The biggest habit for me is to do it now instead of trying to table it.
Dr. Troy Dreiling is the owner of Zenaptic Chiropractic, located in Vancouver, Washington.
He is a firm believer in the fact that everyone can enjoy good health. He promotes a healthy lifestyle and spends a lot of his time educating others on how they can take back their health by utilizing chiropractic care to correct misalignments and restore the body to its natural state.
While most people think of chiropractors as neck and back pain doctors, Dr. Troy has used chiropractic care to help relieve suffering for a wide range of ailments, including asthma, carpal tunnel, high blood pressure, and sinus problems. He has even used chiropractic to help babies suffering from colic and young children who have issues with bed wetting.
To get the word out about the many benefits of chiropractic care, he publishes educational videos on his Youtube channel and hosts a weekly radio show on 93.9 KPDQ in Portland. He hosts seminars for his patients in Vancouver and blogs often – providing answers to common questions about health and wellness.
Zenaptic Chiropractic is a 5-time recipient of the Best of Clark County Reader’s Choice Awards and “Dr. Troy” receives rave reviews from his patients. He opened his practice in 1995.
Where did the idea for Zenaptic Chiropractic come from?
Zenaptic Chiropractic came from me being in business for over 15 years and wanting to rebrand my product.
How I came up with the name of the business is an interesting story.
Chiropractic means removing nerve interference by opening up the “synaptic” connections into the nerve system. I looked online to see if there was a chiropractor using the term, “Synaptic” and there was, so I figured I had to change it a little bit.
Since I had studied martial arts with breathing and meditation, that’s where the “Zen” comes from. I put the two together and came up with this unique word which is “Zenaptic.”
So to me, “Zenaptic” means reconnecting the nerve system through the art of adjusting, breathing, and meditation.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I get up between 4 and 5 in the morning to do some chart notes, then I work out for about 30-40 minutes. I do stretching and meditation. I read my goals and my affirmations.
I feed my kids breakfast, take them to school and head to the office. I usually see patients for about 2-3 hours, head home for lunch, see my family, take a nap and then head back to the office in the afternoon. I usually work until about 6:30 or 7, head home and hang out with my kids, then put them to bed. It’s a pretty busy day, I’m focused on getting people well.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I like to study and observe different things. If I find something that excites me, I want to make it happen. I am more of a “do it now” guy. I was always taught that if it gets you excited, do it, you’ll be energized. If it doesn’t get you excited then table it because it will bring you down.
What’s one trend that really excites you?
The biggest chiropractic trend is really an old school trend. It’s the philosophy that the nerve system runs the entire body and if you can increase the function of the spine and the nerves, the body will work and heal itself.
They always say, “The power that makes the body, heals the body if it’s in alignment.” It’s really an old-school principle that if you can get the body’s inherent recuperative powers elevated, the body will function amazingly.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
The biggest habit for me is to do it now instead of trying to table it. It’s do it now, do it now, do it now.
My wife will sometimes ask me to do something and I will tell her I am doing it now. She will try to tell me it doesn’t have to be done right away but I’m just like, nope, I’m doing it now. I think that is one of the biggest things, getting it done now, don’t delay.
What was the worst job you ever had and what did you learn from it?
One summer, I worked in a machine shop taking engines apart. You would put them in something that looked like a huge dishwasher for motor parts. I would come home every day greasy, grimy and slimy – I stunk. I hated it; I’m kind of a clean guy.
I used to tinker around on cars, too. I was into it. Working in that machine shop taught me, I did not want to get my fingers dirty, I wanted a job where I have clean hands all the time!
If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
There’s not a lot I would have changed. Maybe more vacations, more time for myself. I was single at the time I started my business. If I could have been married earlier, that’s something I would have changed. It took me about 15 years in practice before I got married.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
It might seem off topic, but as an entrepreneur, always recommend that you drink lots of water and get moving. People think you have to exercise, lift weights and look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but it’s not about that.
To stay sharp, you have to keep moving – whether that is walking, swimming, stretching, breathing or yoga. Just getting your body in action and staying off sugar and carbs.
So, drinking water and moving are good ways for entrepreneurs to stay energized and creative. Keep your body and mind hydrated and active.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Getting the word out constantly. Spread the word and have a voice for getting sick people well.
I use things like radio, handing out cards, anything that I could put my message on and hand out has been my strategy. It’s like, “Here check this out, here’s something new.” Communicating and educating people on a regular basis.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
As an entrepreneur, sometimes you get in trouble with the banks. When I built my office, the markets crashed and the banks said, “Hey we want all our money back.”
One thing that taught me is to not put your money in the bank, do it on your own. If you can’t afford the car, the motorcycle, or the boat then don’t get a loan; pay in cash for it. That’s one thing I learned, I would rather work for myself than for the bank.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Recently I bought a zoom handheld recorder; I do a lot of radio, audio, testimonial stuff. I used to have this really big recorder, it was like a briefcase. You would put your headset it in, it was really complicated to use, complicated to attach the usb to the computer.
So, I bought this little handheld thing. It was a little over a hundred bucks. It’s a simple, quality microphone. I don’t have to go into the studio and record, it’s an amazing device. It’s very simple to download or upload a file for KPDQ, the radio station I work with.
What software and web services do you use? What do you love about them?
I use a software called Billing Precision or Genesis. I like it, it’s web based.
If I need to do some charting, I can do it at home or in the office. If I travel, I can do it where I go. It’s very secure, I like it. It’s created less paper, less headaches, and less work for us.
It allows my team to work together. They can see someone else’s notes on billing or history. It’s a really cool platform for helping to serve our patients better.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
I think the one book people should read is called Rhino Success. It’s all about being a rhino and not a cow.
Basically, rhinos have thick skin. They have a “damn the torpedoes” attitude and they charge down what they want. Rather than being put out to pasture and just grazing, rhinos charge it down.
I think that is the biggest thing for me with patients. It’s, “Hey, you’re a rhino, take charge of your health. You have the ability to get well no matter what, you’re in charge.” Rhino Success, great book!
Mario Schulzke is the Founder of ideamensch, which he started a decade ago to learn from entrepreneurs and give them a platform for their ideas.