American Board of Family Medicine
Dr. Nair graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She received her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. She completed her residency at the University of Florida Family Medicine program in Jacksonville, Fla. Before joining The Polyclinic, she practiced at the Virginia Hospital Center in Falls Church, Va. and The Everett Clinic in Mukilteo, Wash.
“According to my mother, I had already decided from a very young age that I was going to be a physician. There weren't any relatives in that field at that time. After a tonsillectomy at age 7, I was the only child on the pediatric ward who didn't want to leave the hospital and spent the majority of the time at the nurse's station. I believe it is a culmination of the respect and admiration for a profession that ties compassion and service to others.”
Dr. Nair provides complete primary care to patients of all ages and has special interests in preventive care, managing chronic conditions, and a strong belief in patient education.
Dr. Nair loves to cook, try new cuisines, and learn about healthier ways to cook. She is a foodie at heart and enjoys exploring new restaurants with friends. She also likes outings to art galleries and gatherings where she can meet new people, and she plays tennis when she has the chance.
“Listening to a patient's story is the essence of practicing medicine. I believe the partnership between a physician and patient starts there, and guides us 90 percent of the time to the diagnosis. Patient education is also vital. In addition to helping form that alliance between a physician and patient, education also helps patients form their own health goals. A family physician should be an advocate for their patients and be at the center of their care, as we put treatment plans together and openly discuss any questions, concerns or fears. I have a strong belief in treating each person holistically.”
Dr. Nair worked as a research assistant in the Pediatric Endocrinology Department of National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. She previously conducted research at the National Cancer Institute with NIH.
Fluent in English; minimal Malayalam (a south Indian dialect)
Dr. Nair currently volunteers for a homeless shelter in downtown Seattle. Her past efforts included serving as a physician volunteer for Hurricane Katrina relief. She also donated her time as an executive officer for Jeevana, an organization that funds the education of impoverished children in Southern India, and is still a strong contributor to the cause.