Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia welcomes Dr. Ranjita Adhikari to their family of care.
Dr. Adhikari comes to the area from Altru Health System in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where she completed her Family practice residency. Prior to that, she received her medical training in Bangladesh, and did her first year of residency in Mckeesport, Pennsylvania, then finishing her residency at Altru.
As a child, Dr. Adhikari says a couple of her father’s friends were physicians, and she’d often accompany them to hospital. “I’d watch, so fascinated,” she says. “That white coat meant to me ‘there is a person who could heal people, and save lives.’ That is what I saw for myself and my future.”
After medical school, she worked in Nepal doing free health visits in villages, and found that her older patients were easy to get close to. “I listened to their stories,” she says. “Whenever I saw a patient who was sick or was elderly, I was so glad that I could be of some help to them.”
After moving to North Dakota, Dr. Adhikari says she and her husband, Dr. Mohan Karki (also a physician at MLHS), knew they wanted to, at some point, move, yet didn’t want to practice in “a big city.”
“We wanted to be surrounded by a smaller community of doctors who knew each other well enough to learn from each other and support each other. When we came here, we found such cooperation as a team,” she says. “When you spend so much of your day at your job, you have to love the environment. We felt the attraction to it right away.”
Dr. Adhikari says she enjoys children and the elderly – both ends of the age spectrum – and is also interested in women’s health.
“I have much passion for my profession,” the new MLHS physician says. “Unlike when I was a child, I know now that I may not be able to save every life. But, I want to take the best care of the lives entrusted to me. This involves working hard for my patients. I am good at that.”