Relief Plus Chiropractic in Minnetonka, meet the Chiropractor/Owner Dr. Sara Hillesheim, D.C.

Describe your business.

At Relief Plus Chiropractic we offer chiropractic care for people in the Minnetonka area for families, busy people, athletes, pregnant women, and kids!

What made you decide to open this business?

After learning and working in other offices, I was ready for the next step. I had a great opportunity to purchase a practice in an area that I was interested in living long term.

What was it like when you first started?

Both challenging and exciting! I am thankful to have had a lot of support navigating the steep learning curve that new business owners often face. Having a strong network of friends, family, and fellow entrepreneurs helped me get off to a good start. But developing the network took a fair amount of well used effort. Fortunately there are a number of networking and mastermind groups that I utilized and still do.

What has surprised you most when owning a business?

I’m not sure anything surprised me too much but there are so many lessons to learn and things are always changing of course. Probably the most unexpected thing was that you kind of have to be a jack of all trades when you’re starting a business on your own. I’ve had to learn about office management, finances, marketing so much more than I had imagined.

What would your customers say they love most about your business?

We provide an oasis to their day! Also, our office offers convenience, flexibility, and excellent customer service. For example, some people have commented on how there is almost never any wait time and how easily and efficiently they can come in for adjustments. These aspects of a business are important to me so I strive to provide them to all of our patients.

What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had working with a customer?

I have so many awesome results and truly love to help make a difference in people’s health and their lives. Helping patients manage and recover from pain and injuries without having to resort to drugs or injections is probably the most rewarding aspects of our practice. It is incredibly rewarding when, during the course of their treatment plans, patients come in and tell me that, for the first time in months, they are able to pick up their kids without pain, resume running or other exercise routine, and are generally noticing improvements in their overall energy level and quality of life. The list is really too long to just pick one or a few and give the experiences justice. Because the benefits of chiropractic cover such a wide spectrum, the experience of working with each patient is incredibly memorable and uniquely rewarding. For example, as a woman it’s rewarding when a patient who was previously expecting tells me that her visits helped her have a natural birth. But on the other end of the spectrum, as a sports fan, I love it when athletes tell me how much their performance has improved since they started getting adjusted. In a completely different part of the spectrum, having a mother tell me that, after just a few treatments, her son has stopped wetting the bed is memorable because I know it makes a difference for that family.

Do you have any exciting plans for the future that you want customers to know about?

We are on a mission to help as many people as we can in order to create a healthier community! We schedule heath talks and events throughout the year, so it’s worth checking on us once in a while.

What is something most people don’t know about the business?

We do lunch and learns in businesses and groups. We provide a healthy lunch and a 10 min healthy message to motivate people to take action when it comes to their health. And it’s all complementary!

Who are some of your business idols and role models? And why?

There are so many! I am constantly reading books and articles about success and self improvement; partially for my own self improvement, but also because taking care of yourself puts you in a better position to be able to serve and help others better. Some of my favorite authors and speakers include Jim Rohn, John Demartini, Napoleon Hill, Brian Tracy, just to name a few….These guys are so inspiring that their work can be read or listened to over and over.

What do you like most about being an entrepreneur?

I love its flexibility, its challenges, and the relationships we build, but my favorite part is how rewarding it is and the growth.

Do you have any advice that you want to share with other entrepreneurs?

Always be working on improving yourself and remember that your patients or clients are the life and soul of your business, so put as much care and energy into them as you would any other aspect of your business. This, of course, is advice doctrine here at Relief Plus Chiropractic!

What do you love about this neighborhood?

I love that it’s composed of a great variety of people, convenient access to the city, and the incredible network of trails and lakes.

What are your favorite places to go in the neighborhood?

Lakewinds is so convenient and has healthy options. Spasso is also a convenient and delicious spot to meet for lunch, and I love to go to People’s Organics as well.

What are your favorite things to do in the neighborhood?

Bike – I love that there are trails weaving throughout the area. I also enjoy playing tennis at the Minnetonka Tennis Club or at one of the many outdoor courts in the area.

Why do you think it’s important for people to shop local?

It’s important to support your neighbors in order to build community. It is not only good for the local economy and environment, but builds trust and relationships.

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