Contributions from Anita Krishnan, PT, DPT
Representation matters. You have probably heard this before and perhaps, many times more recently. I have always felt this in my heart, but never really had the right words to describe the idea.
Growing up in an Indian immigrant family in 1990’s Ohio, I always felt a bit like I didn’t belong. I looked to the stories I read in books, to movies, to media to find belonging. Whether we realize it or not, humans are always seeking familiarity and connection. The rare times I would see a girl of Asian or Indian descent depicted in a book or movie, I felt a strong connection. If she were involved in some accomplishment or possessed qualities like creativity or intelligence, I would find myself inspired as these were qualities I coveted.
I remember when the Disney film, Aladdin, was released and Princess Jasmine was my favorite character. I dressed as her for Halloween for years in a row! Her skin-tone looked like mine and her culture was similar. I saw myself in this strong character and that made me feel like I was strong, too. Truly, these things influenced me in ways I am still discovering.
Now, as an adult, to belong to an organization that is an active participant in recognizing part of what makes us excellent, is inspirational in and of itself. PRN highlighting Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage month this May brings an awareness and knowledge of Asian culture, tradition, and value to all people. It allows individuals like me to derive inspiration from the stories of others I share experiences with. It provides connection and understanding in our increasingly diverse communities.
We are not all that different and when we have a greater understanding of each other, we can all thrive.
One way to seek to understand the experience of Indian Americans of families like mine who immigrated to the United States is to read. Below are a few novels that I feel help display the experience that Indian American families go through.
Anita Krishnan, PT, DPT, Clinic Director at California Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy – San Clemente
Dr. Anita Krishnan is an evidence-based, experienced clinician with the philosophy that physical therapists are the movement specialists. She believes strongly in bridging the gap between the neurologic and orthopedic worlds to help the whole person. Her focus is on quality assessment, manual techniques, patient education and principles of neuromuscular re-education in order to improve patients’ lives and empower them with the tools and knowledge to prevent future problems and achieve goals.
She is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and maintains a clinical instructor certification through the institution. She is passionate about mentoring the next generation of therapists. Her specialties include neurologic rehab, orthopedic rehab including post-op cases, vestibular rehab, and Parkinson Disease/other gait and balance disorders. She has received extra training on myofascial release, cupping and kinesiotaping as well.
Dr. Anita loves to explore all California has to offer. In her free time, you can find her at the newest restaurant, strolling in her neighborhood, taking a scenic Jeep drive, or hiking a beach or canyon trail.