Patsy Commisso is an Elite+ member based out of Oakville, Ontario. She is the owner of Metabolic Care Clinics, where Patsy and her team offer a variety of solutions for your optimal health including for weight loss, disease support, athletic performance, stress management, healthy kids and female hormone support. Their programs include amazing nutrition plans, fitness programs and wellness supports, designed to get you fit and healthy. We are thrilled to share Patsy’s entrepreneurial journey!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
Looking at my parents, cousins, and even my husband – all of us are entrepreneurs! We seem to all have a special talent and we have decided to showcase it and bundle it up for sale. We know that talent alone will only get you so far! The ingredient that seems to be part of my DNA is hard work. Work was such a large part of my upbringing; working in family businesses and giving it my all is a part of who I am.
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
I’m a take charge kind of girl. I like to see things evolve and don’t want to wait for decisions to be passed through layers. Being an entrepreneur, I have direct access to understand what my members need and can make their requests happen. I am also a mom of 3. Part of my business plan includes picking up my children from school because they are not feeling well, or missing a day or two to support my kids in their sport tournaments.
Can you describe a typical day?
Where does the day start: I wake up at 6:00am every morning and use the first 40 minutes of my day de-stressing with high impact exercise. I then get ready for my work day and set my three kids up with a healthy breakfast and portable lunch. After dropping the kids off at school I head to MCC (metabolic care clinics). I love walking into my clinic; there is always a happy feeling that comes over me. The clinic day seems to be done with a blink of an eye…
My role at the clinic is to manage and inspire! I work closely with all the MCC team members to ensure they are operating at their best of their ability. I work on program development to ensure members are getting the latest education based on research and market trends, and I see members one-on-one to ensure they are getting the full MCC experience to reach their health and wellness goals. I do head back home to pick up the kids after school, prepare healthy snacks and dinner. After helping with homework and driving my kids to all their active sports, I may have a few minutes for myself. My free time consists of reviewing needs for my program: clinic needs, program research, marketing, brainstorming, and a few times I head out to play soccer. I do try to hit my pillow at 10:00pm and sleep solidly until 6:00am!
Who do you count on for help? Do you have a network of family that answer the call?
I believe in a network! I have both a strong work and personal network. My parents live a block away, have an active part in helping me with our three kids. For work I have a great team; some have been with me since my store opening and others have come on board throughout the years. I have a group of like-minded individuals that genuinely care about helping people!
Have you ever had to sacrifice something at home for work? Or vice versa?
It’s weird, but nothing ever seemed like a sacrifice. I did have my last child ten years after my first two. When I had him, I was 5 years in business. I did go back to work immediately, but felt at times that I was not as invested as I was before having the baby. That could be an indirect sacrifice. For the most part I have a perfect work and life balance.
What do you do on a day off? Do you even know what a day off is?
I don’t have a designated day off, instead I try to do two things:
1) vacation: I head South a few times a year for a complete recharge. I relax by the ocean, and after a few days of rest I allow my recharged creative juices to develop new diet plans.
2) I take many mini vacations: yoga classes, massage, pedicures. I do believe in investing in my own health.
Are you active in your community? What does supporting local mean to you?
I am very active in the community. I offer free talks to local sport teams, running groups or other groups that are looking for nutrition guidance. Our clinic also supports local charities: every weight loss challenge we make the buy in: a donation, a canned good or used clothing, all donated to local charities. My members are also local and we support any event with nutrition and exercise support, like providing fitness trainers at school wellness day to perform a fitness class.
Name another entrepreneur who inspires you.
My husband; he has also grown up in a family business. He has taught me that a service offered is only as good as the business sense. I remember going to university for nutrition and refusing to take business courses, little did I know… My husband has shown me the importance of having a business mind in a service business.
What does the future look like for you and your business?
This year the clinic expanded its space to offer more wellness services. MCC has become a destination place for so many, by offering safe, simple and successful solutions. Not only are members coming into the clinic, we are expanding our online presence and starting partnerships with other health care professionals to offer the MCC program at their workplace location.
Any tips for women thinking of starting a business?
You can do it all: live a healthy lifestyle, take care of yourself, feed your family healthy meals, own a business, make it successful, spend time with the family… the trick is to be organized, and have gratitude, and be okay when things are not perfect!
*a version of Patsy’s Success Story was previously published in March 2017