We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Oberton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Being a licensed doctor of physical therapy, I define success as my patients being able to perform their day-to-day activities without pain. Patients often come to me with a range of issues–not being able to sit at work because of back pain, experiencing pain with certain exercises, or not being able to perform a specific stretch or exercise because of mobility issues. During our time together, I conduct various assessments to pinpoint what their physical limitations are and/or areas of pain, and create a treatment plan that addresses their unique needs. Seeing the joy on my patients’ faces when they are without pain for the first time is what makes my job so rewarding. Knowing that they are able to do things they weren’t able to do before is what keeps me going. I decided to take this work a step further by creating videos and other content with the hope to help as many people as I can, even if they aren’t my patient. I make these videos educational, fun, and engaging in hopes to help alleviate at least one person’s pain. The feedback I have gotten on my work and videos have made it all worth it for me. It lets me know that I am going in the right direction.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I offer services in person, as well as online through video calls. I utilize a holistic approach where I assess the entire body, not just the area of pain and discomfort, in order to get a clearer picture of the cause of the problem. Another aspect of the holistic approach is incorporating mind-body techniques, which has proven to increase the results I am looking for in my patients. For instance, having clients use deep breathing techniques during assessments and exercises, discussing how the mind and body impact each other, changing mindset, and so on. Getting to where I am today took a lot of time and work. At first, it was difficult to put myself and my services out there, and it took a lot of courage to do so. However, upon a lot of positive support from my network I continued to push forward with this idea. I have learned that there is never a “right time” to start a business. A business will never be perfect, but what you need is a willingness to create something and problem-solve along the way.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Miami/South Florida areas have a good balance between beaches, culture, and food. When it comes to beaches, one of my favorite ones in the area is Key Biscayne. This is an awesome island off of the coast of Miami in which you get great views of downtown while enjoying the sand and sun. As for culture, the South Florida area, specifically Miami, is extremely diverse. A region of Miami that showcases this is Calle Ocho in Little Havana. This is a street or strip with lots of great Cuban food options. As you walk down the street, you feel like you are walking through a different country. Another great thing about Miami is that because of the rich diversity, there are so many different cuisine options which are within minutes of each other. One of the cuisines that I particularly liked, and may not have had an opportunity to try without living here, is from Nicaragua. There is such a variety in their cuisine it’s hard to pick a favorite dish! Another area I like going to is up in downtown Fort Lauderdale, called Las Olas. This area has an awesome scenic riverwalk along the canal, as well as a diverse restaurant and bar scene.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my success to my family and friends that have supported me along the way and always pushed me to keep going. Without my family, I would not have had the courage to pick up my life and move to Florida to create a life to help people. My friends have encouraged me to build an online presence in order to display my work to help more people. Those who have helped me know who they are, and I really appreciate everything you have done for me.
Image credits: Rebecca Borrego, Elizabeth Jarquin