We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Christina Schofield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Christina, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is a major part of my life and career. But, the idea of it, never fails to scare me! I know risk taking is necessary for growth in business and life. If I never risked leaving the only town I knew, to go to Doctorate school, I would not be where I am today. If I didn’t have a passion for taking risks with my fitness goals, and pushing them continually, I wouldn’t have the same brand I do today. If I did not learn to be a risk taker, I would be stuck in a 7-7 job, and hating life. By taking risks I am now a business owner, get work life balance to spend with my daughter, and get to really enjoy the work that I do. Not too many people can say those things. I definitely have to work to find and take those risks, because stability is comfortable. No one will have their biggest growth during stability. Getting over the fear of failing is what holds most people back from taking risks. So I try to keep this quote in mind when I get in my head and resistant to taking a risk in all aspects of life: “What would you do if you couldn’t fail?”
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
T-REX Physical Therapy is different from othe PT clinics because it focuses on one on one patient care with the PT. Other clinics are figuring out how to get more patients in at the same time, and minimize the time that is spent with each patient. I decided to take a stand and do what the patient needs. Seems simple, but sad that sets me apart. Patients really appreciate this approach as they get better faster, and refer their own friends and family to see me. The Covid pandemic has been my bigggest challenge. Even though I am in the medical field, people felt they could cut their treatment at the time to be safe. I know everyone has their own reasons and its ok, but it did hurt my business until this year. I got through by cutting my own business costs, and was lucky to receive PPP funding to assist. I also listen to a few different business podcasts that keep my mindset right in the more difficult times.
The biggest lesson I have learned was to give without expecting in return. I have volunteered to help some people at no charge through mentorship, helping them at the gym so they can workout in less pain, or with diet and nutrition. All things that are in my expertise, but not my business focus. Everytime I have given just to help, selflessly, I do get rewarded by God, karma, whatever you want to call it, with more business.
The last thing that really sets me apart is that I have had lots of experience being a patient myself and seeing the holes in the medical system. This really energizes me to help others avoid surgery, and other costly treatments that often do irreversible damage to the body, in “hopes” of some sort of positive effect. This also helps my better relate and communicate with my patients in similar situations by knowing to address other factors like emotional and social factors that can take bigger tolls than the physical issues they are coming to me for.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spots around me for breakfast are always Eggstacy and First Watch. For lunch, I love Picazzos or tacos. Dinner spots I enjoy are Pescado Borracho, Osaka, and North. I am usually a low key person and enjoy grilling and pool time with friends and family. Fun activities would include cooling down by floating down the Salt River, and since I am an animal person, going to Out of Africa to get really up close and personal with their amazing animals.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My biggest supporter is a good friend and personal trainer, Lance Johnson. He not only has completely supported me in my business and growth, but during recovery from traumatic surgeries and my own injuries. His positivity is contagious. He has selflessly helped guide me to other business oppurtunities and is irreplaceable in my book. The world needs more people just like him.