She Has a BS in Exercise Physiology From The University of Florida And is Certified in Several Different Certifications Including Romana’s Pilates, ACE, AFAA, And Biomechanics From The Cooper Center, Where She Was The Private Pilates Director For Ten Years. Meet FBH Wellness Owner, Donna Fisher
Q: So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and how FBH Wellness got started.
DF: FBH was conceived in 1999 when I first moved to Dallas and wanted to start my own gym, however I was working at The Cooper Fitness Center and honestly it was such a wonderful place, I truly loved my job and my desire to be independent was dimmed until I became a mom. The initial DBA ForBetterHealth side business I started in 2005, became my main job as a mom of two small children. When the facility I was leasing for 10 years closed, I was forced to go back to a facility or open my own place. ForBetterHealth rebranded into FBH Wellness in 2019. as we opened our doors to a full Wellness boutique studio.
Q: Has it been a smooth road?
DF: I honestly just started laughing out loud … one year after I invested my entire life savings and everything I had Covid hit! so NO it has not been smooth.
Q: Can you share with our audience the types of services they could expect from FBH?
DF: We offer Classical Pilates Lessons, Chiropractic, Massage, Facials, Muscle Activation, Personal Training, a shop full of fun goodies and healthy snacks.
Q: Your hold a Level V certification, for those in our audience not familiar with that, can you tell what it means?
DF: I have a Romana Pilates Certification and they base the level of experience from 5-1. It is the leading certification system for Pilates.
Q: What are the daily changes to face as a female entrepreneur?
DF: I have found that it takes a little longer for me to know the up to date info or be informed of business related issues.
Q: FBH also offers Chiropractic treatment, can you share with us some of its benefits?
DF: FBH Has a unique design that puts body work and high level training under the same roof.
Our specialized staff tag team clients based on their specific needs. Some come in with injuries that need to be addressed before they can begin training and some are ready to go!
Our staff constantly confers about how to shepherd clients toward their goals, often switching off as people’s needs change.
The benefit is the mindshare between muscle activation technique, chiropractic, Pilates, yoga, nutrition, and personal training experts.
Chiropractic is such a significant part of the program to keep the body running smooth like the body of a car!
Q: 2020 was pretty crazy for everyone, how did you manage your business?
DF: I completely restructured and losing half my staff was a major loss for us, however I shifted gears and added a small retail section to our space.
Q: What is it about your job that most excites you?
DF: The difference in the members that come in and really apply themselves and use the system as it is intended just fuels my fire. I love every minute of watching people become the best they can be.
Q: What is most important to you and why at this point in your life?
DF: At Studio, most days 7am to 7pm
Teaching, cleaning, planning, office hours, working out!
Q: What are the best practices you have employed to build a successful career?
DF: Never stop learning about yourself, others and how to encourage others.
Q: What's your advice for women in male-dominated fields?
DF: Speak truth to yourself when you start to doubt, or others make you doubt yourself.
Q: What's the greatest fear you've had to overcome to get where you are today?
DF: Fear of Failure- that I would lose the business and let everyone down.
Q: What’s one lesson you’ve learned in your career that you can share with our audience?
DF: Ask people to tell you their story, you will be amazed!
Q: Which woman inspires you and why?
DF: My mom, she is fierce and never gives up.
Q: What are some of the challenges you feel women face today?
DF: Balancing Motherhood, Caring for aging parents plus marriage and entrepreneurship.
Q: What advice would you give to young women who want to succeed in the workplace?
DF: Be Humble, Learn even from people things you don't want to do, it is ok to loving to disagree and still maintain a relationship. You do not and will not please everyone so be steadfast in who you are.
Q: After high school, where did you feel your career path would take you?
DF: I was a wild wanderer, wanted to learn, travel, and see what was out there. I loved kids, animals and movement so I knew it would be in one of those areas.
Q: Can you tell us how you manage your work life balance?
DF: That is always the challenge for women especially we juggle quite a bit if you add on the kid element. Set your priorities and keep them otherwise little things will sneak in and steal your joy.
Q: What would be the title of your autobiography?
DF: How to show up!
Five Things About Donna Fisher
1. What's your favorite family tradition?
Playing card games.
2. What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time?
3. What’s the most amazing adventure you’ve ever been on?
Taught Pilates in Paris for a month
4. Among your friends, what are you best known for?
5. What’s your favorite app on your phone?
6. If you unexpectedly won $10,000, what would you spend it on?
7. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
8.What would your perfect vacation look like?
Early morning walk, coffee, hike, lunch wine, nap, Pilates, dinner early bedtime beach or mountains.
9. Favorite Dessert?
10. What’s your big passion?
11. What’s your signature drink?
12. Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?
13. What were you like in high school?
14. Would you rather cook or order in?