Maria Soto

Maria SotoTitle: Family Physician

Company: Conejos County Hospital

Location: La Jara, CO

La Jara, CO, February 3, 2011, Dr. Maria L. Soto, Family Physician at Conejos County Hospital, has been recognized by Elite American Physicians for dedication, leadership and achievements in family medicine. Dr. Soto is distinguished for rendering compassionate, individualized care. It is little wonder, then, that many of her patients trust her with their loved ones’ health, too. This family atmosphere is one aspect of her practice in which Dr. Soto takes particular pride. “I have taken care of up to four generations of the same family, which is better than gold,” she beams, explaining, “Patients can tell when you really care about them. Every one of my patients is important to me and I take time to hear them.” Despite her aptitude for patient care, Dr. Soto actually ventured into medicine as a second career. A biologist by training, she decided to enroll in medical school and become a physician, overcoming personal health problems along the way. Today, she draws upon her own struggles to better understand and treat her patients. In 2008, Dr. Soto was honored with a Contributing Hispanic Award by Voces Unidas, a division of the Lamar Chamber of Commerce in Lamar, Colorado. When asked for the secrets to her accomplishments, she answers, “As long as you love what you do and work hard, success is guaranteed.” A loyal alumna of the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Soto completed her residency in 2004 and earned her MD in 2001. From the same institution, she obtained a Master of Science in biology in 2001 and graduated magna cum laude in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. She is a board certified family practitioner and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In addition to Conejos County Hospital, Dr. Soto lent her expertise to High Plains Community Health Center, Centro de Salud Communal Dr Jose S. Belaval, Inc., and Melissa Memorial Hospital. To learn more about Conejos County Hospital, please visit

Dr. Maria L. Soto was originally selected for inclusion in Elite American Physicians in February, 2011.  We are proud to be featuring Dr. Soto again in Elite American Physicians for 2012/2013.

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