Dr Sonia Foley has always had a passion for wellness, and it was the driving force for her entry into medicine. Her main career interest is in the preventative branch of medicine called Lifestyle Medicine which includes the research, prevention and treatment of disorders caused by lifestyle factors such as nutrition, lack of exercise, and chronic stress. It has been found that addressing these factors helps improve quality of life in all patients including those with ailments such as obesity, cancer, and diabetes. She has a passion for prevention and reversal of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, using evidence-based lifestyle interventions where possible.
In support of this interest, Sonia has completed the T. Colin Campbell Centre for Nutrition Studies/eCornell Plant based Nutrition Certificate and has also been certified by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine (IBLM) after being trained in a comprehensive Lifestyle Medicine approach to chronic disease management and care. She was in the first Australasian cohort of doctors to sit the inaugural international examination in Lifestyle Medicine.
Patient-centred care is important to Sonia, and she is a firm believer that patient education is imperative to empower you to make the best decision for yourself in your healthcare. She respects your needs and rights to make health decisions and choices based on your preferences. She also encourages collaboration where patients are actively involved during the planning of care and treatment for their most satisfying health outcome.
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Sonia is a Northern Beaches local - born in Mona Vale Hospital, growing up in Elanora Heights and swimming down at North Narrabeen beach. She ended up working in Mona Vale hospital both as an admissions officer whilst studying and then later as an emergency doctor. In her own life Sonia is committed to wholistic lifestyle medicine. She is usually up early swimming laps before starting her workday