My journey to becoming a doctor began when I was a child. As the eldest child in my family, I would often accompany my siblings, parents, and grandparents to their visits with our family physician. I quickly became inspired by our doctor; he had such a kind and compassionate work ethic, was well-liked in the community, and was always available if a patient needed him, whether it was for something as simple as the sniffles or as complex as chronic disease complications. From his example, I knew that I wanted to become a family physician, too.
I am a native New Yorker, from Astoria, Queens. After I graduated from high school, my curiosity and love of travel led me to Karachi, Pakistan, where I earned my Medical Degree from Hamdard College of Medicine and Dentistry. I returned to New York to earn my board certification, went on to complete my residency in Family Medicine from St. Luke’s Warren Hospital in New Jersey, and finally completed a sub-specialty fellowship in Geriatrics at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I also devoted time at the 108th Medical Group with the Air National Guard as a Flight Surgeon-In-Training at Joint Base McGuire/Fort Dix.
I am board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and am a participating member of the Virginia Chapter of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Practice.
I am so proud to have an active-duty military family. My husband proudly serves in the Army as a Space Officer. His career has taken us all over the United States, from Hawaii, to Florida, New Mexico, and finally Virginia, where we have settled and call our home, conveniently close to our family! Our free time is lovingly devoted to raising our wonderful 15-month-old son.
Health is a culmination of your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing; I care about taking a well-rounded, human approach to interacting with and delivering care to patients to address every aspect of health and wellness through the entire course of life. Through practicing in a wide spectrum of locations and gaining broad knowledge along the way, I have developed my approach to medicine focusing on connecting with people as a whole rather than solely as a system of organs. I love family medicine, I cherish the family-doctor relationship that I am able to form with my patients, and I appreciate that this speciality provides me with the opportunity to be part of my patients’ lives from childhood to older adulthood (or, as I like to say, “From Babies to Geris!”).