From Shelton High School athlete to board certified chiropractic physician Dr. Mark Konopka said he\u2019s always envisioned himself being his own boss, and he has taken the initiative towards doing just that as he opened his own practice called On Point Chiropractic in Stratford back in August. Konopka\u2019s passion for health and wellness derives from his experience playing sports in high school into college. He has since applied that same knowledge toward opening his very own practice in Stratford. \u201cWhat got me into chiropractic was all of the sports-related injuries that I endured,\u201d said Konopka. \u201cI remember being told by countless doctors to go home, rest, ice, and elevate. It didn\u2019t really help out. I told my mom that I couldn\u2019t keep going on like this and I didn\u2019t find relief until I visited a chiropractor.\u201d On Point Chiropractic is currently only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays because Konopka also serves as an associate doctor at a private practice in Cromwell, but says as time goes on and he builds his reputation his availability will increase. \u201cI am taking this one step at a time,\u201d said Konopka. \u201cI am proud of the progress I have made so far, but my main focus now is providing a good service to the community while gaining their trust at the same time.\u201d Between both of his jobs Konopka said it\u2019s normal for him to be working 12-hour days so he uses the time he has off from work to meditate or go to the gym. Konopka said he knows that there is still plenty of work that needs to be done, but his desire to help people lead healthier lives keeps him going when it gets tough.\u201cMy family always tells me how proud of me they are, but I don\u2019t know. To me, I\u2019m not \u2018there\u2019 yet,\u201d said Konopka. \u201cOver time, my hope is to be able to do my job to the best of my ability in order to make someone\u2019s life a little bit better. I know that back pain can be unbearable at times to the point where you can\u2019t really do anything, I\u2019d like to help you fix that.\u201d Do you know someone who deserves to be profiled and featured in our paper and on our website? Send us information, tips and references to firstname.lastname@example.org\u00a0with \u201cperson of the week\u201d in the subject bar.