Dr. Liza Egbogah is one of North America’s leading Chiropractic doctors and the clinic director of the[fix], downtown Toronto’s boutique chiropractic and massage clinic.
She is a Doctor of Chiropractic, graduating with Summa Cum Laude and clinic honors from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and also holds a Pharmacology degree with distinction from the University of Alberta. Dr. Liza is a manual therapy expert, myofascial [muscle] release provider, cosmetic chiropractor, media contributor, certified personal trainer and a member of Harvard’s post graduate association. She has won numerous awards including the Black Canadian inaugural role model award and BNI Bay Street’s most valued member.
As a Chiropractor, Dr. Liza has had extensive experience consulting with senior executives, celebrities, professional athletes and political leaders on health matters, injury treatment + prevention and stress reduction strategies. She is a sought out speaker and has presented for the Ontario government, workplaces throughout Toronto, luxury hotels and various events. In 2015 she was part of the Basketball Medical Team for the PanAm Games and also provided treatment as the unofficial chiropractor of the Toronto International Film Festival. She has also provided treated for members of the Toronto Maple Leafs and various Olympians. She has appeared on Global TV, Rogers Daytime TV, TLC, MTV, Chanel 10, Sirius radio, CTV, CHEX TV and provided expert opinion for 680 News, NOW magazine, the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Canadian HR Reporter, Archibald Mens Magazine and numerous other publications. She has also written articles for Jolee magazine, the Bulletin, Nigerian Canadian newspaper and Fusia magazine.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I knew that I wanted to be a doctor when I was 6 years old. The thought of helping people when they were sick and making them feel better always appealed to me.
How did you get involved with the work you currently do?
I went to University with the plans of studying pharmacology for my undergraduate followed by medical school. In order to get a feel for the doctor life I started volunteering at the university hospital in my first year. After my first day of volunteering and taking patients to and from dialysis I decided that this was not the best environment for me. The hospital seemed sad and people left looking not much better than when they came in. Over the year I started researching different fields of healthcare as I knew that I was meant to help people. This was the first time that I encountered Chiropractic and thought that it sounded great. I worked for a Chiropractor that summer and on the first day I saw patients enter his office in pain and walk out with a smile. The clinic was warm, comfortable and positive. I was sold and after almost 10 years in practice I still love what I do.
What is your WHY? (the reason why you do the work you do)
I want to improve people’s quality of life. By getting rid of chronic debilitating back pain, relieving splitting headaches or helping someone walk without a limp, I’m improving their quality of life. Even just seeing a patient smile after walking into my office in tears from pain is enough of a reason to do what I do. Hopefully by helping one patient at a time I am somehow helping society as a whole.
What piece of advice would you give to someone trying to do what you do, or trying to follow their own dreams?
All dreams are worth pursuing. As with all great risks, there will be challenges, sleepless nights and great deals of personal stress. But with great risks come great rewards. So stick it out and suffer for a while and you may just succeed. There will be people in your life who say you can’t do it and when you do succeed these people may no longer want to be in your life. So my advice is to stay strong, follow your dreams and listen to your instincts about people because they are usually right.
Who (person or organization) inspires you?
My parents are my biggest inspiration. My dad did anything it took to get an education including selling handmade cars on the side of the road in Nigeria, picking potatoes in Russia and sleeping on a bench at a train station in winter. Today he is the most inspiring and successful man that I know because not only has he received 4 doctorates, over 100 awards, been published over 80 times and started several successful companies, he also has family and friends that love him to pieces. My mom is equally as inspiring. Having 3 children under the age of 5 is challenging enough but she still managed to work full-time as a school teacher, bake us fresh bread and serve us warm bottles until age 6. Not to mention that anything she puts her mind to she does. After the age of 50 she got both her real estate license and MBA while still being an awesome mother. Some people say they don’t want to turn into their parents, I want nothing more.
If there was one charity or cause that you could ask our readers to donate their time or money to, what would it be?