Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am an injury management expert. I have been practicing chiropractic, acupuncture, active rehabilitation for the last 11 years. I currently own a multidisciplinary clinic, The Chiropractic Office & Health Associates in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and also run a practice downtown Toronto. When I am not practicing, I am an on-air health and wellness expert on several media outlets with a goal to educate people on how to live healthier, injury-free lives.
How did you first become interested in healthcare?
As a young athlete, I was obsessed with track and field, in particular, former Canada’s fastest man, Ben Johnson. I was fascinated by his athleticism and how each of his muscles seemed to work perfectly to allow him to sprint that fast.
At what point did you realize that you wanted to make a career in the healthcare industry?
After graduating from University, I wasn’t quite sure what avenue in the healthcare field I wanted to take. I decided to work at a physiotherapy clinic to learn more about athletic rehabilitation. Once there, I ended up working with a chiropractor. Watching her use her hands to help athletes return to sport really caught my attention. She was not prescribing medication or recommended surgery, she was simply using her hands, to release joints, stretch muscles and encourage the body to move. I knew right away that this was the career for me.
How has healthcare evolved since you started your career?
Health care is becoming more multidisciplinary. There are more clinics providing both traditional and alternative health care, in an integrated setting. Chiropractors are working alongside medical doctors and mental health workers to address all aspects of a patient’s health.
You’re a registered acupuncturist, you have an Honors Degree in Kinesiology, a Doctorate of Chiropractic, as well as being a Can Fit Pro personal trainer. Is it fair to say you have to be well-rounded to be an effective healthcare provider?
I would like to think so! But I do find myself still collaborating with other practitioners. Patients in pain, especially chronic pain, often benefit from mental health therapy as well. Dealing with pain takes a toll on the body physically and mentally. Talk Therapy, in my opinion, is just as important as physical rehabilitation in overcoming chronic pain.
You recently became a sports injury consultant for the Brampton Rebel soccer team and you were on the Pan-Am Games medical team in 2015. How do sports injuries differ from normal injuries and how do you modify your approach to treating them?
Although injuries are similar between both groups, the approach to treatment is much different. Athletes are not going to stop their sport willingly even if they are injured. It is important to recognize this before starting on my treatment plan. When working with athletes the first thing I do is modify their activity, whereas with the non-athletic population I would advise them to stop activity until we have a solid diagnosis. Athletes are also well educated about their bodies, so treatment is often a collaborative effort. They often want to take an active role in their care. Part of my treatment with the non-athletic population is educating them on their bodies. I want every patient to fully understand their injuries as I believe they more they know what’s going on, the better they respond to treatment.
You own The Chiropractic Office in Mississauga. Why should patients visit your office over another one?
I build my practice on my belief that Healthy living is a RIGHT, not a privilege. I believe that we all have a right to live healthy and injury free lives no matter how educated we are, no matter how much money we make or where we live. My goal with my clinic is to offer a space where people can not only overcome injury but learn to take a more active role in achieving their optimal health.
You volunteer yearly at The Excellence Conference. Tell us a little bit about what that’s all about and why it’s important to you.
The Excellence Conference provides an opportunity for school-aged children and their parents to learn more about our education system and how to succeed both in school and in their chosen fields. This conference is run by people in the Black Community for students and parents within the same community. This important as our community has lower than average post-secondary enrollment. I participate as part of the career fair. Students are able to talk to professionals in a variety of fields who look just like them. This is so important, as I am often the only black women in many of the professional events I attend, and I do believe that needs to change. Showing young students that they are capable of achieving their dreams is just as important to me as succeeding in business.
You participated in project HERstory. Tell us a little bit about this project and what it meant to be a part of it.
Founder Emily Mills put this project together to coincide with Canada’s 150 birthday. She wanted to put together a group of 150 black women who were excelling in their fields and making a difference in their communities. Many of these women making positive changes in the world but their stories are not being told. HERstory gave these women a deserving spotlight. Meeting these women and sharing this experience with them was one of the best experiences of my career to date.
What’s the best advice you can give to people to stay healthy?
Self-Care! Make the time to take care of you and listen to your body. You are your best health advocate
What’s a day in your life like outside of your career?
If I’m not traveling, my only downtime seems to come at night. That’s when I sit on my couch and binge on the latest of the Real Housewives.
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