Lara Kothari, PA-C

Family Medicine



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Rutgers University, Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ


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

Accepts New Patients
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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.

Aug 09, 2017

*Lara (PA) was kind, professional and quite patient. She is a gem!!!

Jul 07, 2017

I have had numerous negative experiences until finding *Lara - she's the best!

Jun 30, 2017

*Lara is excellent!!

Jun 29, 2017

Lara did an excellent job as always

Jun 29, 2017

Lara is excellent. Very easy to talk to, smart and kind. Really wonderful!

Jun 22, 2017

I went there for a cold. Lara was very nice. In retrospect, I wish I was told something besides drink more water. My cold is still here. I paid 25 dollars for the appointment and did not even receive advice about what over the counter med to take. That said, she was kind and I did not request the advice. However, if my condition worsened I would have like to have had that information.

Jun 20, 2017

She's the best.

May 25, 2017

*Lara is a warm and caring and knowledgeable provider.

May 02, 2017

This provider was excellent during my visit and for follow-up when I called back when my infection wasn't getting better. I received a prompt call back and an additional Rx that helped.

Mar 30, 2017

*Lara Kothari is always thorough, patient, and compassionate.

Mar 05, 2017

I was told I had a common cold and it would pass on its own. On said appointment I advised my temperature had been over 101.3 over the weekend and it was 99.5 at the appointment. Needless the say I was sent home with no medication. The very next day I was so sick my temperature shot up to 104.1 and I went to the emergency room where I was diagnosed with pneumonia. I know to demand better treatment for now on.

Feb 28, 2017

Lara is beyond wonderful! She takes the time to really understand the presenting issue !

Feb 28, 2017

As always, Lara was courteous, patient, responsive and reassuring. I didn't request information regarding medications.

Feb 24, 2017