“Any bad day can be fixed by driving down the southern country roads, windows down with the country music up and a smidge of southern hospitality. And it was that southern charm that brought me to my adopted home in Kingsport” says Dr. Monika Karakattu who has been a resident of the garden city for past 8 years is currently accepting patients at Mountain Region Family Medicine at their Press building location, downtown Kingsport at 444 Clinchfield Street, Suite 2700, telephone 423-230-2700.
An Indian by birth, Dr. Monika comes from a land which in the core of its culture beholds “Be one for whom the guest is God” as its raison d’être. It’s this cultural comparability that draws in a kinship towards Kingsport for Dr. Monika having practiced earlier in Lee County, Virginia too.
She attained pre-med and medical degree from the esteemed Grant Medical College in the multi-faceted city of Mumbai. Dr. Monika completed her residency from East Tennessee State University Bristol Family Practice in 2011.
This highly accomplished doctor in addition to being a discernible congregant at St. Dominic Catholic Church is also a recipient of the “100% Child Immunization” award from the State of Virginia. She is a member of the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American Medical Association (AMA). What’s more is that for all you commercial drivers out there, the good doctor also provides D.O.T. physicals for C.D.L. licenses. This is in addition to being licensed to provide Botox injections from American Association of Facial Aesthetics.
Dr. Monika is married to her high school sweetheart, Dr. Sajin Karakattu, an ER doctor at Hawkins County Memorial Hospital. They are the proud parents of two vivacious kids – Neil and Naisha. Little Naisha is a pupil at St Dominic Catholic Church where Dr. Monika partakes in all the parental programs.
“There’s an old saying ‘In the south, there are no strangers just friends we haven’t met yet’. I love it that it takes 30 minutes to say good bye here. And most of all as a doctor I love it that my patients become part of my family sooner than later,” she states.
Dr. Monika is quite the linguist with a proficiency in over four languages. In her spare time, she enjoys movies, traveling and most of all spending time with the family. She’s looking forward to devoting herself to the good people of Kingsport, meeting all their medical needs, provide a friendly ear and ensconce herself into this new family of patients.