“Machine Lady” is what Dr. Jyoti Arya is known as when she walks into her clinic. Others may mistake her for a glamorous model. Yet Dr. Arya’s life has been far from easy.
Self-made, with a simple rural upbringing – Dr. Jyoti Arya went from a small town in Madhya Pradesh to running three physiotherapy centers in Delhi NCR – and an inspiration to all women!
Born in Ujjain, she lived a life on the move – with her parents being transferred frequently. Home life was tough and finances were strained during her childhood.
“Whatever I am today is because of my parents because I have seen them suffering and working hard only to get enough money at home for food, accommodation, and education,” says Dr. Jyoti Arya. “I still remember when I was a child and mother wasn’t working we use to eat one meal in a day. But my father asked my mother to complete her studies, and appear for government exams so that we might have a better life in the future.”
Dr. Arya’s mother was a strong lady, carrying Jyoti in the train while she travelled to her office – a 3 hour journey. But the exertion took its tool on her mother, with a lot of health problems.
She recalls, “I started doing household work when I was very small like 8 years as my mother had a lot health issues. We never got toys or fancy clothes like other kids. My entire schooling was from convent school located in Datia (Madhya Pradesh). At school, I hated guys I was more like a tom boy – and never thought of grooming myself.”
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She was always artistic and interested in dance, and gymnastics. But her father wouldn’t consider it. He wanted her to pursue a more structured field. Dr. Jyoti Arya decided to choose the closest: Physiotherapy!
“I took admission in Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) at Birla Institute of Medical Research, Gwalior. I lived in a hostel nearby. I was happy because I was away from all restrictions from home and Gwalior was a bigger city as compared to Datia,” she recalls.
“My college life was boring – and I was bored. I was loud, naughty and disobedient. We were supposed to do 6 months of internship from any hospital after completion of 4 years of BPT. Again, I wanted to go to bigger city, but my father strictly said if you want to continue, internship should be from the same place. But my desires was for metropolitan city. Somehow I managed to convince my parents.”
English was another challenge. She recalls a time, her patients were a international couple. And Dr. Jyoti Arya could not understand the English! Dr. Geeta Tekchand, her mentor counselled her to work on her English and her dressing. “For the first time in my life I applied kajal!” she reminisces!
She then did her Masters from MRIU College Faridabad, still struggling with English – topping it off with a thesis at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, on Parkinson patients.
But when she tried to find a job, she realised – Indian physiotherapists are paid poorly. Finally she took on a marketing job. But the long hours got her to put on weight – and people would troll her with names – Potato Sack, Panda, Sumo!
Dr. Jyoti Arya once again took on the fitness challenge, and turned her life around! “A few professional photographers called me for a photoshoot. That was a great experience,” recalls Dr. Jyoti Arya.
Dr. Jyoti Arya worked for over 10 years as head of marketing in various hospitals – in charge of a variety of functions: procurement of equipment, bringing corporates and insurance companies on board and strategizing revenue models. She is trained in many advanced techniques like Chiropractic, Dry needling, Cupping and Tissue Release Therapy.
Today she runs three physiotherapy centres, with a team of able physiotherapists. Dr. Jyoti Arya has been felicitated on a number of occasions for both her work at the hospital and her social work. IShe also runs a NGO also by the name of “I Pride India Foundation” where her main focus is on women health being. She distributes sanitary napkins to slums and unprivileged females, hekping them understand female hygine and the consequences of not being careful.
“I feel happy that now I am better person, I speak pretty good English, People love me, My patients love me, I have got lot of friends, I got more wisdom. I am fond of exercise, I give training to people who want to get back to exercise or sports, very fond of trekking and want to go around the world for more and more experience,” Dr. Jyoti Arya says, walking away to another patient.
Tough, determined and an achiever. That’s her!
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