Christa Stanchuk

1. What is your morning motivation to do great things?
There is a certain satisfaction that goes along with doing what people say cannot be done. I work with difficult and nontraditional cases, and often, I am a last resort. Carrying that kind of pressure is not for the faint of heart. But empowering people, opening their minds about health care, watching hope return to someone that has been suffering, seeing progress in a stagnant case… There’s nothing better than that.

2. What is one thing you do to work towards a work/life balance?
I’m not sure there is such a thing as a work/life balance. I’m a practitioner of health. I help people get to better health and I am constantly striving for better health myself. When your passion and your career so intimately overlap, is it possible to separate the two? I love helping people, it’s what I do, and it’s a big part of me. Now paperwork? That’s the “work” of everything, and that’s why we have office hours.

3. Name one person who has inspired you in your career.
My mother, Deb Sesker, has been my biggest influence in my career. She changed careers in her prime, leaving one successful job to pursue a dream. She went back to school with 3 kids, graduated valedictorian of her class, opened a successful clinic as a Doctor of Chiropractic, became a trailblazer in our profession, and last time I checked, her practice brings in people from 37 states and 4 foreign countries. If I could be half the woman she is, I feel like I could conquer the world.

4. Tell us about your business or profession and how you chose your path.
I am a Doctor of Chiropractic. I utilize a unique technique in my practice that very few chiropractors are trained in. We adjust the spine as a single unit and it has a full body effect. Strong personal experience brought me to this profession. My brother’s Asthma went away after receiving a NUCCA adjustment. Additionally, my grandmother had improvements in her Restless Legs Syndrome and Trigeminal Neuralgia. My father, a long time sufferer of Low Back Pain finally experienced relief. My mother had improvements in her GI health. As for me, I lived my life for the first time without headaches after this kind of care. The results were simply amazing, and after seeing those kinds of changes in just our family, you find yourself wanting to do that for others.

5. What is one technological device or app you use that you could not live without?
Logmein as safe, secure, desktop control helps tremendously. Sick day? No problem! Time to catch up on paperwork. Someone calls your personal line needing an appointment? Sure let me take a quick peek at my schedule next week. It allowed me to still keep my office running when I reduced my hours for “maternity leave” and any time I have taken vacation.

6. What is your greatest strength as a leader?
My husband describes me as a fiery redhead. While his commentary on my sassiness may not paint me flattered, I do have a knack for getting things done when that “fire” is lit. I’m not sure what that translates into as a strength, but maybe it’s determination and grit.

7. What has been your biggest failure and how have you overcome it?
Letting my own health suffer was the worst thing I have ever done. After both of my girls were born, I did not take any time off. I had reduced hours, but I never really let myself step out of my practice to give my body time to heal like it should. As a result, I was constantly battling my health. It’s hard to be your best when you don’t feel well. I was able to turn it around though and create better health starting with losing the dreaded baby weight, then implementing healthy habits, and of course, getting chiropractic care regularly. Taking charge of my own health set off an explosion of great things, including doubling my business.

8. What is success?
Success has looked very differently for me since I got into practice. You graduate and think you’ve made it to the big leagues. If you’re like me, you think people will be beating down your door simply because you exist, and that’s just not the case. What creates success is forward momentum. Constantly striving for new connections and keeping everything in your life moving to the next level. You should never achieve “success” necessarily, because that would imply that you can go no further. I now view success as a moving process and each day you should celebrate the milestones.

9. Name one person who is a successful leader.
I simply love Mother Theresa. I believe that no matter our profession or passion that we are born to a life of service. She lived so simply. She had great love for people. She is the epitome of how to lead by example.

10. What is the one thing you do over and over and recommend to others?
Connecting with nature is one of the best things you can do every day. I am constantly recommending hikes, trails, rivers, lakes… But the value for me is the opportunity to get fresh air, sunshine, and a little peace and quiet. We are so bound to our technologically driven society that sometimes it’s nice to simply embrace the beauty of our world. It energizes me and I just want to share that with others.