Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Irene Wabomnor.
Dr. Wabomnor, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I didn’t always know that I wanted to be a Chiropractor — but I did know from an early age that I wanted to be in healthcare helping people and that I was destined to be a leader. My first Bachelor’s degree is in Biology with a pre-med concentration. I got accepted to medical school shortly before my 19th birthday but ended up putting things on hold for what I thought would have been a year.
Well, one year turned in to five years. During that time, I ultimately decided that going to medical school was not the route for me, and I ended up working in corporate America as an auditor in Chicago… in no way related to my original ambitions of becoming a doctor. But there was still this great desire to help people in a way that felt more meaningful than what I was doing at the time. So I got a part-time job, in addition to my other job, working at a residential facility for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Though it did not pay much, this job brought me so much joy and reignited my passion for healthcare. I knew that I needed to get back to healthcare once and for all, and I would make it my mission to serve the under-served. From that point, I looked at pretty much every possible career path in healthcare that I could think of, but Chiropractic essentially fell into my lap unexpectedly and I was hooked. I now know that it was a God thing.
In 2012, about four months after deciding that I was going to become a Chiropractor, I packed up whatever could fit in my car and drove almost 1,000 miles from Chicago to Dallas to begin a new life in a city where I knew no one. Fortunately, Dallas welcomed me with open arms, and I was able to immerse myself fairly easily. I met my now business partner in Chiropractic school where we hatched the idea to open up an all-female, powerhouse Chiropractic and wellness clinic. Just six months after graduating with our Doctorate of Chiropractic degrees, we opened up the doors to Well Within Rockwall and have been serving, healing and providing hope ever since.
Has it been a smooth road?
I think very few people can say that they have had a smooth road in life, and I am definitely no exception. Growing up, we didn’t have a lot of extra money. I started working at an early age and worked all of the way through undergrad and graduate school, even when I was taking 26 credit hours at one point.
Being a double minority (female and Nigerian-American) in this country created some additional obstacles for me in many of the rooms that I walked in to. I was passed over for certain opportunities and on several occasions asked why I thought I deserved to be taken seriously.
When it came time to open my clinic, I had a number of naysayers in my ears telling me that I was too young, too inexperienced or that I just would not make it for one reason or another. And I have to admit that I almost started to believe them, especially when I was applying for business loans and getting turned down by every financial institution we went to. But perseverance and prayer (particularly from my family and best friends) eventually paid off.
Even now, after being in business for several years, it’s still not smooth sailing. It has taken a lot of practice to find the balance between being both the business owner and the doctor, all while trying to maintain some type of life outside of work. But at the end of the day, I feel blessed to carry this “burden” because it’s not for everyone.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Well Within Chiropractic & Wellness story. Tell us more about the business.
At Well Within Rockwall, we truly believe that the body can heal itself when given the right conditions. This is the core of how we approach healthcare and healing. When someone walks through our doors, they will immediately see and feel that we are not your traditional doctor’s office. In addition to Chiropractic spinal adjustments, we address neurology, nutrition, immune function, toxic overload and stress as it all relates to the neuromusculoskeletal system.
As a holistic wellness clinic, we always aim to address the whole person and put all of the pieces together to get to the root of dysfunction. From the very inception of this clinic, we sought out the complex cases. I would say that we are most motivated by and known for working with the special needs community, particularly children, and women with chronic conditions that have been going on for longer than six months.
In most Chiropractic clinics, there is just one main doctor. If there are two doctors, many times, it’s a husband & wife team. We are pretty unique in that our clinic is owned and operated by two female doctors. Additionally, we operate a true 50-50 partnership so all patients are shared between both doctors. This creates a really great sense of community and our patients are essentially getting two doctors for the price of one.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Alternative medicine is on the rise. These days, many people are looking outside of the box for ways to be healthier and live better quality lives. I feel fortunate to have been in this space for several years now. I look forward to and anticipate sharing and educating others about what I have learned about keeping it simple in terms of our health. Every day on the news, we hear about a new disease or some other healthcare scare, but I believe that when we get back to the basics, living our best lives doesn’t have to be complicated or frightening.
- Address: 2555 Ridge Rd #150
Rockwall, TX 75087
- Website: wellwithinrockwall.com
- Phone: (972) 587-0101
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @wellwithinrockwall
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/wellwithinrockwall
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