Meet the Editorial Team

The New Physician Student Editor

Ton La, Jr.

Ton (T.J.) is a fourth-year MD/JD student at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston Law Center. He is also a Summa cum laude honors graduate of the University of Houston (UH). As part of National AMSA, T.J. serves on the Board of Trustees as the Student Editor of The New Physician magazine and previously served on the TNP’s Editorial Advisory Board May 2015 – May 2017.

In the past, T.J. volunteered over 1300 hours at Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. As an undergraduate student, he was one of ten U.S. students to participate in the commemorations of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in Caen, France; was the student editor of the UH Scholar Enrichment Program; competed in the 8th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University at the University of Miami; and helped launch the first Texas public Campus Kitchen chapter at UH as an affiliate of the Bonner Leaders Program. T.J. is also a pianist and a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo and Hapkido.

The New Physician Editorial Advisory Board

Sonya Parashar, MD

Sonya Parashar completed her medical training at University of Kansas School of Medicine, where she will also be an incoming internal medicine resident. She received her B.A. in Biology and Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, she can be found reading, learning how to cook, listening to podcasts, and planning trips to national parks.

Rachel Shenoi

Rachel is a senior at the University of Houston, pursuing degrees in Biology and Psychology, with minors in Spanish and Medicine and Society. As an undergraduate, she performed research on CD8+ T-cell phenotypes in pediatric patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and Lupus Nephritis at Baylor College of Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, singing with an all-girls A Capella group on campus, and spending time with family and friends.

Throughout her undergraduate career, she has enjoyed volunteering as a mentor for refugee students in Houston through the Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR), and served as the President of the PAIR-University of Houston Chapter. She attended the Clinton Global Initiative-University 2017 Conference with her team members to develop a summer program aiming to provide reproductive health workshops to refugee high school students. She is committed to studying and improving child wellness, and hopes to gain a broader understanding of current issues in health care while serving on the Editorial Advisory Board for The New Physician magazine this year.

Robin Ulep, MD

Robin is a Neurology resident at the University of Virginia. She is a recent graduate from the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School with an international medical background from both Brisbane, Australia, and New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated with honors from Brown University, where she majored in Biology with a focus in Physiology and Biotechnology. As an undergraduate, she contributed to the Brown Daily Herald and performed in the female spoken word group, Archipelag-a. Following graduation, she joined Teach For America as a high school Special Education teacher.

Robin has been a contributor to The New Physician magazine for the past three years and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the past year. She is excited to be joining the Editorial Advisory Board again this year. Her interests include medical education and exploring the humanities in medicine. She hopes to encourage more international medical students to engage in dialogue about social issues in medicine.

Aquila Lesko

Aquila is a third-year medical student at Saint James School of Medicine. She graduated from Niagara University in New York with a B.S. in biochemistry and two minors in psychology and biology. During undergraduate, she conducted research on metabolite concentrations in various breast cell cancer lines. Through her local AMSA chapter, Aquila has logged over 100 hours of providing vital sign screenings to underserved communities in the West Indies. She is passionate about mental health and hopes to obtain a residency in psychiatry.