Health Care and Life Services

White Mountain Chiropractic & Rehabilitation

Owner/Founder
Dr. Colby Lamson and Dr. Rachel Morgan
My Location
1102 Route 119
Rindge NH 03461
United States
Year Company Formed
1954
How SCORE Helped

White Mountain Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, with offices in Rindge and New Ipswich, has been nominated as Small Business Success Story of the year by Seacoast SCORE chapter 185 of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Founders

Dr. Colby Lamson, a New Hampshire native with an undergraduate degree from UNH, and his partner and colleague Dr. Rachel Morgan are thrilled to be returning to New Hampshire after graduating from New York Chiropractic College.  They completed an honors residency program at South Shore Neurological Associates on Long Island, where they specialized in an interdisciplinary approach to chronic pain.  Dr. Lamson and Dr. Morgan had a vision for the 50 year old business that they purchased early this year.  They wanted to preserve all the good things about the practice while adding new treatment tools to improve the outcome for each patient.   In addition to traditional Chiropractic manipulation, they are skilled in the latest soft tissue techniques, functional rehabilitation and physiotherapy.  Doctors Lamson and Morgan at White Mountain Chiropractic & Rehabilitation provide therapies and treatment to patients of all ages for a number of conditions, as well as sports and occupational injuries.  Their goal is to help patients restore their balance and function so that they can achieve their goals and continue doing what they love.

SCORE Advice

Last summer, Dr. Colby Lamson and Dr. Rachel Morgan found a chiropractic practice for sale in the beautiful southern New Hampshire towns of Rindge and New Ipswich and realized that they would need financing to complete the purchase.  They had heard about the free small business counseling offered at SCORE and called Seacoast Chapter 185 for an appointment.  In late August, the doctors met with counselors Lisa Allison and Lindy Morgan (no relation to Dr. Morgan) in the Portsmouth SCORE office.  The counselors looked at the business’s financial statements and listened to the doctors’ plans for the practice.  They determined that the business would probably qualify for a bank loan backed by the SBA and told the doctors what would be needed for their business plan. “I met with these clients five times in four weeks.  Every time I gave them ideas to improve their plan they came right back and exceeded my expectations,” Allison remarked.  The doctors participated in the free Small Business Finance workshop at Seacoast SCORE in Portsmouth.  Also attending were a representative of the sponsoring bank and Amy Bassett, deputy director of the SBA in New Hampshire.  During the break, the doctors approached the banker and she told them that her bank would not consider their application because they had not owned the business for two years.  After the workshop, Bassett and Allison stayed behind to tell the doctors not to be discouraged.  They both believed that the business would be bankable.  “This is just the type of business that local banks want to support within their communities.  I felt optimistic that a smaller bank, with SBA backing, would approve this loan,” said Bassett.

Value of Business Plan

Less than a month after first meeting with SCORE, the doctors had completed their business plan. Dr. Lamson was pleased with the process.  “SCORE was instrumental in preparing us for the loan process. All four banks were thoroughly impressed we arrived on day one with a complete business plan, financial history, and projections substantiated with numbers and facts. With the help of SCORE, we were able to present an actionable plan, as opposed to an idea,” he explained.  The first bank that they presented it to rejected the application but made some suggestions, which they incorporated into the plan.  They then approached three smaller local banks and all of them seemed receptive to the application.  On October 1, Dr. Lamson and Dr. Morgan heard from the first of the three smaller banks.  The application for an SBA backed loan was approved, with the term they had requested and a very reasonable interest rate.  It is fortunate that everyone had worked so fast.  The government shutdown delayed the other loan approvals until the end of October. 

Transition

Dr. Lamson and Dr. Morgan began working with Dr. Justin Zellweger during a transition period in January, 2014 before Zellweger relocated to South Carolina. They renamed the business White Mountain Chiropractic & Rehabilitation and opened the doors on February 3, 2014.  They immediately began helping patients manage and alleviate pain, recover from injuries, and deal with chronic conditions.

Success

Just months after White Mountain Chiropractic opened, Dr. Lamson had the opportunity to treat a patient who suffered a lower calf injury during the 17th week of an 18 week training program for the 2014 Boston Marathon. Days of rest and multiple physical therapy visits had not produced any improvement. As a last resort, three days before the marathon, he contacted Dr. Lamson to see if there was anything he could do. The doctor was a bit pessimistic based on the time constraints but agreed to attempt a Graston Technique treatment. After one treatment this patient reports that he was able to run the 26 mile race with full mechanical function and only limited pain, achieving a personal best time.

Business has been growing as patients tell their families, colleagues, friends, and neighbors how Dr. Lamson and Dr. Morgan are helping them.  Dr. Morgan explains, “Each day we come into work, loving what we do. Clinically, we have the opportunity to help people feel and function better. Professionally, we enjoy the pride of succeeding with our team at White Mountain and watching business grow. “

Education

New York Chiropractic College.  They completed an honors residency program at South Shore Neurological Associates on Long Island, where they specialized in an interdisciplinary approach to chronic pain.  They are skilled in the latest soft tissue techniques, functional rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

Robert G Cleaveland

Robert G Cleaveland

Current City: University Place, WA

40 years in financial services industry: John Hancock Life Agent(1972-1982); Family-owned P&C Agency (1982-1999);
Owner of regional financial planning practice, Cornerstone Financial Strategies LLC, in UP & Tacoma. Life, health, P&C, Series 7, 66 licensed; RIA. Residential real estate landlord. Co-founded WA state Make-A-Wish(r)chapter (1986-1996); National Make-A-Wish(r) Board (1988-1994). Franciscan Hospice volunteer (2013-present). Volunteer, U S Open @ Chambers Bay, June 2015.

