Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C.

Alisha Zaveri, MS, PA-C

Alisha Zaveri is a board-certified Physician Assistant (PA) specializing in rheumatology. She was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She attended Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology. Prior to PA school, she worked as an Emergency Department Lab Technician and volunteered with a local fire rescue company as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Her volunteer work includes serving as an EMT, participating in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and volunteering at her local community hospital. During her undergraduate experience, she studied abroad in Costa Rica, where she refined her medical Spanish skills and volunteered at a community daycare, caring for underprivileged infants and toddlers. 

Alisha completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Thomas Jefferson University, which was a direct-entry program she matriculated into from her undergraduate studies. While in PA school, she served as the Chair of Diversity and Inclusion of her PA class, participating in organizing fundraisers, volunteer work, and advocating for diversity and equity within the didactic year curriculum. During her clinical year of PA school, she was awarded the recognition of becoming a Future Educator Fellow through the Physician Assistant Education Association. She attends the annual PAEA Education Forum Conference where she has presented on the importance of Mandatory Child Abuse Awareness and Training in Didactic PA Education. She is also a guest lecturer at George Washington University and has lectured to current students regarding topics of gout and spondyloarthropathies, which she holds a special interest in. She holds a great interest in teaching and educating future physician assistants and medical professionals.

Alisha is also a current member of several professional societies, including the American College of Rheumatology, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Pennsylvania Academy of Physician Assistants, the Physician Assistant Education Association, and the Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants.

Alisha works with Dr. Daniel El-Bogdadi seeing patients at the Fairfax and Rockville locations. She has completed the ISCD Certified Clinical Densitometrist course and is in the process of obtaining her certification. She also holds an interest in the role of cannabinoids in the treatment of rheumatic conditions and is certified to authorize the medical use of cannabinoids/THC in Virginia and Maryland.

Alisha especially values the collaborative physician-PA relationship. She believes that the best patient care and outcomes are achieved through compassion and education. She truly believes that the diagnosis of an autoimmune disease requires a comprehensive approach and requires an exploration of various factors in her patients’ backgrounds. She values the multifaceted approach which includes incorporating therapeutic foods, mindfulness, and lifestyle changes to promote healing.

When she is not caring for patients, she enjoys cooking and experimenting with new recipes from all over the world! She holds a great interest in the impact of foods and diet on the body’s health and well-being. She follows a vegetarian diet and especially believes in the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. She also enjoys reading and welcomes any literary recommendations. She also speaks conversational Gujarati and Spanish.

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