“Deeply compassionate and highly competent”; for nearly two decades, our family has used these words to describe Doctor Rajka Milanovic. Her primary patient, however, our reserved, no-nonsense, tempered-by-the-Depression mother exuberantly addressed her as “Dr. Honey.” This was not a mere expression of affection, it was a confirmation that Dr. Milanovic earned mother’s trust and had transformed the physician-patient relationship into dynamic partnership for mother’s well being and good health.
In these frustrating days of brief office visits and reliance on computer-generated diagnoses, Dr. Milanovic continues to practice the lost art of listening to her patients, learning about their lives outside of her office. A skilled diagnostician, she also knows the power of human touch to bring comfort, of human connectivity as a path to wellness.
Dr. Milanovic is a person of integrity; she cared for our mother with empathy that empowered her to enjoy her final years with dignity, confidence, and happiness.