Sonia Damanan, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
Hello, and thank you for visiting my Web page. I'm glad to have this opportunity to present my credentials to you and share other important information about myself. It is very important you feel comfortable with your pediatrician, and I hope this page will help you get to know me better. I hope to soon meet you, and I look forward to helping you and your family live healthier lives.
I was born and raised in New York City, where I had attended school and college. After completing medical school and my residency in pediatrics, my husband and I moved to southern California to find a beautiful, warm environment to raise a family. This has been a childhood dream of mine; to be able to care and support children as they grow to become young adults. I believe becoming a mother to my wonderful twins has made me a more knowledgeable and caring pediatrician. I understand and empathize with parents who are doing their best to care for their children and who are trying to understand their medical conditions. Thus, being a mother has helped me to become a better pediatrician.
About my practice
Becoming a pediatrician means more than being a healer of ailments. Although it is vital to incorporate medical knowledge and the clinical skills to help patients, it is also important to be a good listener and to be empathetic to patients and their families. Having respect and responding to members' needs is also another very important aspect in being a good physician. I feel honored to maintain the position to care for their children, and I approach every pediatric patient as I would my own child or family member. I am extremely passionate about preventive care. This is best manifested in my belief in the current immunization schedule to avoid diseases which are vaccine-preventable in children. I also believe in the astounding benefits of breast feeding and support all breast feeding mothers.
How I thrive
Finding balance in life is important in maintaining happiness. I am a full-time pediatrician, wife, mother, daughter and friend. I stay healthy by exercising regularly, jogging, hiking and bike riding and roller skating with my children. I enjoy the great outdoors with my family, as well as find time for myself through practicing yoga at home. My other hobbies include healthy cooking, and I am always exploring the culinary world. I also enjoy interior decorating and arts and crafts.