Media release: Dr. Monal Patel doesn’t shy away from a challenge, especially when she’s solving complex medical issues to save lives.
As an internal medicine physician, Dr. Patel equates the treatment process to that of figuring out a difficult puzzle. Sometimes, there are lots of pieces to consider in the process of finding the solution.
“You have to think about so many interacting factors and imbalances,” she says. “It was the most interesting part of my training when I went through medical school, and it is what keeps me excited about my job today.”
The process of deciphering the big picture gives Dr. Patel the chance to really get to know her patients. Working closely with them and their families helps enable her patients to achieve long-term solutions to their health issues.
“I think preventive care plays a huge role in caring completely for people, and I’m a big believer that if you can empower your patients to take control of their own health, they will do better overall,” she says. “I enjoy getting to know their stories, and working together to change their outcomes is just the cherry on top.”
Dr. Patel joins the practice of Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Cartersville, where she will work alongside a group of dedicated physicians who welcome her abilities and medical philosophy to the team.
“Dr. Patel is a wonderful addition to our practice, and I know she is going to make a difference in patients’ lives,” says Dr. Jayson Fields. “As an internist, she brings some new expertise to Family Medicine Cartersville, enriching our ability to provide excellent care to even more patients.”
Dr. Patel is no stranger to Harbin. In fact, she has experienced both sides of the clinic as a physician and as a patient.
“After completing my medical training in Florida, I was excited to come back to my hometown,” she says. “I grew up in Bartow County, and I’ve always received my own healthcare from Harbin Clinic doctors.”
Indeed, Dr. Patel feels like she’s coming home to family as she joins Harbin Clinic. Not only has Dr. Patel spent most of her life seeing Harbin physicians, she has also spent the last five years working shoulder to shoulder with many of them as a hospitalist at Redmond Regional Medical Center.
“I’ve seen the clinic from both sides now. I’ve worked with the doctors, and I’ve seen them as a patient and watched them help my loved ones recover from illnesses,” she recalls. “I can’t think of any other organization that does a better job advocating for their patients and their physicians, so it was easy for me to decide to become a part of that team.”
Dr. Patel views her physicianship as not a job, but a vocation.
“I knew very early on that I wanted to do something that would make a difference in other people’s lives and, though it sounds very cliché, medicine is like a calling. There’s nothing else that would have satisfied my inner fire to help others,” Dr. Patel realized.
Dr. Patel, her husband, their two children, ages 3 and 5, and their 12-year-old Yorkie are settled back in the area and are very happy for it. But that doesn’t mean they are home bodies.
“We love to travel and take the kids to exotic places,” Dr. Patel says. “It’s fun letting them explore and realizing the impact that it has on them.”
Dr. Patel received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwannee, Ga. and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Palm Beach Center of Graduate Medical Education in West Palm Beach, Fl. Dr. Patel is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and Georgia Osteopathic Medicine Association.