New physician in Waupaca
Soto enjoys science, teaching
Dr. Michelle Soto views her family medicine practice as the ideal way to combine two areas she enjoys: science and teaching others.
“When looking at a career, I saw medicine as a way I could do both. I could use my science knowledge as well as help people learn how to take better care of themselves and educate them about their health issues,” said Soto, who joined ThedaCare Physicians-Waupaca earlier this summer. “I knew that family medicine was the right fit for me since I enjoy doing a bit of everything.”
One of the best parts of working in family medicine is the opportunity to care for an entire family and develop lasting relationships, Dr. Soto said.
“As a physician, it’s an honor to care for multiple family members. Working with different family members provides you with valuable information and insight about your patients,” she said. “It’s also just fun to work with members of the same family. You get to see how the patients and family change and grow over time.”
Practicing family medicine also provides an intellectual challenge.
“You listen to the patient’s symptoms and then try to figure out what may be going on,” Soto said. “You have to use your reasoning skills, experience and interaction with the patient to determine a diagnosis and then a treatment plan.”
Soto has a special interest in women’s health, chronic disease management and caring for older adults.
“When you’re talking to patients and educating them about their health, you need to realize that people start from their own place and have their own strengths and challenges,” she said. “You need to understand where they are at and move on from there.”
A native of Sheboygan Falls and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, after six years working on the West Coast and eight years in Madison, Soto was looking to move to a smaller community. Working in Waupaca is a great fit, she said.
“I’m a believer in giving back to the community and being involved,” Soto said. “I enjoy the smaller city environment and it’s a wonderful place to raise a family.”