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Welcoming psychiatrist Erica Vega, D.O.

Physicians, 2018

Through a partnership with the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center, Adventist Health Sonora welcomes Erica Vega, D.O., a psychiatrist who will care for patients at both Adventist Health Sonora Rural Health and at the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center in Tuolumne.

In 2016, Adventist Health Sonora and Tuolumne County Public Health completed a Community Health Needs Assessment that identified mental health as an area of need. According to the assessment, “Recruitment of more mental health providers, and needed specialists continues to be a major focus for the community.”

“By developing key community partnerships, as we have with the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center, we are able to recruit high-quality physicians to meet the specific needs of our community,” says Kathrina McRee, director of physician recruitment and community relations at Adventist Health Sonora.

Dr. Vega completed her general psychiatry residency at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Midwestern University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Ariz. She is originally from Southern California and attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Disability Studies.

Caring for patients of all ages, Dr. Vega treats the whole person focusing on the mind-body connection and marriage between mental health and physical health. Her interest in wellbeing helps her patients include not only medication but also spirituality, lifestyle, and family and social relationships in their goals towards improving their mental health and quality of life.

Dr. Vega knew from an early age that she wanted to become a psychiatrist. “I know what it’s like to have a family member who needs mental health care,” she explains. With a down-to-earth philosophy of care, Vega strives to be personable and approachable for her patients.

Dr. Vega has moved to Sonora with her family and looks forward to providing care in a small-town environment. “In an urban area, psychiatrists typically focus on one area of their specialty,” Vega says. “Practicing in a rural area I have the opportunity to accept all patients, keeping my medical knowledge up to date and practicing a wider breadth of care.”

Dr. Vega is accepting new patients by referral. For more information, please call Adventist Health Sonora Rural Health Specialty Clinic at 536-5110 or the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center at 928-5400.