We had the good fortune of connecting with Claira Dresher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Claira, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to the United States when I was nine years old. As a Korean-American, I was influenced by Eastern and Western philosophies. The values of collectivism (“we” focused) vs. individualism (“I” focused) were equally impactful in helping me find purpose, meaning and life skills to take on challenges and risks. From a young age, I was quiet and humble, but also a strong, independent thinker who challenged rigid social constructs or “norms” that did not make sense. My multicultural background influences my choice to flow with the fluctuations of life instead of resisting. I work tirelessly with integrity towards what I believe in while accepting what I cannot change in the present, and I look for lessons in every experience, whether it be joyful or painful. For me, achieving congruence, or harmony, between doing the right thing and helping others, while also pursuing my dreams is important. One should not come at the expense of the other.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business is in empowering people to reclaim their health and well-being. Currently, this is delivered through the personalized and medically-supervised program of Medi-Weightloss. What makes us special is we truly treat each patient as a special individual. We combine medical supervision, nutrition counseling, exercise, and lifestyle coaching to deliver the best solutions to each patient. We specialize in helping them lose weight and to learn to keep it off long-term. When we see our patients’ joie de vivre increase as they get healthier, we are elated. It is incredible to walk the path together as they transform their lives, their confidence, and wardrobes! We are excited to witness those who reverse the course of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome and those who come off of blood pressure, cholesterol, and other medication. It took time, hard work, faith, and patience to build our presence in the Phoenix community, and the Covid-19 shutdown of 2020 was especially difficult economically. My priority was to keep the lights on to continue to operate for the patients who still needed us and to keep our team employed. As a business owner, it takes a willingness to take risks in what you believe in, plus a lot of personal sacrifices to make a business successful. I want there to be a Medi-Weightloss clinic in every community that needs one. I have plans to bring additional health-focused value to our community through collaborative ventures. It is true, “If you build it (something of value), they will come.”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love art, food, sightseeing, and window shopping! For fine dining, my favorite restaurants are Roka Akor, Toca Modera, and FLINT by Baltaire. I love Postino’s and Culinary Dropout at Kierland and Sizzle Korean BBQ in Old Town for a casual and fun vibe. There are beautiful art galleries in Old Town and Carefree, my personal favorites being Grace Renee Gallery and Bonner David Galleries. I would also make time in the week to plan a day trip to Sedona. Jeep tours are a fun (but bumpy) way to see the beautiful red rocks close up, or you can plan a leisurely hike. I would stop by the Church of the Holy Cross to see the beautiful church carved into the rocks, as well as visit their gift shop. Then stop by Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village for more fun browsing and snacking. For souvenirs, there are many fun Crystal shops in Sedona.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My gratitude goes first to God, the creator of all life. I am grateful for my courageous mother, my inspiration and spiritual guide, my husband and daughter, who share unconditional love, and for my parents-in-law for their caring kindness. I am also thankful for my mentors, close friends, and work-family, who continue to motivate and teach me important lessons in life and career. One of my favorite books is “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle, which helped me get through periods of anxiety and depression to return to peace and joy.
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