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Dr. Sogocio relocated to Merced in 2009 with her husband (a native of Merced) and their two children. She has been a strong supporter for the ongoing growth in Merced. 
In 2007, Dr. Sogocio completed her residency training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at St. Barnabas Medical Center, in Livingston, NJ. After residency, Dr. Sogocio worked in both a private practice setting and as a Hospitalist in northern New Jersey. She mentored and taught resident physicians and medical students.
Since her arrival to Merced, Dr. Sogocio has worked as a solo, private practitioner, starting her private medical practice in July 2009, and it has thrived in the evolving medical community.  She has treated over 2000 women in the community and has provided full scope gynecologic care to women of all ages: adolescents to women in their 90’s.  Dr. Sogocio has also provided Obstetrical services and has helped birth over 1500 babies in her career.

Kristina M. Sogocio, MD 

From 2017-2019, Dr. Sogocio served as the Interim Director for Women’s Health Services for Livingston Community Health in Livingston ,CA. Her main role was to teach and mentor medical assistants, nurse practitioner students and medical school students.  Her emphasis was teaching the importance of providing the most comprehensive and appropriate health care for all women and bringing a heightened awareness of the challenges with the various healthcare issues that affect marginalized women.  Dr. Sogocio firmly believes in providing a safe and neutral health care space for all persons identifying as “woman.”

Dr. Sogocio has remained committed to the advancement of women's healthcare here in Merced.  Her passion and mission is individualized care and supporting overall wellness.  Dr. Sogocio treats a spectrum of women's health issues but believes that full scope care extends beyond the physical aspects—it also includes the mental, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual aspects as well.  Wellness care, as Dr. Sogocio states, is truly the kind of care that educates and empowers women to engage in all aspects of their well-being.  

Dr. Sogocio completed medical school at St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies. In addition, she has a Master’s degree in Public Health from The George Washington University in Washington D.C.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Sogocio was born in Toledo, OH of Filipino immigrants. She enjoys yoga and strength training, cooking, reading, and traveling.  She is fluent in both written and conversational Spanish. Dr. Sogocio currently serves as the Fundraising Chair on the Board of Directors for the local Playhouse Merced community theater.  More recently, Dr. Sogocio has expanded her medical practice to include specialized skin care and wellness services. 


MOCI Merced prides itself with providing quality and personalized care with whole wellness as the focus. 
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“I’m passionate about Women’s Health, no matter the age. Women should feel good in their skin! I want to bring the best products and services to Merced. Whether it’s prenatal care, menopause, gynecology, or aesthetics, I want MOCI to be the place that women can trust to get the best care.”


 Meet Andrea 

Andrea was initially trained as a Social Worker. She obtained a nursing degree as a second career and trained as a Labor & Delivery nurse. She expanded her skills and also worked as an Infertility nurse.  Andrea has a unique relationship with Dr. Sogocio:  the two met in 2007, when both were working together on the Labor & Delivery unit at a small community hospital in Belleville, New Jersey. They went their separate ways in 2009, but surprisingly reacquainted when Andrea and her family moved to Merced in 2016

Andrea Zimmerman

Nurse Practitioner


Amanda Haley

Lead Medical Assistant

 Meet Amanda

MOCI patients are very familiar with Amanda! She has been with Dr. Sogocio since the opening of the office in 2009.  She has been the face of MOCI for the last 12 years, serving as MOCI’s Lead Medical Assistant. She has spent her entire medical career in women's health and has built a strong foundation in this area. Amanda is also a licensed Phlebotomist and utilizes these skills at the office as well.  Amanda, who is from Chowchilla, CA, obtained her AA Degree in medical assisting and would like to pursue a degree in nursing. She is the mother of two children and enjoys spending time with them outdoors. She loves to bake and enjoys all things arts and crafts.

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“It’s my passion to empower women, one at a time. A woman who is educated about her body and how it functions, and who understands her health and wellness is a powerful woman.” 

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“Growing up, I wasn’t educated about the importance of women’s wellness. Working at MOCI has opened my eyes to the world of women’s health and just how important it is. I try to educate my own family and friends on how important it is to go to the doctor, do self-breast exams and get a Pap smear.”


Sierra Wright

Medical Assistant

 Meet Sierra

MOCI patients know Sierra for her sweet, soft-spoken demeanor.  She has been working for MOCI as a Medical Assistant for the last 5 years, and is also from Chowchilla, CA.  Sierra obtained her CMA from San Joaquin Valley College. She is the mother of two beautiful girls, one who recently was delivered by Dr. Sogocio. Sierra is excited for the future: she is engaged to be married later this year!  She writes poetry and short stories and enjoys singing and photography.

Karina Gomez

Medical Assistant

 Meet Karina

Karina is MOCI’s newest staff member.  She comes to MOCI working as a Medical Assistant since July 2021. Prior to MOCI, Karina worked at the Livingston Community Health clinic for about 9 years as one of their Lead Medical Assistants. Karina worked closely with several health care providers from different specialties, including with Dr. Sogocio. She is proficient in both pediatric and women’s health care services. Karina obtained her degree with the Merced Career Advancement Academy.  She is from Winton, CA, and is the mother of four kids.  She is very family oriented and loves spending time with her family.  Karina is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English.

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“As a woman, I feel it is very important to take care of yourself, in all perspectives, both physically and emotionally.”

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“I love to help women feel better about themselves. I like to help them feel beautiful, just the way God created them. I do this by making their skin look beautiful.  Skincare is truly my passion.”


Juli Silva


 Meet Juli

As MOCI expanded its services into skin care and wellness services, Juli, joined the MOCI team in May 2021 as its first Aesthetician. She is not only a licensed Aesthetician, but she is also a trained Medical Assistant and RDAEF (Registered Dental Assistant Extended Function).  She has over 18 years of experience as an Aesthetician and serves as one of the lead instructors at the Milan Institute here in Merced. At MOCI, Juli provides various skin care services and offers free skin consultations.  Born in Merced, Juli comes from a large military family in which she is the youngest of 8 siblings.  She has traveled extensively around the world.  She is the mother of two adult children and loves spending time with them.


 Meet Debbie

Debbie currently serves as MOCI’s Financial Counselor.  She “retired” from her position as the lead medical biller with Atwater Medical Group three years ago, only to come out of retirement and join MOCI’s staff soon after.  Debbie provides 35 years of medical billing experience to MOCI and is skilled in navigating the expansive world of insurance companies both at the state and federal levels. She provides additional financial assistance to MOCI’s patients, helping them find ways to keep their access to their health care.

Debbie Wilson

Financial Counselor

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“I believe every woman deserves to feel good in her own skin.”

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