Meet Dr. Prativa Basnet
Inspired to become a physician by a doctor in her native Nepal, Dr. Prativa Basnet truly enjoys practicing in the Worcester area. “I was looking for diversity in my practice and the Worcester area really offers that, with people coming from so many different backgrounds and ethnic groups. It’s a great place to practice,” she explains.
Dr. Basnet chose to work as a Primary Care Physician because she likes treating all of a patient’s health issues. “My philosophy is to treat a patient’s mind, body and soul. As a Primary Care Physician, you not only get to treat a wide range of patients but you can also provide great continuity of care. And I really like the fact that one moment I’m seeing someone who is 21 and the next I’m treating an 80-year-old.”
When her patients visit her, Dr. Basnet likes to discuss what they can do to stay healthy throughout their lives. “During wellness visits, I like to talk to my patients about nutrition, handling stress, exercising properly and avoiding health problems down the road. My main goal is always keeping my patients as healthy as possible.”
For Dr. Basnet, being a doctor is really about helping others. “I believe in giving back, and I want that to be an important part of my practice. I have done medical charity work in Haiti and I hope to be able to do more to help those in need in the future. My experience there really changed the way I look at life.”
In her spare time Dr. Basnet enjoys traveling to Europe and going back to her native Nepal. She also likes to enjoy the outdoors by going hiking and skiing. Dr. Basnet also is a big reader, and one of her favorite books is Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, which details Dr. Paul Farmer’s quest to provide health care to poor people in Haiti and other underserved communities throughout the world.