We are beyond pumped for our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY today! This week we have the pleasure of getting to know one of Canada’s most sought after health and wellness experts Dr. Nekessa Remy! As a leading professional in her field, she uses her knowledge and experience to educate others on how to become their own health advocates. Her philosophy stems from her belief that healthy living is a RIGHT and not a privilege. Dr. Remy was inspired to pursue a career in the health industry after meeting a black female doctor as a young girl. This experience changed her life and showed her that she could be anything she dreamed of. Today, Dr. Remy is determined to do the same for the next generation of aspiring young black girls everywhere.

Dr. Remy is a Registered Acupuncturist under the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario as well as an award-winning Chiropractor! It was her love for health and rehabilitation that led her to earning an Honors Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario followed by a Doctorate of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Presently, Dr. Remy is the owner of her own practice in Toronto called The Chiropractic Office, which is a comprehensive injury management clinic focused on sports related injuries and woman’s health issues. Not to mention, she is also a Can Fit Pro personal trainer and has worked in both the athletic training and sports rehabilitation fields. Adding to her already impressive resume, Dr. Remy has been featured on many major media outlets including City TV’s Breakfast Television Toronto, Social Life on Rogers TV, Global Morning, CTV News, Mississauga Life Magazine, ByBlacks.com, CBC and the CHRY 105.5 Half Time Show. With an unparalleled expertise, she has become an in-demand speaker for major brands including Nissan Canada, MediaCom and Scotiabank. Most recently, she was included in the photo project HERstory, which captures the life experiences, professions and perspectives of 150 Black Canadian Women! Furthermore, this incredible woman was the 2017 recipient of the Patient Care Award from the Ontario Chiropractic Association as well as the Black Business Award from the 2017 Diversity Awards.

We absolutely love how Dr. Remy’s passion for enabling others to be their own health champions has beautifully manifested in so many aspects of her life. She encourages all of us to stay focused on the things that are important to us by steering clear of trying to fit the status quo. In fact, she believes in exercising our differences as a way to stand out, be seen and allow our voices to be heard. Our hope at YGTG is that girls everywhere can learn from Dr. Remy’s demonstration of authenticity and fearlessness and follow in her example of self-advocacy. Thank you Dr. Remy for showing us that the path to success begins by loving ourselves first!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Tell us about what inspired you to get involved in the health & wellness industry? What do you love most about working in your profession?

As a kid, I was fascinated by athletes and their bodies. I remember wanting to understand why Ben Johnson (former fastest man in the world) was able to run the 100m so quickly. How was he able to use all of his muscles perfectly to allow him to run so fast? After studying anatomy and physiology in university my fascination with the human body turned into wanting to help people use their bodies optimally. Whether it was to run down a track, or lift their baby with no pain, I wanted to help people function without pain and limitations.

What are the biggest concerns facing women’s health? In your opinion, what do you believe is the best thing women can do to take full control of their well being as a whole?

Women have to learn to trust their instincts. You know your body better than any medical professional or specialist. Often our schedules get busy, we take care of other people and we forget about the most person...us! If we take the time to listen to our bodies, we can determine what is normal for us. With this information we can be proactive instead of reactive.  Making time for self-care is essential in taking control of our health. We are our biggest health advocates.

What challenges have you encountered as a woman in a leadership role? What obstacles have you encountered owning your own business?

Being a woman, but especially a woman of colour, I am often the only one in business meetings, networking events etc. When I first started in business I would often feel self-conscious and try way too hard to fit in. As my confidence as a leader grew, I realized that standing out works in my favour. People will often remember who I am for the mere fact that I don’t look like the majority of business people in the room. My biggest obstacle was learning to trust myself, my opinions, my experience and my ability. Being myself has led to all of my greatest successes.

Why do you think female empowerment is important? What do you think women have to offer the world?

I think the female voice has been suppressed and silent for far too long. We make up half of the population, yet we make up less than half of corporate CEOs. We make up a small percentage of world leaders and we still make less than our male counterparts.  A female empowerment movement is a must if we want to things to change. Women are capable of being loving, nurturing and fierce leaders all at the same time. Female empowerment isn’t about being better than men, but it’s about accepting all aspects of who we are as women and using them to build relationships and empower those around us.

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

A YGTGirl is someone who is capable of great things. She loves and accepts herself and knows that she is worthy of her dreams.