Meet Sinthia Soca
Office Locations: Linden
Q&A with Sinthia Soca
- Q: Tell us about your background as a physician assistant.A: I went to Kean University for my undergraduate degree and completed my Master’s degree at CUNY school of Medicine in New York City. The program appealed to me the most because of their commitment and dedication to helping the underserved communities across New York. This mission resonated with me tremendously, and I am happy to be able to carry on this mission now as a provider.
- Q: Why did you choose to become a physician assistant?A: Ever since I was very young I enjoyed helping people and my mother being a nurse, was a great influence in my calling to help people. When I was in college I learned about the PA profession and I decided to take every step to become a PA. I met a great deal of PAs along my education and I volunteered as an EMT for three years. This exposure solidified my belief that becoming a PA was the right path for me.
- Q: Why did you choose to practice in an open access primary care practice?A: Treating patients as individuals with unique needs and concerns is crucial for their overall well-being and ensures quality of care. Being able to practice in an open access primary care setting allows me to treat patients in an individualized manner and see them progress over time.
- Q: What unique skills do you possess?A: I am a very good ice skater. As a young girl I used to train 3x a week every week after school. I even competed and performed in my skating club. Ever since then, I have always loved to figure skate even though I do not train or perform anymore, it has always been something I love doing.
- Q: Describe your day to day activities, priorities and tasks. What do you like best?A: My day to day consists of checking lab reports and answering important messages from patients in between taking care of patients at the office. I give my patients a call to discuss important information making sure they understand it and follow the plan of care. I am always making sure that important information gets to my patients promptly.
- Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of?A: On a professional level, I am most proud of becoming a PA and to have the privilege of changing lives in a positive way. On a personal level, I am proud of my family and all we have achieved since moving to the US. I am proud to have a great group of friends who support each other and have achieved great things.
- Q: What are the key challenges of this field of medicine? How is it changing?A: The medical field is ever evolving and guidelines that were once believed to be best practice may not remain the same in the near future. It is important to constantly read, study, and keep up with current medical literature for best patient care. Primary Care is changing dramatically with the growth and integration of technology. Patients are becoming more informed and being able to use technology to manage their health like never before, it is an exciting time in medicine.
- Q: If you couldn’t be a physician assistant, what would you be doing?A: If I could not have become a PA I would have become a Veterinarian. I have always had a very strong appreciation for animals and wildlife. My life has always been surrounded by animals and since I was a kid I’ve had all kinds of odd pets because I love animals of all species. Studying zoology has always fascinated me and it still does today.
- Q: What makes working at Care Station special?A: Care Station is a very special place to work. All staff members work well together and make sure that the patients feel that they are cared for. We not only see patients on an acute basis, but we see patients in a complete primary care basis as well. Our team creates a very streamline experience for our patients so that they can be sure that they will be scheduled for the appropriate tests and appointments as needed.
- Q: Why should patients choose Care Station for their primary care?A: Aside from being a small family, the Care Station team offers a variety of in-house services to our patients including a variety of diagnostic modalities as well as Sports Medicine, Podiatry and Dermatology. All of these services are at the convenience of our patients making our practice stand out from the rest.
- Q: Tell us a little something about yourself.A: Besides loving animals and wildlife, I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as snowboarding in the winter months, hiking and rock climbing in the spring and summer. In the fall, I enjoy apple picking and reading a good book.
- Q: How do you like to spend your free time?A: I spend as much time as I can reading about the latest guidelines and medical journals to stay up to date on my clinical and medical knowledge. I also like to spend my free time catching up with family and friends.