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Conversations with the Inspiring Dr. Missy Albrecht

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Missy Albrecht.

Dr. Albrecht, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Invincible was created to help expand people expand the mindset they have around movement, as well as guide them on their healing journey through movement evaluation, body awareness, visceral manipulation, physical therapy, and self-care education. As an athlete who experienced many injuries as well as health issues, I learned early on how important it is to learn about the human body and specifically your own. It’s also important to include all areas of your body when working on performance or healing, such as mindset, organ movement, nutrition, recovery, etc. In addition to the care I provide, I emphasize a team approach for all individuals with various practitioners in the area that I trust. I graduated with my doctorate in physical therapy in California and was already coaching CrossFit at the time. I moved to Denver over five years ago and started Invincible, initially working out of 2-3 local CrossFit gyms treating athletes and teaching movement + mobility classes. That eventually expanded to even more gyms and starting to work at a facility called Denver Sports Recovery where I currently share space. My patients are a mix of healthy individuals looking for self-care routines and movement performance tips… as well as those chronically struggling with health/injury issues that just aren’t resolving. I love teaching workshops around the Denver area either with just myself or other local practitioners, with a focus on how organ movement plays a role in healing, movement & performance. I am also passionate about sharing more natural health options by being a doTERRA wellness advocate.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Oh yeah, there have been struggles! Physical therapists aren’t necessarily trained on how to open a business right away. Of course, I decided to anyways and utilized my mentors and books to the best of my ability. It caused me to come across many struggles as far as the ins and outs of running a business, but I have learned so much and really wouldn’t take any of it back. One of the things I was blessed with when I moved to Denver was the community I was immediately plugged into. CrossFit creates a family culture already which gave me a lot of community, but it also introduced me to an amazing group of women business owners whom I could collaborate with and learn with that was irreplaceable. I am also now plugged into a mastermind of other physical therapy business owners which has really taken me to the next step of growing and expanding Invincible. My best advice would be 1. have money saved up (I wish I had!) 2. find a community of like-minded individuals… some in your field and some outside of your field 3. take positive/negative feedback from others, but stay true to your vision and what you’ve been given in your heart to create.

What should we know about Invincible? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
One of my mentors in physical therapy school helped me realize that I wanted to be a part of the physical therapy evolution away from insurance-dictated-treatment. Invincible has been 100% self-pay clinic to help ensure that treatment is based on what I find as the professional versus what the insurance will cover. This has given me the freedom to help people faster and also help people feel more empowered about their health. I am a huge proponent of self-care education, which means daily habits of soft tissue work, stretching, strength training, body awareness, etc. This has been huge for all of my populations so they have tools in their toolbox to manage things on their own as they come up and then come to me for updates on their routine or for different issues. I also specialize in visceral manipulation, which is a gentle technique to ensure organs are moving properly to optimize their functions as well as the surrounding muscles, joints, etc. I do this work with about 60-70% of my patients because most of us need a little TLC in our organs! But especially women with fertility issues, women postpartum, after any type of abdominal surgery, any digestive issues, breathing issues, etc. My goal is to help increase awareness of the idea that organs need to move too, and if they’re not moving it can create some common issues such as low back pain, constipation or even squat mechanics. I do this through working with my clients, Instagram @stay_invincible, my ebook Organs Oils & Optimal Health & workshops in the local Denver area.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
As a business owner, I have definitely come across many men who don’t necessarily respect me as much as their male colleagues. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a lot of male mentors that have respected and treated me equally. But I have also come across a lot that comes across that they are higher or better. This was more common when I was working in gym settings, with a lot higher male population and more of a ‘bro’ atmosphere, so maybe that was part of it. To manage this, I am just constantly staying grounded in who I am and what I want to create, as well as speaking up and surrounding myself with people who do believe in what I do.

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