Meet Dr. Palwasha Kennedy Daftani
Office Locations: West Orange
Q&A with Palwasha Kennedy Daftani
- Q: Tell us about your background as a doctor.A: Stony Brook University - Bachelor’s Science in Biology St. Matthew’s University University School of Medicine Masters of Health Services Administration St. Joseph’s College of Maine Family Medicine Residency: Hackensack UMC - Mountainside
- 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 an open access primary care practice?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 injections, joint aspiration, performing Pap smears and much more.
- Q: Describe your day to day activities, priorities and tasks. What do you like best?A: I’m a very busy person, I always tell myself I have two full-time jobs - being a mother to three beautiful children and being a full-time physician.
- 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 simultaneously at a really young age. I had two children during residency which was not easy and my third while working at Care Station. At the end of the day, my children are my pride.
- Q: What are the key challenges of this field of medicine? How is it changing?A: Medicine is constantly changing and evolving. I think the frustrating part is the administrative aspect of it such as documenting charts with EMR since it is time consuming, dealing with insurance companies and handling prior authorizations for medications and tests, seeing many patients in a short amount of time, malpractice and physician burnout.
- Q: If you couldn’t be a physician, what would you be doing?A: I would get my PhD in the biomedical field and teach or explore space medicine.
- 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 offer many services under one roof.
- 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 like to spend my free time with my family.