ALMAWI Limited, rebranded as ALMAWI Limited Back & Footcare Clinic in 2008 and then to ALMAWI Limited ... The Holistic Clinic in 2011, was established in December 2004. The company was born out of the personal suffering of its founder, Alma Thompson, who over a number of years had severe back and foot problems. Apart from the sale of Orthotics (Arch Supports) - its main product, other foot care products were retailed, which catered to a number of foot ailments.
With the upgrade to a Clinic, a number of new services evolved. The staff is trained in their respective areas of operation, which includes a UK trained Podiatrist. Gift Certificates are also available for products and services on an ongoing basis, and for special promotions.
Persons with diabetes and seniors are specially catered for, due to their particular sensitivities.
Our Mission is to become a household name in Trinidad and Tobago by providing quality, holistic healing solutions.
We further aim to educate and empower our clients/patients through our knowledge based service approach.
WHO WE ARE
The founding of ALMAWI Limited in 2004 is a classic example of facing life in retrospect. The daily interactions with clients, along with the expansion that has taken place in the Clinic, reflect the continuum of my collective experiences.
With over 27 years experience as a senior manager in three major state sector companies, my career was a very rewarding one that spanned the fields of Corporate Communications/Public Relations, Human Resource Development facilitation and Management. I was also the principal consultant of Alma Thompson & Associates Ltd, a consultancy I managed for 10 years, which provided training, public relations and event management services to both private and public sector organisations. As well, diverse individuals benefitted from workshops organised by the company itself.
A former Hilarian, my multi-faceted background includes certification to consult on the Blood/GenoType diets and incorporates the following:
- Certificate in Communication Arts, majoring in Public Relations & Journalism – University of the West Indies
- B.A.- English/Sociology/Management.- University of the West Indies
- MBA – International Business – Henley Management College, England
- Certified Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol Consultant – Protocol School of Washington, USA
- Licensed Trainer in Presentation Skills and Public Speaking – Successworks, Portland, Oregon, USA
- IfHI Practitioner – Institute for Human Individuality- Connecticut, USA.
My career philosophy has been “let the sky be the limit,” and it continues to provide the impetus for forging ahead on my chosen path.
Leana has been jointly managing Almawi Limited with her mom, Alma Thompson since February 2005. A former utility employee, she is the holder of a Bachelor’s (Hons) Degree in Business Management from Anglia Ruskin University; a Certificate in Event Management from George Washington University; and the most recent addition, another Bachelor’s (Hons) Degree from Teesside University in Podiatry.
The writer of the weekly Express column Foot Health with Leana, at age five, Leana told her mom she didn’t want to work for anyone, but wanted to have her own business. That goal was furthered through her active involvement in Junior Achievement and Young Leaders, during her teenage years at St Francois Girls’ College.
Initially she completed a diploma in Foot Health; but soon realised there’s a dire need for podiatric services. The programme in Podiatry was pursued to complement what Almawi does, but more importantly, she does not have ‘to work for anyone’ as she had so fervently wished.
Apart from being able to assist children, the elderly, and diabetics with day-to-day foot care issues, a range of assessments, wound care, and nail surgery can also can be done to improve lower limb function and care. Leana has learnt from personal and clinical experience what neglect of the feet can lead to. With that in mind, she’s making an appeal to the youth and her peers to “not allow fashion to override better judgment, since you could regret it sooner rather than later!” These words of wisdom she maintains are applicable to both sexes.
Based on the knowledge and training gained whilst pursuing this programme, Leana’s goal is to impact Trinidad and Tobago via preventing or managing lower limb problems.