Hello, I’m Sonia! As a native Rhode Islander the smallest state holds a special place in my heart and I am beyond thrilled that I can continue to call RI home. I studied Biology at Providence College and later on received a Masters in Medical Sciences through Boston University. In between, I took time off to work and volunteer within my community. During this time I volunteered at free clinics and local hospitals where I had the opportunity to work with underserved and under-represented populations. My experience as a medical Spanish interpreter solidified my decision to pursue a career in medicine due to the unique health problems facing the Hispanic community and how barriers in communication exacerbate these issues. I attended University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine. During my time there, I had the opportunity to become involved in many on campus groups which further strengthened my interest in underserved and under-represented populations, women’s health, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ medicine, health disparities, and medical Spanish. Family Medicine seemed like the obvious choice because of the wide spectrum in training and the fact that I did not have to give up working with any specific population or give up pursuing my interests.
I am so honored to be part of the Brown Family Medicine program. Even on interview day I could sense the passion and excitement for what the program offered from both residents and faculty. Everything I learned just ticked off more boxes on my checklist and then some! This just made me realize that this was the program that could provide me with the tools and support to become the physician I wanted to be. Outside of medicine my interests include spending time outdoors, photography, baking, cake decorating, and reading. I am so happy to be part of such a great team and furthermore, to serve the community I grew up surrounded by. I cannot wait to meet my co-residents and begin this next part of my journey.