We had the good fortune of connecting with Carri Dominick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carri, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I never wanted to be a business owner when I was younger. I wanted to be a physical therapist and treat patients and that is it. I had a really bad boss at one of my jobs. She wouldn’t give me the time off to go to a friend’s wedding out of state and after that I said I would never work full time for someone again. For many years I had multiple part time physical therapy jobs in order to maintain my flexibility and autonomy over my time off. When I chose to settle in Long Beach it was then that I decided to open my own practice. I specialize in pelvic floor physical therapy and there were none in this area when I started my practice, so that was a huge motivator in starting my own business.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Business is not easy. I had no training in business when I started mine so I read a lot of business books and read a lot of articles. My business was growing steadily each year and then the pandemic hit. The pandemic has been by far the biggest business challenge for me, but I’m still here so I guess you can say I survived the pandemic, which I know a lot of small businesses did not.
I have a very niche practice in physical therapy where I treat a lot of pregnant people, new moms and patients with chronic medical conditions. All highly vulnerable groups of people. Having an in-person business has been a challenge during the past two years!
I have made sure throughout the pandemic (and always) we are making people feel safe and comfortable at our office. I only see one client at a time and for at least an hour, so the office isn’t busy with lots of people in close contact coming and going.
I think one thing that helped me survive the pandemic was having a good network of practitioners in related fields prior to the pandemic. I made sure early on in my business to connect with other business owners who serve similar populations.
Having an online presence became even more important during the pandemic. I continue to grow my social media following (@rechargetherapy) with fun and entertaining videos.
I want people to know what pelvic floor therapy is and that it is for everyone. In pelvic floor therapy we work on the muscles of the pelvis, whether they are weak or tight or need better coordination, to help people who have bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunction. I treat things like bladder leakage, pelvic pain, constipation, and painful sex. Pelvic floor therapy is about much more than just kegels! I treat men, women, non-binary and transgender clients. Pelvic floor therapy can be for anyone, it isn’t just for moms. I want people to know there is help for these issues, even when doctors haven’t helped.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the beach, that is why I live here. I would take people to different beaches and hiking trails. I like to take people to the Santa Monica Pier and 3rd street promenade. I would show them Huntington Beach. Take them hiking in the Santa Monica mountains and in Palos Verdes overlooking the ocean. Go look at the city from Griffith Observatory. I walk or ride my bike every week along the path on the beach in Long Beach. I love to watch the sunset from the beach as often as possible.
One of my favorite places to eat in Long Beach is Ballast Point. The food is good, the beers are good and the view is great. It’s such a great, chill place to go. I also love to eat at Tantalum in Long Beach. They now have outdoor dining right on the bay and it is also a beautiful view.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to all my female business owners in the Long Beach area helping each other and the female clients we serve.