Dr. Amy Sitapati
Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSD Department of Medicine
“Because of my Kelee meditation practice, now I can be fully present and open when I’m with a patient,” says UCSD physician Dr. Amy Sitapati. “I can shut off thinking about what’s in my inbox or my emails. And because I’m calm, I notice that patients are calmer and less fearful. What comes out of that are things I didn’t think I’d ever hear from patients: a vivid description of a childhood trauma, a fear of death, perhaps heartache. More often now, they discuss the bigger, underlying issues that may be impacting their health. ”
Susan Cahill, UCSD Nurse
“Since learning the Kelee practice, I’m more efficient in my work; I don’t spin off on tangents. At the same time, I don’t become consumed with my job as I used to when I often worked overtime or came in on weekends. I also notice a feeling of collegiality and respect with other nurses and doctors who are doing the Kelee practice.”
Tara Gilbert, UCSD Nurse Practitioner
Tari notes that doing the Kelee practice has helped her to prioritize at work and also to avoid being “drawn into” someone else’s dysfunction, whether it’s a patient’s or coworker’s. She also notes, “I’m happy to be off the asthma meds I used to take before doing KM.” Echoing the comments of other health professionals doing Kelee meditation, Ms. Gilbert says, “Doing KM has benefitted me hugely and therefore has benefitted my patients.”
(The above interviews were done by Anita Carol Smith).