S1:E10 - Dr. Shadia Koury is In The Studio With Calamity Jane
In The Studio with Calamity Jane is a show highlighting the incredible women of Las Vegas!
Dr. Koury is passionate about helping pregnant women, infants and children via chiropractic care. After her personal struggles with breastfeeding, she came to find a way to help babies latch better to the breast, and help other women avoid some of the issues she had.
Shadia is an avid sports fan, and I loved her baseball analogy to describe how she'd arrive at the Pearly Gates!
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Hello, welcome to another episode of In The Studio With Calamity Jane. My name is Jodi, also known as Calamity Jane.
Our purpose with this series is to take an amazing woman from Las Vegas and give her the spotlight for a moment.
[Shadia]: Thanks Jodi, it's great to be here.
So Dr. Koury, tell us a little bit about your work.
Well Jodi, Chiropractic For Life is a chiropractic center where we focus on pregnant moms and babies. There is lots of kids running around. It's a fun time, almost like I'm running a circus. I'm a ring leader of a circus basically. And I just wouldn't have it any other way.
How did you come to start in this field?
You know what's cool is you find your purpose through your own life experiences, and it was through school and connecting with the right people that I learned about the benefits of children being adjusted. Then it became even more important that moms that were pregnant would have a very effortless birth in order for that child to have that optimal expression as they enter into this world.
So that's where it led me to focus on those two specialties, but it was really through my journey with my own children that now led me to specialize in breast feeding issues with infants. I struggled with both of mine, and I learned very specific techniques to help moms and their babies to bond, to connect, and to latch properly onto mom's breast and have that wonderful breast feeding experience as they should have.
What do you feel makes you successful?
You know, it was through my personal experience with my children that I struggled terribly with nursing, and so when a mom enters my office, and she is on the verge of tears, and I let her know I was you sitting in that chair, and then the tears start to roll down her eyes, we've connected. I understand her, and she knows I'm compassionate towards her needs.
And so after a few weeks when they come back, and I go how are things going, and they look at me, they're like "we got this". That is the most rewarding thing that I do in my life. I know I've fulfilled my purpose. If I could just make one mom finally click with her baby and connect and have that wonderful experience, it's golden, it's golden, worth, it's priceless, it's priceless.
What one piece of advice would you give to somebody who's maybe just getting started in this field?
Knowledge, education. Get out there and test the waters. Learn different things, all these different trades, and see then what clicks with you and what leads you on that journey.
Especially young chiropractors, for example, I will tell them learn different techniques, go to all the seminars, and see what works for you. What's really cool about chiropractors is they then develop their own technique, and they kinda have their own artistic way of healing people. So there isn't just one way. It's what works for you.
So I would really recommend that and listening to more, if this is strictly women, listening to more empowered women and their inspirational stories, because I know that always is a big shot of inspiration for me.
And now, the famous questionnaire that was asked for 26 years by the great Bernard Pivot and made famous on In The Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word?
Love. Is there any other word that's any more important? Love.
What is your least favorite word?
Ooh, I can't even say it, so I'm going to have to spell it. C-U-N-T. Hate that word.
What turns you on creatively, emotionally, or spiritually?
I'm an Earth sign, so I love to be out in mother nature. Love to be out in the woods, by the ocean, anywhere where I can just breathe the oxygen and meditate and just be still. And it's like a download from the universe for me on creativity.
What turns you off?
Oh that's easy, social media. Turns me off every time. I log on to see some funny things from friends, and then it goes downhill from there. Done, okay we're off.
[Jodi] : What is it about it do you think that makes it a turn off for you?
I just don't like to hear complaints. I just am in a world where I want to just look at the beauty, be grateful, enjoy things, and I have a hard time with a lot of the negativity and the fighting, 'cause again, my favorite word is love, and that's all I want to see.
What is your favorite curse word?
Fuck. Don't we all love that word? Fuck. We can still say it so humorously. I think that's what I love about that word, that's it's not even very vulgar.
What sound or noise do you love?
I love music, always love music, all different types of music. But mostly I listen to some upbeat R&B, soul. That's the type of stuff I like.
What sound or noise do you hate?
I hate the sound of my children whining and complaining. Especially the girl's voice, you know, when it gets very whiny. Can't handle whining.
What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?
I think I'm a little past due on it, but I would've loved to maybe have been a Nike athlete and get all the gear.
[Jodi]: Any particular sport?
Oh maybe some track. I played softball, played everything, but probably track and field stuff. Yeah.
What profession would you not like to do, like ever?
Anything that's going to limit my movement, definitely desk job, phone. I have to move. I have to be expressive, have to use my body, have to be able to interact with people one on one and connect with them, not over the phone, but in person.
If Heaven exists what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
You know, we'll see if those gates are going to be open. But what I intend to do is to slide in under those gates, through the dirt, all bruised, scared up, battered, and as I arrive in and slide under, God says, you're safe.
[Jodi]: Thanks for being with us today, Shadia.
[Shadia]: Thanks Jodi, it was really fun.
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