Dr. Seeta Arjun is the CEO and Founder of InFocus Urgent Care, a medical practice she first opened in 2013, that now has locations in West Windsor, Ewing, and New Brunswick, New Jersey. As an immigrant who came to the United States from South America as a teenager, Dr. Arjun achieved her “American Dream” with decades of hard work, grit, and determination. Dr. Arjun went from working as a “cleaning lady” to become an Emergency Medicine Physician, Director of the Emergency Department and Director of the Neurology Emergency Department at two high-volume NJ hospitals, and then the CEO of her own rapidly expanding urgent care corporation.
Dr. Seeta Arjun was born in 1968, in Windsor Forest, Guyana, in South America. She grew up on a small farm where she and her family lived in a hut made out of zinc. In 1983, she immigrated to the United States with just her mother and sister and settled in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens Borough in New York City. With her sister, she attended Jamaica High School in Jamaica, Queens. After graduating, she could not go to college because she did not have enough money to afford tuition. Dr. Arjun found work as a “cleaning lady” and worked as often as she possibly could until she saved enough money to afford college. She then enrolled at York College of CUNY. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology and Fine Arts in 1992. That was also the year she proudly became a citizen of the United States of America.
In that same year, 1992, Dr. Arjun's only child, Kevin, was born. Several months after becoming a mother, Dr. Arjun enrolled at St John's University in Queens, New York, to pursue her master's degree. She focused her research on the manipulation of the aging process in the human cell, taught microbiology and worked as a lab assistant. In 1995, she graduated Magna Cum Laude having earned a Master's of Science (M.S.) in Molecular and Cell Biology.
In 1996, Dr. Arjun entered medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). While in medical school, Dr. Arjun became a single mother. Despite the challenges of being a single mother of a young child, and often barely having enough money to buy food, Dr. Arjun graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in the year 2000. She was then selected by the University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ) School of Osteopathic Medicine, now part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, to complete her internship where she rotated in all specialties. She successfully completed her internship in 2001, and was accepted into the Residency in Emergency Medicine Program at UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Arjun successfully completed her residency at UMDNJ on June 30, 2004.
On July 1, 2004, Dr. Arjun accepted a position as an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals, now part of the Jefferson Health System, in South Jersey. In 2006, she became a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Specialist. She remained at Kennedy Hospital as a full- time Attending Physician in the Emergency Department until 2009. She continued in that capacity at Kennedy on a part-time basis until 2013. From 2009-2012, Dr. Arjun was an Emergency Department Attending Physician at Community Medical Center in Toms River, NJ, part of the RWJ Barnabas Health System. She also worked part-time as a Physician Specialist for UMDNJ Department of Corrections.
In 2012, Dr. Arjun joined Capital Health where she served as the Director of the Emergency Department and the Director of the Neurology Emergency Department. She was also an Emergency Physician and Neurology Emergency Specialist at Capital Health Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center of NJ. She remained in that position until 2013, when she decided to open her own urgent care center.
In 2013, Dr. Arjun opened InFocus Urgent Care, in West Windsor, NJ. Her goal was to recreate the urgent care model that had developed over the last 20 years into an impersonal assembly line where physicians frequently had no emergency medicine training, and the priority was moving patients through as quickly as possible. Dr Arjun believed urgent care was meant to be community based, a place where the physicians and staff are friendly and engaged, and higher quality medicine is provided because the physicians and staff are trained in emergency medicine. She has summarized her philosophy as returning urgent care to the “way it was meant to be.”
With a clear sense of purpose, Dr. Arjun began integrating her first InFocus Urgent Care into the community. Almost immediately, it became a trusted and relied upon medical facility where residents knew high quality care was available at a moment’s notice for everyone from their new born baby to their elderly grandmother. Dr. Arjun’s experience as a tested emergency room physician quickly made her a valuable asset for local residents.
Shortly thereafter, in 2014, Dr. Arjun turned her attention to the opioid epidemic. She became a volunteer emergency physician with City of Angels, an organization dedicated to getting treatment for people addicted to opioids who had limited financial resources. She launched a private out-patient opioid addiction treatment program separate from InFocus Urgent Care. The program has successfully guided hundreds of people out of addiction and into a successful and healthier lifestyle. She has worked with many community organizations as a volunteer physician to educate and promote awareness about public health issues.
In 2017, Dr. Arjun opened her second InFocus Urgent Care in Ewing, NJ. The location is on the campus of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and is open to the general public and students of the college. In 2017, Dr. Arjun also began development of a wellness center dedicated to her late sister, Cavi. The Cavi Wellness Center is set to launch later in 2019, and to provide a range of services including counseling, life coaching, and aesthetic treatments.
In 2018, Dr Arjun son, Kevin, 26, was accepted and enrolled at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), just as his mother had almost twenty years ago. Also in 2018, Dr. Arjun and her mother, Lucy Arjun, a Home Health Aid for over 40 years, co-founded the Coalition of Minority Women Physicians and Health Care Professionals and those who support them. The Coalition was formed to draw attention to unjust, unfair, and discriminatory behavior targeted at minority women in the health care industry, and to advocate for health care legislative issues affecting minority women and children. The motivation behind the coalition was the first-hand observations of both Dr. Arjun and her mother, who have worked in the health care industry at opposite ends of the hierarchical structure for a combined 70 years. The Coalition began efforts to pursue 501(c)(3) status in 2019.
On February 21, 2019, Dr. Arjun opened her third InFocus Urgent Care in New Brunswick, NJ. The facility is located in the center of town on George Street. Like her other urgent care centers, this location focuses on providing convenient, efficient, high-quality medical care in a friendly and welcoming environment. In 2019, Infocus Urgent Care also expanded into primary care. Patients now have the option of seeing the emergency medicine professionals at InFocus for routine care – before emergency care is needed. Also in 2019, Dr. Arjun began planning and development for opening additional InFocus Urgent Care centers in New Jersey.