Name: Joy Menzies – no nickname
Born: Derbyshire, UK
Education: BA (Hons) Business Studies
Family: Original family – Mum, three brothers and a sister
Profession (now and in the past): Wellness Consultant, formerly Managing Director of Chiva-Som Health Resort and formerly F&B Owner/Operator
Where do you live?: Between Bangkok and Khao Tao, Hua Hin
First job?: Pickfords Removals in Enfield, Marketing Manager
What does your company offer? – We conceptualise, set up and provide management mentoring for Wellness Communities, Wellness Centres and Wellness Resorts
Any partners?: Yes, my sister Sharon Menzies and good friend and colleague Samantha Foster. We all worked at Chiva-Som together. Sharon works from the UK now and Sam out of Australia.
Why this profession as a career?: I can make a difference in people’s lives. Through the resorts and centres we can help people get back on track whether that’s emotional recovery, weight loss, stress reduction, recovery from a chronic disease.
What brought you to Thailand, and when?: 1991, it was part push factor to escape from the British weather and part pull to experience somewhere hot and exotic. At that time I didn’t know Asia at all and travelled for a year between Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Sydney, Bangkok. My first and last stop was Bangkok, which is completely fell in love with.
A few years later we converted the two Bangkok locations into pubs – The Bull’s Head and the Barbican. The Bull’s Head in Sukhumvit Soi 33/1 is the original Royal Oak. I took a bet with one customer who didn’t believe I could make the transformation from the Angus Steak House to the Bull’s Head in just four weeks. We were nailing down the floor boards about 10 minutes before opening but we did indeed open in time. I won a nice crate of champagne for that!
Tell us about your current company My work now, with DSM Wellness Management, is to assist owners and developers to conceptualize, build and operate wellness services. We mostly work on large scale projects which may include hotel and residential components.
We have set up resorts in Bali and India, a functional wellness centre in Bangkok (BodyConscious) and currently working on three wellness resorts in China and conceptualizing wellness real estate communities for a group in Singapore. In London, my partner Sharon is working on establishing a bio-hacking centre.
What are the most popular treatments? In BodyConscious our most popular services are diagnostic services. Our clients often want to know what’s really going on with them – they want to understand the root cause of their challenges. Many of our clients have conditions such as diabetes, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, libido or other hormonal challenges – they initially see a Functional Medicine Doctor who prescribes the tests and guides them towards natural changes.