After working in the Chicago suburbs for over four years dermatologist Dr. Chethana Gottam and her husband Vikram decided to escape winter in Naples, Florida, where they practiced for two years. Now, they’ve moved back to Michigan to be closer to family and raise their children. Gottam, founder of the Art of Dermatology practice in Berkley, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the practice. And though it might not be as sunny as Naples here, she still makes sure to take sunscreen with her everywhere she goes.
The Indian SCENE talked to Gottam to discuss her personal style and inspiration. The interview has been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.
The Indian SCENE: What words would you use to best describe your style?
Chethana Gottam: Classy, elegant, timeless
IS: What do you want your style to say about you and who you are?
CG: My style and the look I go for is simple and classic. I try to look well put together without being over the top. I believe that style is about combining my clothing choices to make me look professional and classy, but allow my natural friendly and warm personality to shine through.
IS: What’s your favorite piece in your closet?
CG: My Ferragamo shoes: from pumps to flats to sandals, these shoes go with a multitude of clothing, feel like they were molded to my feet, and go with my chic and classic look.
IS: What is the one thing you never leave home without?
CG: Sunscreen! It’s the dermatologist in me, for sure!
IS: Who is your style icon — Hollywood and Bollywood — and why?
CG: Though not “Hollywood,” Kate Middleton has always been a style icon for me. She embodies the epitome of class and elegance, isn’t afraid to re-wear clothing, and always chooses pieces that transcend time and aren’t “fast-fashion.” Madhuri Dixit for Bollywood — her style, charm and elegance have not faded even one bit. She defines the concept of ageless beauty in an Indian woman.
IS: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
CG: Stay true to yourself.
IS: Who inspires you and why?
CG:Hard to pick one single person. Honestly, anybody who is willing to take a risk or gamble, can overcome obstacles, live out of their comfort zone and believe in themselves is an inspiration to me.
IS: When you are not working, where can we find you?
CG: With my husband and kids! Family time is the most precious to me, especially since my kids’ younger years are flying by.
IS: What is the most valuable thing in our Indian culture that you hope stays through future generations?
CG: Strong community spirit — our parents, as first-generation immigrants, relied on strong bonds of friendship to raise us many years ago. I want my children to know that they can always rely on their families, but it is important to have a few trustworthy and high-quality friends.
IS: What’s your favorite thing to do with your family in and around metro-Detroit?
CG: Any and everything outdoors! From making our way through all the Metro parks to all of the local parks in Birmingham to swimming to tennis to biking, we don’t waste a single moment of summer time. We’re lucky to have adventurous eaters, so Edo Ramen has become a family favorite, as have many sushi places. And we are definitely regulars at Dairy Deluxe for ice cream in the summer time.