Meet Your Doctor - Babak Behta, MD
Q: What lead you to become a family doctor?
Answer: My parents always encouraged me to become a doctor and while growing up one of our close family friends was a family doctor.
As I began studying biology in college at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, I became more interested in medicine. I then completed medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and did my residency in Greenville, N.C.
Family medicine is all about direct patient contact – talking with them, getting to know them. At a previous practice, I remember treating four generations of relatives and developing a close relationship to each and every person in that family.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: When my children were born, I decided to move my family closer to our families in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Franklin County was right in the middle and looked like a great place to raise my children.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about family practice or something people don’t realize as often?
Answer: I think patients sometimes forget that doctors aren’t here just to help you treat your symptoms, but also to help you develop the habits necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Many patients think our job is to take care of them, but our job is to help you take care of yourself by giving you the tools and knowledge needed to maintain a healthy and active life.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about living in Franklin County?
Answer: I’ve traveled quite a bit and am always excited by a new venture. I’m excited to be joining the practice here in Mont Alto, getting to know my patients, helping to make the practice more patient-centered and making lives better.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I enjoy outdoor activities, exercising, riding my motorcycle and playing tabletop games.