Dr. Daftani
Palwasha Kennedy Daftani, MD

Meet Dr. Palwasha Kennedy Daftani


Q: Tell us about your background as a doctor.

A: Undergraduate: Stony Brook University - Bachelor’s Science in Biology 2005, Graduate degrees: MD from St. Matthew’s University University School of Medicine 2009, Masters of Health Services Administration St. Joseph’s College of Maine 2008, Family Medicine Residency: Hackensack UMC - Mountainside 2013

Q: Why did you choose to become a doctor?

A: My love for science and learning led me to medicine. I always wanted to be a doctor for many reasons; to heal the sick, prevent illnesses, and to help make a difference in the world.

Q: Why did you choose to practice in the primary care specialty?

A: I enjoy primary care medicine because I get to see a wide array of ailments and patients of all ages. As a family medicine physician, I have the opportunity to take care of the expecting mother and child, along with the elderly. This allows me to grow with the patient and provide continuity of care. As a primary care doctor, one of my main focuses is preventative medicine, it is my duty to educate patients and the community to improve their health and quality of life.

Q: What unique skills do you possess?

A: Laceration repair, incision and drainage, joint injection and joint aspiration, Pap smear.

Q: Describe your day to day activities, priorities and tasks. What do you like best?

A: I’m not sure… waking up early in the morning, exercise, prepare lunches, getting my 3 kids dressed, fed, dropping them off to two different locations, arrive to Care Station and see patients and help PA’s with their own patients, and handle messages at the same time. Clock out, pick up my kids, work on their homework, dinner, bath and bed time. Start my day all over again :).

Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of?

A: I’m proud of many things. I’m the first female doctor in my family. I earned two graduate degrees at a really young age. I had two children during residency and my third while working at Care Station. My children are my pride.

Q: What are the key challenges of this field of medicine? How is it changing?

A: EMR, ICD 10, documentation of charts, insurance companies, seeing many patients in a short amount of time, malpractice and physician burnout.

Q: If you couldn’t be a doctor, what would you be doing?

A: I would get my PhD in the biomedical field and teach.

Q: What makes working at Care Station special?

A: We have amazing staff and hard working people. We get along well.

Q: Why should patients choose Care Station for their primary care?

A: We have amazing staff and hard working people. We get along well.

Q: Tell us a little something about yourself.

A: I’m a teamplayer, I like to help others.

Q: How do you like to spend your free time?

A: I really don’t have much free time. I’m up past my bedtime typing this. However, I do enjoy a good Zumba class and swimming, retail therapy and the spa.