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2022 Healthcare Hero: Dr. Vasanth Kainkaryam

Winner Category: Advancement in Healthcare - Innovation Employer: 4 Elements Direct Primary Care & Wellness Space Title: Chief Everything Officer, Physician & Founder Return to honoree page
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Dr. Vasanth Kainkaryam is a “doctorpreneur” and founder of 4 Elements Direct Primary Care & Wellness Space, a triple board-certified physician in internal medicine, pediatrics, and obesity medicine, and holds a master’s degree in health informatics.

His practice disrupts the traditional model of health care by infusing his own philosophies with evidence-informed medicine and personalized care by offering a low-cost monthly membership for primary care consultations, reducing barriers and incorporating determinants of health, including individual behaviors, genetics and social determinants, and using integrative approaches such as acupuncture and clinical hypnosis.

Dr. Kainkaryam’s “4E Philosophy” is how he works with his patients and community: engage, educate, empower and encourage.

What have been your significant accomplishments in the past year?

In this past year, I have continued to grow and define the vision by expanding services to include massage therapy, clinical hypnosis, health coaching and aesthetics to truly provide patients access to everything that they may look for, for their basic health and wellness needs.

We have grown our team and expanded our patient reach as far south as Ridgefield, as far north into Chicopee, Mass., and east to the Boston suburbs.

I continue to adopt technology very early on, and provide as many options as possible to make the process easy and personalized at the same time. I have also brought on two medical students and have had the opportunity to hire, mentor and nurture doctors who are pursuing their medical training in the U.S.

Tell us about a challenge in your job that you were able to overcome.

As our team has grown and as our patients continue to join our practice, a challenge has really been creating operational efficiencies using technology.

We have become a virtually green practice and I’ve worked to study a lot of various technology platforms to help my team’s work become as easy as possible and keep the overhead and administrative burden as low as possible.

This has required taking inspiration from non-healthcare sectors to see how technology can be harnessed and automated for certain processes.

How has COVID-19 changed the way you do your job?

Honestly, it has proven why our model works. Patients want ease of access, quick access to their doctor, less exposure to diseases, flexibility in the way visits are delivered and a modern tech-enabled experience, all without having to worry about whether their health benefit would cover it or not.

So, what much of the world started doing after COVID-19, we were already doing before.

Personal side:

City of residence: South Windsor

Favorite way to relax: Writing, watching sci-fi dystopian cinema/shows, baking

Hobbies: International travel, writing poetry/books, South Indian classical music, laser engraving, making mini-cupcakes, learning languages

Favorite movie: “The Interpreter”

Currently reading: Obesity medicine articles to maintain my boards!

Favorite cause: No favorites. Every cause has meaning to someone and I support whatever moves me at the moment.

Fun fact:

I was born with an extra finger on my left hand (a genetic gift from my father who was born with two extra fingers and an extra toe)!

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