Meet Dr. Elizabeth Benjevin
For Dr. Elizabeth Benjevin, family practice medicine all starts with being a good listener. “When I see a patient, I always ask a lot of questions so I can hear the whole story and understand every facet of the problem. As a physician, you really have to put all the pieces of the puzzle together before you can make a diagnosis and that all starts with being a good listener.”
A Reliant Medical Group physician for over 15 years, Dr. Benjevin has always had an interest in psychology and often uses it in her practice. “I think you need some psychological insight in order to treat many patients. After seeing a patient you can determine a medical diagnosis, but there are many other factors that can affect that initial diagnosis such as stress, financial concerns, support at home – things of that nature. You really have to think about everything that affects the patient before you come to a conclusion.”
Dr. Benjevin enjoys keeping up with the latest ideas and technologies that are impacting family practice medicine. “One of the things I enjoy the most about medicine is that you are constantly learning. After medical school, I think a lot of doctors feel they pretty much know everything but the longer you practice the more you realize that you never stop learning in this profession.”
One of the strengths of Dr. Benjevin is building strong relationships with her patients. “Many of my patients are long-term patients and I enjoy getting to know them and assisting them anyway I can. It’s rewarding to hear their feedback and build on those relationships. I also enjoy working with the staff here. All the hard work they do really allows me to concentrate on treating my patients. I can’t say enough about them.”
When she is not busy with her patients in Holden, Dr. Benjevin enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband and two children. She is active as a leader in the Girl Scouts (Troop #738) and likes to enjoy the outdoors by taking her family skiing at nearby Mt. Wachusett, going biking on area roads and visiting the Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. She also enjoys reading science fiction (especially writer Harry Turtledove) and loves traveling to the Caribbean and Europe when she has the chance.