About Mahtab Hariri-pharmacist & philanthropist
"...She is not your typical woman in medical sciences. She finds balance and wisdom in beauty from her multicultural creative modern visions and valuable connections."
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Dr. Mahtab Hariri is not your typical woman in medical sciences. She finds balance is a clinical and lifestyle Pharmacist, with over 20 years of experience in medicine and philanthropy. Her journey started as a young student health advocate and cultural activist at Rutgers University on to an innovative educator and later as an entrepreneur academician from University of Maryland to University of Illinois. Through her career, she has been a “trendsetter” in a wholistic “care” to her inner city patient populations, with challenging and at times unique disease conditions. Since 2014, she has been working pro bono with elderly population, with an outside- of -the box thinking from main stream medicine to heal , cure or find remedies to improve lives of this population with a “happy” social inclusive tone. Dr. Hariri is a mother of three teenagers and caregiver to her 101 year old father and disabled mother living in Chicago with her family.
I do not think of myself as an influencer, neither I have the desire to become a feminist activist. I see myself as a multicultural, fascinated and curious story teller, who is present and true to all. Each character of my extraordinary story will express unbiased power of femininity in her talent , to nurture and serve the world. I envision this process to be a healing tool to our diverse world with insecurities on gender topics. Historically, women’s true stories either remained untold or misinterpreted and marginalized, due to politics or gender. As an immigrant Persian woman, who grew up in Spain and America, I became more aware that fragmented dialogues are part of problem. I hope, with a positive & responsible perspective of social media, to initiate new ways to connect globally for building a long lasting community. I admit in my career as a pharmacist, I did not always cure my patients; but as an academician I was able to add perspectives for my students, that healing all life maladies require more dynamics and vision than sticking labels on Rx bottles, pouring, counting or popping pills.
I am a mother and a pharmacist, and thought of myself invincible. In pharmacy school we refer to patients as "others", and to us as "healers" with special medical tools- in a way! I became a heart disease patient with heart beat of 230 bpm in 2011 after following a “perfect” healthy life "regimen" prescribed. That's when I learned "wellness" is not propaganda of "looking good" or instructions from health gurus. It is a deeper respect of vitality and nurturing self with nourishments that matter to each one; plus love. I feel sometimes that I am a modern seeker in the form of a hacker and a creative "healer" using all my life and medical skills plus passions ritually from sunshine to kitchen and from vitamins to medications. I create and explore daily; to zap any unbalanced signals in my own vesicle of mind and body and I care to share. I love the uniqueness of my functional "add-on" medicinal recipes that I create, because they must have been inspired from deep Persian roots in apothecary, with a local taste. Think of them as a simple way to produce your own multivitamin in your kitchen lab with a vetted raw prescription. In order to be a whole hu(wo)man, I envision, we need to nourish wholesome and responsible, in order to create our own health. I also envision to live happy ,as our basic human rights, we all deserve a sense of ritually cycling beauty & balance to become a healthy global citizen.