We had the good fortune of connecting with Jesse Riley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jesse, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I could say it’s no different than when most wanna start their own business. I just think my field of work could do better. When I originally felt that way it was more of a clinician-client relationship but what I inevitably found, as well, is working on the business aspect and managing people. Many graduates come out either excited or confused and inevitably arrive at confused regardless. There are no classes on finding your voice and your authenticity in grad school. We all just kinda look around and do whatever everyone else is doing. Especially in the field of chiropractic, there hasn’t been a lot of people to push the field forward in a progressive way towards more science and evidence-based care. Make no mistake, I’m starting the business to make a living and care for my family but I’d love to walk away saying I had a hand in changing the field of rehab and exercise along with changing how we communicate with the people in front of us.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It is my job to be present with the person in front of me. To listen to someone who sometimes up to that point, hasn’t been. To educate them and have a discussion on finding out what is contributing to their pain who sometimes up to that point, are told destructive terminology that leaves them in a defeated mentality. To enlighten them that they are enough to overcome whatever it is that they are facing. To empower them when they feel powerless. What excites me is when someone comes in after being told “you have the back of an 80-year-old” or “your knee pain is because your knee is bone on top of bone grinding the bone down” or “I’m shocked you’re even able to walk” (these are real things people are told), and leaves feeling more confident, more aware, and more educated. You don’t know what you don’t know and I love helping people know. I would say that it hasn’t been easy street, but how does one ever grow in an easy environment? For me personally, and one I wouldn’t suggest, is using the doubt or negative feelings to drive me to work harder, work longer, and work “better”. I don’t suggest it because it never left me any time to find resolve. To be just happy with what I was doing and who I was becoming. I lost my ability to be present. It’s what I’m personally working on especially over this past year.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We start out by waking up and grabbing a breakfast burrito, which being here now for about 3 years I’d say I’m still searching for “the best”. Today we grab one from Tamales by La Casita. Chorizo is my go to and let’s add green chile and cheese. We’re gonna burn it off anyways because we booked a time at the Manitou Incline at 10/10:30am. We go up and come down looking like our legs are made of rubber. We stop on the way back to Denver at Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton to grab a table outside and soak up some more rays as we have a couple beers and hopefully a fantastic food truck. From there we have two options, do we nap or do we power through? We power through, okay. So we head to Golden for the afternoon to hit up New Terrain Brewery and walk along the river. As the sun goes down, we head to Smok bbq in RiNo. Denver has a bbq scene that doesn’t get enough respect. We grab some burnt ends, some brisket, some wings and sides. We’re on a time crunch here because we’ve gotta zip on a scooter down to Coors Field and catch my LA Dodgers playing the Rockies (definitely a top 5 for me living here is catching them in town). As we decide to walk home, we hit up another food truck and end the night relaxing with some good tunes and decompression as we recount the day.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I think we all search for stability in some aspect of our lives. I would dedicate my shoutout to my partner, Hilary. She is the perfect compliment for someone like myself. Someone who pushes themselves out of their comfort zone and takes risks needs someone there to let them know they’re doing the right thing and even more, someone there when you feel most alone when taking those risks. She says that I inspire her but if she only knew how much she inspires me on a daily basis, she would be the one getting the interview. Being completely open, as I grew up, I can’t recall any mentor or coach that sparked or motivated this process, but I believe that’s kinda why I’m doing what I’m doing in the first place. I wanna help others who face the same thing.
Credits to studio photos to Eye Candy Productions