By Derek May:
We here at Flapper Press love to champion small-businesses, and it's a special pleasure when we get to do it for a friend. Chelsea Perez has been helping me along my journey healing through injury for years now, but she's finally stepping onto an even larger stage where she can help even more people in a very different way. Taking the leap to startup her own design and marketing business—CP Social Content—Chelsea is ready to fly!
DM: Hi, Chelsea! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. We’ve known each other now for a few years, since I first came to you for help with my shoulder issues. You’ve had quite a journey since then! But before we get into all that, tell us a little about yourself.
CP: Hi, thank you for reaching out. Where do I even begin? Let’s see, I am someone who LOVES the mountains (they are my happy place), my pup, Arabella, and loves to read nonfiction books. (If any of you have any good nonfiction books, send them my way!)
DM: How did you end up in San Antonio, Texas?
CP: So, I grew up in a small town, Blessing, Texas. After graduating college, I wanted to experience living in a bigger city. I have always loved San Antonio. When I got a chance to work here, I took the leap and moved back in 2016!
DM: When we first met, you were a physical therapist assistant. What first drew you to the PT field?
CP: Yes, I was a physical therapist assistant. My younger brother’s experience actually drew me to physical therapy. When my brother was born, he had a traumatic birth that led to many surgeries and tons of both physical therapy and occupational therapy. They would ask me to help “play” with him, and I remember thinking, That’s so cool! These people get to play all day.
DM: For a very long time, I saw you constantly with your books, studying like crazy, and working long hours to continue your physical therapy studies, but at some point you decided to change career tracks. What made you take such a huge step?
CP: Oh yes! Those were the days. All the studying, tests, and late nights. To give you a little context . . . I had decided to go back to school to become a physical therapist. PT nowadays is a doctorate level, so it was going to take me 3–4 years to finish. At that time, I attended a personal growth conference in which I asked myself if this was really what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.