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Meet Leslie Wakefield of Wellsprings Health in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leslie Wakefield.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
For me, the beauty of-of being able to create my own practice was that it could reflect my best intentions at every step. Pain with sex… bladder leaking… tailbone issues… for some reason, these are not discussed openly, despite being incredibly common. I wanted to create a space for women and men to receive treatment where they felt safe, supported, and educated.

My journey started with two degrees in Exercise Science and made its way through a Doctorate in Physical Therapy here in Miami. From personal experience and working with patients I came to realize just how common pelvic health issues are. Yet, no one was talking about it. And, even if you knew that healing was possible, it was (and still is) extremely hard to find someone who can treat you.

After several years of working in the field, I decided to take the leap and open my own practice in Hollywood. I wanted to give patients not just with the best medical care, but also compassionate care and a thorough education. I wanted to make pelvic health treatment more mainstream and more accessible.

Candidly, I know that my practice also evolved into what it is today for selfish reasons: I get great satisfaction when my patients succeed and this keeps me coming back to the office every day with a passion for what I do.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been challenging, as I’m sure most entrepreneurs can attest to! Starting out on my own was terrifying because I was leaving a stable clinic and a secure paycheck to start from scratch, with hefty student loans in the back of my mind.

However, I had a strong gut feeling that I needed to do something different, and looking back I’m so proud that I listened and pushed forward!

In the first year or two, I made a lot of mistakes from a business perspective, which I have chalked up to life lessons. It was also very hard to find a balance; I wore every hat in the business – not only was I the physical therapist, I was also the receptionist, office manager, bookkeeper, janitor, and anything else that was needed. It was a lot to handle.

Business-wise, I’m four years into private practice as a sole practitioner and have found a sustainable pace. You’ll still find me wearing quite a few of those hats but I am learning how to delegate, automate, and outsource where possible. Things change daily and I am realizing that’s a good thing! The last thing I want is to stagnate and now, I am recognizing uncertainty as open possibilities.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Wellsprings Health – what should we know?
My mantra is that the body has an innate healing capacity and my job as a Doctor of Physical Therapy is to facilitate that process.

Women’s Health and Pelvic Rehabilitation is where my practice is centered, which includes issues in women and men as diverse as tailbone pain, post-mastectomy, bowel and bladder, sexual pain, chronic pelvic pain, pregnancy and postpartum, scar tissue, lower back pain, and so much more.

I have found that many of my patients have suffered from pain or other problems for years- never realizing that care was available because the pain occurs in an area that is “taboo” to discuss.

My practice is different from most physical therapy because each session is one-on-one, in a private treatment room, with appointments lasting about an hour. I approach the patient from a holistic perspective, with the intention of finding the source of the problem, not just applying a temporary band-aid.

I focus on getting the best results as quickly as possible, with an emphasis on self-care so that every person can be empowered to heal themselves.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
There are three things that have carried me through some tough times:

I believe that when my focus is on the providing excellence at every level of care, success will follow. This can be a challenge when as a business owner you are being pulled in every direction at once, but I always try to re-center and focus on what is important.

I also believe that education can never end. I continue to travel every year to seek out the best new techniques and study daily on my own. You never know what small piece of information will make a big difference to a patient’s life.

The most important, I believe, is to have genuine caring and compassion for each patient’s situation. People can feel when you really care about their success and when you are truly invested in assisting in the journey they are on.

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