SOUTH HILL – From small town Ohio to small town Virginia, Dr. Sandra Balmoria understands rural health care. And she has teaching experience to better educate her patients, empowering them in their healthcare decisions. She comes to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) from a federally licensed health center on the East Coast.
Balmoria began her career in education, teaching young students with special needs. She was trained to listen, observe and offer personalized advice to each student. Intrigued by their physical and mental health needs, Balmoria decided to go to medical school. At first, she thought she would go into research. Realizing how much she enjoyed one-on-one interactions, she decided to study family medicine. As a community faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, she complements her love for patient care with her love for teaching.
In fact, Balmoria will give a virtual presentation on teen health for the public next month. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 13, from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Balmoria will cover physical health topics such as sleep, nutrition, and sexual health, including gender issues and menstruation. She will also present important information about vaccines, such as COVID and HPV vaccines. Visit www.vcuhealth.org/cmh-core for the Zoom link. This seminar will be recorded and posted on the VCU Health CMH website and Facebook page for those unable to attend the virtual event.
Balmoria is certified in family medicine and received her medical degree with a specialty certificate in underserved medicine from the VCU School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. She completed her residency at INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Balmoria is a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. She is the recipient of several awards, including one for recognition of practice and another for community preceptorship. She has a particular interest in general pediatrics, women’s health, mental health, obesity and end-of-life care. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
“My patients will tell you that I’m straight forward, honest, and care about them,” Balmoria said. “I evangelize veggies, weather outdoors, and never smoke anywhere I go.”
She encourages all of her patients to sign up for VCU Health MyChart, the patient portal.
“It’s so much nicer to get a message directly from a patient,” she explained. “Seeing your words as you wrote them is incredibly helpful to me. My nurse or I can step in when we’re not with another patient.
Balmoria is in the process of moving from Accomac, Virginia to South Hill. Her husband is a chef and her son is a high school student. They are a multi-generational family, with her mother and her husband living with them. They also love animals and have a dog, two cats, chickens and turkeys. She enjoys gardening and canning.
Balmoria practices at the CMH Family Care Center in the CARE building next to VCU Health CMH at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Ave in South Hill. Dial (434) 584-2273 for an appointment. To see a complete list of services, visit VCU-CMH.org.