NOVA Chiropractic & Acupuncture Sept. 2018



Hours of Operation: Monday–Wednesday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday–Sunday Closed

September 2018

MENTORS AND SUCCESS I believe that finding a mentor and defining success go hand-in-hand. I don’t think you find only one mentor, either. I have a mentor I look up to in a business sense —Dr. Greg Rose — and both my father and my father-in- law are personal or life mentors. On the business side of things, a mentor can be extremely helpful. You have someone who’s been through it all, can answer questions, and can provide support when you need help or guidance. They’ll have different views on how they approach a problem, and that can help you succeed in your business, just as it helped them succeed in theirs. My practice is more of a private or single practice— I’m not working with a group of chiropractors, and I’m not working in a hospital setting. When you’re on your own like I am, having a mentor to lead you through the more difficult times is especially helpful. Finding a mentor depends a lot on finding a person with whom you can connect. Having the same beliefs and goals can help you relate to one another. Find somebody you admire because of how they handle the obstacles they face or how they run their business. “On the business side of things, a mentor can be extremely helpful. You have someone who’s been through it all, can answer questions, and can provide support when you need help or guidance.”

I used to do a lot of work with golfers, which is how I met Dr. Rose. We happened to go to the same Titleist seminar and made a connection. I was working in the Naval hospital at the time, which is where his practice was located in Maryland. Since then, we’ve always stayed in touch as we progressed through our professions. I pick his brain regularly — and he continues to provide sound advice regarding our practice, business, and challenges we meet along the way. My father and father-in-law both encourage me to do the best I can in a professional sense and a personal sense. I watched my father work hard every day when I was young. He was a firefighter and had a solid work ethic. He would go above and beyond what was needed or asked of him, took care of his family, and was always there for us when we needed him. Watching him work so diligently instilled in me the same work ethic from a young age. It shaped how I became so successful. I have a similar bond with my father-in-law, but there are also differences. He’s a very caring person. Someone in the family once described him as the “mother” of the family. He’s the kind of person who’s always there to support you and have your back. Like my father, he goes above and beyond in everything he does for people, both inside and outside the family. He genuinely cares about everyone. There have been many times when I’ve been exhausted and thought, “I can’t do this,” but I’ve always pulled through. I always try to be the best that I can in what I do. I see how far my mentors have come and look up to their achievements, and then I know I can push myself harder to achieve my goals. -Dr. Todd P. Sullivan

Dr. Greg Rose is a chiropractor who started his practice locally and now runs what they call the Titleist Performance Institute in California. He started out as a chiropractor working with golfers and set up his practice here in the D.C. area. He was so successful that a big golf company asked him to build a million-dollar facility in California, and he did.

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