Give Wil Dees ten minutes. She will change the way you think about treatment for pain, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. She’s not a typical salesperson and has never been formally trained in sales. Dees is simply passionate about a product she knows changes lives: Alpha-Stim ®. Her goal with Alpha Team Medical, is to improve as many lives as she can — and to turn the medical industry upside down one practitioner at a time. It’s no easy task — but her whole heart is in this quest.
Dees took a few minutes to tell Key Paragon more about her small business and the giving heart at its center…
Can you walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today? What inspired you to work with the Alpha-Stim products?
After college, I worked about 7 years in human resources. I then transitioned into a product management role at a large healthcare IT company and remained there for 16 years. Product management was a whole different world than human resources, but I really enjoyed it. I had the privilege to work with some great people.
In 2013, our 11-year-old daughter started having chronic head and body pain that would last for months at a time. We tried traditional medicine, but it didn’t help. It actually made her feel worse. If there were side-effects to a medication, she always had the worst of them. So, we started looking for medication alternatives that were safe and proven. That’s when we were introduced to Alpha-Stim. It became a very useful tool in our tool belt. It also worked so well for my husband’s insomnia that he was able to stop using the insomnia drug he had been taking.
In 2015, the division where I worked at was purchased by a competitor. Thirty days later, I had an opportunity to take a voluntary severance. I didn’t leave because I was unhappy, and I’m really kind of a risk-averse person, but I had learned so much about health and wellness through my daughter’s journey that I had developed a passion to help people who were similarly struggling. I felt like I was called to share Alpha-Stim. While sharing Alpha-Stim has not been as financially beneficial as my former position, I have never been happier in a career. I frequently get what I refer to as ‘paychecks-of-the-heart’ which is when I witness lives changed for the better through this product.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I am a relationship builder, who happens to sell a product. I serve my clients extremely well., When I received my daughter’s Alpha-Stim, I was told, “Have her use it every day for 28 days, if she skips a day start over.” That was it! I had to figure it out on my own. I would never do that with a client. I’m very hands-on. I follow up regularly with my clients to make sure all of their questions are answered. Sometimes it takes several weeks before people see results. So I want to make sure they have the support they need to get the most benefit from the product.
As far as competition for Alpha-Stim, there really isn’t any. There are other CES (Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation) devices on the market, but they have little in common with Alpha-Stim. It has a patented complex waveform and its own hertz frequencies. The chairman of the board for the company is the inventor, and he is still very much involved. Other companies reference our research. There have been over 100 studies done and no severe adverse effects documented. Other devices might be cheaper, but when you are dealing with your brain I’m sure you want the best that’s out there.
What positive impact is your company having on the community you serve and your customers?
Most of my clients have seemingly tried everything else with not much success or with horrible side effects. After I introduce them to Alpha-Stim, most are finally finding relief from pain without the side-effects of drugs. They are getting the sleep they need to perform better in their day to day tasks, as well as breaking the cycle of anxiety, depression, and insomnia. When you consider the risks involved with some medications including the current opioid crisis this country is facing, it is puzzling that some doctors are not eager to give Alpha-Stim a try.
Do you have any advice for small business owners at the beginning of their entrepreneurial journey?
Do your research! Know what it’s going to take to start a business. I came out of corporate America, loved my job, and loved getting a paycheck every two weeks whether I showed up or not. But in terms of starting a business, you need to learn the logistics. For example, I reached out to our personal accountant and he gave me the steps on what to do to get started.
The one thing that has been most useful to me is surrounding myself with encouraging people. Find the people who will be your cheerleaders. I probably would have shut my doors many times had it not been for my cheerleaders at Waxhaw Entrepreneurs, clients, friends and family telling me that I make a difference, that “what you do matters, and the world needs you.”
We don’t need to rely so heavily on medications. Through Alpha Team Medical, Wil Dees wants to share a better solution with everyone who suffers from pain, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. She will make sure you have the tools and information you need to finally get the relief you’ve been searching for without the side-effects of pharmaceuticals.
- Reach out to Wil and her team
- Learn more about Alpha-Stim
- Video Review of recently published MD Anderson study using Alpha-Stim with advanced cancer patients
- Article of recently published of EEG study at Walter Reed Medical on the effectiveness of Alpha-Stim
- Article from The Pain Practitioner interviewing the inventor of Alpha-Stim
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