Neurologist Yvonne Zaharakis, MD, on Empowering PCPs

Yvonne Zaharakis, MD, is a board-certified neurologist in Whitestone, NY. This month, Dr. Zaharakis is celebrating her one-year anniversary with Sitka Medical Associates and her meaningful work to help us expand access to expert specialty care across the nation.

What inspired you to become a neurologist? 

Looking back, what sparked my interest in the brain was my grandmother’s gradual cognitive decline during my late teens. She likely had Alzheimer’s dementia and, as the family matriarch, watching her deteriorate was very difficult for all of us. I was initially interested in psychology but ultimately found my way to med school where neurology seemed to be the obvious choice.

What do you enjoy most about working with Sitka?

I enjoy working for Sitka because it allows me to provide neurological input in cases that may otherwise not have it readily available. I like the idea of empowering the primary care doctor with specialist knowledge so that they can be better equipped to handle more complicated patients.

What are your favorite activities outside of work?

My free time is mostly spent with my husband and daughter, frequently watching sci fi movies, taking care of our multiple pets, and kayaking (in the summer). I also enjoy reading which I squeeze in every chance I get—even more now that I discovered Audible.



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