Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in mental wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sam Mandel, Co-Founder of Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles, located in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles provides IV infusions of ketamine for treating depression, PTSD, anxiety, suicidality, and other mental health disorders. Anyone struggling with a mental health condition is a candidate for treatment.

Tell us about yourself

I co-founded KCLA in 2014 after learning of the healing potential of ketamine infusions and the huge unmet need. I was acting and working a lot of odd jobs to support myself for many years and yearned for day-to-day that was more fulfilling and made a positive impact. I am highly motivated to help people, make a difference in the world, and take care of the team. I love to see the transformations in our patients. The treatment we provide is literally life-saving for many, and it's extremely gratifying.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Creating the premier clinic in the world within our field. We were one of the first to open and quickly became recognized for our commitment to quality and treatment outcomes. We have a beautiful state-of-the-art facility, an amazing team of compassionate and experienced staff, and the results we help people achieve in their lives are unmatched. I am also very proud that despite many huge challenges, we remained open throughout the entire pandemic and retained our entire team without furloughing or laying off anyone.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Never clocking out or taking your mind off work. I eat, sleep, and breathe the clinic. If you want to be the best at anything, you have to be obsessed, and I definitely am. I wake up thinking about it and spend nights and weekends working on it. I know that balance is important, but when it's all riding on you and everyone, staff and patients, is relying on you, it's very hard to ever fully disconnect.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

You have to absolutely love the product or service if you want to stay in it for the long run. Put your customers first, deliver maximum value to them in every way, and the business will be successful. Ask for help seek mentors, talk to others in the field, hire great staff before you think you need to, and do not try to do it alone!

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Ketamine infusion therapy has been the biggest breakthrough in depression treatment in the last 50 years. Ketamine treatment is effective at KCLA; we relieve suffering more than 80% of the time. Ketamine therapy is fast; most people benefit in 4 hours to 4 days. Ketamine infusions are safe; there are no long-term side effects. This is literally life-saving, and yet many people have never heard of it. I encourage anyone who has a mood disorder or cares for someone who does to learn more today.

Where can people find you and your business?


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