Irum Tahir is entrepreneur and healer
For some people, college is where they figure out what they don’t want to do for a living. Irum Tahir ’01 came to Binghamton University thinking she’d become a medical doctor, like her father. An internship changed her mind.
“I was always fascinated with science,” she says. “When I came to college, I started to question things a little. I figured there had to be a more natural way to heal the body. I interned with a chiropractor, saw him give someone an adjustment that relieved the person’s pain and thought, ‘That’s so cool — I want to do that.’”
She opted for chiropractic school and, in the years since graduating from Binghamton, has become a practitioner and entrepreneur. She owns High Point Chiropractic Wellness in Syracuse, N.Y., a business that has expanded several times since its inception. High Point was recognized by the Empact100 organization and Kauffman Foundation as one of the top 100 companies in the country run by entrepreneurs age 30 or younger. Only 13 percent of those businesses were owned by women, and only one by a doctor. In 2011, she was invited to speak at the White House about her experiences.
“[In the speech], you had to make a pledge about what you were going to do with your business and how you’d help build up your community,” Tahir says. “When you make a public pledge, you feel ownership, and then you have to fulfill the pledge. That was a little scary, but it really helped me crystallize my vision of bringing excellent healthcare to as many people as possible.”
For Tahir, that vision includes training new practitioners — teaching them to be more proficient chiropractors and smarter business people. She’s also president of the New York Chiropractic Council District in Central New York. Each year, Tahir does pro bono work in places such as India and Madagascar, serving on a team of chiropractors that treats thousands of patients during two-week tours.
Healthier individuals, families and communities eventually create a healthier world, she says.