Meet a Specialist: Amee Dharia, M.D.
Dr. Amee Dharia, a board-certified ear, nose and throat specialist at Mass. Eye and Ear, Weymouth, made the decision to pursue medicine during her undergraduate studies at Tufts University. Dr. Dharia says, “My decision to become a physician was somewhat unexpected. At the time, I was attending a liberal arts college, and had not necessarily planned to go into medicine. Growing up, my father was a physician, and I was determined to explore both medical and non-medical career options.” Dr. Dharia continues, “While at school, however, I realized how much I enjoyed and connected with my science and pre-med classes. The idea of combining science with helping people really appealed to me. Focusing on medicine became a natural fit.”
Dr. Dharia’s decision to specialize in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat or ENT) occurred during an elective she took in medical school. “It was a chance encounter that I ended up in a one month ENT elective on Long Island,” Dr. Dharia says. “One of the pediatric residents I worked with recommended the program. I didn’t have previous experience with ENT, but I loved the idea of working with both children and adults, and having a surgical and medical focus.” Once Dr. Dharia began the elective, she realized otolaryngology was the perfect fit. “Everything immediately clicked,” she exclaims. “I just could not learn enough about ENT. I trained with wonderful physicians and residents, who shared my passion and enthusiasm. They have been absolutely instrumental throughout my career,” Dr. Dharia explains.
As a member of the Mass. Eye and Ear, Weymouth team, Dr. Dharia sees adult and pediatric patients for a variety of ear, nose and throat conditions. She sees adults and children for conditions such as chronic otitis (ear infections), tonsillitis, sinusitis and hearing loss.
Treatment options vary greatly depending on each individual patient, and range from medical therapies, such as antibiotics, steroid treatments and allergy medications, to surgical procedures such as tonsillectomies, septoplasty (surgery to correct a deviated nasal septum) and procedures to insert ear tubes. Dr. Dharia explains that she always attempts to perform non-invasive procedures and medical therapies, before recommending more complex surgery. “Each of my patients is so unique, and the best outcome occurs when my patient can resume his or quality of life with minimal treatment. That’s why I prefer to start with basic treatments and progress to more complex procedures if needed,” Dr. Dharia stresses.
As a physician in the Weymouth community, Dr. Dharia feels passionate about truly connecting with her patients to see beyond the medical issues at hand. An incredibly approachable physician, she mentions, “I do everything I can to make my patients feel comfortable and at ease. I take off the white coat and talk to children right on their level – one of my patients actually called me the Mommy Doctor, which was a wonderful compliment. I take pride in being professional, but approachable, which is especially important when helping my pediatric patients.”
Dr. Dharia explains how much she appreciates working in a community setting. “I enjoy seeing patients out in the community. My ultimate goal is to help restore my patients’ quality of life, and when I can witness that first hand, it is such a rewarding feeling.” Dr. Dharia concludes, “At Mass. Eye and Ear, Weymouth, we do everything we can to provide treatment close to home, and to make the process as comfortable and convenient as possible. We strive to provide outstanding, compassionate care for our patients, day after day.”
Contact Dr. Dharia’s office at 781-337-3424.
View Dr. Dharia’s online bio for more information.
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