ABOUT YOUR PROVIDERS

Welcome Our Newest Provider
Hector Lerma, MD, PharmD


Hector Lerma, MD, PharmD
Internal Medicine
Dr Hector Lerma will be joining Medicina del Sol in January 2022 and begin taking new patients! Dr Lerma is an Internal Medicine Physician, and a Co-Founder of Medicina del Sol. He earned his medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara Mexico and facilitated his Internal Medicine Residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center at Richmond University Medical Center in New York City, Veterans Affairs in Salem, Virginia and LewisGale Hospital in Blacksburg, Virginia. Early in his career, Dr Lerma attended the University of Houston and acquired his Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In his spare time, Dr Lerma enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, flying lessons and appreciating music and cuisine of the great southwest. 

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Deborah Thorne, DMSc, MPAS, BA-Kines, PA-C 
Doctor of Medical Science, Master of Science in PA Medicine, Bachelor of Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Board Certified Physician Associate, Medical Acupuncturist
Deborah has been in the healthcare industry since 1989, promoting health through education and awareness. She first received a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and advanced manual therapy in Canada followed by TCM acupuncture. She owned and operated a community wellness clinic in rural Manitoba collaborating with First Nation communities, Canadian Armed Forces and Manitoba Regional Health Authority. She moved to Guadalajara, Mexico to commence allopathic training then transitioned to New York to complete a Master of Science in PA studies. During her thesis year, she facilitated research in Guatemala working with comadronas (traditional midwives) in preventing postpartum hemorrhage. She practiced in NY and NJ, gaining valuable experience in orthopedics and sports medicine while working at Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. She went on to work in pain management, physical medicine, as well as primary and integrative medicine. Dr. Thorne continued her professional advancement through the University of Lynchburg in Virginia, facilitating a fellowship and doctoral degree. Her research focused on point of care ultrasound in the ER.
Circling back to her indigenous roots of Manitoba, she acknowledges the valuable teachings of her Ojibwe and Cree Elders. They taught her to respect and honor traditional healing methods by way of plant medicine and prayers. Dr. Thorne recently completed intensive training in medical acupuncture utilizing Japanese, Chinese, and myofascial needling technique through the University of New England. Her teachers include Kiiko Matsumoto, L. Ac, Dr. Joseph Audette, MD, and their program faculty in Europe, Japan, and Mexico.