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Call Me Ash

Ash Raina, MD is on a mission to treat student-atheletes with concussions as students first, athletes second By Ken Smith ken@kdscommunications.com

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all him “Ash,” not Dr. Raina, because that’s what he prefers his patients—even little kids—call him. One of a handful of pediatric neurologists in the nation, he is on a mission to rewrite the protocols used to treat the 300,000 concussions children and teens experience each year. In the meantime, he can also choreograph a Bollywood routine for you. A little over two years ago, Dr. Ash Raina opened his private practice in Rocklin. Built around the motto of “Care, Collaboration, Community,” the Center of Excellence for Pediatric Neurology incorporates art and music into treatments. The clinic is designed to revolve around the child and to be more of a gathering place than the typical medical office. “If a child is not ready for an exam room, we’ll walk outside or I’ll see them in the reading corner, or we’ll walk and talk,” he explained, noting that his office includes a library where children can quietly read or take books home that have been donated by families.

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Making books available to children who might not have access to a library is important to him, and it also gives his 10-year-old daughter Avantika more incentive to come to work with him when she is off from school. When the exam room is used, a computer is conspicuously missing. He never puts notes in while he is with his pediatric patients and waits until later in the day. “Part of pediatrics is being on their level, and being on the carpet with them, watching them,” Ash said. “I cannot be taking notes and have a meaningful conversation with the family at the same time.” Ashutosh Raina, 44, was born in the northern Indian state of Kashmir in the shadow of the Himalayas, where he went to a school funded by Mother Teresa that she visited frequently. Terrorism from the ongoing border dispute over Kashmir between Pakistan and India led the family to move to Mumbai, where he entered medical education at age 18. He had been a choreographer in school and taught Bollywood dancing, but it was made clear to him that wasn’t a career path.

Profile for Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

2019-Jul/Aug - SSV Medicine  

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine is the official journal of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) and promotes the history,...

2019-Jul/Aug - SSV Medicine  

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine is the official journal of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) and promotes the history,...