Dr. Ethan Germscheid opened TOV Chiropractic with his wife, Hannah, with one goal in mind: to serve their community through neurologically based chiropractic care, allowing individuals to heal from the inside out (without the use of medication or surgery.) Recently, we chatted with Dr. Ethan to learn more about his career, along with tips and advice he’s shared and received over the years as a business owner and professional.
What piece of advice would you give young business owners?
Find a mentor in your area of expertise and try to utilize not only their knowledge base but also their content. Oftentimes, business owners can waste too much time trying to reinvent the wheel. Take aspects of something good and cater them to your niche or personality.
What was the best business advice you’ve ever received?
If you genuinely have a passion for what you are doing, there is nothing that can stop you. Even if you have a Plan B, act like you don’t.
How did you get your start in business?
I became an entrepreneur of a service. I wanted to do something old in a new way that no one else had while being able to change and impact lives along the way.
Tell us a little bit about your career journey. What drives you?
I’m driven by fulfilling my calling from God, serving people with a relentless passion, and putting their needs ahead of mine, while still providing for my family.
Why did you start your business?
We started TOV Chiropractic to change healthcare for the better. We see people getting sicker and sicker under the current healthcare model, and I want to change that. In turn, my work allows people to do things far greater than they imagined.
If you weren’t running your business, what would you do?
Running a different one, ha-ha. I have a passion for service and providing things for people at a high level.
What was the biggest challenge you faced?
Self-doubt and a limited mindset. Worrying that I wasn’t good enough or thinking that certain conditions dictated my success has been something I’ve worked to overcome as a business owner.
How do you overcome obstacles?
With our faith-forward approach, I overcome obstacles through prayer, asking questions and reaching out to mentors, and continually striving to work harder than anyone else.
If you could go back in time, what’s one thing you would change about your business?
Building out my business layout to accommodate for growth.
What’s the most recent book you’ve read?
Fred Factor (Again. Very good book.)
What does success look like to you?
Success looks like leaving a legacy of a person that did everything they could to advance the kingdom of God, who continuously put others’ needs above my own, and who served my family with honor.
Who is the smartest person you know?
Tony Ebel (a pediatric chiropractor outside Chicago who is changing children’s and their families lives.)
Do you think self-care is important? How do you practice self-care?
110%. If you don’t refill your cup, you can’t pour it into others. For me, practicing self-care looks like spending time with my family and friends and being outside.