Dream Chasers: Ozari Williams – The Kinesiologist
To dream is to contemplate the possibility of achieving. We all have dreams burning on our hearts. Dream chasers are those who have been able to convert their dreams into reality. Ozari Williams is someone who has achieved his big dream. The 31-year-old was undaunted by the fact that his love, kinesiology, was relatively unknown in St Vincent and the Grenadines, he realised his dream of becoming a kinesiologist. You may be asking, what? A kinesiologist (kin-easy-ologist) or human movement specialist applies the science of human movement to improve one health, function and performance.
Now, we’ll let Ozari explain a bit more about his contributions to this new and upcoming field in SVG.
What Is Kinesiology?
Kinesiology is the scientific study of human or non-human body movement. Its application to human health includes biomechanics and orthopaedics, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, as well as methods of rehabilitation.
What sparked your interest in this field?
After I graduated from university I wanted to work in the hospital in the physical therapy department and I was told that kinesiology wasn’t recognised as clinical medicine. As such, I wasn’t qualified enough to work at the hospital. After this initial rejection, I tried to work with the department of physical education and sports but there were no vacancies. Then I applied for a job with the Ministry of Education and was placed in a primary school as a relief teacher for six months. Eventually, I was offered a teaching position which lasted for two years. However, it was while working as a teacher, I realize that I didn’t want to teach for the rest of my life. After waiting unsuccessfully to receive the financial support I applied and was approved for a personal loan. I used the money to purchase kinesiology equipment. The funny thing is that I purchased all of the equipment, not having a clue where I would store them or if I would even get a chance use them. Everything began to fall into place after I was offered the opportunity to do an aerobics class at a local gym. It was from there I started using my portable massage table.
You founded a clinic, what would you say made its transition from an interest into an actual business?
While working in the gym I noticed that my services became extremely popular. So much so I began doing house calls. Would you believe that I did those calls without even having access to my own personal transportation? To get to the calls I had to use public transport: by boat, plane or buses to do the work. Making house calls ultimately became very hectic. This is when I opened my clinic.
Has it developed in the way envisioned?
At first I only had interest in working with athletes; however, my work has grown beyond that. I’ve been working with people with all sorts of musculoskeletal complaints and I’ve been getting great results and five-star reviews.
What is a major misconception about kinesiology you would like to correct?
I don’t think people have misconceptions about kinesiology. I’ve come to the conclusion that many people just don’t know what kinesiology is.
What has been the most impacting lesson you’ve learned since having started your clinic?
When you’re a true professional in this field, you have to do it because you love it and not because of the financial benefits you will gain. It’s also obvious that when you work hard you will be rewarded.
What advice would you give to other persons who have a dream to become an entrepreneur?
Starting is always the hardest but dreams can become a reality. Just work hard, be punctual, reliable and honest. Also always give it your best and keep an open mind.
Have you discovered any other hobbies or skills that have benefited you significantly in operating your company?
I discovered that reading is the most valuable tool in my field because there are problems to solve and there are different and new ways to solve them. So I spend most my free time reading and practising so that I can enhance my approach and skills. Also, graphic designing, and that has come in pretty handy.
Is Kinesiology popular in SVG, and in what ways would you like to see it develop?
Kinesiology is basically a new venture in SVG. I would see clinical kinesiology being applied in primary school as part of our physical education programmes for various reasons:
First to help detect musculoskeletal deformities and disorders and take preventative measures to correct the issues.
Second, use it to identify young talents in sports.
The use of kinesiology and kinesiotherapy for all athletes in schools to help maintain the physical fitness of athletes and prevent injuries.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself with an MS in sports science and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology.
To date, what has been your most memorable experience (in your clinic)?
My most memorable moment was when I worked with a 16-year-old secondary school student who is suffering from scoliosis. Her back was so twisted when I saw her for the first time I said to her mother I couldn’t help and recommended that the daughter do corrective surgery. But the teenager turned to me and said, “Ozari please help me. I can’t walk and I’m in a lot of pain, and I know you can help.” I was afraid to even touch her that she had confidence in me, so I put my knowledge and skill to the test. Surprisingly, after I did the first myofascial stretch technique the pain went instantly and so did my fears.
Dream Chasers is an exciting new series presenting inspiring stories of young entrepreneurs whose tenacity and diligence have resulted in their aspirations transitioning into a reality.