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Doctor ready to trade urban L.A. for rural Tulare County

Doctor ready to trade urban L.A. for rural Tulare County

Internal medicine specialist Lara Atchabahian joins Visalia Medical Clinic from USC Medical Center

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VISALIA – Lara Atchabahian, MD, internal medicine specialist, has joined Visalia Medical Clinic. Dr. Atchabahian completed her undergraduate studies in biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. She then went on to receive her medical degree from Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and completed her residency program in Internal Medicine at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center.

Dr. Lara Atchabahian, Visalia Medical Clinic

Dr. Lara Atchabahian, Visalia Medical Clinic

Dr. Atchabahian chose internal medicine because she wants to focus on disease prevention, she explained. “I did my residency at Los Angeles County Medical Center. Most of our patients had no or limited access to primary care. As a result, many patients were living with chronic diseases that went undiagnosed for years until they presented to the emergency room with severely progressed disease,” Dr. Atchabahian recalled. “I want to be at the forefront and prevent patients from becoming so acutely ill. I appreciate the focus of internal medicine on treating the whole patient and the whole body.”

Dr. Atchabahian and her husband were ready to trade the urban Los Angeles area for a more rural area when they discovered Visalia through friends. “My husband and I are looking forward to our peaceful surroundings and are excited about our new adventures in Visalia,” Dr. Atchabahian said. “I look forward to getting to know the community and developing strong bonds with all of my patients.”

Dr. Atchabahian is now accepting new patients. For information, call 739-2000 or visit www.vmchealth.com.

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