Dr. Jannat Chowdhury founded Integrative Holistic Care, Inc. in 2020. Jannat applies her training and experience to deliver health counseling, with a particular concentration on holistic health.
Jannat has always been deeply passionate about health and healing, but after losing her brother to the horrific events of September 11, 2001, she was all the more motivated to bring light into a dark world in honor of her brother.
Jannat’s brother was a wonderful person with a genuine heart who had an enormous influence on other people’s lives. His death moved Jannat to carry on his legacy through her efforts.
While in college, in New York State, Jannat worked as a licensed Esthetician, specifically a paramedical skincare specialist. She went on to work with a well-known dermatologist (who sees Hollywood celebrities) in Manhattan’s Soho region, where she performed photolyte facials, microdermabrasion, and laser treatments. She also had the opportunity to do a treatment on a celebrity. She started thinking more deeply about how offering more customized therapies to her clients could make a bigger difference in their lives when the editors at Bazaar and Self asked her to write about natural skincare at home. Also at the same time, during that time the tragedy of Sept 11, 2001 happened where she lost her brother, and Jannat experienced this horrific event that affected her so deeply working in lower Manhattan. As she was so devastated by this loss, she was not able to heal herself and she realized that the only way she is able to heal herself is to make a difference in people lives and in return it will heal her back and to follow her brother’s legacy. In order to pursue this she thought being a doctor she could do so much. Since then it became a mission for her to pursue this in medical field. As a result, Jannat decided to leave the skincare profession and pursue to become a Nurse practitioner in medicine which she thought to herself the best way and sooner to achieve her goal. In the middle of her pathway to become a Nurse practitioner, she realized after working as a Registered Nurse for some time in a hospital in a conventional medicine she is still was not able to achieve that much (and not able to achieve what she pursued to start her mission for her brother) as to make a difference when her patients would relapse and die in her arms and she couldn’t do anything for them. Jannat discovered that there is so much limitation to what you can do for your patients, and felt as though too much emphasis was put upon treating symptoms and not enough on healing the whole body from within.
So Jannat again followed her vision, and re-routed her journey and pursued her career further in naturopathic medicine, a field in which she has always had a deep passion. Jannat has been certified by a number of renowned Naturopathic doctors, teachers, and schools, including Reflexology, Dr. Chi’s Fingernail and Tongue Analysis, Oriental Diagnosis: Reading the Face and Body (by Ohashi), Dr. Jeffrey Bland’s Clinical Breakthroughs in the connection between toxicity and chronic disease, iTHRIVE Certified Functional Nutritionist and Stress Therapy.
Jannat has received a lot of media attention for her excellent work. Articles and write-ups include Bazaar Magazine & Self Magazine, an award at a special award ceremony celebrating her accomplishments by the American Naturopathic Medical Association, Higher Achievement Award at Las Vegas, Nevada in August 2021. She was selected to speak the names of victims of the September 11th, 2001 tragedy in the 9/11 Memorial in ground zero, 2010. Jannat also has pictures of the current and former presidents and the Mayor of NY in the National September 11 Memorial. Jannat was also offered by the Visual Department to Model in the window of Bergdorf Goodman for Women on 5th ave, Manhattan which includes a mosaic with 200 pictures of Jannat.
Jannat’s goal is to provide a natural, non-invasive approach that considers the whole person and all sorts of health problems, as well as psychological/mental health issues. It is Integrative Holistic Care’s aim to give patients a sense of being heard, respected, and comprehended. Jannat aims to help with long-term health concerns like chronic illness and disease prevention by providing healthy eating habits, supplementation advice and support a healthy lifestyle.
How did you get started in this business?
It was not an easy path to get to where I am now. In order to arrive, I had to overcome a slew of challenges, difficulties, and pain throughout my life. As a child, I had this desire to work in medicine. I’ve traveled through a number of career paths, from skincare to being a licensed professional. Tragedy struck on September 11, 2001, though, when my brother died as a victim of the attacks. Although deeply saddened, I decided to use my sorrow for good by attempting to assist as many people as I can.
I realized as a nurse that hospitals have limits. As a Naturopathic Doctor, I can find and treat the underlying reason for the problem rather than just treating the symptoms. I’m interested in mind, body, and spirit wellness because I consider it a holistic approach to health.
What do you specialize in?
I offer Integrative Holistic Care, which is a non-invasive approach to medicine that considers the whole person. I provide a variety of services, such as naturopathic care and counseling. I also offer healthy eating and supplementation advice in order to help with long-term health concerns like chronic illness and disease prevention.
What is your favorite part of the job?
I absolutely love being able to help patients feel better both physically and emotionally. I also enjoy being able to work with them to find and treat the underlying cause of their health concerns rather than just treating the symptoms.
What is the most challenging part of the job?
The most challenging part of my job is dealing with patients who are not interested in making changes to their lifestyle or are not willing to take my advice to give up the things that makes them sick. It can be difficult to persuade them to make a change, but I always try to remain hopeful that they will come around in the end.
When you were starting out, was there ever a time you doubted it would work? If so, how did you handle that?
There were definitely times when I doubted that it would work. After all, it is not easy to start your own business. There were times when I was tempted to give up, but I persevered and continued to work hard until I achieved success. I handled any doubts by continuing to believe that I would succeed.
What advice would you give to someone interested in doing what you do?
I highly recommend developing a strong support system, both family and friends. It is also important to develop a positive attitude and be persistent with your work. You have to want it more than anything! The journey may be exciting, but it can also be frustrating at times. It is important to keep a good attitude throughout the process so that they are able to attract success.
What is the most common misconception about your job?
The most common misconception about my job is that naturopathic means I am against Western Medicine. I am not, I am just against putting a “Band-Aid” on the symptoms without attempting to get to the root cause of them. I feel as though all doctors should be trying to heal their patients from the inside out, working with their entire body, mind, and spirit included. What I do, is educate my clients on holistic health and how diet, lifestyle, and environmental factors affect it.
That sounds great! Can you tell us a little more about how your philosophy at Integrated Holistic Care?
Of course! The education I provide will give you a good understanding about your health. It addresses root causes that can prevent or reverse chronic diseases. My philosophy is care, compassion, expertise, and research.
I understand that one of the most precious things I may give you is time to listen to your worries; compassion in recognizing how illness affects you; and expertise in developing a specialized wellness strategy based on the best medical research.
My approach is founded on naturopathy, which I use to provide high-quality natural medicine that integrates holistic modalities with functional medicine, naturopathic medicine, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy, and other traditional medicines for a wide range of health problems.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I have received so much valuable advice in my life, from friends, family, and mentors. It is hard to choose! I would say one of my favorite pieces of advice is that you need to stay grounded. It is easy to get caught up in your work, but it is important to keep a good balance between life and work.
What has been the biggest change in health care since you’ve started working?
I think the biggest change in health care is the increase in awareness of the importance of preventative care. People are more interested than ever in taking control of their health and making changes to their lifestyle to improve their health. I believe this is a positive change, and it is something that will continue to grow in popularity over the years.
Are you willing to be a mentor? If so, how should someone contact you?
I would consider it. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.