Lara Kothari, PA-C

Family Medicine



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Family Medicine

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine

Primary Location:

Verona Office

271 Grove Avenue

Verona, NJ 07044

Tel: 973.239.2600

Fax: 973.239.0482


Rutgers University, Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ


Master of Science, Physician Assistant, UMDNJ/Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ

Accepts New Patients
Patient Portal

Lara Kothari Values Offering Small Steps to Better Health

“Being part of a patient-centered health care team that includes physicians and physician assistants gives our patients options and flexibility. It also gives our care team depth and breadth.”

Lara Kothari credits her nurturing personality – and all the “medical talk” by the physicians in her family while growing up – for her decision to become a physician assistant in a family medicine practice. She also loved science and people, so it seemed a natural fit.

Family medicine was Lara’s first choice, because she got to work in all the areas every day: OB/GYN, babies and children, women’s and men’s health, and geriatrics. She enjoys seeing the children she once treated now going off to college, and treating them when they come back home.

“It’s wonderful to see continuity of care work at its best,” says Lara, who notes the importance of patient-provider relationships. “You don’t get that in an ER or hospital setting. But as a primary physician, you often get to know the whole family and you develop those relationships that increase comfort levels in sharing important information that can improve patient outcomes.”

She often hears from patients that Vanguard is comprehensive and well organized. “A lot of patients like the patient portal,” she says, “because it gives them 24/7 access. They also like the fact that Vanguard has all the services under one roof, from X-ray to nutrition to behavioral health and home care.”

With Vanguard Medical Group since 1999, Lara can’t imagine being anywhere else. “Selfishly, it completes me,” she says. “I enjoy it. I like making a difference and helping people in whatever small way that I can. It’s part of who I am.”

When she’s not working, Lara enjoys exercising and socializing with friends and family.

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The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our independent rating system, the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.

Nov 01, 2018

Lara is the absolute BEST I wish she worked more days ...I always recommend Van Guard

Oct 17, 2018

I absolutely love *Lara Kothari. She is so sweet, & knowledgeable. Makes me feel very comfortable.

Sep 29, 2018

Lara is the best PA there only wish she had more hours.

Sep 27, 2018

I saw Lara Kathari, PA-C this visit. Her compassion and thoroughness is why I try to see her whenever I have a problem. She never rushes the appointment and listens to all concerns with genuine concern. I highly recommend L. Kathari.

Sep 23, 2018

very, very good

Aug 05, 2018

I absolutely love working with this PA. She is pleasant, thorough, and compassionate.

Jul 25, 2018

Since this was my first visit, I never felt rushed, questions were answered at length. She also asked questions about me, which was excellent. She was very professional and yet still personable. Very happy w/her.

Jun 14, 2018

Lara is a good provider, shows much concern about your health. I"ve had only good experience's with lara, she is a very compassionate , she shows her concern about you.

Jun 10, 2018

Lara Kothari was amazing!

May 29, 2018

Lara is phenomenal. She took her time tho listen and explain things, including my heath and what the practice can do for me. I'm recently back in the area and looking for primary care. After a glowing referral from a relative and this experience, I believe Lara will be it.

May 19, 2018

*Lara is warm, caring & knowledgeable. She is thoughtful & attentive, and takes the time to answer questions.

May 17, 2018

I have seen Lara here many times over the years. She is always easy to speak with, she listens thoroughly, and she really does her best with assessing the situation to make the right diagnosis. I think she is fantastic and so smart! Love her!

May 10, 2018

lara is a "doctor without the attitude"

Apr 20, 2018

Lara is the best ... I recommend Lara to everyone

Apr 10, 2018

like I said before .Lara Kothari is real good with patients. the way she explain things the way she treat me as her patient I wouldn't want to change her at all.because I feel comfortable with her

Mar 29, 2018


Mar 15, 2018

My experiences are always awesome. I really follow and respect the advice of the doctor's.

Feb 28, 2018

*Lara has always went above and beyond to provide me the care I need. She has always answered any questions and provided me with suggestions about how to improve my quality of life.

Jan 14, 2018

I've seen *Lara before this visit and she's always cheerful, concerned about your issue and professional.

Jan 14, 2018

*Lara was amazing. I came in for cold but was also experiencing RA flare. She was extremely empathetic and thoughtful. She Rx Prednisone which helped within an hour of taking. Thank you!!!