Dr. Jonathan “Jon” Wilhelm is the founder of Pro Chiropractic located in Bozeman, Montana. Dr. Wilhelm started his first practice in 2004, with expansions starting just 2 years later. In 2006, Big Sky Spinal Care Center, now Pro Physio, was opened becoming a second rehabilitation and specialized non-surgical spinal decompression clinic. In 2012, the second Pro Chiropractic location opened in Manhattan, MT and in 2015, a third location Pro Chiropractic Bozeman, located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley in Southwest Montana.
Dr. Wilhelm was born and raised in Circle, Montana, before moving to Bozeman at the age of three. He’s called the Gallatin Valley home ever since. He attended Montana State University in the Pre-Med program, went on to study at Life University’s College of Chiropractic in Atlanta, GA, and completed his chiropractic training and internships at Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO. In 2004, Dr. Wilhelm earned his Chiropractic Doctorate, graduating at the top of his class and achieving special recognitions for exemplary clinical performance and academic excellence.
In 2012, Dr. Wilhelm earned his MS in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and his ICSC, making him the only qualified sports medicine chiropractor in SW Montana. In addition to being a certified chiropractic sports physician (CCSP®), he is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), making Dr. Wilhelm the only sports chiropractor in Montana to possess this unique blend of credentials. Additionally, Dr. Wilhelm is a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP), and a member of the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (ICSC). He has been ranked as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. Also, Dr. Wilhelm is certified in Chiropractic Extremities, Advanced Graston Technique Provider, Fascial Manipulation, SFMA, and Whiplash and Spinal Trauma Advanced Certification.
Dr. Jon Wilhelm specializes in sports medicine and provides treatments for athletes of all ages and levels of experience to help them achieve their athletic goals and recover from injuries faster. His affiliations include the American Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, ACA Sports Council, International Federation of Sports Chiropractic – FICS, and the Montana Chiropractic Association. Dr. Wilhelm is a partner team physician with Montana State University Athletics and has expanded his experience nationally and internationally with USA Gymnastics, USA Track and Field, USA Bobsled Skeleton, the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, and American Chiropractic Association Sports Council. As part of the USOPC Medical Team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Dr. Wilhelm was named 2018 ACA Sports Council Sports Chiropractor of the Year! Both are firsts for a Montana sports chiropractor.
Athletes benefit from his expertise in sports medicine and chiropractic, which includes Graston IASTM Therapy, Dry Needling Therapy, and SPRT functional taping. He also uses SFMA, Shockwave Therapy, Facial Manipulation, and specific functional rehabilitative exercises such as Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization.
Dr. Jon Wilhelm is a happy family man. Trevor and Amra are his and April’s pride and joy. They enjoy international travel, hunting, hiking, reading, movies, and building family memories. The actual principles of Chiropractic care inspire Jon to serve others. He feels that obtaining ongoing education would result in a more well-cared-for and pleased patient. In other words, he does this to better serve each customer.
Where did the idea for Pro Chiropractic come from?
I first envisioned the name for Pro Chiropractic when I was in graduate school near St Louis, MO. I was thinking about what I would name my chiropractic practice if I were to open one as I was driving down a busy street lined with many businesses. As I drove, I started looking at business signs, and noticed that most of the smaller business had names like Tim’s Auto Repair or Ellisville Family Dentistry, while the larger, more successful business had names like Costco and Walmart. The smaller business names signs had colors and fonts of all types, were varied, and lacked continuity, while the larger businesses had much more defined, strong and bold colors and fonts. It was then that I decided I would name and develop a business that was not named after my town, my family or myself. Instead, I would pick a name that was simple, strong and defined what I did well. I wanted a business and name that would thrive and live beyond me. I would also choose font and colors that emulated those of the most successful national and international brands, simple and strong. The name I chose was Pro Chiropractic.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I like to wake up early. From many years of rising early, my body has learned to be ready at 5:30am. I shower every morning if I can. I don’t have any routines around breakfast, but I do like to make the coffee and share some time and conversation with my wife, April. Then I am off to work at my clinics where I start seeing patients at 7am. Patient care is fun, busy, and well-structured. I move from treatment room to treatment room where patients are ready and prepped for their treatment by my support staff. My treatments vary from 15 minutes to 1 hour. I use many types of manual and chiropractic therapies to help my patients move and feel better. I have found that patients mirror my energy, and frequently I can uplift another individual with my treatments. I will treat from arrival straight until 2pm, typically with no breaks. This schedule is highly productive, as it meets the needs of my patients. When I am finished with patients it’s time to wrap up details and paperwork from the day’s treatments. Afternoon activities are variable, and may include business meetings, exercise, family commitments, or relaxing. These hours are some of my most productive, as I have the ability to fill them with the most important activities. In the evening I am home with my family. I like to eat meals with my wife and kids and enjoy family activities and relaxing together with them. Because I wake up so early, I am also early to bed, usually by 9pm. I go to sleep most nights feeling happy about my day.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I am an idea person! I am very good at analyzing a situation or need and finding opportunity. Once I have an idea in mind, my ability to inspire others takes over. I have always found in myself the ability to paint a picture of opportunity for others, to inspire them to see and join my idea. I am also a collaborator and team builder. Once an idea is out there, I bring the good work of others together to bring these to life.
What’s one trend that excites you?
It excites me to see more and more people seeking a simpler life, seeking fewer material items and more meaningful experiences.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I have engrained the habit of approaching opportunities and challenges with a positive mental attitude. This habit allows me to push forward where others stop or fail.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Be more careful with relationships, they impact every part of your life.
Never compromise your honesty. If you do, this will always catch up with you.
Humility is more becoming of you and more endearing to others.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
It’s generally safe to travel, and the world is mostly full of good people who want to help you.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Visualize my success and re-affirm myself out loud.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Start with Who first, and work on What next. By putting my energy into who I am and who I align with, I have found growth to be less challenging. Too much energy is put into what procedure or protocol needs to be changed in order to grow, when actually being and having the right people fixes most issues and allows an entrepreneur to more achieve success.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Early in my career I bought a piece of land. I was caught up in the excitement and trends in the local property market and made a bad investment, which cost me and my family some money. Fortunately, we were able to overcome this mistake with discipline and time, and I learned valuable lessons about market trends and making business choices.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
There is currently opportunity in the physical therapy marketplace for a someone to teach elite sports medicine techniques.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
The best money I spent recently was for a gift for my daughter at the Olympic Village Gift Shop in China where I bought her a custom-made Chinese writing brush set. She is quite artistic, and I was very happy for her to have this unique type of gift.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
I like to use Fiverr to find skilled freelance workers to share tasks with. I find this very helpful in allowing me to focus on what I am best at, while leveraging the skills of other.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz is a tremendous resource to learn the power of mental rehearsal and visualization for improving self-image.
What is your favorite quote?
“To do things right, first you need love, then technique.” Antoni Gaudi
- It’s important to have a positive mental attitude when facing challenges and opportunities.
- Honesty is the best policy.
- It’s helpful to delegate tasks to others who have the necessary skillsets.
- Visualization and mental rehearsal can be powerful tools for success.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.