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Meet Dr. Derek Pham of Pantherys in Pasadena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Derek Pham.

Dr. Derek, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Sometimes there’s is a voice inside of you that tells you to go in a certain direction, and you are then left with two choices. One is to acknowledge it and say, “hey that’s a great idea, let’s go for it,” or two, “oh that’s terrible, let’s not do that.” I was currently in college at this point and I was on the fence of which field to get into. I initially started out wanting to be an aerospace engineer major thinking, “Wow, it would be pretty fascinating to work on airplanes, and travel the world,” as most if not all teenagers at the time wanting to feel what freedom is like. However, my memory of this part of my life was this vivid imagery of going into a dark room, sitting in front of the computer screen, no interaction what so ever with anybody around me. I loved it for a quick second but realized that I couldn’t do that very long, I bounced to other majors including biochemistry, chemistry, and biology.

My brother at the time was dating a chiropractor, and he was a big influence on my life. He said I should look into this chiropractic school. I had no idea what it was to be honest, but he said you can help people using your hands, and you get to work on your own time and schedule. I thought about it as an option and didn’t think anything of it. Fast forward to eight, nine months later, it was just like the seed my brother planted months prior hit me. I told him that I was intrigued by this idea and that I will attend the school’s orientation and see how it goes, and the rest was history as they say it. For me, I never thought I would be able to serve so many people on a regular basis, to build in-depth relationship with my clients, and educate them on their health. I considered it a calling and I answered by saying, “let’s go for it!”

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been pleasant! I believe through all our struggles is where we get our biggest breakthroughs. It was December of 2019. I am standing on this hill, there is this bag maybe 10-15 pounds. The one objective is to get this bag up on top of this hill and down the other side. Very simple task on any given day. But this day it was pouring, and the rain was unrelenting, with winds up to 10-15mph. I am standing there, and there is this stream of water just flooding down, the soil was muddy, and my foot has no grip. I look to my left and there are people crawling up, I look to my right, and they are standing and rain just pushing on them. I look up and I see people just trying to make their way up there.

I start my journey carrying this bag on my shoulder. I take one step, two step and just kept going. It was so muddy a quarter into the hill I started crawling and pushing the bag up. The rain was pouring and about halfway, there was no footing and more stream of water trickled down. I started my self-talk saying, “Let’s just do this, let’s just go for it.” One step, throwing the bag up at this point. Two steps, dragging it up now. After what seems like 30 minutes of intense work, I was able to make to the top of this hill feeling proud and amazed at what I just accomplished. If you haven’t guessed it by now, it was one of those obstacle race event. I tell the story because it’s a metaphor for what you have to overcome to get where you want to go. Develop a positive mindset, set good work ethics, push for what you want, and overcoming is then a byproduct of just going for it. It’s challenging, but I loved every moment of it.

Pantherys Inc – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The mission for Pantherys Inc. is to promote health awareness and enhancing one’s quality of life.

The symbol of Pantherys Inc. is a person in free fall motion expressing the idea of fluidity in body, mind, and spirit. The person in a free fall state of being has unlimited potential to live in an environment of abundance, vibrancy, and to live as they please. I think the philosophy behind this is simple free to be and move as best as you can.

At Pantherys Inc. We incorporate state-of-art technology with traditional hands on chiropractic care to help free you from pain and take your life back. As specialists in preventative care, we believe in providing gentle and advanced chiropractic techniques to not only treat symptoms but more importantly to address the source of your physical problems.

In addition, we have personalized coaching services include the following: Initial assessment, consultation, evaluation, and documentation. We focus on giving personalized attention, instruction, and motivation. Learn proper technique and form. Build a progressive plan with us as your coach. Easy to follow training plans with prescribed duration, intensity, and frequency. Sports nutrition, fueling, and hydration. Each session is tailored to the athletes’ needs anything from running, high-intensity interval training, weight lifting, sports performance such as football, baseball, soccer, swim, dance, ballet and so forth.

What sets us apart is our core value of focusing on addressing the mindset, alignment, and nutrition, especially when it comes to health and fitness. We believe that the body is interconnected and that the more you become aware of your body the more you get a better sense of your internal strength, inner power, grace, calm and inner beauty.

Our slogan is Making Changes, One Adjustment at a Time!

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
You ever do something or discover something new and you get this a-ha moment or the breakthrough sensation in your body? It’s an amazing sensation like you’ve just overcome a barrier, a wall or an obstacle that you’ve been facing your whole life. I always tell my clients I am blessed for them to trust me with their health and ongoing support. I tell them, honestly, that I am building this clinic for them and that they matter, and I am always here to help them as best as I can. I focus on the relationship building aspect of my profession, and it allows me to feel fulfill. Each day I get to wake up, I get to go impact and contribute to their lives. It is a wonderful feeling, and every time I get to work with someone new, I get a chance to deliver the experience of demonstrating what the body can do and how much more potential they can uncover and tap into. My proudest moment is developing an uncanny ability to help serve and get others to get their breakthroughs in their mindset, fitness, and health goals.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 2620 E Walnut Street
    Pasadena CA, 91107
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  • Phone: +7147256767
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  • Yelp: Pantherys

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