Emily Prazak, MD
I grew up on a small organic farm in northern Wisconsin, and moved to the Twin Cities in Minnesota for college and medical school. During my undergraduate education, I majored in psychology, and focused on how humans perceive and interpret facial expressions. It was interesting work, but I decided to pursue a career that allowed me to work more closely with people. After shadowing various professionals in the health care field, I decided medicine was the right career path for me.
About My Practice: I chose to specialize in family medicine because I feel health care should be a partnership between a physician and a patient. I hope to be a strong advocate and guide for my patients, and to earn their trust. I enjoy family medicine because it allows me to work with essentially any population. I have a particular love of geriatrics, women's health, primary care and mental health integration, and under-served care. My favorite part of the job is getting to know my patients and what's important to them. I also love that there's always something new to learn in medicine. I chose to join Kaiser Permanente because I wanted to work in an organization that emphasizes primary care and gives my patients easy access to the resources they need.
How I Thrive: I adore hiking, camping, kayaking, and swimming. I grew up swimming in the Great Lakes, so the colder the water, the better. I bring nature inside for my occasionally successful attempts at indoor vegetable gardening. So far I've mastered herbs and greens, but tomatoes and carrots remain elusive. I also love reading, meditating, and listening to live music. What keeps me feeling healthy, motivated, and inspired are relationships with my family, friends, coworkers, and my patients.