KINGMAN - A 1999 graduate of Kingman High School has come home to join the medical community.
Dr. Harris Salim returned to Kingman earlier this month to practice internal medicine in the urgent care facility at the Arizona Institute of Medicine and Surgery, 3636 Stockton Hill Road.
"This is where my heart is." Salim said. "I grew up in this community, it's where my family is. This is home."
His family moved to the Kingman area when he was 2. His mother, Attiya, was one of the first anesthesiologists to move into the Kingman area and currently works at AIMS.
In fact, medicine is a family affair. Salim's father, Shah, is the office administrator at AIMS. His uncle, Dr. A. Khan, owns and works at the facility, and one of his aunts is a nurse. Salim said he can't remember thinking of being anything but a doctor as he grew up.
Salim said he enjoys working with his parents.
"My father is the easiest guy in the world to work with," he said, although the 4 a.m. fishing trips twice a week with his dad are a little early. They do provide good family bonding time, he said.
"I'm really proud of my family," Salim said. He remembers as a child walking through the grocery store with his mom and people stopping to say thank you.
"It really makes you feel good. It's great that this community has allowed my parents to serve them for so long," he said.
This isn't the first time Salim has worked with his family at AIMS. Shortly after he graduated high school, he worked as a billing and medical records clerk at the facility.
Salim's wife, Tamanna, is also an internal medicine doctor and may join the group at a later date. She is currently busy taking care of the latest edition to the family, their 6-month-old son, Shyan. The couple already has one son, Arman, who is a big help with his little brother, Salim said.
Salim met Tamanna during medical school at Ross University School of Medicine in the West Indies.
"She may not have noticed me from across the room, but I certainly noticed her," he said. The two finally got a chance to speak one day when a hurricane forced both of them inside. Salim said he proposed to her and then spent the next nine months trying to convince her to marry him.
The couple first moved to New Jersey to be close to her parents while Salim was completing his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. The couple moved to Kingman earlier this year and are currently living in and refurbishing one of Salim's childhood homes. The home is within a half-mile of his parents' house, which makes it easy for them to visit the grandchildren.
Salim is currently working in the AIMS urgent care center, but hopes to get a private practice license in the next three to six months. He is also working with his family to expand some of the services AIMS offers.
"We want to have a true out patient facility, but we need more physicians. We already have the surgery, pain and internal medicine covered, the rest will come," he said.
To contact AIMS, call (928) 757-3680.