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Active Living Turns 10!

Active Living Turns 10!

Here is a look back on the last decade from my perspective:

It feels like just yesterday. I was fresh out of school, hoping to purchase a friend’s practice in Kelowna as they were moving to Holland. I missed out on that purchase (I wasn’t licensed in time) and decided to start a practice. How crazy was that?! I had a vision; a collaborative practice, with great people, where patients were our number one priority. 

 

We started small. Took out a loan, which wasn’t easy as it was 2008 and we were in a recession. Found a great space on West avenue and took the plunge! A 5 year lease and a blank canvas.

 

I was so fortunate to grow up in Kelowna and have such an amazing network of friends and family; they all wanted to support my new business and see it succeed. I started off just on my own, then found Lisa and Brenda, both RMTs, and we had a great thing going! Things got so busy, I convinced my mom to come work for me and recruited some old friends, Jura and Brie, to help with the front-end. Jon joined us a couple years later when Brenda moved to Vernon and we brought on another Chiropractor (some of you may know Kyle!). Chris Carlson would later join us when Lisa had to move back to the Kootneys. Together, we all built this little practice: Active Living Chiropractic and Massage at 516 West Ave. 

 

5 years in, we were growing and out-grew our space. It was time to say good-bye to West ave and move on to a new start at 565 Osprey. We build a beautiful space and were looking forward to taking care of our patients at the new location. During the transition, we met Nicole and had to make a place for her; and so became Active Living – Chiropractic, Massage, and Acupuncture. Over the next few years, Britt would join us, then Sarah, then Chris Carter, and finally Carly and Steph. Our newest additions to the front end are Santana and Alyson. We have also had some amazing people come and go along the way – you know who you are and you helped make Active Living what it is today.

 

I know I speak for the whole team at Active Living when I say we are so grateful to all our patients, family, and friends for trusting us with your health and supporting us for the past 10 years. We as a team take pride in our approach to making you, our patients, our number one priority and the center of our practice. It has been our pleasure to get to know you and take care of you the past 10 years, and we look forward to the next decades to come! From the bottom of our hearts, thank-you for your continued support of Active Living, and our team looks forward seeing you soon!

 

Cheers!

Dr. Melanie Brandt, DC

Here are some Team ALC photos from the last decade!! Enjoy!