We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Klein from LKS and associates and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
In my experience, working for others always involved politics. I knew if I wanted to make a difference in my clients’ lives, I needed to practice without barriers. Also, the flexibility in the schedule was important once I started a family.
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?
Our mission at LKS is to make a difference in our clients’ lives. We are continually learning and evolving with the most cutting edge therapies. We take a team approach, always challenging ourselves, asking questions, and connecting with other professionals to provide our clients with the best treatment possible. We work with occupational therapists, physical therapists, neurologists, dentists, orthodontists, teachers, and most importantly, families to ensure the proper diagnosis for each individual. Business-wise, it has not been easy. I moved twice due to my husband’s job relocation opening and ultimately closing two successful private practices. I opened my Los Angeles practice seven years ago in Santa Monica— a place where I had no connections— and started all over again. Now that I have settled into my long-term home, I have established relationships with local therapists, doctors, and families, and my practice is thriving. I think what sets me apart is the blood, sweat, and tears I put into every single session. I couldn’t be more passionate about what I do, and there’s nothing more fulfilling to see the work make significant changes in a person’s life. It’s beyond rewarding, and I’m always inspired and motivated to learn more.
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?
First, we would probably hit the beach. My sons recently took up surfing, and it’s so relaxing to watch them. Afterward, drinks anywhere outdoors on Ocean Ave is always fun, and maybe get in some shopping at Kit Vintage. I love taking friends from out of town on the Labyrinth hike in Topanga Canyon. It has the best views of the city and ocean. For a weekend getaway, the Ojai Valley Inn never disappoints.
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?
It always takes a village, especially with getting your own business off the ground. I have had the fortune of working with and learning from the pioneers in my field—Dr. Edy strand, David Hammer, Diane Bahr, Amy Meredith, to name a few. Kymm Britton thank you for the endless support, encouragement and guidance. My incredible team at LKS, their dedication, and passion for changing lives are inspirational. I am grateful to work with them every day. My husband has always been so supportive of the time and energy I put into building the business, and of course, my three sons.