Everyone deserves to get the help they need to feel healthy and happy. Mental health may be entering the discussion more and more these days, but finding a therapist you feel comfortable with is still a scary process. Christy Desai, of Okay Humans, is hoping to change that by making therapy more accessible than ever before. Christy has a unique story that’s sure to help a lot of people.

Question Highlights:

  • What is your career path and how did you get to where you are today?

“Therapy is about the relationship.”

Christy Desai


  • Understanding the value of therapy
  • Providing therapy to the world
  • What Okay Humans is doing
  • Making therapy less scary


Helaine Knapp

Founder & CEO of CityRow Go. After spending years climbing the corporate ladder, Helaine Knapp left the world of publishing for tech start-up life. Group fitness was her outlet while working hard and taking on the hustle and bustle of New York City. However, months of spin and boot camp classes left her with a lower back injury, and she began searching for a workout that was low impact, but super effective. After a friend suggested rowing, Helaine initially rejected it as something “my dad did in college,” but following a few workouts on a sexy machine, and pairing it with total body sculpting moves, her mind was changed and the concept for CITYROW was born. With a mission of delivering a smart, fun, effective workout to all fitness levels, under Knapp’s leadership, CityRow has grown from one studio in New York City to a national, omnichannel fitness brand with 12 open studios and 65 franchises sold nationwide along with a top-ranked, on-demand, global program featuring at-home rowers and a fast-growing digital subscription business. Knapp has yet to row on the water and has been featured as a business leader and a wellness expert on TODAY, Women’s Health, ABC, Harper’s Bazaar, Shape, Well + Good, Vogue, Yahoo! Finance, and PEOPLE, among many others.


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