Dr. Nekessa Remy is a chiropractor, a registered and medical acupuncturist and one of Canada’s fastest rising and sought after health and wellness expert in the industry today. She is the current owner of Mississauga’s The Chiropractic Office, a comprehensive injury management clinic focused on sports related injuries and woman’s health issues. She also runs a practice in downtown Toronto, at Integra Health Centre where she works amongst other leaders in the healthcare field. Nekessa was recently included in CBC’s HERstory in Black, which shares the experiences of 150 women who excel in their field, who push for greater diversity and who help build vibrant communities.
My first job ever was… I had a paper route, delivering the Mississauga News. Turned out I was not very good at it because my dad had to help me. I can still picture him pulling my cart and walking up my neighbour’s driveway to deliver the flyers.
I chose my career path because… I am fascinated with the human body. As a kid I remember watching Ben Johnson. He was Canada’s fastest man in the 80s. He ran the 100m and won. I was amazed at how strong he was, how all his muscles seemed to work perfectly to allow him to sprint down the track. From that moment on, I wanted to learn more.
My proudest accomplishment is… celebrating eight years of being in business for myself.
My boldest move to date was… leaving my current clinic of eight years, which has been successful, and using all of my resources to open a larger clinic to better serve my patients.
I surprise people when I tell them… I have been a chiropractor and acupuncturist for over 11 years.
My best advice to people starting their career is… Find a mentor!
My best advice from a mentor was… Figure out my target audience and research the “ish” out of them.
I would tell my 20-year old self… You are worthy of all of your dreams and aspirations.
My biggest setback was… being sued by a former employer because I decided to leave a toxic environment.
I overcame it by… deciding to go into business for myself.
If I had an extra hour in the day, I would… meditate.
The last book I read was… Sharper Objects by Gillian Flynn.
I stay inspired by… my patients. Watching them get better, heal and accomplish their goals reminds me of why I do what I do.
The future excites me because… I am about to open a new clinic, with more staff, more responsibility, and more risks. This challenge is really going to show me how tough I am!
My next step is… Get my new clinic open and then reward myself with a spa weekend.