Are you looking for a foot doctor? Pain and loss of function in our feet and ankles can be a huge obstacle, and we understand that getting your body back to normal is of the utmost importance to you.

That is why we offer the highest standard of care in podiatry. We seek to make your visit simple, stress-free, and effective! It is our goal to resolve your pain and function issues in a way that allows you to live the life you are accustomed to.

Don’t live in pain! There are a number of causes for podiatric issues, please contact us today so we can identify the cause and solution for your particular problem! We want you to be walking, running, jumping and living the lifestyle you want to!

Contact us today to learn more about podiatry or any specific conditions you may be experiencing. We’d be happy to speak with you and discuss your care!

Sophia Lal, D.O.

Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Non-Surgical Sports Medicine, Board-Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehab

Dr. Sophia Lal has over 20 years of diverse experience in Sports Medicine and Non-Surgical Orthopedics. Dr. Lal treats all ages in a variety of sports related injuries as well as acute injuries and musculoskeletal pain due to overuse conditions. She helps patients recuperate from injuries so they can enjoy a higher quality and well-balanced life. Additionally, she is the medical director at A Center for Eating Disorders.

Dr. Lal is continuously striving for the most prestigious and progressive care. She recently completed a second sports medicine fellowship with Andrews Sports Medicine/American Sports Medicine Institute, Sports Medicine Primary Care. Years ago, she also completed a sports medicine fellowship under Dr. Anne Hoch at the Women’s Sports Medicine Program in the Dept. of Orthopedics at Medical College of Wisconsin, where she specifically studied sports medicine, including elite athlete physiology/evaluation, the female athlete, dietary counseling and running medicine.

She is currently part of the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition to spending quality time with family and friends, she leads a very active and healthy lifestyle, enjoying multiple greater-Birmingham running races, competitive Triathlons, Yoga, and Travel.

Executive Summary

Sports Medicine non-surgical physician in very busy outpatient private practice, working along-side orthopedic surgeons.  Frequent event coverage; medical lectures.  Experience in training room (high school / university) pre-participation physicals.

  • Confident seeing a high volume of orthopedic patients, all ages, with injuries that can range from acute to chronic issues, simple fractures and concussions
  • Proficient in: Intra-articular, Trigger Point, Platelet-Rich-Plasma injections; musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK US) both therapeutic and diagnostic. Compartment Pressure testing
  • Frequently attracts patients to clinic through race coverage, group exercise, community participation in athletic events and presentations
  • Voted ‘Top Physician’ 2014 through 2021
  • Team Captain of frequently winning Marathon Relay Team – 2016 through 2022

As someone who is trained in the medicine of sport, I also live it as an athlete.  This dual viewpoint helps to spark relationships with active local communities.  Fellow athletes have the confidence and comfort that I understand both the science and the tribulations of their injury.

Present Positions and Fellowship Training

Sports Medicine Physician
St. Vincent’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine; Birmingham, AL.  11/2019 – Present
Non-surgical sports medicine physician alongside multiple orthopedic surgeons, working in very busy long-standing practice; treating sports injuries and gait keeper for surgeons.

Fellow in Primary Care Sports Medicine, emphasis team coverage
Andrews Sports Medicine / American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI); Birmingham, AL
Program Director: Dr. Jose Ortega.  ACGME Accredited.  Graduation: 7/2019

Sports Medicine Physician
Fagan Sports Medicine Clinic; Birmingham, AL.  2/2009 – 7/2018

Medical Director
A Center for Eating Disorders; Birmingham, AL. 2/2009 – Present

  • Adjunct Instructor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), 2/2008 – Present
  • Assistant Professor and Clinician of PM&R, Secondary – Department of Orthopedics at University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB); Birmingham, AL. 2/2008 – 2/2009

Fellow in Sports Medicine, emphasis female athlete and individual sport coverage
Department of Orthopedics, Women’s Sports Medicine Program, Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI. Non-Accredited.  Graduation: 7/2007

Education

Emory University, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Atlanta, Georgia
Residency Graduation: 6/2006

  • Resident, General Surgery at University Medical and Dental School of New Jersey; Stratford, NJ. 7/2001 – 6/2003. (Surgical mission trips in Peru; 3/2003, 3/2006)
  • Intern, Transitional Year at University of North Texas Health Science Center; Fort Worth, Texas. Graduation: 6/2001
  • NIH Research Fellow, Trauma & Burn Surgery at University of Texas Medical Branch/Shriner’s Burns Hospital; Galveston, Texas. 7/1999 – 6/2000

University of North Texas – Health Science Center; Fort Worth, Texas
Degree: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduation: 6/1999

University of North Texas; Denton, Texas
Pre-Med Requirements 6/1993 – 6/1995

  • Prior Professional Experience; available upon request 1/1988 – 7/1993

University of Texas; Austin, Texas
Majors: Finance & International Business
Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration. Graduation: 12/1987

Certifications & Licensure
American Board of PM&R – Board Certified
Sports Medicine CAQ – Board Certified
State Medical License (current) AL;  (while in training) GA, WI, NJ

Team Coverage, Courses and Conferences (recent):

World Games in Birmingham, AL. multiple sports/events; 7/2022
Team Physician: Alabama School of Fine Arts Dance Department; 2009- Present
Jacksonville State University Gamecocks, Birmingham Barons, Alabama Ballet, Mercedes Marathon, Samford University, Birmingham Southern College; Head Team Physician for Oak Grove High School; 8/2018 – 7/2019

CME Lectures: Sleep and the Athlete, Female Athlete Triad, Heat-Related Illnesses, Overuse Injuries in Runners, and Stress Fractures in Lower Extremity, Exercise is Medicine

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSK US) Courses:
Gold Coast MSK US 9/2021, American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) 8/2018, MSK US Section of ASMI Baseball Course 1/2019, American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine 5/2019

Conferences:

Kona Sports Medicine Conference, 10/2006-2022
World Championship Ironman Medical Team, 10/2006-2022
Southern Sleep Society, 4/2022
American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, 6/2021
ASMI Injuries in Baseball Course, 1/2019
Southeastern American College of Sports Medicine, 2/2019
American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, 4/2019
Poster Presentation: Sweat Rate an Electrolyte Loss in Endurance Athletes

Research Publications and References; available upon request 

Hobbies & Interests – Avid Triathlete / Enjoys Yoga, Travel and Family