Clayton News-Star

Medical practice welcomes doctor

An internist has joined Dr. Nicole Collins in practice at Johnston Medical Associates–Internal Medicine in Smithfield. She began seeing patients earlier this month week.

Dr. Mai Trang Nguyen of Cary has 13 years of experience in treating chronic and acute illnesses. Before coming to Johnston Health, she was director of Optimus Health Group, an internal medicine, primary and urgent care practice in Raleigh.

Nguyen is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Mass. She completed a residency in internal medicine and an internship at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Nguyen emphasizes preventive care and enjoys treating patients who have diabetes and other chronic illnesses. “It’s rewarding to see results,” she said.

She thinks that patients should be at the center of their treatment. “It’s important that they understand their disease process, their medications and how they can contribute toward optimizing their health,” she said.

Nguyen grew up in Vietnam, where she says health care is a luxury. At a young age, she and her parents and siblings were able to escape from the communist country and resettle in Boston with the help of a charitable organization.

After graduating from medical school, she took off a year to teach English at a refugee camp in the Philippines. Her mother had seen to it that her children learned English as a second language. By the time Nguyen arrived in Boston, she was able to communicate with and understand her teachers in school.

“I feel privileged to be able to provide care to the public,” she added. “It’s very rewarding.”

Nguyen her husband, Neil, live in Cary and have a 12-year-old.