Just as we evolve everyday into the persons we finally become, I have evolved as a physician. I really cannot remember any childhood longings to 'become a doctor.' I ended up in medical school as a result of a fascination for all things living, and an almost pathological disinterest in all things technical. My keen thirst for knowledge still beckons, although it has now taken backstage to the application of this knowledge into the daily service of those with healthcare needs. Medical School in India certainly provided its share of hardships and rewards that made me look long and hard at my choice. Time and again, I came to realize that there was nothing else I would rather do. As an intern in an inner-city hospital in New York, I rapidly developed the tools required to manage a diverse patient population with an array of complicated medical challenges.
About my practice
Exposure to diverse cultures has taught me to respect each person's individual needs. One size does not fit all, especially where medicine is concerned. I like to use a variety of tools to manage chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and chronic pain. I am rewarded by the better outcomes that result from involving the member fully in their own care. Over the years I have been humbled by all I have learned from team members, family, patients, and community. I value now, more than ever, the knowledge and understanding that comes from spending that extra minute with a person, that books/DVDs (or apps!) simply cannot provide.
How I thrive
I thrive because of constant reminders of the things that sustain me - my family, my faith, my practice of medicine. These three are interwoven into the fabric of my life and I am grateful to my family and my community for shaping me into the person and physician I am. I love cuddling up with the kiddos, with or without a book and/or music, and hikes and travels in the beautiful northwest. I also enjoy volunteering in my children's elementary class teaching kids nutrition basics, tackling a myriad questions from 'how to become a doctor' to 'why we can't eat rocks if they're rich in minerals?' This is possible because Kaiser Permanente supports my part-time practice. I am fortunate to be part of a culture that values my contribution to the organization as a physician and team member, and to the community as an involved parent.