Dr. Parag Dalsania was born in a small farming village where there was no running water or electricity. in western peninsula of India. Being born premature, his grandmother first exposed him to plants and herbal treatments to ensure his survival. A few years later, he and his family migrated to the outskirts of industrial blue-collar Philadelphia. Then subsequently moving again to the suburbs of Washington DC. There he competed in college at the University of Maryland, and then went on to St. George’s University School of Medicine. Parag Dalsania’s primary focus remained on looking for ways to heal people and thus went on to complete his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Maryland Midtown Campus, and then subsequently went on to complete his fellowship at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Geriatric Medicine. There his focus was better deliver care for patients by understanding the whole person story rather than just the aliments.
Parag Dalsania has well over 18 years of extensive vast clinical experience including Primary Care, Tele-Medicine, High Risk/Complex Patients, Home Based Care, Long Term Care, Geriatric Medicine, and Memory Disorder Clinic. In addition to his clinical experience, Dr. Dalsania has nearly two decades of successful administrative leadership, empowering growth and enabling forward progress. He brings passion, creativity, vast capacity, knowledge, skills, and critical wisdom with proven impact that is meaningful to the patient, his staff, as well as the organization that he’s involved with.
Dr. Parag Dalsania has been proven to be successful in initiating, implementing, as well as directing successful multimillion projects, complex processes, and strategies. His strongest asset is that he builds meaningful relationships that lead to wellbeing for the individual and the organization.
Dr. Parag Dalsania, after completing over 18 years at the Department of Veteran Affairs, is currently pursuing independent ventures in Complementary and Integrative medicine, focusing on education and delivering holistic health care. Currently, he is the architect of his new venture where it will teach people on how to start and sustain their own journey into wellness.
Where did the idea for your career come from?
During early childhood, I witnessed my grandfather get lung cancer. I used to accompany him though me during the visits. It was during the trips to the hospital and doctor’s office, that something that awoke in that made me realize that I wanted to be able to care for people. From that moment on, I dedicated my livelihood to reach this goal. Fortunately, due to my grandfather’s blessings, I am a compassionate healer able to absolve grief, stress and anxiety of patients by engaging, motivating and partnering with them in their health journey.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
The most vital part of my day is my morning routine. My day starts my day, with me combining the best of the ancient wisdom with modern knowledge. I wake up with extreme joy and take time to harmonize the mind, body and soul to the world by doing peacefully breathing exercise with my mantras playing, then I do ten sun salutations. Then I will either do my body weight exercises, alternating with a 30-minute run. Proper nutrition is important for me, I then prepare my morning green smoothie which is made with live fresh organic plants mixed with herbs, roots spices, seeds, and nuts. This daily routine makes me ready to allow our beautiful world and life to me as a dance unfolding. It mainly aligns my mind where it remains attentive, accepting, appreciative, such that my intents, actions are focused such that I am optimally productive. This often radiates not only to me but also those around me.
How do you bring ideas to life?
With over two decades of clinical practice and administrative leadership knowledge, there were many enlightening moments, but the clearest pattern was that we have forgotten not what health is, but we have stopped healing. We are stuck in this endless cycle of covering up the root issue or problem with band aids and medications. But never ever figuring out what is the true nature of the ailment and how to apply the proper healing therapy. Not only that but we are lost to what is health, wellness, proper nutrition and alignment to
What’s one trend that excites you?
Over the last decade there has been more and more acceptance of people being more open minded to Mindfulness, medications, Yoga, and many other Complementary and Integrative Medicine.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
As I had noted earlier, it is my morning routine, I realized long ago, knowledge comes from reading. Thus, as along with listening to audiobooks when I am commuting or traveling. On average, I was able to complete about 4 books a month.
What advice would you give your younger self?
The difference with success & failure, strength & weakness, life & death is 1 degree of either being balanced and in equilibrium or not. When your mind is clear and focused, conscious is fearless, body is rested and heart is open or not, you are poised for maximum potential, and success.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
When you discover your purpose and if it focuses on helping to make the world a better place, no matter how comfortable you are, be bold and fearless and be free to pursue. People like comfort, money, routines, however when you find your calling, be liberated to focus all your intentions and efforts to pursue your dreams. Let your dreams scare you and motivate you as they are your dreams can only be achieved by you working to making them a reality
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Daily ask yourself what do you want to achieve and why it matters? Write it down and repeat it another fifty times in a day. Do these exercises at least once a week, I promise it will really clarify your goals and methods to achieve them. In the end, finding the goal is to do and focus and strive for what is the most meaningful to you and your life.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Have a crystal-clear clarity on the plan and the destination for what really matters to you. This requires much more work than one recognized, write it down, and reread it and revise it and keep working on this prior to even taking the first step.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
We had developed new pay for performance goals focusing on individuals setting their own targets, this worked for the top 40% of performers, but the rest actually set lower thresholds and, in the end, did not improve patient care. I realized the mistake I had made, and thinking all providers are motivated, but I learned that perhaps for the highly motivated provider there should be one strategy and for others another to get them more engaged.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Find a way to reduce social isolation for the elderly and many adults.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
In ear wireless headphones, they are perfect for music and my audio books and even phone conversations.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Rather than one software or web services, I really enjoy the fact that with my Mac and iPhone, I can work seamlessly with on either device
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
I think it is a tie between – “The Untethered Soul – The journey beyond yourself” and the “Seat of the Soul” – both books provide a deeper understanding of what is life, what really matters, and more so expands our minds beyond the material world.
What is your favorite quote?
“What we give our attention to grows” Deepak Chopra
- Find your purpose and be bold to pursue them
- Be aligned and in harmony with your mind, body, heart soul and actions
- Stay balanced as it will provide the clarity – as it can be the difference between success and failure
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.