President and Chief Clinical Officer, Chiropractic Performance Center, PA
2019 Women Of Influence Summit | Dear Younger Me
As we prepare for #Summit2019 we thought it would be fun for all you to get to know our speakers. So we've interviewed each one to share a little about them and what they are looking forward to at this years Women of Influence Summit! Read below to learn a little about Dr. Sara Cuperus!
Tell us about your education and career path:
I received my undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Directly after that, I went on to get my Doctorate degree in chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. I started a practice right out of graduate school and continue to run that same practice today.
What is the best part of your job?
The people - We have the best patients! I love building relationships with our patients to come alongside them to help them live healthier, more fulfilling lives through chiropractic care and lifestyle changes.
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Chiropractic school was totally Plan B. I have always wanted to be a doctor, I just didn’t know it was a chiropractor. I applied to medical school and was put on the wait list and didn’t get in. I applied to chiropractic school as a Plan B and would reapply to medical school. Once I started chiropractic school, it made so much sense to me and was exactly where I was supposed to be.
What is your favorite family tradition?
My mom makes homemade chicken noodle soup (she even makes the noodles from scratch) every year for Christmas Eve dinner.
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Trial by Fire
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
I just returned from a work trip to Barcelona, Spain. The most beautiful country, so much history, kind people and amazing food and wine. Can’t wait to go back not on a work trip to explore more of the country.
How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?
This is constantly in- flux for me and believe it’s really like a teeter totter. I work four days a week and when I am in the clinic, I’m super busy and focused on our patients. When I’m home with my kids, I’m focused on them and being their mom. Some days I nail it and some days I completely fail at the balance. But, the beauty is that I get to try again tomorrow with a clean slate.
What book do you most often recommend to others and why?
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. It changed my marriage in the early years when we were navigating how to be married. I use the concepts daily in my relationship with my husband, my kids and have applied the sister book, Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with my staff.
How has Next Monday been of value to you and your career?
Next Monday has been of tremendous value to me personally and professionally. I have grown as a leader, developed a network of women who are my friends, cheerleaders and the ones who aren’t afraid to speak truth to me even when it's hard. I have grown as a wife, mom, friend and human being because of the coaching I receive through Next Monday. The growth is obvious and I don’t know that I would have gotten there on my own. Michelle has a way of coaching and challenging you and she actively listens in a way that no one else can. I continue to work with Michelle and Next Monday because of what it has done for me and how she empowers women to build each other up in a culture that tells us otherwise.
What is your favorite memory from past Summit events?
The Summit event has become an event that I bring all my female staff members to. It brings value to each one of us differently, based on our life stories and stages. I always come away feeling empowered, motivated and inspired. I especially resonated with the Plan B stories from 2018’s World Changers event because often, the best outcomes aren’t plan A.
What are you looking forward to at the 2019 Women of Influence Summit?
I am looking forward to exploring the possibilities of Going Beyond, dreaming and asking “what if.” Every Women of Influence summit challenges my current way of thinking and helps me grow to the next level.
What are you hoping to share with fellow attendees at the Women of Influence Summit?
I am hoping to share a story that related to almost every woman in the room. We don’t have to let our old stories become themes for the rest of our lives. We also have the choice to choose differently, no matter the circumstance.