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.

Jun 11, 2019

she is excellent

May 18, 2019

Will be seeing her again. Lora K.

Apr 18, 2019

*Laura is very attentive and caring. She strongly recommended that I see a specialist based on my symptoms and I am glad I listened.

Mar 03, 2019

Lara is the most understanding, helpful professional that I have ever seen . Her knowledge and compassion make every care plan matter.

Jan 16, 2019

always a good experience with everyone from moment I walk in to the moment I leave.

Dec 18, 2018


Nov 26, 2018

*Lara Kothari is the best, kind, courteous, friendly, and concerned. Would recommend her to anyone.

Nov 23, 2018

Easy to talk to.

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