My name is Payal Patel MD. As the founder of Sunshine Pediatrics of Lutz, my vision was to expand the practice to provide integrative care to patients from 0-21 years of age. I was fortunate to work part time with other pediatricians in the area until I decided to start my own practice in May of 2007. It has been an amazing journey with so many memories, as I continue to see my patients grow up with the practice.
One of my earliest memories is when I first started, there were days when I was “it”! I answered the phone calls, checked insurances, triaged the patients, saw them as the physician and gave shots and so much more. I want to thank the many patients and parents who helped us grow, by referring us to their friends and family and have continued to support us through many times of transition. As our practice grew, we welcomed Dr. Saumeel Mehta in February, 2010 and now Alissa Zaharis- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Sept, 2014.
Our goal is to provide integrative medicine where we can combine alternative with western medicine. We support many different approaches to providing care for your family.
Our vision in 2015 is to provide complete care and increase availability to our patients, as well as move to a larger location in Lutz to accommodate our growing number of patients. We hope to integrate nutrition and lifestyle change lecture series in the coming year as well as provide fitness related classes such as Zumba and more.
On a personal note, I am originally from Gujarat, India and moved to the United States with my parents when I was twelve years old and settled in New Jersey.
I have been in the United States for over 25 years now and have done all my schooling in the states. I graduated from Ross University in 2001, and did my Pediatric Residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ.
My husband, Pritesh Patel, who is also a physician-Internal Medicine/Geriatrics right next door to us at Sun Med Primary Care, and I moved to Tampa, Florida in July, 2004. We have settled in Lutz for the past ten years and dedicate our time to our practice, as well as our 9 and 11 year old boys who keep us on our toes
I love to dance, workout- Zumba certified instructor, read, travel, and run around with my boys in their sports and extracurricular endeavors.