Leigh Treco is the youngest of six children, so outworking others isn’t a new concept.
Treco’s parents, classic entrepreneurs, also worked hard. Businesses they ran include an office furniture chain, a tax preparation franchise unit and a real estate firm. “You name it,” Treco says, “they owned it.”
One other thing Treco learned while growing up is a passion to help people. That upbringing cemented Treco’s desire to pursue a career in health care — where she can help run a business while she helps people. She does that at the Venice Village Family Chiropractic center. Her practice there specializes in spinal correction, which utilizes adjustments and spinal rehabilitation exercise to realign the vertebrae.
A native of Chicago Heights, Ill., Treco says the most important business lesson she’s learned is hard work and perseverance always pay off. In chiropractic care, beyond the medical side, most of that work takes place in marketing. “My job is all about education,” says Treco. “Sometimes people come in with a preconceived notion of what chiropractic is.”
— Mark Gordon
Name: Leigh Treco
City of residence: Lakewood Ranch
Twitter handle: @drleightreco
Employer: Venice Village Family Chiropractic
Birthplace: Chicago Heights, Ill.
Years on the Gulf Coast: 22
Marital status/children: Newlywed, Eric
Alma mater: Life University and Auburn University (War Eagle!)
Best place to network: through my patients and community-wide events
Coolest business experience: Being able to work with multiple community groups to educate them on the importance of proactive healthcare and how to care for your body with Chiropractic, nutrition, exercise and detoxification.
The most important business lesson I’ve learned: Hard work and perseverance pay off!
One website that makes your job easier: mercola.com or greenmedinfo.com
One community group you’re most involved with: Tidewell Hospice
Favorite off-hours activity: Boating with my husband
Two people, dead or alive, you’d like to have dinner with: BJ Palmer (founder of Chiropractic) and the chef’s from MasterChef
What you would be doing if you could pick another career: Chef/food critic
Most adventurous thing you’ve ever done: Lived in rural China for 3.5 months
What’s at the top of your bucket list: Seeing Santorini, Greece (which I am doing next summer!) and then hiking to a waterfall in Costa Rica.
What new skill would you like to learn: another language
Who would play you in a movie about your life: Katherine Heigl, she’s down to earth and funny.
If I had a magic wand I’d: Be Harry Potter and open the public’s eyes to the numerous health benefits of chiropractic care and change the misconceptions about my profession.