Entries by Rose Kumar M.D.

The Intention Behind The Ommani Center

How does one adapt to being uprooted and unearthed?  The human spirit strives to survive, to continually move towards its destiny to carve out a course that reclaims ones sense of meaning.  My mother is a person who experienced this.  At the age of 10, her parents were killed in the India-Pakistan partition, leaving her […]

Midlife as a Gateway to Authenticity

Are you a midlife woman who doesn’t understand what is happening to your body and your mind? Have you told your doctor how you’re feeling and were dismissed with medications or hormone replacement therapy? Do you feel overwhelmed by the volume of information available about managing midlife and peri-menopause? I am not only a practicing […]

The Ommani Center – A New Model for Healthcare

Rachel Remen M.D. is a physician and mentor who inspired me 23 years ago. An article about her current work, Medicine’s Search for Meaning was recently published in The New York Times. It made me reflect on where I started as a young physician, and where I have arrived today as a physician who holds […]

The Gift of Our Wounds

A few nights ago, I had a dream that, my children, my ex-husband and I were driving down the road in our car (when I was still married to him).  My daughter was 12, my son 9 and I felt IT. You know, that feeling when you are a family, when you feel like you […]

The Gift of My Near Death Experience

At 14, I had a near death experience that left me re-calibrated and deeply sensitive.  It brought a dimension into my presence that was unknown to me before.  This dimension has never left me. What I experienced is an otherworldly feeling of love and compassion that was multidimensional and utterly penetrating.  I could never have […]

The Power of Bearing Witness

I have been seeing a patient, who I will call Ann, for 10 years.  She is a therapist who is a gentle and sensitive soul.  I can only imagine the gentle yet powerful space she is able to hold for her clients.  As she bears witness to the many facets of their lives, they have […]

Modeling Healthy Eating for our Kids

When I ask my patients to change their diets to healthier, plant based ones, many tell me that they will be met with resistance from their children.  Isn’t the role of a parent to raise their children with healthy imprinting?  Ultimately, it is our role as parents to teach our children what is best for […]

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep is essential for health.  The lack of sleep stresses the adrenals and reduces vitality. It causes an acceleration of the aging process.  The three most powerful ways to promote health and slow down aging are: 1. A plant based wholesome diet rich in antioxidants 2. 6 – 8 hours of sleep per night 3. […]

Food As Medicine – Musings from a Foodie Physician

Over the years as a physician and a foodie, I have conducted my own scientific experiments on the effects of food on health.  Of course my primary subjects in this study have been my family and my pets! I’m happy to say that all the experiments have been a glorious success, from healing my stepson’s […]


Being vulnerable is what makes us human. It makes us REAL. It is also good medicine. This is what our patients feel. We must also feel it so we can stay connected through our hearts. Connection is the only REAL experience we have on EARTH. It contains within it the most powerful force for healing […]