Sophia holds a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas, Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sophia is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a Clinician in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Orthopedics.

Sophia also completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Women's Sports Medicine Program at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During this time, she worked with patients who had a syndrome called the female-athlete triad, composed of disordered eating, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis. Her fellowship research included the impact of the female-athlete triad on one’s cardiovascular health.

Sophia is committed to helping those with eating disorders create a balanced life. This is a goal she sets for herself as well, stating that time at work is rewarding but time away to replenish is vital.

Having time for introspection is as important as time with friends and family. Give me time anywhere on the Hawaiian Islands, work or play, and I’m golden!
— Dr. Lal