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Behind the white lab coat

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June 22nd, 2010

As a child, I was very close to my grandmother, says Shaveta Kotwal, M.D. I loved spending time with her. I think, ultimately, that is what inspired me to study geriatric medicine. [caption id="attachment_12552" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Shaveta Kotwal, M.D., at Ashby Ponds. (File photo)"]Ashby Ponds...and she couldn t be happier. In an outpatient setting, I would have no idea about someone s living arrangement or eating habits. Here at Ashby Ponds, I know all of those things, which provides a better understanding of people s needs. And because I work where my patients live, they can just walk right down and talk with me. It makes communication so easy. I really appreciate how much interaction I have with the residents; as a result, I can provide better medical care. When not helping her patients, Kotwal can be found in her Ashburn, Va., home with her husband and ten-year-old son. I love spending time with my family, she says. At dinner, we all sit around the table telling each other about our day. And whenever possible, we take a walk together in the evening. She also enjoys cooking, gardening, going for drives with her husband and son, and home decorating. Every few years, Kotwal plans a visit to see family in her native India. My sister is a practicing ob-gyn there, she says. I guess that means a love of medicine runs in our family.