East Coast native Sophie Cole crossed the country in 1986 to complete her medical residency at the University of California San Francisco and has remained a Bay Area resident ever since. Sophie's philosophy is to develop partnerships with her patients, empowering them to become engaged in their own health maintenance and to be involved in the decision-making processes that impact their care. She strongly believes in behavior modification and non-pharmacologic therapies as initial treatments whenever appropriate. Sophie is particularly interested in musculoskeletal illnesses and injuries, gastrointestinal diseases, and nutrition and exercise. In addition to spending time on her own workouts, learning new recipes in the kitchen, and hanging out with her husband and kids, Sophie has been volunteering at Samaritan House Medical Clinic since 1997, providing primary care to working adults who do not have health insurance. She is also on the board of directors for San Francisco Village, a non-profit organization that empowers older adults to continue living active, full lives. Sophie is certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine and attended Yale University School of Medicine.