“I believe that when people are well, they can change the world.”
– Dr. Meghan Walker ND
Clinician Business Labs is an online incubator for clinician entrepreneurs.
An incubator is a business acceleration organization that assists start-ups and entrepreneurs in building and launching successful companies.
The First 18 is an incubator for wellness clinicians and entrepreneurs as they launch their new practice or business from inception through the first 18 months.
We value authenticity, service, contribution and a badass desire to change lives while simultaneously building a life.
Our mission is to launch successful, sustainable practitioner entrepreneurs who can heal and inspire without the fear or overwhelm that accompanies the launch of a new, or frankly, any business.
Clinician Business Labs was born from my passion for naturopathic medicine and entrepreneurship. Even before I became a clinician, I was an entrepreneur. I learned early on that I was a ‘fixer,’ I loved to solve problems. Everywhere I looked I noticed challenges and their solutions.
In my first few years of practice I became very aware of the challenges faced by many of my colleagues. They went to school to be clinicians, talented ones, but were instead, thrust into the world of reluctant entrepreneurship. After 5 years in practice, I sold my share of my business to my partner, and set out on a journey to find new tools and opportunities that would assist in scaling the impact of ‘root-cause’ medicine.
These are the highlights of my journey in business, practice and life…
[Personal ‘MBA’] I grew up in an entrepreneurial household, so much so that my allowance was aligned to my ‘Mastering of Business Acumen’ (MBA). If I read and could explain the principles of my Dad’s latest business or money management selection, my allowance increased accordingly. I have been working on my ‘MBA’ since the age of 12.
[Serial Entrepreneur] I started my first business at 17. It was called Your Chores. I niched in on cottage cleaning services for island properties. I built it to 10 summer employees and sold it when I finished university. It paid for my schooling and nurtured my taste for scaling service-based businesses.
[Social Change] Believing in the power of empowerment for young people. I founded an environmental youth organization called Millennium kids while still in university. We ran youth development programs in Canada and South Africa for 6 years.
[Clinic Owner] I Co-Founded the Integrative Health Institute along with Erin Wiley when I graduated in 2007. We had a vision and built a space and a community that reflected our desire to provide true integrative care. We helped people, we helped our practitioners and we were recognized for our work in modelling an effective integrative care environment.
[Leadership] I have served on the executive of both the OAND and CAND (Ontario/Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors). It was here that I began to really understand the devastating struggle of so many of my colleagues. I served for over 5 years, committed to the larger opportunity to move our system of medicine towards more people.
[Tech Founder] I Co-Founded Bright Almond in 2013 and learned to leverage the online space to effectively scale the communication and delivery of regulated complementary practitioners to targeted consumers.
[Coach] I have been coaching practitioners privately for last 3 years. I focus on regulated practitioners from across North America. My clients are NDs, DC, Acupuncturists, Osteopaths, Nutritionists, Functional Medicine practitioners and personal trainers.
[Clinician] I have been treating patients since I graduated. My focus today is on addressing the unique needs of entrepreneurs and go-getters. I have gone from owning a clinic, to running my own micro practice. It is a lean, clean, machine.
[Family First] My ideal life means that I get to run my business and spend time with my family. I have an amazing husband and THREE daughters, 5, 3 and 8 months.
Bio – The Technical Edition – Dr. Meghan Walker ND
Dr. Meghan Walker is a naturopathic doctor, serial entrepreneur and mother of 3. She graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and completed a science degree, with a focus in reproductive physiology from the University of Waterloo.
As an entrepreneur, Meghan started and sold her first business while in University and went on to found a national Youth Engagement Organization called Millennium Kids. Millennium Kids taught responsible social activism in schools across Canada, Australia and South Africa.
Meghan is a Co-founder and past CEO of the digital health media start-up, Bright Almond, Founder and Peak Performance Inspirer at Legacy Performance Labs, Host of the Entrepology Podcast and Founder of Clinician Business Labs and it’s signature program, ‘The First 18’.
Meghan has served on the Executive’s of both the Canadian and Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and is currently part of the Medical Advisory Board for AOR. Meghan maintains a boutique practice in Downtown Toronto, catering to entrepreneurs and inspired individuals looking to maximize their body and brain. She has spoken internationally and through multiple media outlets on topics related to women’s performance health and entrepreneurship.
When not satisfying her entrepreneurial itch, she is hanging out with her three little girls and super supportive husband.