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Meet Zeina Shukairy, Medisys Montreal

By Zeina Shukairy on February 05 2018 | Meet Our Experts

Zeina is a registered kinesiologist based out of the Medisys clinic in Montreal. Since childhood, Zeina has always had an interest in sports and music. During her studies at the Université de Montréal, Zeina developed an interest in stress management and symptomatic populations, which led her to do an internship in preventive cardiology at the CHUM. Following her Bachelor's degree at the Université de Montréal, she decided to pursue a master's degree in kinesiology specializing in cardio-respiratory pathology. It was during her graduate studies that she began working at Medisys. In addition to cardiology, Zeina has always had a keen interest in emotional well-being and relaxation. She completed a course in Motivation and Emotion, and encourages all of her patients to exercise and to focus on their overall health - including mental wellness. Zeina loves music and enjoys using music to help train and motivate her clients. 

1. What made you decide to pursue a career in healthcare?

I am fascinated by the human body.

2. Why Medisys?

Three reasons. Firstly, most of our patients are in moderate to good health.  This puts us in a great position to practice preventive medicine versus reactive medicine. I love that at Medisys we can support clients in identifying health risk issues early, so they can make changes before they get sick, preventing disease vs. treating disease. Secondly, our patients are really interesting. They often have very demanding jobs, many travel often, some are athletes, and it's always a fun challenge to offer each patient a customized service that they value and appreciate. That makes my job both interesting and intellectually stimulating. Lastly, I have the chance to work so closely with renowned doctors and specialists who are experts in their field. We all collaborate together to give our patients the best possible healthcare. In the years I've worked at Medisys, I've learned so much from the great doctors I get to work with, I'm very grateful. 

3. What do you do for fun?

I love to play piano.

4. What is the secret to a long, healthy life?

Discover what inspires you, and stay inspired. 


5. What is the best advice you've ever received?

My grandfather used to say "in life, you have to be a philosopher".  I understood this later to mean that nothing in life happens by chance. Whether it is a pleasant or unpleasant experience, there is always something to learn from it. It's important to find a meaning in the experiences we have. 

6. What is your most important piece of preventive health advice?

We often hear about the importance regular physical activity and eating well, but we don't talk enough about the importance of sleep and stress management. We live in a society that favours performance and speed. We need to make time to take care of our ourselves, to stay emotionally connected, and to spend time with our loved ones. When we neglect sleep, can't perform effectively. That's why sometimes the first advice I give to my clients who are staring a new training program who have low energy levels is to rest.  In fact, I highly recommend naps in the afternoons. Unfortunately, afternoon napping is not part of the North American way of life, and is often seen as lazy, but a restful nap can often give your body the healthy boost it needs! 

7. What keeps you inspired?

Arts and culture, and science too.