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Essentia Health St. Mary's-Detroit Lakes has hired two new doctors: Monika Pokharel and Rajit Kaushal.

Dr. Pokharel will work in Internal Medicine and Dr. Kaushal will join the Hospitalist Services team.

As an internist, Dr. Pokharel will work with patients to diagnose, manage and treat chronic illnesses, unusual or serious diseases, and conditions associated with adulthood.

A Nepal native, she received her medical degree from the Rajshahi Medical College in Bangladesh and completed an internal medicine residency at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Darby, Pa.

In her free time, Dr. Pokharel enjoys dancing, hiking, playing badminton, learning about different cultures and spending time with her family.

As a hospitalist, Dr. Rajit Kaushal will work with a multi-disciplinary team to provide patient-focused care and help individuals and their families understand diagnosis, testing and treatment options.

Dr. Kaushal received his medical degree from Indira Gandhi Medical College in India.

He completed a family medicine residency that included an intensive training program in adult inpatient medicine at the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus at the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

With more than seven years of medical practice experience in rural India, Dr. Kaushal brings a global perspective to providing acute care.

A Detroit Lakes resident, he is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys walking, running, trekking and cycling.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact St. Mary's-Detroit Lakes at 218-847-5611.