PEPPERELL -- Faced with a growing practice, a local physician plans to move her current office to a more spacious location on Main Street.
With little down time, Dr. Laila Attar expected her new office to be up and running by Jan. 2 allowing her patients no time to notice that her services were ever interrupted.
"It's a great location for a new office which has been remodeled for us inside," said Attar. "It'll be slightly larger than our old office with more exam rooms for me. I'll be able to take better care of my patients and retain a full complement of staff which will remain the same."
Located at 66 Hollis St. for the past 10 years, Attar's office will be moving to its new 76 Main Street address in time for the start of the new year.
"Pepperell is a fabulous place to do business," said Attar, a resident of town. "I love the people here. I moved here, live here, and planted roots here. I love the town and want to stay here and practice community medicine for as long as I can."
A family care physician, Attar will continue to staff the new office with the same number of employees she has currently including two full-timers and three part-timers.
Attar herself is the office's sole physician, a situation that has its plusses and minuses.
"I love private practice," said Attar. "I wouldn't do anything else because it's all about the patients. I love my patients and love taking care of everyone in their family some up to five generations of members. I also love the variety of issues that come with family practice. You never know what's going to come in the front door."
But working solo is not all a bed of roses. Working by herself does have some drawbacks.
"It's kind of tough being a solo practitioner because it's all you," confessed Attar. "You don't punch a clock. You don't just walk out the door when the day's over and shut off the clock. But that's all part of being in a small town. Local businesses know my cellphone number so I do get calls even when I'm not on call."
Attar attended Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H. before completing her residency at the Florida Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg in 1995.
She opened her office in Pepperell in 2002.
"I love being in the medical profession," said Attar of her field. "I love being able to help people not only with their physical problems but also with the emotional component that sometimes goes with them. I love to take care of the whole person as well as the whole family even though each member approaches health care in their own way. For instance, men are the hardest to treat but each member of the family has their own challenges. Children, for example, can't always communicate their needs while mothers sometimes can communicate too much. And in some ways, men are like children: They don't communicate enough or, worse, don't bother coming in unless whatever is wrong is bleeding or falling off!"
Attar said she enjoys being a small town doctor who now and then, is still able to make house calls.
"Mostly to shut ins and the like," Attar qualified.
Attar's convenient office hours, however, make such visits a rarity: Monday to Wednesday hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Thursdays 7:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Weekends, the office is open from 8 a.m. to noon on both Saturdays and Sundays.
Any other time, either Attar or a covering physician is available for paging through her answering service 24/7.
To contact Attar's office, prospective patients can call 978-433-0517.
"We're very excited about our move," said Attar of the new location. "We're now accepting new patients, take most insurances, and have early morning hours. We cover patients of all ages and anything that effects them from the cradle to the grave."