Rachel never stops. From the time she was a little girl, she has had a drive that keeps her working, building, growing, and innovating. There is always a new project in the works, and you can bet it will be amazing.
The sun starts coming up in the early hours of the morning. It’s the start of a new day. After her nightly routine of settling in with her phone to check messages, texts, conversation threads, emails, etc, it’s a new day of running a business, being a mom and homeschooling, and managing the conversations on her Facebook group page.
It’s not always easy. But Rachel takes it all in stride, knowing she is doing everything she can to support her community, her family, and her goals.
Rachel is an admin and the creator of the Strongsville Moms Discuss It page on Facebook. But she is so much more than that. She also owns a business, Nurse Practitioner Health Services, raises and homeschools her three kids, is a sister to five siblings, and supports her husband Jack in his business ventures. They’re a great team. The discussion page started because Rachel wanted to promote her business and create a space for others to promote theirs as well. Her business was called My Care Clinic and was located in the Marc’s in Strongsville. They opened in 2014 but sadly closed in 2016.
“It was a really hard market to be in,” Rachel said. But as she has always done, Rachel quickly got back up and tried again. Now she owns and operates Nurse Practitioner Health Services, which staffs a growing number of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in the area. And this one is doing very well. “We’re always in growth mode,” she said.
Rachel got her education in nursing, starting at Lorain County Community College for her associate’s degree, then moving on to receive her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Akron University. She started as a nurse’s aide and went on to become an RN at Southwest General’s Emergency Room.
But she always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Being homeschooled all through school, Rachel said, sparked that spirit. “I was such a go-getter,” she said. At age 9, she canvassed her neighborhood with a clipboard looking for housecleaning jobs and landed her first job making $6 an hour. “I was cleaning until I was 25 years old. I put myself through college.”
When she got her job at Southwest General, she met her husband Jack, who was a Strongsville firefighter for 15 years. Jack now owns Petrick Property Group, developing apartment complexes all over the Cleveland metropolitan area.
But it hasn’t been easy for the Petricks. They have three beautiful children, Emma, 12, Cole, 9, and Logan 11 months. But along the way there was hardship. Three years of infertility, two miscarriages, and IVF. But they keep their heart open for more children and have even considered adoption. Rachel’s mother, who had similar struggles adopted children, one from China, and had six kids altogether. “I have a real heart for adoption,” Rachel said. Despite the heartbreaking challenges, Rachel keeps her focus on the blessings and the future.
Rachel has a heart for her community, too. The Strongsville Moms Discuss It Facebook page has grown exponentially in membership and purpose, since she started it. “We’ve been able to promote small businesses, promote events, support the community,” she said.
“We now have two women, two moms, on city council that maybe wouldn’t have made it without Strongsville Moms.”
Rachel said the page has affected the city more than she ever anticipated. Members can tag city council people on discussions of local issues. And even when things happen in the world, she knows it affects Strongsville as well, so the page is a place to discuss those issues, too. “We try to keep it local, keep it a close community, but that’s where they find their news,” she said.
As long as they keep the conversation flowing and keep it kind and respectful, Rachel wants people to feel like they can communicate openly.
As for her business, Nurse Practitioner Health Services, COVID 19 has posed some real challenges, but things are going well. “We had some outbreaks, so we had to learn quickly how to manage that, and implement Telehealth. I’ve had daily calls with the Ohio Department of Health, and there were changes that had to be implemented quickly. But we’re ready and back in growth mode,” she said.
Rachel calls her business “the perfect mom job.” The hours are good for working moms and the benefits are too. “I created the company because I’m a mom.”
And it’s the perfect job for her. Her goals for the near future are to continue to focus on her kids, homeschooling them, and expanding her business. And of course, maintain a daily presence on her Facebook page, helping community members navigate hard topics, changes, and info, as well as supporting the many other businesses and moms in her community.
“Strongsville is a great community, and we’re proud to be a part of it,” she said.