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Women in Wellness: Interview with Dr. Lisa Parissi

Today, more than ever, wellness is at the forefront of societal discussions. From mental health to physical well-being, women are making significant strides in bringing about change, introducing innovative solutions, and setting new standards. Despite facing unique challenges, they break barriers, inspire communities, and reshape the definition of health and wellness. In this Women in Wellness series, we are talking to women doctors, nurses, nutritionists, therapists, fitness trainers, researchers, health experts, coaches, and other wellness professionals to share their stories and insights. As a part of this series, we had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Lisa Parissi.

Dr. Parissi, a board-certified Chiropractor specializing in Chiropractic Biophysics, is renowned for her pioneering work in posture correction. Based in Newport Beach, CA, her thriving practice has become a hub for individuals seeking transformative improvements in posture and subsequent enhancements in their health and well-being. Dr. Parissi has positively impacted numerous lives through her expertise and dedication, guiding her patients toward optimal spinal health and vitality.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Our readers would love to “get to know you” better. Can you share your “backstory” with us?

As a lifelong athlete and yoga enthusiast, I always felt drawn to healthcare, but I struggled to reconcile the reliance on medications with true health. Watching my father undergo numerous surgeries and medical procedures despite his declining health left me questioning the conventional approach to healthcare. I was determined to find a better way.

When I discovered chiropractic philosophy during a campus tour, everything clicked. The idea that the body has the innate ability to heal itself if interference is removed resonated deeply with me. It was a revelation.

Tragically, my father’s health journey took a devastating turn when a routine procedure led to a massive stroke, leaving him unable to walk or communicate for almost three years before his passing. His suffering could have been prevented, and witnessing his struggles ignited a passion within me to find a better way for others to age.

Today, my father’s experience reminds me of my purpose: to help patients age smarter and avoid unnecessary suffering. This mission drives me forward every day.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career? What were the main lessons or takeaways from that story?

One of the most interesting and impactful experiences I’ve had since starting my career was working with a patient who had been suffering from chronic back pain for years. This patient, let’s call him John, had tried various treatments and therapies without success and had almost given up hope of finding relief. He came to us at 86 and was very crooked and hunched over.

When John first came to see me, he was skeptical about whether chiropractic care could help him. He had heard mixed reviews and was hesitant to try yet another treatment. However, after a thorough evaluation and discussion of his symptoms, I felt confident I could help him.

Over several weeks, we worked together on a personalized treatment plan that included chiropractic adjustments, spinal rehabilitation, and corrective exercises. Despite initial skepticism, John began to experience significant improvements in his pain and mobility.

This experience was particularly rewarding because it allowed me to witness the transformation in John’s attitude and outlook on life. As his pain diminished and his quality of life improved, he became more optimistic, energetic, and engaged in his own well-being. He even began to look and act younger as he stood taller and felt better. He literally erased 15 years from his looks!

The main lessons I learned from this experience are the power of perseverance and the importance of personalized care. I made a meaningful difference in John’s life by listening to his concerns, understanding his needs, and tailoring a treatment plan specifically for him.

It has been said that our mistakes can be our greatest teachers. Can you share a story about your mistake when you first started? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Early in my career, I made the mistake of overcommitting myself and neglecting my own well-being. I was eager to make a positive impact and help as many people as possible, but in doing so, I often sacrificed my physical and emotional health.

I was working long hours, seeing a high volume of patients, and taking on additional responsibilities outside of work. I thought I was being productive and ambitious but was running myself into the ground.

As a result of my overcommitment, I began to experience symptoms of burnout, including exhaustion, irritability, and decreased motivation. I struggled to stay present with my patients and provide the care they deserved. It was a wake-up call that forced me to confront the consequences of neglecting my own well-being.

From this experience, I learned the importance of prioritizing self-care and setting boundaries. I realized that I could not effectively care for others if I were not taking care of myself first. I needed to carve out time for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation to sustain my passion and effectiveness in my work.

By recognizing and learning from my mistakes, I have become a better healthcare provider and a stronger advocate for holistic well-being. I now understand that self-care is not selfish—it’s essential for sustainable success and fulfillment in both personal and professional life.

Let’s jump to our main focus. When it comes to health and wellness, how is your work helping to make a bigger impact in the world?

At Wellness Choice, we focus on posture correction to help people age smarter. Addressing spinal misalignments and promoting optimal posture alleviates pain and discomfort and lays the foundation for long-term health and wellness. Poor posture can contribute to various health issues, including back pain, headaches, and reduced mobility, significantly impacting quality of life as we age.

Through our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) methodology, we take a comprehensive approach to posture correction, addressing the underlying structural imbalances contributing to poor posture. Combining advanced spinal rehabilitation techniques with personalized treatment plans, we help individuals achieve optimal spinal alignment and posture, supporting overall health and vitality.

But our impact goes beyond just physical health. We also support mental and emotional well-being by promoting posture correction and spinal alignment. Research has shown that posture can affect mood, confidence, and even cognitive function, highlighting the importance of maintaining good posture for overall wellness.

Additionally, our commitment to holistic wellness extends beyond posture correction. We offer various services, including nutritional counseling, massage therapy, and weight management programs, to support individuals on their journey to better health. By addressing wellness’s physical, mental, and emotional aspects, we empower our patients to live their best lives and positively impact the world.

What is the best way for our readers to further follow your work online?

The best way for readers to follow my work online is to connect with me through my website and social media channels. They can visit my website at wellnesschoice.com to access resources, learn more about my services, and stay updated on upcoming events and workshops.

Additionally, they can follow me on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook to receive regular updates, health tips, and inspirational content. My social media handles are Facebook and Instagram @wellnesschoice. By following me online, readers can stay informed about the latest developments in holistic health and wellness and join me on the journey towards better well-being.

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