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Today’s article is about three gutsy women who have each taken on the risky venture of opening a new business in Nashville. What’s interesting, and certainly something we can all learn from, is how trial and error played a role in their figuring out what they wanted to do. In all three cases, life events interrupted their careers, then fueled them on to continue digging until they got it right. A fascinating fact about these three women is that their business concepts involve a high degree of risk. Each chose to pursue opportunities that are slightly off the beaten path and new ideas for Nashville.  After sitting down with each of them, I learned that what they are doing clearly contributes to the health and well-being of their customers. The innovations they bring to our city are important as others forge ahead with their new business concepts, and perhaps especially so since Nashville was recently voted in the top 10 cities to start a business. Let’s meet these impressive women making their mark in the Nashville landscape.

Diane Mulloy

Regional Director, OsteoStrong

Diane Malloy, regional director of OsteoStrong

Diane Mulloy, regional director of OsteoStrong | Image: Clark Thomas

The first time I met Diane Mulloy she was working in the biodiesel business … hardly cocktail party banter. In fact, I was absolutely clueless as to how biodiesel fit in the overall energy business. By her own admission, she was struggling to find a career that matched her need to help others. That’s why she spent lots of time researching, and she discovered OsteoStrong, a business that helps patients achieve increased strength, better balance and decreased pain, all while building stronger bones, without the use of prescription drugs or heavy-duty exercise. Her desire to assist the aging population in Middle Tennessee with alternative methods to fight osteoporosis piqued her interest.  OsteoStrong is also one of the fastest growing franchises in the United States. As regional director for OsteoStrong, Diane works with women who are in the early stages of or who have full-on osteoporosis. Women suffer an alarming rate of bone density loss caused by everything from poor diet to environmental factors. In fact, approximately one in two women over age 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis. What many may not know is that if you fall or hurt yourself from weak bones, it is statistically proven that your life will be shortened. I took advantage of a free session at OsteoStrong, as I have been advised by my internist more than once to improve my upper body strength as a way to combat osteopenia (lowered bone density). And every time she says it, I give her a puzzled look as if to say, “Right. In my spare time … seriously?”

OsteoStrong's staff does extensive training and education and must be certified before operating a center. Many are nurses and they are all committed to holistic health.

OsteoStrong’s staff does extensive training and education and must be certified before operating a center. Many are nurses and they are all committed to holistic health. Image: Clark Thomas

A 10-minute session is primarily Osteogenic loading in four different positions — loading the chest, leg/hips, core and spine which triggers an adaptive response in bones and muscles based on Wolff’s Law. This loading is in a safe optimal position and self imposed for maximum impact. OsteoStrong also uses a vibe plate before and after for stimulation, muscle memory and stretching. It’s pretty darn cool. It is proven that OsteoStrong can increase bone density between three and 14 percent.* What’s amazing is how many referrals OsteoStrong gets from area doctors who have identified early stage osteoporosis in their patients. If you have less than perfect posture, the procedure at OsteoStrong works to straighten and strengthen the spine. There is a vast amount of literature on the success of OsteoStrong, and it’s worth your time to read and stop by to experience their magic.

For OsteoStrong locations and hours, visit the website.

*Based on a 2015 study by Bazil Hunte, John Jaquish and Corey Huck.

Stephanie Currey Ingram

Owner, Well Placed Smile

Next, I ventured over to Well Placed Smile to meet with owner Stephanie Ingram and her business development manager, Caroline Hipps. Well Placed Smile, located in The Gulch, is a hub for innovative and personal development with a well-defined mission statement: 1.) To be one of Nashville’s most compelling event spaces. 2.) To hold workshops for the public on topics that are empowering and useful to their lives. 3.) Offer seminars for businesses to provide employees with purpose and fulfillment using practical techniques.

The space was designed by Nashville native and well-respected architect Will Meyer, who created intimate, yet convertible, flexible spaces that are absolutely stunning, the large rooms offering an airiness and lightness that truly do make you smile.

