What’s our Why?
Sonic Chiropractic is a clinic born out of a passion for helping people. It started as a dream, turned into a conversation, that conversation led to excitement, and that excitement ignited the fire of action. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been so very rewarding. Not many people get to be genuinely excited to go to the office everyday. You take two very hardworking, very passionate doctors, put them together, and amazing things happen. Combine that with incredible Mentorship and support along with a very strong team that’s more like a family, and it breeds responses to questions like “How’s your day?” with “I live the dream every single day”. It’s the truth. We hang out with cool people every single day and we make them better. How can you complain with situations like that?
A long time ago in a Galaxy far far away… Dr. Mary was working at a clinic in Chicago, and Dr. Sandz was at a clinic in California.
Dr. Mary decided she no longer wanted to deal with the -290 degree Chicago winters, so she decided to make a change and move to sunnnnny Seattlllle… When she arrived in Seattle, she joined a very solid clinic in the heart of SLU on Westlake and Thomas called Lake Union Wellness which was started by Dr. Ted Steffen in 2006. This turned out to be a very good decision as Dr. Steffen is not only a really good guy, but he is fantastic Doctor with a massive heart, and an immense source of knowledge and experience.
As Dr. Mary was honing her skills in Seattle, Dr. Sandz was cutting his teeth in Southern California working for a very well known Chiropractor within the profession, who taught other doctors, how to be successful doctors. Dr. Sandz was working for him in the neighborhood of 60-80 hours per week while still in school, helping him run his massive clinic, helped him open up a second location, as well as helping him run his various coaching programs and seminars. He was being compensated very very well… in Education. One of the programs in particular was called Everest, and one of the weekend bootcamp trainings was being held in Seattle. This is the first seminar where Dr. Sandz was a lead instructor, and guess who happened to be in his group? The folks at LUW. This was 2013 and they have been friends ever since.
Dr. Sandz couldn’t get the city of Seattle out of his mind, so come graduation time from Chiro school, he had the opportunity to take over a clinic in Capitol Hill, just a 1/2 mile from Lake Union Wellness. So he packed his truck up and was running his own clinic solo 6 weeks out of school. Dr. Sandz and LUW had no actual association or connection, but that didn’t stop Dr. Mary and team from being an incredible resource. They did marketing events together, trained together, and exchanged best practices. It was clear they were all very like minded and worked very well together. There was a massive mutual respect that built, and is still present to this day.
A Dream in the making…
Dr. Sandz and Dr. Mary had been working well together for about a year at separate clinics, but then due to unfortunate ownership issues with the clinic Dr. Sandz was at, he had to search fo a new opportunity. Unfortunately at the time, the timing wasn’t right for him to join LUW, so he took an opportunity in Vancouver Washington. It turns out that this was the best thing that could have happened as they were each getting invaluable training from separate sources. Dr. Mary was learning from one of the best Dr.’s in the state of Washington with Dr. Ted Steffen, and Dr. Sandz was building his second clinic from scratch, while he was having a large role in the helping/running the other 4 clinics in the organization he was with. Massive experience and education in a very short period of time. Short time being 3 years.
The Uphill Battle…
So while Dr. Sandz was down in Vancouver WA, Dr. Mary was coming into her own and becoming a powerhouse of a Doctor. She was establishing herself as a very strong clinician, who was ready to leave the nest and open her own clinic, with the support and guidance of Dr. Steffen. Things are never as easy as it seems though. The key was that there are 3 very strong doctors at Lake Union Wellness: Dr. Steffen, Dr. Mary, and Dr. Cody Drake. Starting a clinic from scratch, especially in Downtown Seattle, is a very large task. You really need 2 doctors in the a clinic to make sure the level of care is the highest it can be without burning out the Doctor. So the key to Dr. Mary opening her own clinic was to find a 4th doctor, and get them up to speed to be able to handle the high level systems and methods that LUW uses to deliver such outstanding care. There were some very promising doctors, but it just didn’t seem like it was working out and the new clinic was seeming very far off into the distance.
The Turning Point…
So Dr. Mary was dealing with her difficulties up in Seattle, as well as Dr. Sandz down in Vancouver. He was ready to leave the nest himself and open his own clinic. Same story, different location. Very parallel paths with finding the right people to set yourself up for success. One day Dr. Sandz had a particularly difficult and frustrating day in his journey of opening his own clinic, so out of curiosity, he decided to look on the Washington State Chiropractic Association Website to see if there were any clinics for sale. As it turns out, there wasn’t. But there was a post that caught Dr. Sandz eye. It was a job posting looking for a Chiropractor to join the team, and wouldn’t you know, it was Lake Union Wellness. Dr. Sandz first thought was, “Did Dr. Mary leave?”. So he reached out to her. He wanted to see what was up. Dr Mary’s text response “No, I didn’t leave. But we are looking for a Doc, wanna come work with us? :)”. Dr. Sandz just laughed it off. “Haha. I would love to work with you guys, but I have a house down here and I’m working on my own thing down here, or else I totally would.” And that was that.
The Realization of a Dream…
Dr. Mary is a persistent human being. She wasn’t going to take no for an answer so easily. So the next morning, she followed up. “Well just to let you know, if you were to do this, this is what it would look like…”. Thats the exact moment that Dr. Sandz can pinpoint that changed everything. She didn’t give up. She kept following up and the conversation continued. The more they talked, the more it was very clear this wasn’t something either of them could turn down. So in a matter of 3 weeks, Dr. Sandz put in notice at his clinic, put his house on the market, and moved up to Seattle.
Thus, Sonic Chiropractic was born.
Two very hard working, passionate, experienced Doctors joining forces, with the support of very strong and experienced doctors of Dr. Ted Steffen and Dr. Cody Drake, to open a second location in Downtown Seattle and change the lives of as many people as possible.
So, how’s your day?
I live the dream every single day…