Smita Malhotra, MD
“I have found that the driving force of life is passion”
As an anxiety ridden child, I suffered for years from chronic physical ailments that I continued to carry into adulthood. It wasn’t until I became a pediatrician that I began to see the physical manifestations of emotional pain in children. I also saw how emotional pain and anxiety is passed on from generation to generation. After the birth of my first child, I began my own journey of healing.
This journey changed my entire approach to medicine. I now imagine a world where families heal together. We are often told of the famous proverb, ‘physician, heal thyself’ in medical school-where before taking care of another, you must take care of yourself. This same principle applies to parenting. Our children inspire our transformation. It is through owning our mind and healing ourselves that can we can own our health and thereby empower our greatest gifts–our children.
I left my traditional medicine job in 2014 to start a new practice with my husband where we help heal the whole child and family by combining traditional medicine with alternative therapies such as mindfulness, meditation, acupuncture and yoga. Our goal is to change the paradigm of parenting and heal children from the inside out.
I am also a contributor for the Washington Post, Huffington Post and other publications. I am a dynamic speaker and am able to connect with parents from all walks of life whether it is talking about pediatric issues or about how yoga and mindfulness can heal both parent and child.
I have found that the driving force of life is passion. I am proud to have created a life which combines all of mine.
What I hope to teach my daughter is what Howard Thurman once wrote, “ask what makes you come alive, and go do it”.
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