Meet Dr. Flora Parvin: Our New Internist in SouthingtonJune 3, 2021
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Flora Parvin is joining our Internal Medicine team in Southington in mid-June. Below is a short interview where she shares her experience and explains what she enjoys most about being a primary care doctor.
Tell us about your educational background.
I was born and raised in Iran. I always had an interest in the sciences and completed my medical school training in Iran. I spent six years practicing as a primary care physician in Iran before coming to the United States in 1999.
I then completed a post-sophomore fellowship in Anatomic Pathology at UCONN and went on to complete an internal medicine residency at Our Lady of Mercy/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY.
What made you choose Internal Medicine?
Internal medicine focuses on the total person. It is not just focused on one area such as the heart or kidneys, but touches on all areas and overall health. I love the variety of the field. No two patients are the same.
What do you like most about being a doctor?
Medicine is like a puzzle with so many different pieces. I enjoy piecing the puzzle together, getting the facts, and digging deep to find out the root cause of issues. My goal is to help my patients live longer, healthier lives.
What is the role of a hospitalist?
I spent many years as a hospitalist at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and then at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. Hospitalists provide general medical care to hospitalized patients. We lead the hospital medical team, coordinating care for inpatients. We examine test results, order treatments and medical services, and prescribe medications.
Why did you decide to join Starling Physicians?
I enjoyed being a hospitalist and working in that environment. But patients came in sick, left healthy, and then returned to their primary care doctors and my role was done.
I am looking to develop enduring relationships with my patients and spending time getting to know them. In a hospital environment, you don’t get that opportunity.
When should someone see a primary care provider?
PCPs play a critical role in overall health. We provide routine screenings, treat illness, identify risk factors, and manage chronic health conditions. If someone is healthy, I recommend they see a PCP once a year. If someone has chronic health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, it is important to be seen several times a year.
What do you do in your spare time?
I live in Newtown, CT with my husband and teenage daughter. It is a farm environment and we have two horses and chickens. I assist my husband with his beekeeping. I really enjoy nature, gardening, and walking.
Are you accepting new patients?
Absolutely. I look forward to welcoming patients to my Southington practice. They can call (860) 329-0401 to schedule a visit.