Dr. Sara Cuperus
President/Chiropractor, Chiropractic Performance Center, PA
Dr. Sara owns and operates Chiropractic Performance Center in Sartell, MN. Her clinic focuses on family wellness, specializing in prenatal and pediatric chiropractic care as well as sports chiropractic care. Beyond her practice though, Sara is a remarkable wife, mother, daughter, friend and business leader with grit and grace.
Yes, Grit and Grace are the two words I feel best describe Sara. She has expanded her business, evolved her chiropractic practice and is a leader not only in her own practice but for many other chiropractors through her role as President of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association. All this and she still finds time to train and run marathons, and makes the time to ensure that her daughters, husband, parents and friends KNOW that they are priorities in her life. AND I would be remiss if I did not share that Sara is a woman of very strong faith and she would likely tell you that this is the source of all hope in her life. People talk about having 2 AM friends. The friends you can call any time night or day if you need help. I suspect Sara is on that list for many!
I asked Sara a number of questions so that all of you could get to know her better. Check out her answers below:
What is your favorite part of your job?
I spend my days treating patients with chiropractic care and a variety of other therapies like Graston Technique and Dry Needling, but my favorite part of my job is building relationships with our patients. It doesn’t feel like work when I get to provide hope through the power of a chiropractic adjustment. We are a relationship-based practice, meaning that we get to know each one of our patients at a personal level, which allows us to best meet their needs. Additionally, I have been fortunate to travel and intern at the Olympic Training Center (both Chula Vista, CA and Colorado Springs, CO) and will be traveling internationally to the World Sport Games in Barcelona in July 2019.
How do you spend your free time?
I tend not to have much free time this year, as I am also the President of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association. However, when I do get some, my free time is spent mostly with my family – my husband of 13 years, and my two daughters, ages 8 and 5. I also try hard to practice what I preach and do self-care. Sometimes that means consistent exercise, sometimes it’s a massage.
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I flunked swimming lessons in 2nd grade and cried all the way home until my parents didn’t make me go back. I learned how to swim (properly) when I was in grad school. I was motivated by my roommate who was terrified of water and started taking lessons, so I joined her. It was a process – swimming the width of the pool, then the length and then a full lap. Later that same year, my roommate and I did our first triathlon, which included a ½ mile swim.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Hands down, Hawaii. I was fortunate to travel to Kona, HI for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships as a chiropractic student, two years in a row. It was an amazing experience to work on some of the most amazing athletes in the world. After working on an 80-year-old gentleman who was competing, I was motivated to start running and start learning how to swim. My husband and I also traveled to Maui, HI to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. We had so many adventures including watching the sun rise over Haleakala and then riding bikes down to the bottom.
How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?
Do moms ever really have work-life balance? I feel like it’s a constant balancing act, almost like a teeter-totter. Many times, when things are amazing at home, I’m stinking at work and vice versa. But, we just try to do the best we can. I see patients in the clinic 4 days a week. I recently stopped being in the clinic until 7pm, which allows me to be home for dinner with my family. My husband is amazing and supportive and is often the kid-taxi, getting the girls to all their things so that I can be available for patients. When I am home, I try my best to be truly present with my people, focusing on quality time over quantity. This year has been particularly trying with my additional MCA presidential duties. I also try to be diligent about self-care and not feeling selfish about it. Really, it makes me a better mom and person when I take a little time for myself.
How did you get connected to Next Monday services?
I met Michelle while we served on the YMCA Board together. She met with me to tell me about her EPG mission and I very quickly agreed to join.
Why did you decide to join a Next Monday EPG?
I joined EPG because the timing was perfect. I believe that it was no accident that Michelle was in my office telling me about EPG when she did. I had been feeling convicted in needing to develop better female relationships, as my default has generally been to not invest due to past hurts.
How would you describe EPG?
EPG is a group of professional women whom I hold in high regard. I value their opinions because I know their heart. They have my back, no matter what. They love me despite my crazy, embrace me at my best and worst, and will walk with me through anything life throws at me.
How has Next Monday been of value to you and your career?
Next Monday has been of tremendous value to me as a tool for growth. Meeting monthly with this group of women has created a quiet confidence in me and has allowed margin for female relationships in my life. The confidence gained in myself and my career path encouraged me to say yes to the opportunity to become the next Minnesota Chiropractic Association president, despite the history of not many good female leaders within the association, I felt confident in my abilities as a leader and knew when I got stuck, I’d have a group of women that I could confide in.
Would you recommend coaching with Next Monday and if so why?
Absolutely. Michelle has a way of listening like nothing I’ve experienced before. She helps to provide clarity to my thoughts but also challenges me outside my comfort zone to grow me.