Betty A. Petrak, M.D. received her medical degree from New York Medical College in 1982. She trained at North Shore University Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center having firsthand experience with the developing HIV epidemic. This triggered an interest in further study of Immunology.
Dr. Petrak’s Fellowship was at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. She is board certified in Allergy and Immunology, as well as Internal Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and a member of the American College of Allergy & Immunology. She is also a member of the American Headache Society.
She is a member of the Colorado Allergy and Asthma Society, a member of the Colorado Woman’s Allergy Society, a member of the Colorado Medical Society, and a past member of the Utah Allergy Society and New York Allergy Society and New York Medical Society.
Dr. Petrak has been practicing in Boulder since 1999. She enjoys problem solving and finding the best individual treatment for each patient. Dr. Petrak has a special interest in asthma diagnosis and management; headache management; how headaches and allergies interact; food allergies; Drug sensitivities; and the composition of dust in Boulder County, especially regarding pet allergens.
After being awarded a research grant from The American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, Dr. Petrak established an Immunology Lab in Boulder to study the concept of hypoallergenic dog breeds and amount of allergenic protein secretion in individual dogs.
Her data was presented as an abstract in Seattle in 2011, and in San Antonio in 2012 and a peer review journal format is pending.
Dr. Petrak is concerned about the effect of insurance regulation on medical care, and she tries to take all things into consideration as she works up and treats medical conditions.
Dr. Petrak loved growing up in New York City, training in New York, and having with access to a variety of medical and scientific expertise. As an adult she has throughly enjoyed living in the west– first in Utah and now in Colorado. Her background and experience reflect a broad range of cultural and environmental exposures which makes her better able to empathize and treat conditions suffered by people from all backgrounds.
In her spare time she enjoys hiking, cycling, skiing, exploring the mountains and deserts, and being outdoors as much as possible. Her professional goal is to enable as many people as possible to enjoy the outdoors, their foods, and their pets.