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About the Author

Dr. Rajshree Gaitonde was born and raised in India. She is a physician and went to Stanley Medical College University of Madras, a prestigious medical school in India. Soon after graduating from medical school she married Mr. Surendranath Gaitonde, an architect and came with her husband to live in New Jersey in America. She was passionate about continuing her medical specialization and completed a post-graduate course in medicine and also a residency at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. She specializes in internal medicine, administrative medicine and public health. While working at Folsom Prison, she earned a master’s degree in Health Services focusing on Primary Health Care from U. C. Davis in California. Her thesis, Health Systems in Prison, was very well received. Although there were those who felt she wouldn’t las one day at Folsom Prison, she enjoyed a successful 24-year career administering health care to the all-male prison population.

While at Folsom, she earned a law degree from Northwestern California University School of Law and enjoys medico-legal Law. Her patients teased her calling her “a degree collector.”

From an early age her passion has been Integrated Holistic Medicine with a focus on Music and Healing. She is an accomplished singer in the classical Indian style. The ancient Vedic rishis of India were familiar with the therapeutic role of musical sound vibrations and it is this quality that forms the basis of using music as a tool in complementary alternative medicine. Dr. Gaitonde has an inner urge to spread these concepts and she is a sought-after speaker. Her objective is to let everyone know that they can choose to attain optimal health and truly enjoy the human experience of being dynamic and fully alive. 

8,596 Miles about her life experiences and how she came to be the first female physician at Folsom Prison is her first book.

Her objective is to let everyone know that they can choose to attain optimal health and truly enjoy the human experience of being dynamic and fully alive.