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Dr. Michael Pound with Traverse Health

Dr. Michael Pound

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to start your business?

“Lots of schooling and years of practice! I do more continuing education outside my profession than in because I love learning!”

What inspires your work and what sets you apart from other chiropractors?

“I look to serve first…when I approach patient care, I listen not to just what patients tell me, but how they tell me. I specialize in getting to the root of the problem, and after working in a pain management clinic with a Stanford anesthesiologist, and interviewing hundreds of doctors and health professionals on my podcast (Heal Better Fast Podcast), I’ve learned a lot about how to interpret pain. I feel most inspired when I am able to serve others by helping them live pain free lives!”

Dr. Michael Pound with his son

What do you enjoy most about what you do? 

“Helping patients change their lives by getting rid of pain.”

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

“I enjoy rock climbing, traveling and spending time with my boys.”

What’s the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your products/service?

“I started going to see Dr. Pound while I was pregnant with my second daughter for Symphysis Pubis Pain. I had a doctor that wasn’t pro chiro for the first pregnancy and my second OB was. I was so desperate for pain relief that I would try anything! He helped me so incredibly much and helped me deal with that daily horrific pain that I had. I was able to enjoy so much more of my pregnancy than before. Also, after birth, my pubis healed so much faster than without the chiro care. We are still seeing him to this day 2 years later!”

Tell us something that people might be surprised to learn about you?

“I invented a pillow to help achieve perfect sleeping posture which I was able to pitch to Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington!”

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Annie Hurst with Annie Jean Photography

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to start your business? 

“A little bit about myself and how I got here…I worked in Corporate America as an Executive Assistant for 12 years. After exiting that world to be a stay-at-home mommy, I found myself looking for a creative outlet. I decided to start a children’s clothing boutique. Crazy enough, that’s what lead me to photography! I needed images for my website for my boutique so I nervously picked up our “fancy” DSLR and fiddled around with the software I had purchased with my employee discount before leaving Adobe. Yep, I said Adobe, the creators of Photoshop. Ha! Funny how one thing leads you to another, isn’t it? I’m now five years into photography. I’ve learned from some of the industry’s finest via in-person workshops, online workshops, and tutorials. It’s been such a fun ride. ”

What inspires your work and what sets you apart from everyone else? 

“I’m willing to try new things. I don’t put myself into a box.”

What do you enjoy most about what you do? 

“The variety, the creative outlet, capturing moments.”

What’s the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your products/service? 

“I’m crying.”

What do you enjoy most about your partnership with the UDA? 

“I love that we can work hand-in-hand with mothers who entrust the doulas in helping bring newborns into the world and the photographers capturing those once-in-a-lifetime moments.”

What’s something we might be surprised to learn about you?

“I went paragliding in Switzerland!”

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Susan McLaughlin, PT with ALIGN

ALIGN is a private physical therapy practice. Susan McLaughlin specializes in the management of pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, and orthopedic dysfunctions.

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to start your business?

“I have been practicing physical therapy since 2001. Going into physical therapy school I knew that I wanted to have my own business one day. I have always had an interest in approaching the body holistically and I believe in the body/mind connection for health and wellbeing. In 2012 I made the decision to leave the traditional medical model of physical therapy to start my own private practice, ALIGN integration | movement. I am a self-proclaimed continuing education junkie and I love to learn, so I have woven and integrated that education into my practice.”

What inspires your work and what sets you apart from everyone else?

“Our capacity for healing and growth is limitless. I have a deep respect for our nervous system and an understanding that when our system is under stress (due to day to day living, mental/emotional/spiritual incongruences, developmental or shock traumas, etc.) healing is compromised. In working with clients my intention is to create an environment within the body where the innate healing capacity can be restored. I bring many different levels of learning outside of typical physical therapy practices for additional growth and healing.”

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

“Being able to tap into human potential, growth and change. I love it!”

What’s the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your service?

“I had a client who came to me with pain and nerve tingling down both arms and legs. Her doctor wanted her to get checked for MS. As a hairdresser she couldn’t lift her arms to cut or blow dry hair. She couldn’t do her job or workout for exercise because of the pain. She sent me a letter of thank you saying that working with me was ‘life altering;’ she can now do her job, sleep and was even able to complete a Hot Fusion Fitness certification. Without my help, she felt that she would have lost hope and had been talked into surgery. So yeah, nicest thing: ‘Working with you was life altering!”

What do you enjoy most about your partnership with the UDA?

“Doulas are amazing! I love the community, support and compassion that I feel in the UDA. I am so grateful that women have support to birth their own way. Thank you!”

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Rowan Steiner with Salt City Birth and Newborn Photography

Rowan Steiner
Salt City Birth and Newborn Photography

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to start your business?

“I started photography 3 years ago in college to capture moments of my young children and the hobby quickly turned into a passion. I spent about 2 years building my skills before shooting my first birth. After that first birth, I instantly fell in love and ultimately decided to specialize in birth and newborn”.

Photo by Rowan Steiner

“I absolutely love birth and I’m fascinated with all it has to offer. I love capturing my clients authentic and raw story”. -Rowan Steiner

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

“I love being able to provide families with memories that they’ll be able to cherish forever”.

Photo by Rowan Steiner

What’s the nicest thing a customer has ever said to you about your products/service?

“I had a customer say, ‘Not only were my birth center birth photos documented gorgeously … but Rowan contributed her gentle but supportive energy into the room. I connected with her and also forgot she was there – if that makes sense. I had a preview photo that I could use for social media announcing within a few hours of my sons birth. I will cherish her work for me as long as I live’.”

What do you enjoy most about your partnership with the UDA?

“I enjoy the genuine connections I get to make with other birth workers in the community”!