Our founder

 

Hello! I am grateful you are here. My name is Amina Haji, M.D. I am a 4th generation physician. My grandmother was a physician in India in the 1930s. Later, she became a freedom fighter and activist with Mahatma Gandhi, and then spent the rest of her life in an Ashram in the Himalayas. My grandmother was a great inspiration and influence in my own life. To this day, I see my mission in life as a combination of social justice, health, and spirituality. 

My mom and dad were both physicians in Bryan, Texas. In the 70s, they were the only physicians in our town who accepted Medicaid patients. They were committed to serving and caring for all. As a child, I saw the most diverse faces coming to see them. Like any other town in this country, ours was divided by segregation, economic disparity, and racial and ethnic backgrounds. Seeing how the wealthier and mostly white patients at the time felt uncomfortable in my parent’s waiting room made me realize that healthcare was a commodity that was influenced and limited by the structural inequities of our society. 

I learned that it was not enough to open up the doors to all. We also need to cultivate connections and understanding among our community members.

At home, we practiced yoga and followed our culture of Ayurveda, the science of life, and the traditional system of medicine in India. This shaped me as a person and instilled in me the belief that food is medicine. To be balanced and whole, we must care daily for the body, the soul, and the mind.

When I arrived at Texas A&M University’s medical school and later at my residency and practice at Seton White and Brackenridge hospital, I was dismayed: discovering that health care was viewed by the medical community as a process to fix one part of the body while disregarding or ignoring all the other factors that influence and shape our lives was a shock.

Furthermore, medicine was a business that saw the patient as a source of income, a consumer-provider relationship. This approach was a sharp contrast to how my family had practiced healing. Where the hospital incentivizes costly procedures and economic gain, conscious healthcare is about looking at the individual as a whole human being and considering all the factors that influence and shape their lives.

Amina Haji, MD is a family physician from Austin, Texas. She practiced family medicine in a community health center in Austin for ten years and urgent care in Iowa City and Austin for the last seven.

Her medical and activist roots come from her family and parents, who are physicians. After college, she worked as a union organizer, learned West African dance, and spent a year in India and East and South Africa.

She is fluent in Spanish, Gujarati, and English. 

She had a daily yoga practice for 20 years.

She loves to travel, and laughs a lot with her three children, Kyle, Zen, and Omi.

She is ready to implement her dream, providing high-quality whole-person medical services to patients of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

“I believe in Karisha Community Center for Wellness because as humans, we all seek well-being and have the innate potential to live well and thrive. Our US populace is growing tired of our largely privatized, profit-centered sick-care system and seeks a change that’s cost-effective, humanistic, and cares for our well-being. Karisha is a common-sense solution to shift from sick care to health care, for all people.”

— Amina Haji, M.D.

CEO & Founder, Integrative Family Medicine 

 

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