We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Krystyna Holland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Krystyna, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I moved to Denver I found that I had a challenging time finding a job as a physical therapist that I felt was going to allow me to treat people the way they deserve to be treated. I wanted enough time with folks one on one to really figure out what was contributing to their symptoms and help them get back to the things they loved to do. I knew what it was like to be a patient in a setting where the provider didn’t have time for you, and what it was like to feel misunderstood or ignored in your own medical decisions. Rather than make compromises on the type of care my patients received, I opened a practice that would let me treat the way I thought was ethical and useful.
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?
Inclusive Care is a physical therapy practice specializing in helping individuals across the gender identity spectrum feel confident in their ability to live without leaking and have painfree physical intimacy. We talk about pelvic health in a non-gendered way and believe that someone’s lived experience is the most important contributor to their health. Inclusive Care is all about divesting from patriarchal ideals about delivering healthcare as a series of commands rather than a collaboration between the provider and the patient. Instagram has been a big part of reaching people, and when I first started talking about trauma informed, gender neutral pelvic care, a lot of the time I felt like I was talking to myself. Starting the business initially was easier than I expected, and I have a community of people at Beginnings Collective to thank for that. Sustaining the momentum and continuing to grow, however, was much harder. The thing that kept me going even when it felt like I wasn’t ever going to hit my goals was truly how much I love teaching people all that their bodies can do. Without feeling so strongly that everyone deserves to jump/run/cough without leaking, have pleasurable sex, and live without persistent pain limiting their life, things would look very different.
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?
Itineraries during COVID are definitely looking different than before, but let’s pretend that a certain Virus isn’t in the picture. Denver Biscuit Company is always on the list of places to eat when folks are in town. I always leave feeling like I need someone to carry me out. Taking a walk around City Park is a good move to start the process of feeling less full, and then grabbing a Cambric (tied for first for my favorite tea latte in the city) at Weathervane. I used to live over by City Park and I really miss stopping into Soulsource and checking out their jewelry and cute cards. If there’s a game on, Stoneys Uptown is a great spot for wings and beer. On the West Side of town, I love the patio at Postino or the backyard of Acova and wandering into all of the cute shops in the highlands. Stopping for a beer at Factotum Brewhouse is a must – it’s a brother/sister owned spot and they host amazing food pairing and women in beer events. No trip is complete without a stop at one of the two Awakening Boutique locations!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Dr. Secili DeStefano showed me what it looks like to really care for patients in the medical system, and what it looks like to support others. She has invited me to sit at tables I didn’t have an invitation to. She treated me as a colleague and an equal even before I was in physical therapy school, and well before I had anything I could offer her. She has been giving of her time and modeled for me what it looks like to give back to your profession and community.
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