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Melisa Hon, Chiropractor of Asia Chiropractic

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Chiropractic care helped change Melisa Hon’s life for the better. She’s now a chiropractor and is using her knowledge to help make a difference in other people’s lives.

What’s your story?
My chiropractic journey started 15 years ago. Growing up, I had a poor immune system and suffered from a significant number of musculoskeletal aches and pains due to sports injuries. There was nothing I could do to relieve my conditions until I found chiropractic care and it did not just relieve my aches and pains but corrected the underlying cause of the problem and strengthened my immune system.

Chiropractic care changed my life and I want to make a difference in other people’s lives. I enrolled into chiropractic college after high school and the rest is history. I worked as an associate chiropractor for a few years before I decided to start my own practice.

The hardest part when I first started the practice, was the marketing and branding portion of the business. It took us a while to build the brand and we are still working on it. I can easily spend 10-12 hours a day, six days a week working on the business including treating clients, documentation, marketing and general business operation. The best part about owning my own business is that all of the work I put forth directly benefits the business I am determined to grow.

What excites you most about your industry?
Patients’ or clients’ success stories inspire me and keep me going. It is extremely satisfying when you are able to help someone get rid of their neck and back pain that they have had for more than 5 years or help a patient that has given up hope of being “normal” again because of their health. Those instances are what make all the struggles worthwhile.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born in Malaysia. After completing high school in Malaysia, I went to Australia to do Year 12 followed by a university education and was working in South Australia for a few years before moving to Singapore in 2014.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore. Closer to home and my family.
Singapore is one of most business friendly places in the world. Government offers several attractive grants and funding schemes that help businesses especially SMEs to grow.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Always have a game plan. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Benjamin Franklin.

Why is preparation important? If we are prepared, we stand a better chance of making things work or achieve things that we want. One thing I’ve learned from being both prepared and unprepared is that life presents us with limited windows of opportunity. Many of these chances are once-in-a lifetime opportunities.

Once you have missed it due to not being prepared, you have to bite the bullet and accept it as a missed opportunity. For example, let’s just say you are looking for a job and you are called for an interview. Are you going to wing it on the day or are you going to do some background research on the position? It is better to be over prepared than taking the chance hoping that the interviewer would like your personality instead of what you can offer.

Who inspires you?
My late father. He taught me many valuable lessons, specifically: to never give up on your dreams and always work hard and smart. It doesn’t matter how long you take to succeed but as long as you get there.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Have multiple mentors. They are a valuable source of guidance that helps you move your career forward. I have been lucky to find mentors with a positive outlook on life who help me through tough times and show me how to find the opportunity in the difficulties I am facing.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would not change anything as everything happened for a reason. There is no right or wrong choice in life. Every journey is a learning experience that helps us to do better in our next phase of life. The only regret I have is not spending enough time with my late father.

How do you unwind?
I enjoy hiking, outdoor activities and connecting with nature.
Reading and travelling with family and friends.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Japan. Japan is a country that is full of history has many beautiful temples, stunning scenery, friendly people and awesome food. If I could, I would spend one year studying Japanese and live in Japan.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Awaken the giant within by Tony Robbins.
This book is all about taking control of your life, of your abilities, and of your destiny. If you want to change something in your life, be it mentally, emotionally, physically or financially, the desire has to come from within. Love this book and I would read it again and again.

Shameless plug for your business:
A chiropractor is primary health care provider specialising in non-invasive, non drugs approach to managing musculoskeletal conditions. Your first consultation with Asia Chiropractic and Wellness involves a thorough history and examination which includes orthopaedic and neurological exams. We send out for imaging like X-rays/ CTs/ MRIs as necessary followed by the reports of findings. Our chiropractors are not just trained in educating patients how to stay out of pain but more importantly, how to stay well. We are doctors who care about your long term health. Our treatment involves spinal manipulation and adjustment, muscle work/trigger point therapy, exercises/rehabilitation, posture correction, advice on workstation ergonomics setup, nutrition and stress management strategies. Everyone is different, we tailor our treatment plan based on individual’s needs. If you know anyone with musculoskeletal conditions looking for conservative care, send them our way.

How can people connect with you?
www.asia-chiropractic.com
Email: [email protected]/ [email protected]
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asiachiropracticwellnessSingapore/
Instagram: asiachiropracticwellness
Tel: 65344393
WhatsApp: 98209970

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

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Jason Feng, Co-Founder of Pillpresso

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Mr. Jason Feng is re-engineering the healthcare industry.

What’s your story?
I am an engineer at heart. I enjoy the process of problem solving and have been actively developing innovative solutions to existing problems. Me and my co-founder settled on the problem of poor medication adherence among the elderly. This was a problem which struck a chord with us because we all have loved ones who have to take multiple medications on a daily basis. The complex medication regimen, coupled with declining cognitive abilities of the elderly tend to exacerbate the lack of medication adherence, which may lead to disease relapse and hospital readmissions, ultimately increasing the burden to caregivers and the society.

What excites you most about your industry?
The problem of medication adherence is not a new one in the healthcare industry. In fact, lack of medication adherence is a well-researched problem in many countries. Solutions which have been developed to address this problem face three major issues:

  • Entrenched mindset within the healthcare system, many of which are used to and unwilling to change from the legacy systems which were implemented decades ago.
  • Complex nuances in healthcare delivery across different countries, making it hard to “copy” and “paste” solutions which have worked well in other areas.
  • Because poor medication adherence is multifactorial, and many solutions focus solely on a few aspects, and do not employ a holistic approach.

