Nazia Ajani, RPA-CPrimary Care
“The relationship between a provider and a patient is the foundation for excellent medical care.“
St. John’s University
What is your background?
I was born in India and moved to New York with my family at a young age. After receiving my degree from St. John’s University, I began to practice medicine in the CTICU at Mount Sinai in New York. I have also worked at the New York Hospital of Queens in the emergency department, as well as for private physicians that have a family care practice. I love helping patients when they are not feeling well, which is why I have chosen to practice family medicine. I have been working with Dwell Family Doctors for over 2 years now.
What made you want to be a Physician’s Assistant?
Helping others has always been something that is very important to me. I have also always wanted to work in healthcare, so becoming a PA seemed like the perfect fit. It provides me the opportunity to practice a wide array of medicine including primary care, urgent care, outpatient and inpatient care and I get to see both children and adults.
How long have you been a Physician’s Assistant?
I have been in practice for over 7 years.
What is primary care to you?
Primary care is an umbrella of chronic conditions that we treat on an outpatient basis. These conditions can include hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia and psychological conditions such as depression or anxiety. Primary care is also the first line of defense against ailments like the common cold and the providers are also the people you would go see if you need a physical for any reason.
What types of medical conditions do you treat?
In the emergency department I treat a lot of acute issues. Here at Dwell Family doctors, I see a lot of upper respiratory infections, common colds, acute falls, fractures, and chest pain/discomfort. We also often see patients to suture up lacerations, give vaccines, perform physicals and EKGs, and splint injuries.
What is your approach to care?
My approach to care is very patient specific. I believe that patients should be very involved in their care, actively making decisions with their provider. This way it is easier to take the next steps in health management in between appointments or after acute care.
What should people look for in a medical provider?
People should look for a provider that they communicate easily with and that they feel comfortable with. The relationship between a provider and a patient is very important as it is the foundation for care. A medical provider should take into account all conditions and symptoms so that they can treat you accordingly or refer you to a specialist.
What is one thing that everyone should do to stay healthy?
Everyone should smile and exercise to stay healthy! It is good for your mind, body, skin and mood.
What do you do to stay healthy?
I like to run. I am actually running in the NYC Marathon this year, so I spend my spare time training.