As a proud Laurier alumna (2016), enrolling in the Women Entrepreneurship Centre was a no-brainer for Dr. Steph Romero. She is glad she took the chance and got out of her comfort zone to participate. She took the WEC Start My Business Bootcamp in the summer of 2020 during a time of limbo. Her schooling was done but she was waiting to complete her licensing exam and was uncertain of what the future would hold due to COVID-19. The bootcamp allowed her to remain focused on her business and helped her build a foundation of knowledge regarding the back end of starting and operating a business. It was also a wonderful opportunity for her to meet and learn from other women-led businesses.
Though the doors of function health + wellness opened on March 5th, 2021, Romero and her partner Dr. Andrew Thomson have been working on it since 2019. function health + wellness is a collaborative space that proudly serves the vibrant Guelph community. They are your allies in your health and wellness. Health is multifaceted. By bringing various practitioners and people of different disciplines into one collaborative space, they can provide well-rounded care to their patients should they need it. Their core values are community, integrity, teamwork and fun. Education and empowerment are major components of what they aim to provide to their patients. Giving patients the knowledge and tools to best take care of themselves creates lasting change beyond the clinic walls.
The initial plan was to open in September 2020, but the timeline had to shift due to COVID-19.
Romero and Thomson’s national licensing exam was delayed, but luckily, they were able to successfully complete that in October 2020. As licensed health professionals, they are still working with patients, but plans for community-focused events have had to go virtual. They look forward to being able to do things in person again. When they can, they will be hosting in-person small group yoga sessions, rehab, workshops, and collaborating with the local community.
There have been some positive pivots for function health + wellness including the creation of their blog “Partners In Practice”. As new grads, they recognized there was not a lot of information regarding opening a practice so they started chronicling their journey with the hopes of providing some insight for other professional students. Now that they are open, they continue to write about the trials and tribulations of business ownership and clinical practice as new grads. They recently held their first virtual mindful movement class which combines breath work, mobility, movement, and meditation. While this was intended to be an in-person class, they are grateful for the technology that allows them to reach larger audiences near and far, and to continue to connect and move during this time.
Glodeane Brown is the Founder and Editor of the Culture Fancier blog where she regularly writes about arts and culture events, and interviews creative professionals. She is an arts management professional living and working in Kitchener, Ontario.
The Women Entrepreneurship Centre (WEC), as part of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, is dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs of every age, stage and culture to achieve their business dreams. We believe in fostering leadership. We believe that everyone deserves an equal shot at success. We believe in connecting you with the right people, skills and support to make it happen.
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