Nevertheless, entering this industry at this time excites me because we are in the midst of a global shift in healthcare models; one where the industry is moving away from a service-based model, towards a more value-based model. This shift means that traditional players such as insurance companies and pharmaceuticals are under increasing pressure from patients and payers to demonstrate the value of their products under real-world use. Medication adherence data is one crucial missing link in this puzzle to deliver better care to patients. Being able to build a business around these incumbents and pioneer a new way of care is something which I look forward to.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I am a Singaporean. Most of my experiences throughout my life have been in Asia.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
I have not worked in other Asian countries outside of Singapore, so I can’t comment on other Asian countries too much. Singapore has a relatively low barrier for starting a business, and all business rules and regulations are clear and transparent. The startup ecosystem is also rather comprehensive and easily accessible. Being a small country, Singapore has a very limited market for products and services. However, due to its size and efficiency, it serves as an excellent test bed for new ideas. Being a travel hub, travelling to other Asian countries is cheap and easy.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Fail fast, fail often. The greatest lessons are never learnt through success.

Who inspires you?
Elon Musk

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Successful launch of Falcon Heavy and the recovery of the 2 side cores. The way the 2 cores landed was like something you’d only see in CGI. Very well calculated.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Applied for NOC (NUS Overseas College)

How do you unwind?
Go rock climbing.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Nepal. I’m an outdoors guy. Being able to trek around the Himalayas is probably the best form of relaxation for me.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Creative confidence, by the Kelly Brothers

Shameless plug for your business:
Pillpresso is an award-winning health-tech startup that aims to improve medication adherence. We’re developing a medication management system that empowers seniors to manage their medicines independently and deliver proactive healthcare in the community through technology. Comprising individuals with complementary skills across business, engineering and medicine, our team is driven by a desire to improve healthcare and the human condition.

Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Tech Factor Challenge
https://www.opengovasia.com/articles/8072-top-4-grand-prize-winners-for-3rd-edition-of-ageing-in-place-tech-challenge-announced-in-singapore

Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Modern Aging
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/3-teams-receive-s-125-000-of-seed-funding-for-elderly-friendly-i-8246318

How can people connect with you?
[email protected]

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started,
built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

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Elizabeth Wu, Co-founder & COO of Trehaus

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Elizabeth Wu is making work-life integration a reality for working parents in her new family friendly coworking space.

What’s your story?
I co-founded a coworking space in Singapore that comes complete with a child-friendly facility. We’re the first of our kind here and we’ve been making work-life integration a reality for working parents since we opened.

What excites you most about your industry?
We are the first of our kind, and there’s no other coworking space like us. Sure, there are plenty of coworking spaces in Singapore, but we are the pioneers of championing ‘BYO-kid’ to work by creating a conducive workspace and enriching kids play, all under one roof.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born and bred in Singapore. I’m a local through and through.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore, of course! It’s safe, well-regulated and has a diverse community. Barriers to entry for starting up a business is low, and generally there is good support for small to medium enterprises and startups, which is great.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“Life is short. Do stuff that matters.” I think I decided to do “stuff that matters” a long time ago and that’s why I became an educator. When motherhood beckoned, I decided again, to do “stuff that matters” by staying home to be with my kids. Then, I began to desire a meaningful career while raising my kids. So, I decided to take the plunge into entrepreneurship, because I am governed by wanting to “do stuff that matters!”

Who inspires you?
So many people inspire me. My members at Trehaus inspire me with the things they do and the changes they make. But if I have to pick someone, it would be Elim Chew, founder of 77th Street; who is a seasoned entrepreneur. She started from humble beginnings, went through setbacks and never said never to new journeys in entrepreneurship. I love that she always looks for ways to give back to society and mentor the next generation with her wealth of wisdom and experiences.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
I learned the 5-by-5 rule recently: That is, ‘if it’s not going to matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes being upset by it.’ This helps me puts things in perspective, and I try to remember this every time the urge comes to dwell, to brood, to beat myself up or to sweat the small stuff.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would definitely be more careful with the people I hired to build the team. I’ve learned that it is important to find and build an entrepreneurial team that will plough and work hard alongside the founders. Like Jack Ma once said, “Don’t hire the most qualified candidate. Hire the craziest.” I should have done that right from the start. It would save us so much time and heartache.

How do you unwind?
I take long walks to clear my or I go for a fruitful session of self care, like yoga or a massage.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
I really enjoy getting out of Singapore to the outskirts of Bangkok to live amongst the locals. My family of 5 used to do that each December; just taking off to live amongst the locals where street food is aplenty and warmth and hospitality is everywhere. I enjoy their slow pace of life and how simple things can be.

Everyone in business should read this book:
The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by Ben Horowitz

Shameless plug for your business:
Trehaus is Singapore’s first ever family-friendly coworking space that lets you build a career while prioritising family. If it takes a village to raise a child, then Trehaus is the modern village where you will find a robust community and supportive ecosystem that lets you be an involved parent – never missing a single milestone in your child’s early years – and at the same time do efficient and productive work. We’ve made magic happen in what we’ve created!

How can people connect with you?
[email protected]

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started,
built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

Connect with Callum here:
twitter.com/laingcallum
linkedin.com/in/callumlaing
Download free copies of his books here: www.callumlaing.com

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