Thanks for allowing me to share my story with all of you. I was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. In the year 1995, I received my first Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Karachi. My initial plan was to become a CPA but God had a completely different plan set for me. In 2003, I had my second daughter, who was later found to be severely allergic to peanuts. An accidental exposure to the nuts caused her to be in ICU, fighting for her life, at the age of 2. As a mother, I felt broken, clueless, and hopeless. I had so many questions for the medical team but no one was able to help me. She was the first one in our family who got diagnosed with severe food allergies and asthma. That became a turning point in my life. I wanted to help my family and the people around me. I soon realized that I want to be a nurse and support others physically, emotionally, and spiritually when they are unable to help themselves.
I changed my career goal and restarted my educational journey. In 2011, I completed my basic education in nursing and received my nursing license. I started my nursing career at Parkland Hospital. In 2013, I finished my BSN degree from University of Texas in Arlington and started working on the ICU stepdown unit at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center. I went on and received Progressive Care Certified Nursing Certification while working full-time. I always enjoyed mentoring new-graduate nurses. Learning and teaching became my passion. I never felt satisfied with the knowledge that I already possessed. Reading medical books became my new hobby. The hunger for more knowledge led me to the path of Nurse Practitioner.
In 2018, I graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with my Master’s Degree in Nursing. My love for children blossomed when I had my pediatric rotation. Finding a job in the pediatric field was a challenge for me as a new Family Nurse Practitioner. I started my career at Allergy and Asthma Treatment Center in Plano Texas, with Dr. Seshagiri Rao as my mentoring physician. This was the first time when I was exposed to the holistic approach to health and wellbeing. I became fascinated with the biomedical treatment in Children with special needs. Helping children with PANDAS/PANS felt so rewarding to me. I knew the sky was my limit. My passion for becoming an expert in my field led me to the Functional Medicine University where I am working towards my Functional Medicine Certification. I am also enrolled in Functional Nutrition Alliance school and working on my Functional Nutrition Certification. I have also completed the online Autism Mastery Course with Dr. Kurt Woeller from an Integrative Medicine Academy. I live in Frisco with my husband and three beautiful girls Aleeza, Areen, and Ayra. My hobby is to pray, study, spend time with my family and friends, and volunteer at the refugee services.