We had the good fortune of connecting with Colby Giles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Colby, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
This is an easy one. Hands down marrying my wife, Laura. She is absolutely the most amazing human I’ve ever known. Together we have celebrated each other’s victories, supported each other during challenges, and planned endlessly. I have found strength in her more times than I can count. And together we have a beautiful, smart, funny, strong, and kind daughter. Having those two in my life has brought so much happiness inside and outside of my career.
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’m a Chiropractor and I specialize in non-surgical spinal decompression and general chiropractic care. People come to me for simple back pain all the way to major disc protrusions. Formation is so much more than a business–it is my way of helping others. I want people to know that I see their pain. I have personally been in uncontrollable pain, so for me it’s about giving people their lives back. It’s about taking away the pain that stops them from achieving their goals and being present with their families. It is my goal to use everything I know to free them from pain.
My work is incredibly validating. Becoming a doctor wasn’t a goal of mine until my late 20s, after managing my parents’ company and then deciding to try and ‘make it on my own’. Leaving my parents’ company and then pursuing a post-grad degree in my 20s was a very hard choice. Ultimately, it was the right choice. I get to spend my days helping people with their health. It is incredibly rewarding changing peoples’ lives for the better.
I did have a big setback in practice. I hurt myself during my first year as a doctor. I herniated some discs in my low back and had to shut down my first practice. I could barely walk, lay down, sit, or be in a vehicle. I was faced with closing my business for the sake of my health. I had massive student loans, and it all felt very heavy. On top of it, my wife and I were about to have a baby. I was faced with questions like what kind of father will I be if I’m reeling in pain all the time and can’t even play with my child? There were many dark days of pure pain. It took what seemed like endless sessions with doctors and the unyielding support of my wife to get me practicing again. It changed the entire course of my life and career. Now I dedicate my time to helping others with disc injuries. It’s deeply gratifying and I am grateful that the path led me to my specialty today.
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.
Phoenix is such a vibrant place with great restaurants. I would make sure to visit Brunch and Sip and Lola Coffee for breakfast. Dinners at Beckett’s Table, Postino, The Gladly, Nook Kitchen and Vecina are a must. And both LGO and Ingo’s are perfect for a drink or nibble any time of day. In terms of what to do, we would hike at Papago or the McDowell Mountains, catch a spring training game in March and visit the zoo to make my one year old happy!
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?
Dr. Boardman at Boardman Family Chiropractic gave me a great deal of guidance as a young practitioner. When I hurt my low back, he performed my spinal decompression procedures to help my back heal. The injury led to many conversations with him, which changed the way I practice.