This week, Laura and Joelle are joined by Sarah Ghorbanian, owner of RE: chiropractic + wellness located at 5347 N Clark. In a recent article by Bossy Chicago they called the space “a wellness hangout.” If you are looking to get well and hangout in a cool office with a bad-ass chiropractor just look for the teeny bikini blue door next to Big Jones.
“If you don’t want to make goals, don’t make goals. Use ‘joy’ as your guide, as to whether or not this is the right path for you.”
– Sarah Ghorbanian
Listen to Episode 33 with Sarah Ghorbanian!
Here are some references from Episode 33 that you may want to check out:
- Sarah went to college at the University of Illinois-Chicago and majored in biology. After taking the MCAT, she didn’t feel excited about the prospect of going to medical school, and decided to apply to chiropractic school.
- After graduating from chiropractic school, Sarah worked several restaurant jobs in order to save the money to purchase her first private-practice in the West Suburbs. She grew that practice and two years later she sold it.
- After working with another chiropractic group from 2007 – 2013, Sarah opened the RE: chiropractic + wellness office in Andersonville in 2014. Learn about RE:’s mission here.
- Sarah considers her office to be a very special space. It was formally a three bedroom apartment, but it was zoned for business. With skylights and a proper kitchen, Sarah aimed to make the space feel like home. One of the highlighted pieces in her office is artwork from Sarah’s uncle, which she framed using a heavy gold frame from nearby Brown Elephant (5404 N Clark). Sarah’s office was also profiled in Crain’s Chicago in 2015. Check it out here!
- Sarah offers chiropractic care to patients, but she also rents space to to massage therapists and acupuncturists that operate out of her office. Everyone receives a customized care plan. She wanted to have a facility that housed multiple businesses that could operate under their own brand and really grow.
- Adjustments made in chiropractic care affect the nervous system and the spine. For example, children under 18 who have chiropractic care, whose nervous systems are still developing, become less sensitive to immune deficiencies over time and are more healthy than those who do not do chiropractic care. Click here to view all of RE:’s services.
- Sarah was recently nominated for a Chicago Innovation Award, and this is her third year in a row winning the award. She was originally nominated due to the previously mentioned Crain’s article back in 2015. She was recognized for doing things a little more “special” and “customized” in the healthcare field. She offers text reminders on appointments and booking, and a very comfortable office space, to name a few.
“The businesses in Andersonville take a lot of pride in how they present themselves.”
– Sarah Ghorbanian
- Recently Sarah noticed storefront upgrades at some of her neighboring businesses. Her neighbor, Big Jones (5347 N Clark) just underwent a facade update, and Hamburger Mary’s (5400 N Clark) added their “Wings” mural back in June. Both of these along with the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce’s addition of public artwork in the 2018-19 Neighborhood Guide, inspired Sarah to look for ways in which to add artwork to the outside of her building.
- Sarah contracted artist Brett Whitacre to create a beautiful mural on the side of Sarah’s building. He had recently painted the trim on the windows of Ravenswood business, District. The mural was funded partially by Andersonville’s #SSA22 along with Sarah’s contribution. The mural is called “Up & Up.”
- Sarah’s favorite quote on her office bathroom chalkboard wall is “What other people think of me is none of my business,” by Rupaul.
“ What I am defining as feminism right now, is not just asking to be equal, and asking for equal pay, and asking and demanding, but taking it. If we really want things to change, we have to become the people in charge to make the changes and make the decisions.”
– Sarah Ghorbanian
- If Sarah could switch places with any other Andersonville business for a day, she would pick three! She would switch with the brothers who run Taste of Lebanon (1509 W Foster), Joel at Little Bad Wolf (1541 W Bryn Mawr ) and Michael Bransford at Vincent (1475 W Balmoral). She thinks he’s one of the hardest businesses owners in the district. Michael Bransford is featured on Episode 1 of the podcast! Listen here.
- Reach out to Sarah by phone at 773-334-5300 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you want to schedule an appointment, you can do so here.