Matthew Boranian has been in the pool industry off and on since
2005, when he started as a swim instructor during college. It was there that he
developed a desire to pursue a career in water chemistry. He worked for a few
independently run businesses, and in 2012 was diagnosed with kidney disease.
“It was awful,”
Boranian says. “In the five
years following my diagnosis, I went from a college athlete to barely being
able to walk up a flight of stairs.” Boranian counts himself lucky to be alive
due to the generosity of his youngest brother, who was a match and donated one
of his kidneys.
recovery, I thought about what my life was going to look like,” he says. “I felt like working for myself was
going to be the best move for my family and me.” Initially, Boranian was going
to purchase an existing pool service route to get started but decided against
that, if I was ready to start this journey, I’d better start from scratch and
build my own brand and reputation — really earn it,” he says. “I’m so thrilled and honored that every day
I get to go out to beautiful pools, work hard, problem solve and learn on the
Being in the pool for years and growing up on an island, Boranian
says he was always aware of the dangers of water, but it wasn’t until later
that he realized water chemistry was also dangerous if not properly maintained.
Plus, now a father, he is acutely aware of all water safety concerns.
“I got out of
the water and began to study and learn about water chemistry, local laws
pertaining to pools and spas, and what I could do to prevent any water related
injuries while I wasn’t there to jump in and pull the person back to safety,”
he says of his passion for developing awareness. “Hawaii is super chillax, which is great,
but sometimes we need to be reminded or made aware of things that pose a risk
to ourselves and our loved ones.”
Moving forward, Boranian and his brother are in the process of
purchasing a pool and spa leak detection company to expand Doctor Pool