Dr. Sonjia is the best-selling author of Sex in South Beach and is a certified sexologist. She received her bachelors degree from UCLA and earned two masters degrees along with her doctorate at Columbia University in New York (also where Dr. Ruth trained!). During grad school and a post-doctoral fellowship for the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Sonjia conducted research on sex problems, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual satisfaction.
Her early faculty appointments were at New York University and the City University of New York, where she taught human sexuality. In 2003, Dr. Sonjia was recruited to teach at the medical school in the Cayman Islands, where she also provided sexual health counseling and wrote a popular sex column in the local newspaper.
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recruited Dr. Sonjia in 2008 to develop programs addressing HIV in Miami-Dade county, which has the highest rates of new HIV infections in the America. Upon joining UM, Dr. Sonjia immediately distinguished herself and met with President Obama’s AIDS czar in Washington D.C. to discuss HIV prevention strategies. In 2010, the Miami Herald recognized Dr. Sonjia as one of Miami’s top 20 leaders under 40 years old.
Published in academic journals, books, magazines, and newspapers, her series of interviews with Caribbean women living with HIV earned international recognition and was nominated for a human rights journalism award.
In addition to serving as a professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Dr. Sonjia is on the faculty of Florida International University (FIU) and volunteers weekly as an aerobics instructor at a women’s shelter in Overtown, Miami.
Born in San Francisco, California, Dr. Sonjia lives in South Beach, Florida with her husband and is pregnant with her first child. After years of trying to fix sex problems among her patients, Dr. Sonjia started focusing on how to make sex better, hoping people could prevent problems before they start!
Sex is the elephant in the room. No one talks about it and America suffers more sex problems than most developed nations. Good sex improves relationships and helps couples stay together. Long-lasting, fulfilling relationships are linked to better health, more happiness, increased wealth, and reduced risk for sex problems! Who wouldn’t want all that good stuff?
To get good at sex, or anything else, you’ve got to learn the ropes. Dr. Sonjia helps you learn and have fun along the way!
Let’s face it: America has nearly banned sex education. Few know how to develop sex skills and there’s not a lot of places to learn. As a result, relationships are less fulfilling, people cheat, and divorces are more common. Dr. Sonjia teaches you how to develop better skills to improve sexual satisfaction within your relationship.
Disguised as a fun-loving, free-spirit, Dr. Sonjia knows her science, knows when to get another expert involved, and knows how to entertain as she educates. Trained in New York as a stand-up comedian while attending Columbia University, she couples humor with intellect to get her message across.
In her weekly sex article published in the Miami Sun Post, she surveys random adults about their sex lives and provides education on challenges normal people experience in bed. Smart, funny, and straight forward, Dr. Sonjia reflects the changing American population.
Rather than elderly, clinical, and non-sexual, she is young, multicultural, and loving life in Miami Beach, the sexiest city in America!