We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Dukes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justin, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
After spending time working for another doctor in private practice and for a large integrated healthcare group, I realized that the only way I could deliver the patient experience that I believed my patients truly deserved was to build it myself.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I grew up in Colorado and played football and lacrosse in high school. After obtaining my Doctor of Chiropractic degree in Portland, Oregon, I returned to Denver and opened Body In Motion Chiropractic inside the Runner’s Roost store on South Colorado Blvd. Over the past 11 years I have seen countless patients struggle with the same pains and injuries time and time again. Most of these recurring problems are caused by key strength and mobility issues. Wanting to rectify this problem and bridge the gap from rehab back to optimal performance, I began to create a fitness program to address these common issues. As much as I loved my space and the community working inside Runner’s Roost, the space wasn’t right for me to build the system I was envisioning. In 2016 I started a search for a second location that would allow me to integrate the clinical and fitness sides of my business. The process of opening our Park Hill office has been the ultimate exercise in patience and perseverance. After missing out on two other retail spaces in Park Hill we were one of the original tenants signed on to join the Park Hill Commons development in 2018. Even prior to the pandemic, the development was delayed over a year with disputes over the placement of a neighboring park, which ended up pushing our build-out into the chaos of 2020. Our original location was closed for eight weeks due to the “stay-at-home” orders at the exact time we were supposed to be opening our doors in Park Hill. Finally, we were able to officially open our office in July. One of the most rewarding parts of opening our Park Hill location has been having my longtime patients walk into my new space and comment that it is “so me.” My patients have always been loyal, but what I didn’t expect was for the neighborhood to get behind me so quickly.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Our favorite Park Hill stop for breakfast is Honeyhill Cafe on 23rd, their cinnamon rolls are the best. A bike loop through the parks in the city is always a must; City Park to Congress Park down to Wash Park and back. We also love having one of our favorite Portland mainstays here in Denver, so wings at Fire On the Mountain would also have to be on the list. We love living outdoors in Denver, so we’d also have to take our bikes over to Ruby Hill, or for a loop down the Platte River trail. Hiking at Red Rocks is great, but we also love exploring the canyons outside of Golden. We’d certainly have to stop by some of our favorite breweries, Longtable, Bruz and Cerebral are all fantastic. 2020 has been the year of take-out so we’d definitely plan some to-go dinners from Tommy’s Thai, dBar and Neighbors.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Though she no longer works clinically, my wife, who is also a chiropractor has been an enormous part of building my practice and allowing me to create a clinical environment for patients that I’m proud of. On top of her own career and keeping our household functioning, she is the one behind the scenes of the practice making sure that nothing falls through the cracks.