Women of Worth – Dr. Ashley Emel
FOUNDER, COMPASS CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS
HOW DO YOU MEASURE YOUR OWN SENSE OF SELF-WORTH?
I measure my own worth in a variety of ways. My family is very important to me. I have a lot of pride in my husband and daughters, Finley and Charley, ages six and two. They are my everything. I also value all of my friends and the memories we have made together. Being a business owner is one of my greatest accomplishments. I feel like a very lucky person overall.
WHAT SOCIAL ISSUES ARE CURRENTLY MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Women’s roles and the future of Columbia are very important to me. We are seeing more and more female leaders, which is exciting. I also love seeing our community grow and all of the new business ventures that brings. I feel like Columbia is a highly sought out place right now and I am happy to be a part of it.
WHAT HAS HELPED YOU BECOME A BETTER LEADER?
Building relationships is a big attribute to my personal success. I have become a better leader because of the ones that are behind me and working toward the same goals. I love meeting new people and working together as a team.
HOW DO YOU EFFECTIVELY INFLUENCE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE?
As a healthcare practitioner, I strive to educate and help those that come into my office to resolve their health issues and concerns. Having a positive attitude, being charismatic, and listening to those in need is a big part of that.
HOW HAVE YOU BUILT RESPECT AND CREDIBILITY WITH THOSE YOU CARE ABOUT?
Respect and credibility are not things you have, but things you earn. I pride myself in being the best person that I can be to others. I try not to make a promise that I can’t keep,and I strive to show the same respect to others that I would like to receive.
WHAT CONCERNS OR WORRIES DO YOU HARBOR THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW?
I am a highly anxious person. I am always worrying about something, even the little things.
HAS GENDER BIAS EVER PLAYED A ROLE IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE?
Dating back to my undergraduate, masters, and even doctoral degrees, I feel that there has been equal opportunity for me the entire way. The community of Columbia has been absolutely amazing. I feel that the amount of opportunity is limitless. Set your goals high and then reach past them.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST CONFIDENCE BOOSTER FOR YOU PERSONALLY?
The biggest confidence booster that I have is my growing practice and the generous referrals that I receive from patients and other physicians.
HAVE YOU HAD CHALLENGES OVERCOMING PERFECTIONISM?
Perfectionism is an everyday struggle. I have had to step back and realize that not everything can be perfect. Sometimes I just have to let things happen the way they happen.
WHAT CHARACTER QUALITIES MATTER THE MOST TO YOU?
Trust, respect, and compassion are the most important to me. All of these things define a person and where they go next in life. If you don’t have these qualities, success is inhibited.