We had the good fortune of connecting with Derek Pham and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Derek, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
At some point, I realized, do I want to focus on helping others build their own dream, or do I have what it takes inside of me to do what I am meant to do, and build something that will align with who I am, and serve a greater purpose in my life. For me, it was an easy decision when I look at it from those perspective. Entrepreneurial ship is not for everybody, but I truly believe you really have to love something so much to go all out for it, or hate your situation so deeply that you want to make changes for yourself. Depending on the situation, there is an innate drive that is needed to start the journey. A big enough why, and an above average work ethic really helps. I had all the check points. I believe this was several years in the past, I freshly graduated chiropractic college. I had an opportunity to join a practice close to home in Orange County. It was very stable position, I would be 5 minutes away from home, and I would have patients already line up for me as I was doing a internship at the office. It was the perfect opportunity, and the management team say they would love to have me on board and happy for me to join their team. We talked several times, but for some reason it didn’t feel right. My intuition was telling me this was not for me. It didn’t fit my overall purpose and vision of where I wanted to be. Fast forward several months later. A colleague of mine invited me to join him in a practice in Pasadena. This was about an hour away from where I was living, I would have to commute daily, cultivate new patients, learn every aspect of business from scratch, develop myself in the whole process, and it was a fresh start up in a new town, which i knew nothing about. It was an easy decision… That decision was about 7 years ago. Yes, I had to go through many different obstacles and challenges to learn, evolve, and grow, and I think we all do if we desire something we truly want. Today, I am still in Pasadena, but in an office of my own location, with my own patients, and running my own business. Seeing patients daily, coaching, and learning to understand more of what is truly important to me. Having the courage to really go all in on what matters the most to me, and no matter the circumstances big or small, I rather choose to fight for my own dream.

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?
The best of ideas come at 2:30 AM in the morning when you’re half awake. This is several years back, I was in the middle of deciding a certain name for what I thought was missing in the field of healthcare. It hit me, Pantherys, which is based on Panthera, the genus of lions, tigers, leopard, and jaguar. The way I envision it, is that these animals move very gracefully, calm, poise, and strong; yet, they are powerful, agile, and precise. I believe this is how our body is meant to be, and through chiropractic and performance coaching I am able to replicate and help people achieve a fluidity that is loss in today’s culture. Imagine coming into the office one day seeing somebody that has a replaced right shoulder, a torn left rotator cuff, a replaced left knee, a torn meniscus on the right knee, and a severe disc bulge in the lower back, and all this person wants to do again is exercise and regain what was loss due to the injuries. How do you help? Or another example is somebody that loss the passion in their life due to lack of motivation, lost the spark to live their best life because they tried many form of healthcare, and exercise and nothing has worked. Where do we start? I get to help and learn from these examples on a daily basis. I get to work with the structural component of the body through chiropractic care, and then help the body move better through different forms of movement therapy. I am happy that if I am able to make any changes in my patient’s life, that means I did my job well. In business, I truly believe that you have to be an advocate of what you are providing, selling, serving. I recognized now that in order for me to have a successful business, personally, it has to come from the heart, and it has to come some place deeper within me. I believe the statistic is that most small business go out of business within 5 years. The landscape is always changing, and trends are always shifting, but the business that lasts longer are built on defining core values and a vision that is bigger than a business designed for profit. Yes, we need both to thrive, but the foundation is important for anybody starting out in business. The biggest lessons I’ve learn is to be align with what you stand for, what is important to the business, what role are you serving, and who do you want to serve. Going from a new business to a profiting business is a different mindset, and different strategies. From a certain revenue to a next level revenue requires a different, what I call next level skills and capabilities. How you got to one level, requires different capabilities to get to the next. Be prepare to work for yourself, everything is on you initially until you can get help. Have ownership, and be proud of what you are working for. Never forget why you started, don’t forget your why, and have the courage to believe in yourself more than anything external. Challenges will come, so have a solution. Shift your focus constantly but stay on target. There are always going to be more, so be prepared, and have some faith. I truly want to create a massive shift in the health industry today and going forth. The status of health is changing and what we know about health is always being revolutionized with newly research data in science. I would like to show the world a bit of what the human body can do with a proper mindset, alignment, and great nutrition. “Making changes, one adjustment at a time.“

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a hard question for me! Hiking is great around the Pasadena location, many restaurants on Lake Avenue, Old Town Pasadena has many different stores as well. To be completely honest, I am usually in the office, we have a big fitness facility so I spend much of my time there. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I definitely attest many of my characteristic and work ethic to my family. Especially my parents, siblings, and the supporting cast around me. I was very blessed to be surrounded by many strong, driven personalities. My family is my biggest supporters, and they were my foundation for me to be who I am today. They are the reason how I shape my identity, a bit of me is found in all of them, and vice versa, a little bit of all of them is in me. Family is family as they say. My significant other Aurora, she is my unconditional support, and she has been with me through many moments. I believe she is the anchor behind any success I have. All my encouragement, support and effort is due to her being a big part of my why. Of course, many different patients has come and gone through the doors. They are patients, but truly they teach me the most in my practice. I want to dedicate a shoutout to all the people that I was able to serve, and to all the people I will get an opportunity to serve, I am grateful for the opportunity and I welcome these moments to be able to help them one day.

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