We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Camille Foster and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Camille, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I love quotes and any one who knows me knows that I live by motivational and encouraging quotes. You can find them scribbled all over my journal, peppered throughout my yoga classes and used as a way to introduce a meeting or discussion. Quotes are a great way to spark a thought, discussion or simply a motivational vibe. The one that comes to mind that describes my journey over the past year is ” My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive,” by Maya Angelou. How can you hear or see these words and not be given the drive to push for greater and steer clear of complacency? This quote embodies my current journey as I start my own business and juggle the roles of entrepreneur, physical therapist, yoga instructor, daughter, sister, aunt, mother, wife and friend. There are days when I just do my best to survive each day, but this quote reminds me that I must dust myself off and keep my eyes on the prize. That prize is the goal to not simply exist, but to be and be with a purpose.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I recently established my business, Align Right Physical Therapy, LLC, during the pandemic while holding a full- time position as a physical therapist and looking for a way to have more autonomy in the way I treated my clients. It is a cash-based mobile physical therapy and yoga instruction service within the west metro-Atlanta area that will meet you in your home, office, gym or wherever is convenient for you. I chose the cash-based model for physical therapy to combat the limitations that insurance can have on providing quality 1-on-1 care and provide options to those whose deductibles are so high that they would avoid taking care of their mobility needs due to financial inaccessibility. My company was founded on the principles of compassionate and thoughtful care, mindful movement as a form of medicine and emphasizing the importance of treating mind, body and soul. I enjoy being a physical therapist and it is my ultimate goal to empower clients to find their own path to healing their movement dysfunctions. I discovered yoga along my career path as a tool that embodied holistic healing and have found a passion for finding ways to teach a safe and sustainable yoga practice to beginners dealing with pain. The journey of entrepreneurship has been interesting and challenging and, being fully transparent, I am continuing to learn as I go. The hardest part for me has been the realization that I can no longer rely on anyone else to pick up the slack and learning the delicate balance between compassion and creating a structure for the business. I give credit to “The Black Female Foundation” founded by Dr. Juan Mitchell and Dr. Danelle Dickson for equipping me with the tools for understanding the basics of business and it’s challenges for BIPOC women in their business mentorship program. 10 years in the field as a physical therapist and athletic trainer has revealed to me one main constant, that I have a passion for learning and teaching. My philosophy is best summed up in this quote by Mary Catherine Bateson, “We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.”
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am truly a homebody and love to spend time at home with my family, but if I were to venture out I would start with exploring some of the state parks around my area like SweetWater Creek State Park and Chattahoochee Hills State Park. These hidden treasures really provide a peaceful solace and great way to connect with nature. I love to eat and enjoy the opportunity to try different cultures and unique restaurant experiences. So next stop after hiking and sightseeing would be eating. I am originally from Jamaica and no stranger to spices and good food, so I am a bit hard to please, but some cool places I have experienced around Atlanta are Baps Midtown, Mary Mac’s Tea Room off Ponce de Leon, Desta Ethiopian Kitchen off Briarcliff, Taj Mahal Grill in Kennesaw and my house in Douglasville ( my husband is a great chef!)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am blessed and grateful to be surrounded by so many beautiful souls that have provided encouragement and support in each chapter of my life. There are so many to mention and if I don’t state it here know that each and every person that I know and interact with God placed you in my life for a purpose. Thank you to Kemiko Lawrence of Harmony Wellness Angels for starting me along my journey as a yoga instructor. Your compassion and mentorship helped set a solid foundation to integrate into my life and career. Thank you to Genevieve Harris and Darnell Harris of Keep It Moving Yoga and Barre for believing in my skill and talent and encouraging me to step out on faith and not let fear hold me back. I am thankful for the unwavering support from my mother as I decided to take risks and special thanks for allowing me to challenge “the expected” by not restricting me to what “is” expected. Shout out to my husband and family for sticking with me through the sacrifices and transitions. I am appreciative to my husband for teaching me that I can’t always plan every step and sometimes the best rewards come from just going with the flow. Last, but not least, thanks to my gracious and driven friend Debiann for being a positive role model, holding the bar high and keeping me accountable.
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