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As a doctor of internal medicine at Physicians Health Alliance, Dr. Ariane M. Conaboy, 34, realizes the importance of human life and how fragile it can be at times.

Conaboy graduated from Scranton Prep and the University of Scranton with a double major in biochemistry and philosophy. She graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and a residency at Scranton Temple Residency program (The Wright Center for Graduate Education). “I love procedures and critical care and wanted to be an emergency physician or a critical care intensivist, but met my husband when I was in medical school and we knew we wanted to have children. I was not sure if I could be multi-tasking enough to be away from them most nights or weekends, so I opted to do internal medicine,” she said. “I love it. I am so passionate about it. I feel very lucky because I have the opportunity to often take care of entire families.”

Conaboy’s role model for more than 20 years is Dr. Mary Sewatsky, chief medical officer at Moses Taylor Hospital. “She has shown unwavering care and concern, medical care and ethics. She is loved by her family and is a strong supporter of life-long medical learning and has helped me so much,” Conaboy said.

Her success is largely due to hard work and the support given to her by her parents, Millie and Mike Palmasani, “They urged me to brush off failures and get right back to trying again,” she adds.

Her husband, Kevin, has been a great factor in her success, offering unwavering love and support. “He is the best dad I know, has incredible wit, and encourages me to pursue things that interest me.”

Conaboy lives by Ghandi’s words of hope,”Be the change you want to see in the world.”

The couple has two children, Clare, 5, and Kevin, 4. “They are my purpose in life and I truly did not know wonderment until we were blessed with them,” she said. Family time is the doctor’s favorite time of the day.

Her four friends — Shalissa, Janet, Gretchen and Kate, have also been a source of great support.

In 2015 Conaboy was the youngest president of the Lackawanna Medical Society; is the physician lead for the finance and contracting committee of the region’s first clinically integrated network, NEPA Quality Health Alliance; was named to the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Top 40 under 40 in 2016; serves on the Medical Executive committee at Moses Taylor Hospital; and is president-elect of the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee.

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