KAVITA MALHOTRA PATTANI - Mrs. Jewel of India Florida 2016 Participates in Jewel of India USA 2016 Pageant

By Kavita Malhotra Pattani
The author is Mrs. Jewel of India Florida 2016 and participating in Jewel of India USA 2016 Pageant

Indian-American Model Kavita Malhotra Pattani
Kavita Malhotra Pattani

Being a first generation Indian-American can be very challenging.  I grew up in Detroit, MI with my amazing and hard-working parents as well as my grandparents and extended family.  I was blessed to have parents that made it a priority to instill within us the beautiful Indian culture, the ethics, the morals, and the desire to reach for the stars.   My parents were instrumental in my accomplishments and success.  They stood behind me, and alongside me to build a strong educational foundation while balancing my social involvements.

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Indian-American Model Kavita Malhotra Pattani
Kavita Malhotra Pattani

Like a fairy-tale, I met my husband in medical school.  We have been married for 13 years this month.  We completed residency and fellowship training together.  My husband, Sanjay Pattani, was the force behind me choosing my career path and remained a pillar upon which I was able to fulfill my dreams.  We have supported each other always and through God’s grace have achieved continued successes.  He is the Chairman of his Emergency Department and an active member of his local and national societies.  I myself am currently the Medical Director of my Head and Neck Department and Vice Chair of our division.  We compliment each other in all aspects of life.

Indian-American Model Kavita Malhotra Pattani
Kavita Malhotra Pattani

Through hard work and perseverance I am a successful Head and Neck Surgical Oncologist in Orlando, FL.  I have been recognized on the cover of the Orlando Magazine as one of the Top Doctors as well as featured on the cover of FloridaMD.  I feel raising awareness of Head and Neck Cancers and educating the public is paramount in order to understand, battle, and cure the disease.  My goal and platform is to take this to a global level and continue saving lives by reaching out to the general population.

Indian-American Model Kavita Malhotra Pattani
Kavita Malhotra Pattani

I am a mother of four beautiful boys, 9,5,3,and 1.  My family is my world.  We are blessed that both sets of our parents live with us or in close proximity.  My children are able to spend the precious and very special moments with their grandparents.  I have three younger brothers as well as cousins that we grew up with.  Cherishing your family and respecting and nurturing relationships is the essence of Indian culture.

Indian-American Model Kavita Malhotra Pattani
Kavita Malhotra Pattani

I grew up in a typical Punjabi household with loud music, lots of dancing, and delicious food.  Dancing and singing is more than a hobby for me, it is a way of life.  Dancing brings me such pleasure that is unimaginable.  Even with one of the busiest practices in the area, and a houseful of rambunctious boys, I still find time to dance and compete.  We make it a family event where we all participate and perform – with the “Desi Boyz” and the “Desi Girls”.  I enjoy keeping in shape and challenging myself by fitness training, Zumba classes and aerial silks.  I also enjoy other hobbies including playing volleyball and pool.  Because of my extroverted family, I absolutely love to cook and enjoy entertaining.

Indian-American Model Kavita Malhotra Pattani

Jewel of India provides a platform for Indian women to have a voice and showcase their infinite potential.  Mrs. Jewel of India allows married women to become role models that personify the epitome of well-balanced women.  A women who can not only be beautiful on the outside and inside, but also be highly educated, maintain a powerful position, be in a leadership role, all while embracing the Indian culture.  I am thankful to the Jewel of India team in affording me the opportunity to participate at this forum.  I am truly excited and am looking forward to creating more wonderful memories.  One of the most important things amidst all this is to always remember, if you work hard, dreams do come true.

Indian-American Model Kavita Malhotra Pattani