Welcome to VMC!!

We're here to help you in any way that we can.  Even though we're well into the era of COVID-19, we continue to balance your needs while keeping our office environment as safe as possible.  We continue to ask screening questions and check temperatures before being triaged.  At this time, we still require masks to be worn inside our facility.  We are open for face-to-face visits for non-sick visits.  If you are sick, we offer telemedicine for the safety of our staff and our other patients, and also for your convenience.  If you cannot be adequately evaluated by telemedicine, you will be asked to see urgent care or the emergency room depending on the severity of the illness.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we continue to move through these challenging times!

Our Physicians

 
 

Anita Smith, MD

Board Certified, American Board of Family Medicine

One of my top priorities as a physician is to be very approachable and down-to-earth.  My patients describe me as a good listener and as an open book.  Anytime someone sees me from a recommendation of a fellow patient, I am very grateful and hope I live up to their expectations.  I do believe lifestyle plays a central role in health, so do not be surprised if I talk about diet, exercise, and stress-reduction.  Medicine certainly has its place, but only if we need it.

This picture was taken in 2005, so I have some additional years on me, but I am very camera-shy.  Updating this is on (the bottom) of my to-do list.

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I grew up in Minnesota and promised myself I would move south when the windchill was -70 degrees.  I followed my now-husband to the University of Kentucky, where I graduated from the College of Medicine with honors in 2000.  I completed my family medicine residency at Emory University in 2003, which is how we got to Atlanta.  I have been the main physician at VMC since 2005. 

Rakesh Sarma, MD

Board Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine

Board Certified, American Board of Integrative & Holistic Medicine

My experience in medicine has taught me many lessons, one of the most important of which is, in addition to a prescription, time spent with a patient discussing different contexts that affect health go a long way.  I especially enjoy assisting people examine and improve on their current perspectives on health through investigation of dietary and lifestyle habits.  This is often as valuable as a medicine in its own right.  

I completed medical school at the AUC School or Medicine and completed my residency in internal medicine at Mercer Univeristy, where I was chief resident, in 2006.  In 2011, I completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine through Dr. Andrew Weil's program at the University of Arizona.

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In my free time, I enjoy classical yoga and meditation, cooking, swimming, playing racquetball, and hiking.  I look forward to assisting you in your path to better health and I thank you for your trust in allowing me to do so.

 

Suzanne Blauser, MD
Board Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine

I grew up in Wisconsin but moved south soon after my residency.  I feel I am one of the few people who truly loves the heat.  I have been working as a part-time physician in Atlanta for over 25 years. Working part time has given me the flexibility to be a mother and travel. 

 

My passions in healthcare are preventative medicine and helping patients attain their health goals. These goals are different for every person and may include heart health, weight loss, being current on cancer screening as well as mental wellness.

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I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your path to better health.

 
 

Resources

Scope of Practice

"Family medicine is the medical specialty which provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. It is a specialty in breadth that integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, all genders, each organ system and every disease entity."  -American Academy of Family Physicians

  • Dr. Smith sees patients, both male and female, from elementary school age to approximately retirement age.  She does not provide OB care but does provide general gynecological care as part of family medicine.  While her scope is broad, she chooses to refer conditions that require ongoing controlled prescription use to specialists. 

"Internal medicine: The medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and medical treatment of adults."                                   -MedicineNet

  • Dr. Sarma and Dr. Blauser see patients, both male and female, from age 18 to approximately retirement age.  Dr. Sarma defers general gynecological care to Dr. Smith while Dr. Blauser will do routine gynecological exams.  They both also choose to refer conditions that require ongoing controlled prescription use to specialists.

Other Information and Links

Insurance
Direct & Self-Pay
 

Office Hours

Dr. Smith:  Mon-Wed  8am-4pm

                   Thurs 8am-noon

Dr. Sarma or Dr. Blauser:

                   Fri 8am-4pm

Contact Info & Location

2255 Cumberland Parkway, Building 1400  |  Atlanta, GA  |  30339

tel - 770.955.9477