Dr. Naa Ashietey
Are you originally from Ghana?
Yes, I was born and raised in Ghana. I lived there until
I was 19 years old, then I moved to Canada for my
What has your experience been like at
The Spinal Clinic?
It has been wonderful. I have been at The Spinal Clinic for
almost one year now. As a chiropractor, I must say that it
has been my best year so far. I had been away from Ghana
for almost 10 years, so it has been great reconnecting with
family and friends again. The patients are great, they are very
open to this new (for them) form of health care in Ghana;
considering it is still very new and there are only about 15
or so chiropractors in Ghana currently serving a population
of about 24 million. My favorite thing to do since I've been
here at The Spinal Clinic is to communicate chiropractic
in our local languages since I speak three of them fluently.
You also are president of the West African
Chiropractic Association, which is a relatively
new organization. Can you tell me about it
and its mission?
WACA was started officially in April 2012, just about when
I moved back home to Ghana from the U.S. Considering
that I had just moved and there were 10 other chiropractors
who had been here so much longer than I had, I still don't
know why and how I won that election. So, yes, I am the
president of WACA, currently. This one-year-old organization
was formed to first unite the chiropractors in Ghana so that
with a stronger force we can work on getting a separate
and distinct legislation for chiropractic in Ghana. Secondly,
it was formed so that together we can create more awareness
for what we do within our communities. Our mission
statement is "to be the bold, unified voice representing the
interest and growth of the chiropractic profession and the
people it serves."
What initially led you to become a chiropractor?
And why did you choose Palmer?
When I was in my third year of college in Halifax, Nova
Scotia, I suffered a strange bout of low back pain, which was
quite severe. After taking all the pain killers and all that stuff,
I started having some physiotherapy. That gave me some
slight relief, very temporarily. Eventually the physiotherapist
referred me to go see a chiropractor, who happened to be
her sister. So I did that, and within two weeks of NUCCA
adjustments, the low back pain vanished. I then started to
inquire from this wonderful chiropractor what in the world
she was doing with my neck that had such a tremendous
effect in my lower back. She was very patient and explained
everything to me. My interest was sparked right there and
then, and since she went to Palmer herself, too ... you know
how the story ends. She encouraged me to go to chiropractic
school and, of course, made sure that I sent an application
only to Palmer and the rest is history.