Dr. Asha Pai Bohannon has more than 23 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is a Holistic Doctor of Pharmacy and the owner of PAI Wellness Group, LLC in Raleigh, North Carolina. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Asha is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). She is also certified in Medication Therapy Management (MTM) and Immunization.
In her practice at PAI Wellness Group, Dr. Asha uses a unique, 7 Steps to H.A.R.M.O.N.Y.™ process and a 360-degree holistic, individualized approach to helping her patients manage their health and wellness, using as few medications as possible. Dr. Asha is especially focused on and adept at helping men and women manage pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes.
Recently, Dr. Asha published a book entitled To Medicate or Not? That Is the Question: How to Improve Your Blood Test Results, in which she describes her 7 Steps to H.A.R.M.O.N.Y.™ and the many factors that come into play in order to achieve a healthier life.
Her newest passion comes in the form of a collaboration with her husband Eric: helping other Pharmacists find their passion and purpose and create the opportunity that is right for them. With their Biz Rx™ service, they want to be “The prescription for YOUR business!”
I invited Asha to be on my podcast because she advocates for patient health and wellness as well as pharmacist entrepreneurship in her practice at PAI Wellness Group. We met at the 2018 Medipreneurs Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. I’m glad we met, and it’s been a pleasure to watch her develop her business over the past two years.
You can find the book To Medicate or Not? That Is the Question: The Ultimate Guide to Improving Blood Test Results at bit.ly/ToMedicateOrNot
Another book in the works. It is unrelated to the first book.
Q: How did this all get started?
A: Asha’s personal health journey.
2 services are offered by PAI Wellness Group
- 7 Steps to H.A.R.M.O.N.Y.™, which helps patients manage their health and wellness in a holistic manner.
- Biz Rx™, a 10-week program to help pharmacist entrepreneurs from idea to launch. Her husband Eric coaches the business piece. Dr. Asha coaches the clinical piece and fills in the gaps.
Q: When did you realize you had a passion for coaching?
A: For years! It took time to create a business and offer services.
Q: Has your clientele grown?
A: Yes! For Biz Rx™, Eric and Asha met their first clients at Medipreneurs 2019. Pharmacists are looking to leave traditional practice. Asha and Eric can help. Free 30-minute consults are available.
Q: Do you only coach pharmacists to create wellness practices?
A: No. Lots of niches have come through: women’s health, migraine, travel, and more. Services can be created based on the client’s needs. Clients create private practices.
Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen so far in your business?
A: In her wellness practice, some people will not spend money on their own healthcare. In Biz Rx™, some Pharmacists undervalue themselves.
Q: What do you love most about your business?
A: Flexibility: working around family’s schedule. Asha wears a lot of hats. She has a flexible schedule and can work with clients on their time. She also enjoys working with her husband. Making an impact on the profession of pharmacy is very rewarding too!
Q: How did you overcome the fear and the little voice in your head that you can’t do this, Asha?
A: It’s a growing process. It took her some time to get over her own imposter syndrome. Now, she gets to help others get over it! “Just do it. Pick yourself up. Dust yourself off. Keep moving forward.” Asha is also inspired by her kids; she doesn’t want them to see her fail.
Q: What’s something people don’t realize about being a pharmacist mom and an entrepreneur?
A: It’s difficult to be in a traditional pharmacist role. She missed a lot of her kids’s stuff because she was tied to her work schedule. She was stressed and couldn’t be present. As a pharmacist Mom entrepreneur, she enjoys the flexibility of being present for her job, her family, and her other commitments.
Q: Agree or disagree, starting a business is like having another child?
A: Agree. The first 2-3 years during launch, yes! Her business sets her soul on fire. She wants to jump out of bed in the morning and work!
Q: What did it feel like when you got that first client?
A: AMAZING! But, nerve-wracking. She wants to deliver the results clients need. Extra time and energy goes into making sure everything is just right so that she gives a good quality experience. (That goes for both sides of Asha’s business!)
Q: What is the best thing that has happened to you since you started?
A: Being able to help people and make an impact in their lives. Also, helping people find options they haven’t considered yet.