Stephanie Currey Ingram, owner of Well Placed Smile

Stephanie Currey Ingram, owner of Well Placed Smile | Image: Kristen Barlowe

Stephanie speaks from the heart when she talks about her life, her failed first marriage and her quest to find purpose in her life. She ventured into her first big project by establishing Currey Ingram Academy as a school for those with learning differences. By her own admission, it was a labor of love, as her own child had learning challenges and needed an alternative school. Next, as two good friends battled cancer, Stephanie thought about focusing on practices using integrated health to improve mind, body and spirit. With that thought in mind, she and her husband, John, provided seed money to The Osher Center for Integrated Medicine at Vanderbilt.

Well Placed Smile interiors

Once inside Well Placed Smile, you will feel a sense of calmness and purpose. Image: Nicholas McGuinn

Her third venture, Well Placed Smile, is a perfect complement to her previous work, as it identifies alternative ways and methods to solve problems. Well Placed Smile offers seminars on myriad topics like a lecture from Michael O’Neill, author and photographer of On Yoga, who has captured the likes of Andy Warhol, the Dalai Lama and discussed his new journey into spiritual enlightenment. Or, a conversation for women with Rev. Becca Stevens and Rabbi Laurie Rice, which focuses on Power & Peace. Past workshops focused on being an effective communicator with Mary Civiello, to thinking like a CEO with Michael Burcham. From the moment you step through the doors of Well Placed Smile, you can feel that you are in a place where knowledge, enlightenment and inspiration are well respected principles. If you’re curious about the name, as I was, it came from a friend of Stephanie’s who believes a well placed smile has a profound effect on people. Bravo!

Well Placed Smile is located at 907 Gleaves St., Nashville, TN 37203. To learn more, visit the website.

Janice Doochin

Owner, In Harmony

Finally, I headed to In Harmony, a small, nondescript building on Highway 100. You’ve likely passed it many times, but probably did not realize the life-altering things happening inside. Janice Doochin began her journey in alternative health when she attended an Edgar Cayce seminar to learn about alternative health and holistic medicine. Her quest came from a personal place, as her roots in the Native American culture run deep. Janice is a member of the Coharie Tribe, a descendant of the Cherokee Indians in Eastern North Carolina, and grew up experiencing natural ways of healing from her maternal grandmother. Following the seminar, Janice knew she had a calling to help people feel better from the inside out. She listened to her inner voice and opened In Harmony 10 years ago. As an oncology nurse with over 20 years of experience, Janice was aware how some cancer patients fared well through diet, exercise and meditation, but the vast majority did not. The importance of “gut” health had been on Janice’s radar screen for some time, as had the importance of keeping your body in balance. The last 15 to 20 years have produced an alarming number of health conditions from sleep deprivation, brain fog, chronic headaches, digestive problems and more. There are a couple of theories as to why, from exposure to environmental toxicity like heavy medical, chemical and food additives, to our increased usage of electromagnetic fields like cell phones, WiFi and other devices.

Janice Doochin,

Janice Doochin, owner of  In Harmony | Image: Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography

It’s well-known in other cultures that internal cleansing of your colon offers a multitude of benefits, from calming autistic children to improving fatigue and skin conditions, which is why In Harmony offers colon hydrotherapy. To combat heavy metal toxicity, In Harmony offers a complete protocol to remove the sources that are creating an imbalance in the body, and then retuning it by using sound frequency therapy.

The staff of In Harmony

Not only does the staff of In Harmony have a range of experience, but they approach their customers with a positive attitude, as well. Image: Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography

In Harmony continues to see so many who have tried traditional medicine with no results. With her background as a nurse, Janice is the first to say that combining traditional medicine with an alternative one is often the secret to success. Also, if you want one of the best organic facials in town or a variety of massages, In Harmony offers those services, too. How lucky Nashvillians are to have In Harmony, a place where the best practices of holistic medicine are provided in a meaningful way.

As Nashville continues to grow, the city will continue to evolve, welcoming businesses with new concepts. With our commitment to “Live well, Live local,” we applaud Diane, Stephanie and Janice for their innovative contributions to Nashville.

In Harmony Wellness Center is located at 6596 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN 37205. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and after hours, by appointment only.

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