This month, we’re celebrating the successes of savvy expatriates and Singaporeans, as well as the setbacks they overcame, to make life better in Singapore in our Expatpreneur Awards 2017.
Meet expat couple Dr. Neil Stakes and Dr. Lilly Leong, Co-founders of natural-healing focused Back II Life clinic, which offers chiropractic, homeopathy and physiotherapy (check out their guide to the phases of chiropractic care here).
They share what it’s like setting up a business in Singapore, and having a large pool of expat clients. (P.S. and find out how we picked the awardees here!)
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“The opportunity to work and travel from an exotic, tropical country like Singapore was hard to pass up,” explains Dr. Neil about the corporate chiropractic job that lured him and then-girlfriend, Dr. Lilly, from South Africa in 2001.
Dr. Lilly, who hails from Macau, adds, “I was lucky enough to be offered a position as a homeopath at the same clinic.”
The duo have since been busy: getting married, raising three daughters and founding two Back II Life clinics.
The key to their business success? “Being authentic and genuine is crucial to building a trustworthy service,” says Dr. Lilly, who notes that their practice started with just one receptionist and now employs a double-digit staff.
The reality of having expat clients: “Saying goodbye to people I’ve treated for years, and seen their children grow up,” says Dr. Neil. “It’s an honour.”
How do these two people – who help so many others improve their health and well-being – take care of themselves?
Dr. Neil says: “I try to keep fit with long walks and short-distance running. I’ve also used a mix of weight training, yoga and Pilates for flexibility and core strength.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Lilly shares: “I love to dance – used to do hiphop and street jazz, before having kids. Now, I am doing pole dancing.”
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder (Issue 280), March 2017
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