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Dr. Sonja Shanley

Family Medicine
Wilmington, NC
28 years experience female

Locations

Wilmington Proactive Medicine

Wilmington, NC

Address

1410 Commonwealth Drive Suite 100, Wilmington, NC
Directions

About

Bio

Board certified in Family Medicine since 1997. Board certified in Anti-aging and Regenerative medicine and pursuing fellowship.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Family Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

68 Answers
29 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes!!: Oh yes, on many levels. I've never met an alcoholic with a good sex life. Ever.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Complicated!!: I'm so sorry for your suffering. The human body is amazing at healing itself and it is usually not possible to tell from a physical exam if abuse occ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Normal or not?: It's possible you're having an early miscarriage even if you didn't miss a period. I've seen this happen & the woman become very anemic (low blood co... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe: Diarrhea most often resolves on its own, so it really depends on how long you've had it and how severe it is... Be sure to keep hydrated and avoid ea... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
UTI: Please see your doctor asap. Your symptoms are classic for a bladder infection/urinary tract infection. You need an antibiotic. Drink lots of fluid... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Hard to say!: Lots of things cause abdominal pain. Are you feeling ill otherwise? Fever, nausea, vomiting? How long have you had the pain? Causes of abdominal p... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Try topical first: Try using hydroquinone or other bleaching agent applied to the skin. These are widely available at medical spas or aesthetician's office. Expense is... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Irregular bleeding: Irregular bleeding is common on depo. Please see your doctor to be sure you're not becoming anemic! and to be sure nothing else is going on.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
?anal fissure: Sounds like you may have an anal fissure. Sitz baths can help a lot with symptoms. Eat plenty of fiber and drink lots of water. You're probably "ho... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes!: Of course, the healthiest course would be to put on muscle as well as some fat - so please exercise along with increasing your food intake. Concentra... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Anything!: Anything at all - every person is different. Stomach pain, weight loss, weight gain, headache, back pain, insomnia, excessive sleep, fatigue, anxiety... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
May be hormonal: This sounds like it may be hormonally related. Consider discussing with your primary physician and getting some testing /evaluation. Good luck!
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe?: Really only have to worry about overloading calcium if it's long-term. Just a one-time excesssive dose will just be eliminated by your body without h... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Tough one: Are you asking for the definition of a vegetable? Because "no vegetables" seems straightforward and not in need of further definition.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
FDA Category C: This substance is rated category c for pregnant women. Which means it is not advised unless the benefit outweighs the risk. There have been very few... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Normal: Hi cheetah- there are lots of reasons for your cycle to be slightly off - and 5 days plus or minus is well within the norm. You could be really stre... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Optimize: Also consider exploring exercise, healthy nutrition, regular interaction with peers and good sleep habits as ways to manage depression. Scientificall... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Esr: In the us, ESR usually is short for "erythrocyte sedimentation rate" which can give a non-specific indication of an inflammatory process. Not sure if... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Core strength: "pulling your gut in" usually involves engaging your core strength/abdominal pelvic musculature instead of a "valsalva"-like pushing out technique. ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Not good, not bad: The chances of a 3 week headache being a tumor are low. However, a constant headache for 3 weeks is way outside the normal range for routine headache... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Try pilates: Everyone's body is different, so there's really no "cause". Yoga and pilates are excellent exercises that focus on "lengthening" the muscle and stren... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: Your community may also have an "urgent care" facility which would be the best choice here. Good luck! hope you feel better soon.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe!: There are lots of things that can cause menstrual irregularities. Stress can do it. You should get an at-home pregnancy test. These are quite accur... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe: Can you provide more information about these tabs? Many Amino Acids are helpful for muscle repair - but your description of "2222" is not meaningful ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Emergency!: Zinc is one of the most important trace elements and important for the immune system and in wound repair. It is found in fresh oysters, wheat germ, p... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
It can: It certainly can. You need to have other values such as tsh, t4, free T3 (liothyronine) and thyroid binding globulin to fully assess. Also, if you'r... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Depends on age: If your child is an infant - it is not safe to just observe a fever. This answer is totally dependent on age. Please provide further detail or conta... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Lots of reasons: Lots of things can cause low libido. Depression, stress, medications etc. Please talk to your doctor openly and get a check up. This is a treatable... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Acupuncture: Sounds like you're looking for a "natural" way to enhance your fertility. Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to do this. Definitely worth a ... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Bandaid rash!: Please remove your bandaid sooner to avoid this rash. The bandaid should be removed in the car as you leave the doctor's office unless you have a ble... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Lots of things!: Realize that the "count" of different types of wbc's (white blood cells) is based on a total of 100. So anything that shifts one way or the other aff... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: Yes. This is serious. In my humble opinion, you are reacting badly to your father's death and this could last for years - with or without therapy. ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Fat freeze: Fat freezes at a higher temperature than skin cells....So a suction-like device is placed on the body part you wish to treat and the temperature cools... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Wish we knew: The medical community wishes we knew the answer to this question. It's not as simple as #of years smoking=risk of cancer. There are other factors re... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Ganglion cyst: Having both evaluated/ treated this complaint and experienced this surgery myself - i advise caution in your expectations. I had this surgery in coll... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe hormones?: Some headaches as you describe are related to hormones. Some are stress-related. Depending on how long this has been going on, you should consider s... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
See DR: Anytime you lose vision in an eye - it is a medical emergency. Unless you're talking about an event that happened a long time ago - please go to the ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Need more: Sorry meerkat! need way more information here. How big are bumps, and on what body part? Do they itch, hurt, go away when you're not on the couch? ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Why??: How often are you vomiting? What precedes the episodes? This is a complicated problem with migraines and vomiting. No real way to tell which is cau... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Definitions....: Anovulation means you didn't ovulate that cycle. Ovulation occurs mid-cycle and not ovulating does not necessarily alter the flow of the following me... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Black spots??: Really hard question to answer. Is this a new spot? Irregularly shaped so it might be cancerous? Or just a "sun spot"? Most "spots" are brown. If... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: Dear concerned- the hormone fluctuations during pregnancy can be disruptive to sleep, that's for sure! be sure you're drinking plenty of water and e... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Probably OK: Very light spotting in early pregnancy (with no pain) is most often believed to be due to the normal process of the placenta growing into the wall of ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
By CT??: Confused about how you know you had bleeding on your frontal lobe? By ct? If so, why did you get the ct if no head trauma? Really hard to answer th... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Specific: This is a very specific problem. No way this will get an accurate answer without an exam and discussion with a physician. Good luck.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Possible infection: Moderate bleeding? Vaginal bleeding or blood in urine? Feeling of having to pee means infection or irritation of the urethra (where the pee comes ou... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
More info: Need more information. This could be many things. Is it painful? How long has it been there?
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Unlikely: Missing one period - while it may be stress related - is not automatically associated with hair loss. Practice stress reduction and eat healthy! goo... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sonja Shanley
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Stress or random: It could be related to stress - that's a pretty common reason to miss a period in a non-sexually active female. It can also happen for reasons we can... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Shanley is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Shanley is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Wilmington, NC - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Wilmington, NC - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Wilmington, NC - Winter
2013
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