Tell us more about your professional background.
I am a family doctor, with a special interest in the mind and spirit. I have a masters degree in quality in healthcare and run various healthcare projects.
How did you get into holistic therapies and why do you believe it’s so important?
As a medical student I always used to question the idiopathic diseases (those which have no known reason) and other auto immune conditions. So I always felt that there’s more to disease than the physical. When I started practicing medicine I started co-relating emotions to illness and started reading and exploring the various psychological and emotional reasons behind each illness. I also had a spiritual awakening as I progressed into my learnings, and learned from many modalities including Pranic healing, Thetahealing, Spiritual Response Therapy and Access Consciousness which enriched my knowlege and helped me co-relate what I already knew about the physical body and add another dimension to my work.
I believe it is very important to work with the mind and spirit as they are integral to the human body. In order to achieve a sense of wellbeing all aspects need to be tackled.
Do you incorporate holistic practices at the workplace as a Medical Professional? If so, how and what are the benefits of that?
As a family physician I focus on a bio-psyco-social approach to illness, but as a healer I included the spiritual and the emotional aspect to it which I believe is a more beneficial in terms of wellbeing.
What is your vision for the future of the UAE?
Growth in all aspects of life, a lot of innovation and definitely more awareness.
Do you have any new year’s resolutions for 2016? If so, can you share a few with us?
I don’t really do resolutions. Every day I wake up with one goal in mind: to be a better person than I was yesterday.
In terms of expanding my healing practice I am looking forwards to reaching out to more people who are ready to address their medical conditions from a holistic approach and also to spread this knowledge to as many people as I can.
What was your biggest learning from 2015?
Unity. The UAE went through some rough times this year and we really learned to stand united more than ever.
What are your top three natural beauty secrets?
- Rose water – face spray
- Saffron tea – to reduce anxiety (and thus frown lines)
- Tea tree oil – for outbreaks (and healthy gums!)
How does the mind and thoughts impact the physical body in your personal and professional experience?
Around 80 percent of medical conditions are associated with stress. Being able to bring your mind to a state of ease can help your body recover faster and resolve any underlying issues.
What is the key(s) to true happiness in your opinion?
Love. Self love first and foremost. And also loving your family, your community, and what you do..
How do you define beauty?
A glow from within.
Any advice on how to stay healthy and beautiful for the new year?
Drink a lot of water, meditate often and take a walk on the beach every now and then.
Dr. Mariam Ketait will be conducting a workshop on “The Happiness Prescription” this February, you may visit her website for more details: