About Us


Dr. Aruna Nathan

Dr. Aruna Nathan is a board certified Internal Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine physician practicing in Montgomery County, Maryland since 1998.

In 2017, she became one of the first physicians in the country to be board certified in Lifestyle Medicine, a new specialty that uses evidence based lifestyle therapeutic approaches to prevent treat and often reverse chronic diseases that are prevalent in modern society.

While receiving her training at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, she served as a Chief Resident in the Department of Medicine. She has won a number of awards for her work in medicine, including the John H. Mulholland Research Award for Outstanding Research.

After her training, she worked in a private practice where she oversaw patient care at Shady Grove Adventist and Suburban Hospitals. She started her own Primary Care practice in 2001 focusing on management of chronic complex medical conditions in adults. In 2007, she joined Wellness Medical Center as managing partner. Currently she has her own internal medicine practice where she focuses on primary care serving patients from Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia. She also maintains active privileges at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

Her practice motto is “Effective healthcare and transparency in medical management incorporating proven scientific data”

She has been nominated by her patients and received the Patients’ Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition on multiple occasions. She is also listed in the directory of America’s Top Physicians by the Consumer Research Council of America, is included in the directory of The Leading Physicians of the World (International Association of Internists), listed as Top 10 Internists by the American Registry and nominated and selected by her peers as a Top Doctor in the Washingtonian magazine consecutively since 2017. 

Our Mission

A Passion for Better Medicine

Effective health care and transparency in medical management incorporating proven scientific data.

Our Staff

Shawntel Gray

Practice Manager

Shawntel Gray has been the practice manager for Aruna Nathan, M.D. since March 2016.  She manages the day-to-day operations for the practice, all patient scheduling and billing inquiries and serves as the personal care coordinator for the concierge program and in-office lifestyle medicine events like cooking demos and exercise classes.

Shawntel currently holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and will be taking additional courses in plant-based cooking soon.

Growing up with a grandma who grew cabbage, tomatoes, okra, collards, and grapes in her NW Washington, D.C. backyard, and sold fried green tomatoes and homemade cornbread out of her house on Friday nights, food has always been a large part of Shawntel’s life.  Between her grandma and her mother, who would make eggplant parmesan, vegetable chili and vegetable soup, Shawntel thought she had a good idea what healthy eating was, but admits it wasn’t until working with Dr. Nathan that she begin to learn just how important our food choices are and how they affect our entire well being.  A simple food choice can be a determining factor for whether or not we develop certain chronic medical conditions that require the use of prescriptions medications. 

“Cooking tasty food has always been a passion of mine and making tasty WFPB (whole-food plant-based meals has been an enjoyable experience.”