Q&A with Dr. Nandini Sunkireddy

Dr. Nandini Sunkireddy recently joined WellStar Medical Group Family Medicine. Her office is located in WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s campus and she’s accepting new patients. Dr. Sunkireddy is a Board Certified family doctor who enjoys spending time with her family in the North Fulton area.

Where are you from?
I am originally from India. I went to med school there and after getting married I moved to the United States. I did my residency in Louisiana State University and lived there for three years. We moved to Georgia in 2016 because my youngest son needed a transplant and we wanted to live near the hospital where he was being treated.

When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?
Initially it was my mom who suggested I should go into the medical field. She does a lot of social service and she thought that if I became a doctor I would be able to touch the lives of many people and make a difference. Once I started med school I saw she was right and my interest in medicine kept growing from there.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
Being able to talk to people and getting to know them. When I see a patient I not only treat a disease. I see the person as an entity, I want to know about their family, their emotions, their environment… I try to find out what is going on in their lives and establish a connection with them. As a person I have gone through difficult times due to my son’s medical condition. That has made me a better person and a better physician. I know what it is to go through chronic pain. I can sympathize and empathize with a patient who’s facing a difficult situation.

Why is it important to have a primary care physician?
Primary care doctors have a comprehensive approach when they treat patients. We take the time to learn about their lifestyle and what’s going on in their lives that can be possibly affecting their health. We can create plans based on each patient’s circumstances and establish a long-time relationship.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like spending time with my family. I have two kids so I’m busy all the time! But in my free time I like cooking.

What do you like to cook?
I’m good at making Indian food and Italian food.

Do you live in the North Fulton area?
Yes, and I love living here. I live in the great community and the schools in North Fulton are awesome. Living five minutes from work is also a great advantage.

Any favorite spots in the area?
We like going to Main Street in Alpharetta. We go to the farmers market and festivals in the area. We also enjoy going to Main Event. ❍

Dr. Sunkireddy is accepting new patients. If you want to schedule an appointment, call 770-740-1753.
WellStar Medical Group Family Medicine
2500 Hospital Boulevard, Suite 130
Roswell, GA 30076-4919D

TIPS FROM THE DOC for a healthier lifestyle in 2019

Have a positive attitude, live in the moment, practice gratitude and mindfulness.

More important than making a resolution is to stick to it. To accomplish this, do everything in moderation. If your goal is to lose weight, instead of cutting all the food you like from your diet, start eating smaller portions and being mindful of what you eat.

Exercise regularly.  Any kind of exercise is good. Do it at least 30 minutes, three times a week.

Stay away from fast food, avoid an excess of carbohydrates and include protein in your diet.

Visit your primary care doctor at least once a year for a physical exam.

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