Experience and Compassion Create Winning Combination in Local Pediatric Practice

by Eva Potter

When your kids are sick, all you want is for them to get well. Under Dr. Srinivas Thandla’s care, you can be assured he and his caring staff will do everything they can to make that happen.

One visit to this pediatric office will leave you with a comforting sense of security by his expert staff. Dr. Thandla’s quiet and calm manner, coupled with his compassionate and dedicated nurses, quickly put their young patients at ease.

An online review by the parent of one of his patients wrote, “Dr. Thandla is very sweet, gentle and kind. My children adore him and actually look forward to going to the doctor! He always takes time to talk with you and doesn’t rush you. He’s wonderful! Cannot say enough good things about him!”

His offices see patients through the age of 18, at which time they are transitioned to primary care physicians.

“My specialty is the treatment of premature babies as well as chronic childhood illnesses,” he said.

Dr. Thandla, who has more than 20 years’ experience, has been practicing in the area since 2000, when he opened his first office in Salamanca, N.Y. In 2007, he took over Dr. Samera Alwan’s pediatric practice in Olean.

After graduating from Bangalore University in India in 1988, where he was a gold medalist  for best outstanding pediatric resident, he came to the U.S., where he completed a three-year residency in pediatric hematology and oncology, as well as one-and-a-half years in bone marrow transplants at Children’s Hospital and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, both in Buffalo.

He said, “I was inspired by one of my professors to go into pediatrics.

Dr. Thandla is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric hematology-oncology, which makes his perspective on pediatrics very thorough. His specialty areas are immunizations, newborn care and pediatric hematology. His practice also caters to mental health, ADHD, autism and behavioral issues, he said.

Dr. Thandla is also a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, in Rochester, N.Y., and keeps that status current.

His affiliations with Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., and many professional connections at Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, mean that your child can quickly be put in touch with the best specialists in the area should the need arise.

Julie Elsigan, RPA-C, with 15-20 years’ experience has worked with his offices since 2007 and specializes in adolescent gynecology. Megan Crosson, PNP, has also worked with him since 2007 and knows her patients well.

Dr. Thandla is on call most days outside of regular office hours, which is always reassuring to a parent with a sick child.

He said, “I know most parents want to speak with their doctor, not another doctor on call.”

Dr. Thandla gladly makes himself available for free appointments with expectant mothers so they can ask questions and tour his offices. He is also thinking of expanding his practice into educational classes for parents about childhood asthma and breastfeeding.

Extended hours in both offices are also in the works, possibly staying open until 7 p.m. in Olean and until 8 p.m. in Salamanca.

Dr. Thandla and his wife, Dr. Sushama Kotmire, a family physician and obstetrician, have two sons and one daughter and live in Allegany.

The Olean office, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, is located at Holiday Park Centre, 2636 West State St. Call (716) 373- 8181.

The Salamanca office, open Tuesday and Thursday, is inside the Center for Regional Excellence at 4039 Route 219, Suite 103. Call (716) 945-0368.