I am so excited to share this new Inspirational Interview with you. Kayla Bravo is a military wife that recently moved to Yuma, AZ and opened a new Chiropractic office. She has a passion for families and wants to help you succeed in living your healthiest life. Check out our interview below!
(K) "Tell us a little bit about yourself."
(KB) "My name is Kayla Bravo. I am a Chiropractor. I moved to Yuma about a year ago because my husband is stationed here. I finished up Chiropractic school while he was stationed here and then we got married and I moved here."
(K) " What inspired you to become a Chiropractor?"
(KB) " I have always played sports in high school and after. I love sports so to be able to take care of people, wrap their ankles, or care for their injuries was something that I was always interested in. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do so I went to undergrad undeclared. I had no idea what I wanted. I took some business classes and I hated it. I took some interior design classes and I liked it but I didn't see a future in it for myself. I decided to get a degree in Kinesiology and from there I was going to choose which field of healthcare I would want to pursue when the time came to choose. I then volunteered in a Physical Therapy office in San Francisco. I kept feeling like it wasn't for me. I wanted more. I had heard a lot of great things about chiropractic care. My mom had great success with going to a chiropractor so it interested me. I was actually one of the very few people who went to Chiropractic school without ever being adjusted but I just knew it was what I wanted to do. I wanted to help people."
(K) "What did your Chiropractic training consist of?"
(KB) "The program is about 3 1/2 years long. There are 13 quarters and each quarter is about 10 weeks long. Each quarter consists of at least 30 units so it was literally a 7:40 in the morning until 5:00 class and that was just school. We didn't really move around much so we were stuck in one classroom all day unless we had labs. So for your first quarter, you pair up with a ninth quarter student. Ninth quarter is when you start treating other students. So the first quarter students have a mentor while being adjusted by the ninth quarter student. That is how the ninth quarter students get practice before going into a clinic. After the 9 quarters, you go to a student clinic for two quarters. After the clinic, you work for a doctor by shadowing and treating under them. I had all of my prerequisites and everything I needed and then I went in for my interview to be accepted into the program. It was an extensive process. When I did get accepted, it was not easy at all. I have never been tested so hard. It was worth it but there were times where I wondered why I had chosen this program."
(K) "What has been the biggest challenge in starting your own business?"
(KB) "Getting out there. I am not from Yuma so I don't know anyone here. That's hard. At home, people knew who I was, liked my page and followed my work. Having the confidence to think that I was able to do it was hard. I needed to believe I could do it. Finding a place ended up being easy and Facebook has also been really good for me so far."
(K) "What is the most rewarding aspect of owning your own business?"
(KB) "I would have to say, being my own boss and not having to worry about pleasing other doctors. At some offices, you could feel rushed depending on the influx of patients. Here, it's my own time. I can spend as long as I want to with each patient. I feel like that will allow the patient to feel more comfortable with me and that they would be able to talk to me more about their treatment plan. I want them to feel comfortable to talk to me about everything in their time. Here, it is my office, so good or bad it is on me and I like having the ability to take the time I need to provide the best treatment."
(K) "What are you able to offer to our community as a Chiropractor?"
(KB) "Holistic healthcare which is getting better without the use of medication and really getting to know your body. A lot of people are so wrapped up in not exercising or not taking care of themselves that they forget how they are really supposed to feel without the pain. That is what chiropractic does, it makes sure that everything is flowing right and that you are able to move your body like you weren't able to before. I am also one of the few female chiropractors in Yuma. I think that is great for our community because some women are more comfortable with a female chiropractor. I love pregnancy and children. I have a pregnancy pillows and essential oils specifically for pregnant women to make them feel the most comfortable. Lastly, our office also offers classes for the community to get free information. We live in our body so we should take care of it. Many people don't take care of themselves so when they are older, they are in a lot more pain. I want to teach kids to take care of themselves and to understand how they should feel so that when they are older, they have a lot less pain."
(K) "Where do you see your business 5 years from now."
(KB) "I want to be a lot busier. Similar to where I am now but I want to work in a studio just like this with a massage therapist, a yoga instructor, and to be able to offer different things that involve motion, movement and nutrition. I want to have a place where people can come to get different resources in order to have a better and healthier life. I want to get better at my profession. I am a fresh grad so I am learning how to run my business and I want to be more efficient. I want to see more pregnant women and children because I want an office geared toward families. I want to treat pregnant women and then treat their children when they are 12 or 13 and are playing sports. I want a family office."
(K) "How are you currently giving back to our community?"
(KB) "Free classes. We have done a few things like we participated in the 100 days of Summer on base. We really want to go out and provide people information on how important it is to take care of themselves. As far as giving back, we offer many classes on topics such as pregnancy, the core, essential oils, etc. We want to have a broad variety of classes for many different interests. We love having the classes at the office so that people can come to the office and meet us."
(K) "What is one thing that you would like our community to know about your office?"
(KB) "I would say, if they are interested and don't know if chiropractic is for them that they are welcome to stop in and ask questions or give us a call. As long as we aren't with a patient, we would love to talk to them. We offer adjustment for all ages. Not only do we do chiropractic adjustments, but we offer exercises, rehab, rock tape and we have soft tissue instruments which help break down scar tissue. Many people go to a Doctor's office and it feels impersonal and I want them to know that we care and we will listen to them here. I believe we should start listening to our bodies because we live in them.
(K) "What is your favorite quote?"
(KB) "The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow." I don't know who said it but I saw it somewhere. We all have our bad days but that quote is saying that it will make you stronger. As far as chiropractic, "The greatest wealth is your health." and that is on my business card. I want people to remember to take time for their body.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know Kayla Bravo! Stop into her office and let her know that we are happy to have her here in Yuma! I know that you will enjoy meeting with her and working with her too!