Mar 2, 2023
RR 017: Pilates Cash Based Business with Pilates Instructor and Author Donna Gambino PT
#017 “It’s funny when you make the right connections. If you have an idea or a book you think is worth it, contact them! You have nothing to lose!”
Donna Gambino is a Physical Therapist with 30+ years in the field. She went to Wayne State University in Detroit, and after that, she moved to Cleveland, where she got a job at a clinic thanks to a Cardiac Rehab internship she did. After a while, she started struggling with the job because there wasn’t enough staff. She decided to change to another clinic, but after a year, she saw the same problems, just in a different location: more patients, less help, and promised bonuses that never came.
In our conversation, Donna told us about how she got to the point where she had to start brainstorming about what she could do to help others. During this time, she discovered Pilates and decided to look into the certification programs, and she liked it.
After that, she was encouraged to write a book while training in Pilates, and everything just fell into place. She finished the book and self-published it; she decided to leave the clinic and started to offer Pilates classes. She started with one class, and after a while, people began asking her for private sessions. She then decided to open a studio at her house, apart from the group classes.
In our episode, Donna told us about how she created her team by just networking in her area and how she kept promoting herself with all the struggles involved with self-employment. She still wanted to use her PT experience to help others reduce pain, have a functional life and do what they like. She was able to do this through Pilates.
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