We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelsey Zamoyski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelsey, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I grew up in Buffalo, NY, known not only for our chicken wings and winter blizzards, but as the “city of good neighbors.” Buffalo is a place wherever you walk you’ll be greeted by hellos, how are you, and exceptional customer service. A city where hard-work and integrity are valued and community is essential. Growing up these values were instilled in me. My family always said if I could dream it, I could do, nothing was impossible. These values have been essential in my success and impacted my business decision. I am committed to upholding these values and instilling these principles in my life both personally and professionally.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the sole owner of a unique, boutique therapy and wellness clinic offering Physical and Occupational Therapy, concierge therapy, corporate wellness, and personal training services in North Miami Beach. Our name “Defy” Therapy & Wellness is unique because there is a story behind it. A story of defying the odds. This is my story: When I was in high school, I was diagnosed with a genetic joint disorder and I was told nothing could help. I needed to protect and preserve my joints, and should consider a career that was low-impact. Refusing to accept the negative outlook from doctors and frustrated by the lack of help from multiple health professionals, I decided to learn everything I could about the body and rehabilitate myself. I switched my major from architecture (a low-impact career!) to occupational therapy. Armed with this knowledge, I rehabilitated myself. I am an example of the power of thoughtful and customized care. Through a personalized therapy program, I help people avoid surgery, get off pain medications, and return to pre-injury activity levels. My passion is inspiring people to understand that age and diagnosis are not limitations. I have helped clients at all ages (even 92!) achieve results beyond their expectations and understand the amazing things their bodies can and will do. I created a place where this is possible and this place is Defy Therapy & Wellness.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
South Florida has an array of places from mountain biking trails, kayaking, to pristine beaches. I highly recommend checking out south beach, Virginia Key for biking trails, grabbing lunch or dinner at Joe’s Stone crab, and visiting Perez art museum.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe a big part of my values and drive to both my community at SUNY University at Buffalo and my family. They have played an essential role in enhancing my knowledge and fueling my aspirations. Their guidance has instilled confidence in my decisions enabling me to pursue my dreams.