I was born and raised in Florida, just months after my parents immigrated to the United States from India. I always had an interest in global cultures, politics, and history. Having a mother who is Pathologist, I also learned a lot about biology and took an interest in how the human body works. I decided to study science and technology at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. I never had an intention of studying medicine, but after learning more about global health and economic development issues, I decided to pursue a career as a physician. I felt I could have a direct impact in educating and improving communities with their healthcare needs. I remained at Georgetown for medical school and residency. Family Medicine appealed to me because of its community-based approach for all ages and that it helped entire communities with their healthcare needs. Since residency, I have worked in non-profit primary care settings that have served very diverse populations, ranging from immigrant pregnant mothers and their young children in Washington, DC to HIV and transgendered patients in Baltimore. I currently live in Portland with my husband and three children and work as a family physician for Kaiser Permanente. Portland is wonderfully open and warm, and often feels like a big city with small town charm. It is unlike anywhere I have ever lived. It is an honor to work with all the dedicated staff and providers here at Kaiser Permanente. I truly respect their mission in providing excellent healthcare on evidence based medicine and preventive care to their members.
About my practice
I work at Interstate South as a family physician. Occasionally I work in Urgent Care at Interstate as well. I believe strongly in preventive medicine as the cornerstone of effective medicine. I enjoy the hands on individual style and the continuity of primary care medicine. It is wonderful to learn more about member's interests and their families as I meet their health care needs. Lastly, I value medicine based on scientific evidence with regard to screening, testing and treatment. I believe this is essential to improving the health care outcomes for our community and our nation.
How I thrive
I enjoy reading historical novels, watching funny movies, cooking, and eating new things from new places. I enjoy long walks regularly, but that is the extent of my athletic ability. In the winter, I survive the Oregon rain by hibernating with books and movies I otherwise would never read or watch. Every spring and summer I get garden fever, and plant more things than are likely to survive or get harvested. I thrive by watching things grow, change and blossom around me; corn, tomatoes, blueberries, eggplants, flowers, children, and people.
Medical School ?
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Medical Training ?
Community Medicine/Community Health Center Development
Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University/Providence Hospital
Board Certification ?
American Board of Family Medicine