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Anjali Goel MD

I am a 2nd generation Indian American woman who is taking the road less traveled. Along this journey, I have had the support of my wise husband and four children who remind me daily that I am a perfectly imperfect human being. My goal in life is to show up and be as fully present as I can. Beyond my husband, children and medical practice, I find joy in many things in life—silent mediation, yoga, a walk with my dog, playing piano, cooking, and more.

I could not have predicted fifteen years ago when I completed residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics where my path in medicine would lead me. I have narrowed my focus of care while expanding my view of health. As a primary care physician, I began my career caring for whole families, including new born babies, adolescents, parents and grandparents. It is in this setting I began to understand two very important concepts. First, that western medicine is potent, powerful and at times, limited in its perspective. I was humbled by the complexity of each individual that needed to be recognized beyond their diagnosis. Second, I began to see very clearly the impact the early years of a child’s life have on adult health later in life. Although two unrelated concepts, they certainly have brought me on this road less traveled.

As my career has evolved, my personal life and quest for wholeness has greatly expanded my vision of health. Well-being involves not just the body but also the mind and spirit. My patients have taught me they are more than depression, autism, anxiety or any other label they may carry. It seems as time goes on more and more children are dealing with sadness, worry, stress and challenging behaviors. In Western medicine, these situations are often reduced to biochemical imbalances in the brain. While this is often part of the problem, I also recognize the role that attachment, engagement, connection, nutrition, sleep and spirituality play in achieving optimal health.

Education

2008–2011 University of Minnesota, Fellowship in Academic Medicine with Clinical work in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

2008-2011 MPH University of Minnesota, School of Public Health

1994–1998 University of Minnesota, Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

1990–1994 MD University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

1986–1990 BA Political Science Miami University

Clinical Experience

2011–2016 Health Partners Riverside Clinic
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Supervised pediatrics residents in clinic as well provided content lectures for clinical rotation

2005–2008 Fairview Children’s Clinic
Outpatient primary care pediatrics and Attending physician at Amplatz Children’s Hospital
Site Director for Pediatric Residents

1998–2003 Fairview Eagan Clinic
Outpatient and inpatient primary care of children and adults
Supervised Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residents

Recognition

Best Doctors Minnesota Monthly Magazine 2014, 2015 and 2017

Additional Training

National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute—Completed introductory and intermediate training courses

Medical Acupuncture for Physicians—Helms Medical Institute, UCLA

Certification in Mind Body Medicine—Center for Mind Body Medicine, Washington DC

I like it better here where I can just sit quietly and smell the flowers.

~ The Story of Ferdinand