We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Canary and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Canary, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Educating individuals on Sexual wellness and mental health has always been a passion of mine. I wanted women to learn to take charge of their own sexual journeys. To be open, honest and expressive about what they want inside and outside of the bedroom. More people don’t realize that your mental has to be right to have great sex! Mental health is so crucial in our everyday lives pertaining to all realms of life. I wanted to start a business where I would focus on helping individuals not only have amazing sex lives but incorporate how to properly balance having mental stability. My business Mind, Body, Sex LLC seeks to empower you to enhance your sexual functioning through the expansion of sexual knowledge.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being a psychiatrist and sex therapist there is never a dull moment. And that’s exactly how I like it. I have a 9-5 and then Mind,Body, Sex is my business. I see clients on the weekdays and sometimes weekends. I’m also a therapist for Georgia HealthCare services. I believe what sets me apart is me passion to combine psychiatry and sex therapy. Most people don’t realize how related they’re. If your mental health isn’t up to par, then neither will your sex life. The road I took to become a psychiatrist and sex therapist hasn’t been an easy one. At one point I knew I wanted to help others, but I had no clue how I wanted to do it. Once I graduated from medical school, I was able to put more time and focus on my business. There are always challenges. I started off worrying about what people would think, how they would take me being an medical doctor and sex therapist. Most people don’t have a clue what sex therapist do for a living. So It was imperative that I educated others. I’ve learned to overcome these challenges by ultimately staying focused on what made “me” happy. And not worrying about the opinions of others. The main lesson I’ve learned is that most people want to be happy in life, they just don’t know “how”. They don’t know how to properly take care of themselves, they don’t know how to incorporate self care into their daily lives, they don’t know how to let go of misconceptions surrounded around their sexuality. I want the world to know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking therapy. Whether is holistic therapy, sex therapy or regular therapy. My brand is here to break stigmas.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Atlanta has so many dope spots! For food, its imperative we stop at Sea Salt Seafood Lounge in Midtown. They have some of the best lamb chops. Shout out to the amazing Chef Rockey! For caribbean-american cuisine we would go too Starr Food lounge in Douglasville Georgia. For great cocktails, ambiance, and a live band we would check out Mojitos or The crossing steakhouse in Norcross. If its a Wednesday night we’re going to have a fun ladies night at Tribeca for “Wine Bottle Wednesdays”! Then on the weekend we will go peach picking at Southern Belle farm, and have some amazing peach cobbler. After all the good food we’ve been eating we will work that off by either hiking at Providence Canyon State Park and taking a boxing class with NextLevelUp hosted by Captain Walker.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Definitely my mother and father. My father definitely motivated me to excel in my education. He never suggested for me to become a physician, but he always wanted me to be in a career where I would be financially stable. My father actually thought about going to medical school at one point, but decided not too. Instead he served over 20 years in the military. All the sacrifices he made for my brothers and I really motivated me to excel in my education. He’s part of the reason I decided to go to medical school. I not only wanted to make him proud, but I wanted him to see that all his sacrifices that he made for me, weren’t in vain. My mother also deserves recognition for the path I’ve taken. My mother was my 1st sex educator. And boy oh boy did she educate me. She had videos, diagrams etc. She would always encourage me to ask questions, and to be confident with my body. That’s how I’m able to teach others to do the same. Mental illness runs in my family, and no one was ashamed to speak about it. Growing up my mother and I would speak about mental health. How it affected life decisions people made. When it came to mental health and sex education my parents were very frank and honest. I was so embarrassed as a teenager speaking to my parents about such touchy subjects. But ultimately that lead me to become very comfortable and confident to educate others on the matter.