a healthy way.
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