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Meet Spice Lussier of Desert Wellness Center in Tempe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Spice Lussier.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Spice. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I became a physician to help people. I set out on that journey having a background in science and found Naturopathic medicine to be the most logical approach. It is unique in that instead of treating symptoms it works with human physiology to restore health and balance. Upon graduating from medical school in 2006 I had no interest in business but landed a job that propelled me into the business of medicine. It was hard working for a medical startup but at the same time, I enjoyed the challenge and diversity.

Fast-forward a few years and 2 kids later, I was ready to start my own practice. After working in medicine 7 yrs I learned exactly what I wanted and more importantly what I didn’t want in a medical practice. I wanted to create a place where patients felt comfortable, heard and appreciated. This allows for more trust and the ability to develop a partnership which ultimately leads to better health outcomes.

The leap was taking ownership of Desert Wellness Center in 2012, I remember the growing pains and the challenges of balancing parenthood, medical practice and the day to day business operations. During the rapid growth, I utilized a business consultant to help and it was a lifesaver. I learned how to balance all the aspects of being a physician owner.

Since 2012 we have grown and expanded from 400ft office to 3600ft wellness center. We are a group practice of 4 Naturopathic doctors and an amazing support staff. We My current and future plans include training and supporting other Naturopathic doctors to have successful practices and ultimately change healthcare.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Smooth 🙂 I was blessed as far as setting up and working my plan for a successful practice. Each leap I took seemed to have paid off.

The main struggle I faced was all the careful balancing of life. I am married, have 2 kids and friends. I at times I felt and still at times feel like a “workaholic” because I was so passionate about what I am doing. I then get a nice dose of “mom guilt” for not doing enough for my kiddos. My husband is supportive but I think like any relationship you need quality time which at times is hard to come by.

Self-care is also a struggle at times. I’ve learned the importance of taking time for yourself even though it may seem tough it is at that time that you can get your best ideas!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Desert Wellness Center story. Tell us more about the business.
We are a comprehensive Naturopathic medical center. We focus on disease prevention, treating the cause of diseases with the most gentle approach. We are experts in regenerative (anti-aging), metabolic disorders and hormone balancing. Additionally, we have practitioners that treat traumatic brain injury, behavioral and mood disorders and digestive disorders.

We are different in how we approach a patient. We get to know them and their health history to dive into the reasons why they aren’t healthy. Many people seek out our care due to not getting better within the confines of managed healthcare. They are tired and frustrated from not getting answers. Our first goal is to give them hope and then work out that plan. We know that 80% of illness is stress or lifestyle related that cannot be addressed with a pill. We take the time to run through testing and work through a strategic, individualized and realistic plan.

We also don’t settle for people feeling just ok. Our ultimate outcome is people feeling awesome so they can do all the things they were put on earth to do.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I feel very lucky :). Each and every leap I have taken propelled me into a huge growth in my business. I’m not sure if luck or just me being so naive that I assume if I try hard and believe then it will work out. I don’t think about failure or bad luck as much as it is a learning opportunity. I also don’t wait for the “perfect time/space/opportunity to arrive, because I feel that holds people back too. My mantra is prepared not perfect….thanks to the Million Dollar Women book 🙂 I am prepared to take the opportunity should a lucky strike.

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1 Comment

  1. Maryann Tundag

    February 5, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    I recently lost weight and it really shows in my face especially around my mouth area. I am interested in a consultation to talk about what is possible to reduce these wrinkles. Also do you take Care Credit?

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