We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Weimer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonathan, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Growing up I always had this urge to own my own business, be my own boss and do things the way that I wanted to them. I also had the urge to be involved in healthcare and athletics from a young age, which lead me down the path of getting my Doctorate of Chiropractic and Masters of Science in Sport Science and Rehabilitation. After graduation and after completing a 1.5 year sports medicine fellowship in Vail, CO I began the journey of starting my own business with the long term goal of never having a job interview again.
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?
I am the owner of Highlands Sport and Spine, an integrative health care clinic in Denver, CO. Our mission at HSS is to “empower movement through integrative healthcare so you can get back to doing what you love most!” We offer sports chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage and personal training services at our clinic that focuses on musculoskeletal pain and injury rehabilitation. While it seems counterintuitive from a business model standpoint, our goal is to get you out of pain and back to doing what you love as quickly as possible and in as few visits as possible. Our patients love this approach and know that they are getting exactly what they need and not being sold on long term treatment plans. Through a lot of hard work, mistakes, failures and lessons learned HSS is now almost 8 years old and a thriving business in the Denver area. It started as a one man shop, me, for the first 2 years until I was busy enough to bring on administrative staff and then over the next 5 years I continued to add services and employees to get where we are now. It always seemed like a big risk to bring on another employee when maybe the revenue didn’t support it. But I had to trust my gut a lot throughout those types of decisions and know that I was on the right path.
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?
Being that I live in Denver, there are so many options for entertainment and activities. My business is located in the Highlands/Sunnyside neighborhoods of Denver with countless restaurants and bars within walking distance. When people come to town, I always make sure to take them to Avanti F & B for drinks and a great view of the city. I love Crush Pizza and Tap for pizza but they also have the best wings in the city in my opinion. Best neighborhood bar has to be Highland Tavern which is the neighborhood spot to watch sports and eat some unreal tater tots. If you are looking for something a little higher end but still very approachable, go to The Wolf’s Tailor and you won’t be disappointed with anything on the menu. Denver is a very walkable city so I encourage everyone to walk from the Lower Highlands across the Highlands Bridge into lower downtown/Union Station area and the Platte River Trail. From here you can get just about anywhere to explore the city or feel like you are in nature along the Platte River. While in Denver, you have to go check out Red Rocks for a concert or even just walk around this historic venue. If you have a little more time, go anywhere in the Colorado Rockies and you won’t be disappointed.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We all have people along the way who encourage us and keep us on the right track. Throughout my life my parents have been that guiding force, encouraging me to be my own person and helped me do the things I love. Without their help and support there is no way I would be where I am today. The next person who is a guiding force in my life and for my business is my wife Emily. She keeps me level headed, focused and organized when I might try to do much or not stay focused on the right things. While she hasn’t been around my entire life, the last 7 years she has been an integral part of my business and the way I go about living my life. Thanks to you all, I love you!!