Native therapeutic massage therapist Terry Pollard understands what it means to rise above. After a troublesome childhood and plenty of obstacles in his early maturity, Pollard feels blessed to have established his personal enterprise and get to work in a profession he enjoys.
“When individuals ask me how I obtained into therapeutic massage remedy, I inform them the place I actually began,” Pollard stated. “From the age of 10 till I aged out of the (foster care) system, I used to be in a number of group houses. At 18, I used to be kicked out on the streets, needed to pack up my stuff and get out.”
The following years proved robust for Pollard, who misplaced one in all his closest associates in an accident, discovered that his grandmother had handed away, and nonetheless had no place to name dwelling.
“I can keep in mind staying in a shack in somebody’s yard,” Pollard stated. “It was the home of a child who used to bully me. My story is slightly tough.”
When searching for a contemporary begin a number of years later, Pollard landed in Owensboro. He knew he wished to go to varsity and discover a approach to assist others. A go to to Daymar Faculty helped him discover that path.
“I used to be speaking to an advisor and advised her my purpose was to have a level by the point I used to be 30 years previous,” he stated. “She confirmed me the applications that they provided and when she stopped on therapeutic massage remedy, I knew it will be a approach to assist individuals.”
Although he says it wasn’t a straightforward highway, Pollard’s dream got here to fruition the 12 months he turned 30 when he graduated from this system with a level.
When deciding what to call his enterprise, Pollard stated he wished one thing completely different. He ultimately got here throughout a phrase that stood out to him, and he knew it will assist symbolize what he provided professionally and what he had been via personally.
“I noticed ‘serenity’ and the right image that illustrated the scene — the calmness, the stillness within the chaos — it illustrated what I had been via,” he stated. “Then the movement, the working, the stretching. Many consumers say there’s a second of stillness in them. That’s the place I obtained the title.”
Earlier than Serene Aid Remedy formally opened, Pollard knew he wanted somebody who believed in his dream and will assist him discover a constructing.
“The individual that confirmed me absolute hope was Jack Wells. I walked into his workplace, sat down with him, and requested him about investing in my enterprise,” Pollard stated. “I advised him about my historical past and he by no means hesitated to say ‘let’s do it’ — me for what I used to be able to and never a greenback signal.”
Since opening Serene Aid Remedy eight years in the past, Pollard has constructed his shopper base, together with a number of who’ve been with him because the starting.
“Even throughout COVID, many individuals continued to indicate their assist,” he stated. “They purchased packages or present certificates or referred purchasers to me as a result of they knew COVID took a toll. This previous 12 months was tough.”
Pollard hopes to proceed to develop his enterprise in Owensboro, and possibly open a number of areas in different cities at some point. For now, his focus is to proceed to put money into his enterprise.
“I don’t need to fake like I’ve obtained all of it collectively,” he stated. “I spent the primary 21 years of my life simply making an attempt to get someplace. I spent the following 10 years of my life looking for a house, someplace to put my head. There are individuals who reached down and pulled me up. Once I get the place I have to go, I need to do the identical factor for others at some point.”