We had the good fortune of connecting with Luna Medina-Wolf and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Luna, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind our success is the team work between my husband and I. Together, we divide the work between the administrative side, his strength; and my strength of clinical skills and networking. When we built our group we wanted to reach as many people in the community and have available mental services for all. We complement and support each other by trusting one another to make the best choices for the business.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Our journey was filled with obstacles and risk taking steps. Our group private practice offers mental health services for all ages, all issues and basically anyone who is ready to get the help they need. We are proud of the fact that we have a team of 13 therapists dedicated to help the community in any way possible. We have student interns from local universities who offer low to no cost services and we accept all major insurance companies (including Medicaid and Medicare). Following the recent events in the world, surrounding COVID-19, we have been offering support groups for free and we are so proud of our team for offering these services to the community. When I began my journey in private practice, it was difficult. I didn’t think it would be so hard to get clients and make connections in the community. My husband kept reminding me that because I’m so passionate things will work out. He was feeding me my own medicine and it worked! I kept working on developing my brand, while working in a group myself. Things didn’t work out so great there and he kept pushing me to leave there and go on my own and clients will come. I took the leap of faith after almost two years. If you would have told us two years ago that we will have such a large practice, I wouldn’t have believed you. It was such a fluid process. We grew gradually and the needs of the community, especially after the terrible tragedy of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, increased significantly. I feel so honored to be part of the professional community who volunteered to help and am still involved in that work. If it wasn’t for my husband I wouldn’t be able to dedicate myself to this cause with two little kids under 4, at that time. The fact we are now an internship facility for my alma matter, Florida Atlantic University, is such a blessing. We are helping the community, while shaping the professional identity of new counselors, is so exciting and rewarding! Mental health awareness is such an important cause, now more than ever, and we are dedicated to reduce the stigma and make sure services are available to everyone.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many places to visit, a week wouldn’t be sufficient but since I’ve had many friends visiting from israel over the years I’ll tell you where I would take them. Lincoln Avenue in Miami Beach is one of my favorite place to go shop and stroll around, hopefully on a day there is a farmers market we can snack from. Then, we will walk to Nikki Beach to hear some good music, hang out by the beach and grab something to eat. On another day, we would drive to the Everglades and take a tour on the Billie swamp safari ride. One of my favorite places to eat in that area is one of the Texas de Brazil restaurants on the way home. I think a day in Las Olas un mandatory too. Beach stroll, eating at Bubba Gump restaurant and enjoying some NY style pizza on Las Olas. There are few museums in the area that we could visit in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, it all depends what they weirdo prefer. Wynwood Walls is mandatory stop, as well as Viscaya Gardens in Coral Gables. I would like to take them to do some water sports on one of the locations around. Then, if they feel like a long drive a visit to Bush Gardens or Disney is a must. Otherwise, Key West or Sanibel are also great options.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are many people who are part of my journey and the success of our business. I had many mentors like Deb Del VecchioScully, Anne Flenner, Dr. Marylin Montgomery, Dr. David Bjorklund, Dr. Richard Siegel, and Roxanne Grobbel. However, this shout-out is dedicated to my business partner and my soulmate, my husband Asaf Wolf. With his support, encouragement and love, I had the freedom to grow professionally and volunteer my time to the community as I pleased – with no limits! This success is our success and I am blessed to be able to work I do, along his side.