Resume

Education

BA, English, Ohio Wesleyan University. Professional designations CLU, ChFC.

Ask SCORE

            I own a small advertising agency, as well as being a wife and mother. I constantly read about women who “have it all” and would love to be one of them. How do they do it?

            “If only I had more time….”

About the Author

          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org  for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.

Ventavia Research Group Succeeds wtih SCORE

Having over 10 years of research experience in various areas such as: psychiatric trials, vaccine studies, hypertension, smoking cessation and so much more,Olivia Ray who recently became a new mother, knew she needed flexibility in her schedule if she continued working. Instead of working as a contractor for various projects or working in a large clinical research group, this new mom opted to start her own clinical research center, Ventavia Research Group. Ventavia Research Group was the perfect fit for her new lifestyle, allowing her the freedom to be able to take care of her child.

Owner/Founder
Oliva Ray, CCRC
My Location
Fort Worth TX
United States
My Successes

Because of her diligent networking skills, after 3 short months of opening, Olivia successfully secured her first client. Olivia and her staff are participating in a study for a Clostridium Difficile vaccine. Clostiridium Difficle is a disease that hospitalizes 350,000 individuals each year.

 

 

How SCORE Helped

Olivia's mentors helped the research professional turn her four page business plan into a solid 50 page plan that consisted of a budget and estimated cash flow. With the complete business plan for Ventavia Research Group in place, Olivia was able to successfully receive a $150,000 line of credit that was used to launch her business.

Michael Joseph Karaman

Michael Joseph Karaman

Current City: Plymouth, MN

35 years building software products, primarily for the healthcare IT industry from clinical workflow to analytics.

Resume

Education

BA, Colgate University; Computer Science & Geography

MBA, University of Michigan; Marketing

David J Holt

David Holt

David J Holt

Current City: Saint Paul, MN
Chapter: St Paul SCORE

I am invested in shaping the future of healthcare both as an attorney and entrepreneur.

I am a practicing attorney focusing on Healthcare & Business matters for Consumers, Professionals, Entrepreneurs and Business Owners.

I am also the Co-Founder and General Counsel for CutMedicalBills, a business that provides an online training solution for individuals to learn how to read medical bills, spot errors and negotiate payments.

I am a native Minnesotan committed to helping other businesses and entrepreneurs thrive in Minnesota and ensuring we have a stable healthcare system. Before law, I helped develop medical devices in addition to researching stem cell applications. 

Focus Areas: Healthcare Law, Health Law, Affordable Care Act "Obamacare", Small Business Representation

 

Please see my linkedin profile for my most updated resume. Happy to connect! LinkedIn [https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidjholt

Resume

Education

B.Bm.E, Biomedical Engineering - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

J.D., Law - William Mitchell College of Law

Pathways Rehabilitation Services

Certified Occupational therapist Heather Shields of Pathways Rehabilitation Services helps assess drivers to see if their skills can be improved to keep them safely on the road. Her custom services are geared toward helping Maine residents with medical conditions, physical or cognitive disabilities stay safe and mobile. She came up with the name Pathways Rehabilitation Services because people can choose their own path through independent driving and community mobility. She saw a huge need for this service in our State. What sets Heather apart is her client focus: she does driving assessments and trainings right at people's homes and in their communities.

Owner/Founder
Heather Shields
My Successes

With the help of SCORE I got the advice I needed to start my business and I now provide the only mobile driving rehabilitation service in the state.

What's Great About My Mentor?

Hall was an excellent resource because he was very knowledgeable about the financial side of starting a business. He really helped me focus and take the next steps to get my business started.

How SCORE Helped

SCORE has been a terrific resource for me. In addition to meeting with my mentor Hall Thompson, I was also able to attend helpful SCORE Workshops like Funding Your Business.

William Goodspeed

William Goodspeed

Current City: Falmouth, ME

Extensive experience with family owned business as general manager in following industries:

-building products

-timber

-energy

-biotech/food safety

-food (retail, convenience, manufacturing)

Resume

Education

<p> J.D. University of Michigan</p> <p> B.A. (History) Dartmouth College</p>

Walt Koenig

Seasoned expertise in Organization Development, Financial Management and appropriate use of Technology. 48 years of experience in the US and Europe in management, engineering, organization development, teaching, training, and computer systems / network implementation, installation,  customization, applications and use.. MCSE, MCT, MA, MS, BSEE. Also taught secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels. Current Level II teaching license, previous department chair & director level positions. Implemented campus wide computer networks and customized software solutions. Experience in the electronics industry, schools, medical hardware, electronic health records, military contract and computer manufacturing. Past steering committee member of the Greater Boston Organization Development Network and co-founder of the Vermont OD Professional Group.

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Phil Bardos

Phil Bardos

Current City: Oxnard, CA

graduate of west point 1950--10 years active duty--served in combat in korea

entrepreneur/businessman for 60 years--management consulting company 25 years--owner hi tech company for

8 years--sold the company and went back to management consulting

specialized  in finance--operations--sales/marketing--acquisitions/mergers--

most of the fields of business--small as well as medium sized companies

extracurricular activities--elected LA Board of Education two terms for total eight years

 

Resume

Education

<p>
graduate of west point--BS degree</p>

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one year USC business</p>

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