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Meeting the faces of Facey

Posted: February 24, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 24, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Dr. Bina Maharjan poses at the Facey Medical Group offices in Canyon Country.

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Whether they’re new to the community, longtime residents or slowly establishing local roots, three Facey Medical Group doctors share why they are proud to live and work in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Dr. Connolly
Dr. Thomas Connolly, a pediatrician at the offices on Copper Hill Drive, and his family have been residents of Saugus for 32 years.

“We’re all proud that we live in Saugus,” he said, chuckling a little.

A Facey doctor since 1985, Connolly came to Santa Clarita looking for a place to work and raise a family.

“I grew up in La Canada, and this place reminded me a little of my hometown,” he said.

Santa Clarita was much smaller then, with a total population of about 80,000 people, Connolly said.

“I remember taking my kids to the Mustang Drive-In (in Canyon Country),” he said. “I took them to see ‘E.T.’”

As Connolly has grown his family, he’s also watched the community and his practice grow up around him.

Though he was at first worried about the lack of privacy that comes with living and working in the same community, Connolly said he’s found the constant run-ins quite entertaining.

“The kids will see you out shopping or wandering around the mall or on the soccer field,” he said. “They all want to come up and say hello.

“That’s always nice,” he said.

And Connolly has not shied away from putting himself out in the community. When his kids were younger, Connolly was involved in AYSO, coaching for about 10 years.

Now, his youngest is 24 years old.

“We’re having grandchildren,” he said, “so we may be back out there soon.”

Connolly has never regretted his decision to merge his work and family lives because it makes him feel so connected to the health of his patients.

“I’ve wanted the community to thrive and the kids to grow up healthy, so they have the opportunity to get out and do things,” he said.

Dr. Do
“I didn’t know I wanted to go into pediatrics until I did pediatric rotations,” said Dr. Tim Do, another pediatrician at the Copper Hill Drive offices in Saugus. “But I fell in love with it.”

Do was immediately captivated by the amount of difference he could make for a young patient.
“When kids get sick, if you treat them right, they get better quickly,” he said.

Decidedly in love with pediatrics, Do went in search of a place to practice.
“Santa Clarita attracted me, so I looked for a job in Valencia,” he said.

Over his six years with Facey, Do quickly came to appreciate the moments when he would run into patients outside of the office.

“I like getting to know my patients outside the clinic setting,” he said. “When they come in the next time, there’s more satisfaction for both of us.”

Do especially enjoys how quality of care and patient relationships build over time in his field.

“The most rewarding part of my job is the continuity of patient care I can provide for the same patient over and over,” he said. “That’s very important.”

Enjoying watching his patients thrive and his two children grow, Do is happy to be a Santa Clarita resident.

“I made the right decision coming to Valencia and coming to work for Facey,” he said.

Dr. Maharjan
Dr. Bina Maharjan has been chasing a childhood dream from her hometown in Nepal to Maine to New York and, finally, to her office in Canyon Country.

“I don’t want to treat just one person,” said Maharjan, who practices family medicine. “I want to treat the whole family.”

Previously practicing on the East Coast, Maharjan said the weather, people and family-oriented feel of Santa Clarita brought her to Valencia in October 2012. Still finding her bearings, Maharjan has been pleasantly surprised by the community.

“I’m enjoying a new place,” she said. “The people have been very nice and welcoming. There are fun things to do, and I’m still exploring more.”

Passionate about family medicine, Maharjan has always tried to stay close to her work.

“I like to know the population where I’m working,” she said.

It allows Maharjan to get to know her patients better.

“I look at the whole person and get to know them,” she said. “Communication is key in a medical practice.”

The patient-doctor relationship requires a lot of trust in the doctor, she said.

“But the patient also needs to know the doctor,” she said. “Especially for those patients with chronic medical problems, it’s important to build up a good relationship and trust.”

In addition to her patient relationships, Maharjan has developed close relationships with her colleagues.

“It’s not like you’re coming in for work; it’s like you’re coming to your second home,” she said.

Maharjan paused to consider the most important part of her message as a doctor: “Thank you for taking me as part of your community.”

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