Niraj Mehta, D.O. Pronounced Near-Ridge Meh-thA
Who is Niraj Mehta, DO?
Growing up in Central Texas, I thought I’d live in Austin forever. I came to Fort Worth to study medicine at UNT’s Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then completed an internal medicine internship and residency at Plaza Medical Center (now Medical City Fort Worth).
I fell in love with my wife and the Metroplex. We decided to stay here and start our family. Since 1996, this has been my home.
I started an internal medicine practice in 2004 with a fellow resident and friend. For 12 years, we humbly served the Fort Worth community and grew the practice to 6 physicians and 1 Nurse Practitioner. In 2016, after taking care of thousands of patients in the clinic and hospital, I decided to concentrate my medical efforts on the sickest patients by predominantly practicing in the hospital.
I started to miss the long-term relationships I had built with my patients in private practice. So, Helical Health was born. This is a different kind of practice. I have a mission to take care of patients by listening, minimizing traditional hassles, respecting both the benefits and risks of treatment options and, most importantly, strengthening the patient-physician relationship.
Why Choose Concierge Medicine?
I went into medicine to help people. Because that’s still my top priority, I decided to leave behind the day-to-day “business” of medicine. In dealing with insurance companies and documentation constraints, it became too time-consuming to conduct a patient encounter (with most of that time dedicated to non-patient care issues). I wanted a simple, effective and time-efficient way to treat my patients.
With a detailed phone conversation, we can usually tell the severity and urgency of whatever it is that ails you. Do you need to go to urgent care or the emergency room? Can this be handled over the phone? Or shall we set up a time to meet?
We are doing things the hard way by putting emphasis on the wrong things, including the actual doctor’s visit. One example is the idea of gate keepers: The person who decides how long the visit should be is often times not medically trained to properly triage patients. No matter the best of intentions, someone not trained in medically seeing or hearing worrisome, alarming symptoms can inadvertently cause a delay in care. Without middlemen and women (AKA receptionist, medical assistant, nurse), I am able to see what my patients need and address it timely.
Life is busy. With work, kids, education, “me-time”, you can do what’s most important to you without driving to and from and then spending time in a waiting room. I’m happy to provide services that are truly needed for individual circumstances.
What’s Osteopathic Medicine?
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s) are fully-licensed physicians in the United States who practice medicine in all specialties and provide all the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology. Osteopathic physicians emphasize wellness while teaching prevention and injury. We look at the whole person to reach a diagnosis—not just the symptoms. We help the body heal itself and believe that all parts of the body work together and influence one another.
And finally, there’s OMT (osteopathic manipulative treatment). OMT is a hands-on approach to diagnosing, treating and preventing illness and injury. Using OMT, D.O.s move muscles and joints using techniques that include stretching, pressure, myofascial release and resistance.
Originally, I went to an osteopathic medical school because of its underlying philosophies. Since then, I’ve realized it doesn’t matter if you’re an M.D. or a D.O. It’s about understanding that the body is a complete unit, and the unit functions better when its individual parts are working in harmony—making the whole body much more than the sum of its parts. This has taken time to learn and put into practice.
Let’s put emphasis on things that should help us: sleep, nutrition, motion, flexibility, stress management, healthy relationships, etc.