Mentor Private Practice- Invest

This past week in a group I help facilitate and coach a group (let me know if you would like to join the TRIBE) I got to thinking about the difference between a good practitioner vs a great practitioner.  We all have the same knowledge of biochemistry, and have the desire to truly help clients live a more peaceful life, and yet there sometimes feel a difference between a few practitioners out there. In today’s post I want to share with y’all the big difference between a good practitioner and great and help you pave your way to greatness.


That is the difference between a practitioner, a good practitioner, and an exceptional practitioner is an investment. I am not talking about how much you spent to go to school. I am referring to how much investment do you put into yourself?
Let me take you a bit deeper here.  We all went to school and made a wonderful investment in our areas of expertise and passed our exams and then we are licensed to practice. Rockstar!!! I have always felt that after you get your license the real education actually begins.
The investment in CEU’s and conferences or even supervision begins. This can seem a bit much to a new graduate, and the value you gain can truly be life-changing. It has been for me, and I have never regretted any of the conferences or course I have invested in. The reason I have never regretted any of those investments is because I knew if I walked away with even one new gem of knowledge it was worth it because it would take me one step closer to a great practitioner.

How Do You Know Where to Invest? 

A million different options for CEU’s course exist now and for advanced certifications, and yes that will continue to progress your career. I am not saying to not attend CEU’s and conferences I am asking you to look at these investments as investments in yourself! That simple mindset shift of looking at each course you take as a way to invest in yourself it will have a profound effect on how you listened and what you get out of the lecture.

I am investing in myself

I want that to be your new mantra each time you click the purchase button on a CEU or conference checkout page. Getting over the cost and see this as a true investment in your worth as a practitioner is beyond valuable.

I will tell you the first thing that I did is I went to a personal development course.  At this point,  I am 8.5 years into owning my practice, and I knew that I need to become more well-rounded. I about had a meltdown clicking that purchase button because it was WAY outside my budget or anything I have ever purchased. And looking back at it now, I can’t even begin to explain to you how worth it that investment has and will continue to be.

When I came back from that conference, I was a better person. I had confidence in myself. The fear of asking for my fees at the end of a session or to tell a client what I clinically thought were not there. That conference was a game changer for me.

 How to be an Exceptional Practitioner 

To be an exceptional practitioner you are going to take the investment idea a bit further. You will not only invest in yourself on a regular basis through education and self-growth, and you are investing in others. One of my great mentors once told me that during your career there will be many doors open for you through education, it is how you leave the door open behind you and encourage others to follow along is what will set you up for success.

I have never forgotten that and to this day once I learn something, I have to share it with y’all!

As we come up to the conference season and CEU season takes time right now and plan out how you will invest in yourself and those around you.


By Adrien Paczosa

Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties. Adrien is also a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian(CEDRD). Adrien began her path towards nutrition through her falling down. She has been a dancing since age 2 and in college was a Kilgore College Rangerette. During a practice, she took a fall and broke her foot, and that sparked the ideas of needing a new direction in her life. After graduating in 2003 from the University of Illinois – Chicago with a bachelor of science degree in Human Nutrition, Adrien began her career as a staff dietitian at the hospital in downtown Chicago. She was promoted to the hospital’s Director of Food Service and Nutrition and was responsible for all food preparation as well as patient nutritional care. While working at her clinical job, Adrien maintained her passion for movement by working as a personal trainer and nutrition coach in downtown Chicago. In 2006, Adrien returned to Texas to be close to family, friends, and warmer weather! She opened her private practice, I Live Well Nutritional Therapy in 2007 and has only continued to grown. To date, iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy has multiple locations, contracts with numerous corporations and treatment centers, and currently, five dietitians are employed under iLiveWell. “Creating better access to dietitians!” has been one of the driving forces of Adrien’s company.

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