Breaking Barriers in Male-dominated Profession: The Untold Story of Dr Naa Asheley Dordor

by ikaf

Dr Naa Asheley Dordor has broken gender barriers to build a successful career in chiropractic profession, traditionally dominated by men in Ghana and most parts of the world.

She has ventured into the branch of medicine-alternative medicine that most people in Ghana and other African countries do not want to go into.

To crown it all, Dr Dordor overcame the challenges to blaze on the chiropractic professional trail to build a successful and profitable business.

Despite her young age, this amazing Chiropractic Physician is one of the doyens of Ghana’s chiropractic health industry.  Dr Dordor is among the four female chiropractic doctors in the West African country.

How her journey started

Her interest in natural curative and preventive health care was aroused after experiencing chiropractic care whilst in university.

Dr Dordor’s passion in this area of alternative medical practice was further strengthened during a mission trip to Vietnam with fellow students from Chiropractic College where she experienced at first hand the effectiveness of chiropractic care and how it impacts general wellness.

At this point, Dr Naa Asheley resolved to return to Ghana to make an impact with the healing art of Chiropractic Medicine.

Dr Dordor’s career as a chiropractor began at chiropractor Glen Huntly where she embarked on outreach programs and served as an Associate Chiropractor in several of the health center’s clinics.

Her burning desire to bring Chiropractic Care closer to Ghanaians brought her back home. Having worked with the Spinal Clinic in Accra as a Chiropractic doctor for a year she established a chiropractic clinic, Nova Chiropractic Health Centre. In her quest to emphasize the concept of total wellness in people the practice transitioned to Nova Wellness Centre.

Today, Dr Dordor who is Chiropractic Physician and the Chief Executive Officer of Nova Wellness Centre, a leading alternative healthcare facility that uses chiropractic, nutrition, exercise and massage to treat illnesses in Ghana, shared her story with African Eye Report in her plush centre located at North Ridge, Accra.

Using chiropractic to manage various disorders

Dr Dordor who is very passionate about using chiropractic to manage various disorders in adults and children, explained that her main focus of treatment is correcting spinal misalignments to bring improvement into the nervous system and my response to her dedication is just being in awe. She believes in prevention rather than cure, emphasizing that there is a lot that can be done to prevent people from being sick. “The amount of money we spend on medication and surgeries will reduce significantly, if we pay attention to chiropractic practice in the country”.

A lot of patients, through chiropractic and exercises, are able to put away the painkillers they are so much addicted to with time, Dr Dordor stressed.

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine mostly concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, according to experts.

Furthermore, the neuropathy doctors near me told me that chiropractic is the world’s biggest natural healthcare science which focuses on correcting spinal misalignments that cause nerve interference and inhibit communication between the brain and body organs.

“This non-surgical drug-free treatment boosts the body’s natural healing power,” she added.

On chiropractic adjustment, she explained it is a specific gentle force applied to the spinal vertebra or joint to remove nerve pressure and enhance proper flow of impulses.

“When the body is free from nerve interference, healing is enhanced and symptoms such as asthma, allergies, headaches, neck, back, knee and other joint pains start to improve,” she emphasised.

Dr Dordor continued: “At the Nova Wellness Centre, massage therapy, physiotherapeutic modalities and tailored exercise for specific conditions are used to complement chiropractic care to prevent and manage several conditions in adults and children.

Some of the conditions commonly treated at her clinic are headaches, neck, back, shoulder, waist pain, numbness in extremities, sciatica, scoliosis and many others”.


Her passion and dedication to providing natural curative and preventive medical treatment to Ghanaians has earned her several awards over the last couple of years.

In 2018 the Ghana 40under40 awards scheme recognized her for her contribution to the Chiropractic profession in Ghana.

In the same year she was adjudged Woman Entrepreneur of the year by the Small Medium Enterprises Ghana Awards (SMEGA) Scheme.

In 2017, her clinic, Nova Wellness Center, was adjudged the best Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) in the health sector at the SMEGA Awards.


Having graduated from university in Canada, she proceeded to the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport – Iowa, USA.

She is a strong advocate of the fact that the health and general wellbeing of employees is key to the attainment of the goals of the business.

Corporate wellness program

Her corporate wellness program has served employees of Omni Bank, Graphic Corporation, Rig World Services, University of Ghana (faculty), Fidelity and Stanbic banks and many more.

Dr. Naa Dordor has over the years embarked on several public education programs to sensitize Ghanaians on proper ergonomic practices and healthy lifestyle choices on electronic media, print and social media platforms.

Free outreach programs

Her outreach programs also include presentations to churches, civil society groups, schools etc. She has established a non-profit organization, Healthy Spine Africa which provides Chiropractic care to the needy in society at absolutely no cost.

The members of the AYA Community Center for the elderly, in the western region benefit from this free service a number of times a year as well as other individuals in the community.

Her vision for Africa

Dr. Naa’s vision is for Africans to take personal responsibility for their health to enable them reach their maximum potential by adopting preventive health care instead of curative health care. She is blessed me with an awesome husband and two beautiful daughters.

By Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, African Eye Report

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