Monroe, NJ, Internal Medicine Speaks Patients’ Language   

Monroe, NJ, Internal Medicine Speaks Patients’ Language

Dr. Seeni

For Aysha Seeni, M.D., clear communication is at the center of patient care. She makes patient engagement and connection a priority, aided by her fluency in four languages: English, Hindi, Tamil and Urdu—and some Arabic.

A doctor for more than 15 years, Dr. Seeni brings a broad, diverse background to internal medicine. “I’ve worked intentionally in a hospital, in a nursing home, and in occupational health, so I could determine where I should be. Now I’m considering teaching, as well,” she says. “I’ve treated patients from the healthiest to those with multiple chronic conditions.”

Dr. Seeni completed medical school in her homeland of India, and she says, as might be expected, the approach to medicine is different. “Here, the approach is more objective,” she says. “I had to unlearn the way some things were done there and relearn them here, and it was such a valuable experience.”

Why did you choose to become a primary care doctor?

I was born to help people. Primary care doctors can find simple solutions to simple things, taking care of small problems from head to toe, before they become bigger problems.

What’s been one of your most rewarding cases?

I had a male patient in his 20s who complained of neck pain. You don’t automatically think that someone that young would have a major health crisis, but I am so glad I acted on the diagnostic findings and his medical history. He had thyroid cancer.

What do you do for fun during your downtime?

I do canvas-painted anime with my 7-year-old daughter. She is such a blessing. Anime is hand-drawn and computer-generated animation, often comic-book style, and originates from Japan. She’s better than I am! It’s wonderful to spend time with her, and anime is calming and therapeutic, too.

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