The only child of accountants who valued physicians and their contributions to the community, Binita Prajapati, D.O., grew up on Long Island, N.Y., with a strong sense that she would become a doctor. While she was a sophomore at New York University, her father passed away at age 48 from a massive heart attack, propelling her toward family medicine.
“I realized that I wanted to practice medicine with a holistic approach, to treat the whole person, the whole body, not just one system,” she says. “So I chose to pursue osteopathic medicine.”
Doctors of osteopathy (DOs) undergo medical training in all the same subjects as medical doctors (MDs) with about 200 additional hours of training in the art of osteopathic medicine. They offer patients all the benefits of modern medicine -- including medications, technology, and surgery -- with the additional benefit of hands-on diagnosis through what is known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic hands-on techniques help attune the body’s natural structures and functions to alleviate pain, restore motion, and support healing.
Dr. Prajapati received her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, N.Y., in 1995. She completed her residency in family practice at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, New York City, in 1999.
From 1999 to 2003, Dr. Prajapati worked as a family practitioner at a large multi-specialty outpatient practice affiliated with Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. She was promoted to the practice’s medical director in 2003 and served in that position until 2004. From 2004 to 2011, she was in private practice in Englewood until joining Valley Medical Group in Teaneck in early 2012. She received a 2011 Patients Choice Award from HealthGrades, a national quality benchmarking association.
“I look forward to partnering with my patients at Valley Medical Group and their families to help them achieve wellness, maintain good health, and prevent illness through a holistic approach embraced by osteopathic physicians like myself,” says Dr. Prajapati. “My motto is: Prevention is better than a cure.”
Valley Medical Group in Teaneck is located at 780 Cedar Lane. It is part of Valley Health System, which also includes The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and Valley Home Care. The practice offers comprehensive primary, preventive, urgent care, and occupational health services provided by board-certified internists and family practitioners. Testing on site includes blood tests, urinalyses, electrocardiograms (EKGs), pulmonary function testing, rapid strep tests, and X-rays.
Dr. Prajapati says she is enjoying the warm, friendly atmosphere at Valley Medical Group in Teaneck that comes from a collegial staff and diverse patient population. She is a member of the American Board of Osteopathic Family Practitioners and the American Osteopathic Association. She speaks English, Gujarati, and Spanish (medical).
Dr. Prajapati, her husband, and two children reside in Bergen County. They enjoy reading and traveling to Asia. The family has toured China, Thailand, and Singapore. “Books can only teach so much,” she says.
Valley Medical Group in Teaneck is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and holidays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, call 201-836-7664 or click on Request an Appointment.