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 sliceok.com/vibrant. 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.