"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" ~Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi's quote has been Alexandra's signature line for over a decade because she truly believes that change must start from within first before it can occur externally. Put simply, whatever changes you would like to effect in our society has to begin with you. Ms. Bhatti tries to live these words in every aspect of her life.
Alexandra is a Phoenician- which has a nice ring to it but plainly she was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She is Pakistani-American, and the proud daughter of an immigrant Muslim father from Pakistan and a Green-Bay Packer loving Catholic mother from Wisconsin. Ms. Bhatti is a middle child with two sisters, Jasmine who is six years older and Anastasia who is seventeen years younger. And yes, her parents did select Disney royalty names for all daughters.
What you won't discover from reading her C.V. is that since Alexandra was 5 years old she always wanted to be a doctor, lawyer, or judge. It's true, apparently she wrote it down in school for a 1st grade assignment. This is admittedly suspicious but her mom retains the proof of this five year old's lofty dreams. For most of her life, she wanted to be a doctor of some sort. Because of this Ms. Bhatti's kept herself busy in highschool and college padding her resume with hospital internships, white coat programs, and more. She went so far as to take an EMT-B (emergency medical technician-basic) course to become a certified first responder. This also is what spearheaded her decision to begin laboratory research at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute- that and the retina scan. Little did Alexandra know at the time but these activities meant to improve her medical school application led her down a different path. It wasn't until the end of graduate school that Alexandra felt brave enough to admit that being a doctor was not her dream anymore. In fact, it was during graduate school that she began considering the benefits of a legal education after taking courses from an attorney who focused in disaster preparedness and response.
Alexandra finished graduate school and began working at the Arizona Department of Health Services and started going to law school at night. Now she is a lawyer, thus unintentionally fulfilling five year old Alexandra's second career goal and have she has found a way to bring her expertise and passion for healthcare and public health and her legal expertise together and she loves what she does.