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Peaceful journey

Behavioral specialist Dr. R. Murali Krishna recalls the events that have led him to help others live more vibrant lives.

The sixth-floor corner office has a perfect view of Oklahoma City. In the distance, the skyline rises above the bare trees and the bustling traffic below. It’s a cold, gray January day, just after the first of the year. Stepping into the well-appointed office is a man with a twinkle in his eyes and a smile that spreads across his face.

A firm handshake is followed by a friendly hug.

“Welcome, it is so good to see you!” says Dr. R. Murali Krishna, president and chief operating officer of Integris Mental Health.

Neatly dressed in a navy suit and red tie, Krishna is anxious to talk about his newly published book. “Vibrant: To Heal and Be Whole, From India to Oklahoma City” follows Krishna from his childhood days in a rural village in India, to becoming one of the most respected psychiatrists in Oklahoma City and the nation.

Co-authored by Kelly Dyer Fry, “Vibrant” is not a typical autobiography filled with anecdotes or scientific jargon. What lies on the pages is a heartfelt and sometimes bittersweet look at how his mother’s mental illness influenced not only his career path, but his lifelong desire to help others.

“Vibrant: To Heal and Be Whole” is available at Full Circle Bookstore, Barnes & Noble, other book sellers and at Proceeds from the book endow the Dr. R. Murali Krishna Family Eliminate the Stigma Award. Look for excerpts from the book to appear in Slice in the coming months.