DR. RONIKA CHOUDHARY‘s program for health care goes beyond obvious reproductive concerns. Treating the whole woman is at the heart of her ob/gyn practice—and that means treating her with respect, too. The health and well-being of her patients is of paramount importance to the doctor, who sees women of all ages, though most are in the life-changing stages of pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. “I believe women are not heard very frequently,” she says, so she makes a point of asking questions—and then listens attentively to the answers, divining what circumstances, habits and stressors are affecting her patients’ overall health. While she allows that “holistic medicine” is a term sometimes used loosely, she is a firm believer in finding and treating the underlying cause of a health problem—wherever it may lie in a woman’s life experience. With a board-certified nutritionist on staff, she believes “if you know what’s keeping a woman from eating well, or exercising or taking her vitamins, you can work with her to find solutions.” At the end of the day, this knowledge and understanding helps women prevent illness. “And medicine,” says Dr. Choudhary, “should be all about prevention.” Acknowledged by her peers and honored as Bridgeport Hospital’s Physician of the Year in 2008, Dr. Choudhary is an advocate of complementary modalities as well. She often advises patients to practice yoga or meditation to deal with stress and anxiety. “I will arrange more points of contact if I feel a woman needs the extra help,” she says. “And I will follow her to see how she is progressing.” “Watching women go through the phases of life” is most gratifying to the doctor, who feels perimenopause and menopause have the most striking impact. “Educating and supporting these women is very important,” she says—and that includes helping them feel better about themselves. She offers facial rejuvenation treatments, Botox® and fillers, she says, “because so many women just want to look refreshed, and not so tired all the time!” If anything is as important as empathy to Dr. Choudhary, it’s kindness. “I have the nicest staff, and hope they will always be treated kindly,” she says.
Practice: Women's Obstetrics + Gynecology
Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Hospital Affiliations: Bridgeport Hospital
St. Vincent’s Medical Center
Organizations: American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Connecticut Association of Physicians of Indian Origin