The staff at the Will County Health Department and Community Health Center recently welcomed Dr. Anusha Khapekar as the CHC’s new pediatrician.
Khapekar said in a news release that she was not excited about her mother’s job as a doctor when she was young.
“I was not thrilled about all the studying and long hours involved, not to mention dealing with blood and human fluids,” she said.
But after she entered Loyola University as a psychology major, things began to change for the Westmont native and Hinsdale Central High School graduate.
“I joined the American Red Cross Club on campus, and we were volunteering at area hospitals,” Khapekar said. “I also joined GlobeMed, which works to sustain access to health care around the world by partnering with health centers in different countries.”
Around that same time, Khapekar’s brother, 11 years her junior, had an accident in which he ran into a table and suffered a head injury.
“I was home alone with him and had to go into ‘mom mode,’ ” she said. “I took him to the hospital and was very impressed with how they made him calm and how they handled his stitches.”
Soon, she decided being a doctor appealed to her after all. An appointment can be made with Khapekar by calling 815-727-8670.