We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr Nimira Alibhoy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr Nimira, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I grew up in a spiritual family, and although it is a huge part of my identity, I have a great deal of love and respect for the sciences which incorporates beautifully into my life. I grew up with a belief that we were designed perfectly; with bodies that were meant to carry us through a lifetime of love, learning, and happiness. I also watched my mom struggle with her health knowing that I didn’t want to end up in the allopathic model of medicine – one that focuses mostly on functionality while surrendering a healthy, exuberant existence. I knew I wanted to find that balance and shortly after graduating, a situation occurred that would put me on that path. I call it “the car accident that saved my life”. I hadn’t even heard about chiropractic care until that point in my life and when my first chiropractor introduced me to the philosophy that the brain and nervous system controls everything in the body, including self-healing, self-regulating, and self-maintaining, it was the first time the values and philosophies of a profession synched with my own – and I was hooked! Taking it a step further, I decided to specialize in upper cervical chiropractic, a minimalist and objective approach that allows me to take care of all the traditional pain, chronic headaches, migraines, etc., but also help those who have lost hope in finding a more permanent solution for their health problems.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I spend every day doing what I believe we were put on this Earth to do love and serve humanity, all with my own little twist. I grew up believing that we shouldn’t require the need of any health practitioner simply to stay healthy and achieve quality of life. Fast forward to where I am today, practicing what I believe, a beautiful blend of science and holistic health. It’s common knowledge that our bodies at its core are all made of the same thing… atoms. However, the realization that our bodies function as a whole unit with the brain as the master controller was the catalyst and ultimately, the driving force of my practice. Our beautifully natural, holistic bodies still function within the realm of science and can be checked for proper function in a safe, specific, and objective manner. I spend every day taking care of my patients using science to determine if their bodies are remaining adaptable or if they are out-of-sync, or “stuck” and truly need external assistance so they can return to functioning perfectly the way they were designed. Unlike traditional chiropractic where you go in for a pain point, get adjusted and hopefully leave feeling better, I teach my patients about the body’s need for time to heal and show them how we can use the science to monitor said process. Educating my clientele on other, more effective chiropractic avenues (coming in, getting checked, holding an adjustment, thus not needing one, and still be in a process of healing), versus how they have learnbed about “traditional” chiropractic care has been one of my biggest challenges in the ten plus years of being in practice. I’ve learned to continue sharing my message – regardless of the obstacles I may face, knowing someone out there is eager to hear it. I stand for a world where we can live our passions and purpose all out, without the fear of our physical bodies giving out.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love my quaint little city of Agoura Hills. While I’ve been here for 6 of my 10years in practice, we’ve recently been able to move into this gem of a community. I’ve spent a ton of time meeting and supporting local business owners. I also love all the fun and relaxation Southern California has to offer. There are a myriad of places I would love to take a friend. A nice way to start the morning would be a hike in the local mountains, enjoying the some fresh, crisp air, then, going out to breakfast at the Village Bakery and Café for some coffee and a pastry. Later, lunch at Sole Soups is one of my favorite spots for fresh made soups off the bar along with nearby sweet treats at Tifa Chocolate & Gelato. One of our favorite spots for dinner with fabulous ambience, great customer service and unbelievable homemade pasta is Basta. You also can’t leave there without having the lemon ricotta cheesecake – my all-time favorite dessert. While in the Whizen Center, it’s nice to take a stroll around all the antique stores to look at the little treasures that await! Venturing out past our little community always takes us out to a day at the beach in Malibu, followed by the fabulous clam chowder at Malibu Seafood.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband deserves most of the credit for the opportunity I have to be in practice today. While I tell my patients frequently how grateful I am to my husband for taking care of our family so that I may take care of my patients unencumbered, I’m sure he doesn’t hear it from me often enough. He has been by my side since I was 19 years old and 17 years later, he’s remained my pillar of strength. He made it through the crazy hours and curriculum of chiropractic school, helped me finish off school while pregnant and has been the rock that has kept me steady as I’ve focused on my practice for last almost ten years while raising our 2 kids all while having a full time job. He’s been the personification of stability – the one who is always there to watch the kids after school, get them to their activities and wrangle them at nights and weekends if I needed to see a patient late or attend promotional events such a marketing function. He’s the shoulder to cry on after an exhausting day and the first person I celebrate with when I have success. I would also incorporate our parents in my success, playing a considerable part in making my dreams come true. They have given me the foundation of support early on, telling me I could do and be anything I wanted, helping out with the kids in most every conceivable situation as well as being a sounding board for business ideas and little reminders to never to give up. They have even helped me build actual furniture for my office space, so when they say “We’ll lend you a hand” I know they mean it. Without my husband and our parents, I don’t know if I would be in the position I am in today.
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