We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Runyon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Scott, what role has risk played in your life or career?
The biggest thing for me was how risky it became to not start my own business. I was risking spending my whole career making money for somebody else. Not being able to spend the time I wanted with my loved ones. Not being able to treat patients the way that I wanted and that they deserved. All of that sounded terrible to me.

Yes, branching out on your own is risky as well. No one knows who you are when you start out. Your income isn’t steady. There’s a ton of work to be done on the front end to establish yourself. However, all of that risk is absolutely worth it to put myself in a better position to look back on my life and career and say that I made a difference in people’s lives.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The healthcare industry is a mess, to put it lightly. People are investing hundreds of thousands of dollars and years of their life to get into a system where they don’t get to spend quality time with their families, work with the clients they enjoy, or get compensated properly for what they have invested. After years of dealing with this, I decided it was time to be part of a massive change. I wanted to start my own practice where I got to work with active people and treat them the right way. I get to challenge people and form real relationships with them. My patients trust me, and I help them get incredible results. We focus heavily on their goals, and they often achieve things they never thought possible. We don’t conform to the whims of third party payers. I don’t work for them. I work for my clients.

It is sometimes hard for people to understand how I do things. The public is so used to getting sub-par healthcare that when they are faced with a choice that lets them pick something that fits their style, they don’t know what to do! That’s where I really have to engage in deep conversations to lay out the road map for how their plan is going to look. Once they’ve experienced the difference, they will never go back to the old ways of doing things!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh, man, that is a great question. Usually when family and friends visit, we end up ditching town for a large chunk of the trip, because the mountains are so great! In town, we always hit Garden of the Gods, and it is amazing. There’s also likely a hike or some rock climbing in Red Rocks Open Space or North Cheyenne Canyon to be involved. A trip to Trails End Taproom and some of our many breweries will be on tap (see what I did there).

The highlight is always going to be going out of town though. If time allows, we are going to head to Salida/Buena Vista for some whitewater rafting/kayaking on the Arkansas River.

Overall, there’s way too many things to list, but this is a really good start!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
No one succeeds without support, that’s for sure. My parents put me in a great position to advance myself and get an education. My wife, Heather, has supported all of my decisions to focus energy on creating this business. I’ve had a ton of assistance from my mastermind group to keep me moving in the right direction as well.

Website: www.backcountry.physio

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