As a Family and Sports Medicine physician at Hudson River Health Care, a federally qualified health center in Westchester, New York, Alexis Katrell Harman, MSDA Class of 2000, provides primary care services to an underserved community, serving a variety of patients with diabetes, hypertension, anxiety, wellness checks, and joint pain.
When this crisis first began, Alexis was exposed to COVID patients without a mask as their symptoms presented as the common cold or allergies. As time has progressed and to decrease exposure for everyone, Alexis is doing some patient visits via telehealth, though walk-ins are still available. “As a physician, we are used to counseling our patients. It feels different now; based more on hope and prayer than actual knowledge of the disease and how it may progress in the patient.” In one day, Alexis spoke with 26 patients – nearly half with COVID symptoms. “Prior to medical school, I went to grad school and hoped to have a career in Public Health. In February 2020, the opportunity seems to have presented itself. I went to medical school to help people and will attempt to do so as best as I can during this crisis. This is the career I chose and I am happy to do it.” Alexis urges us all – “Stay home!” Thank you for giving your patients hope, Alexis!