NowThis: Meet the Doctor Mentoring Hispanic Women in STEM
Bianka Soria-Olmos, D.O. didn't have a pediatrician as a child. She received her medical care at health fairs and school-based clinics.
“I grew up in a predominantly Mexican-American community,” said Dr. Soria-Olmos. “We know of a lot of kids in the Hispanic community who are the very first trying to do something, and ultimately their families came here to give them the opportunities to do something, but it's really hard when you don't see people like you in the positions that you're striving to go into.”
Dr. Soria-Olmos is a first-generation Mexican American doctor practicing at Cook Children's Pediatrics in Haslet. She is also a medical advisor for Digital Health, contributing to and providing guidance for Checkup Newsroom.
In a recent interview with NowThis media, she said she was able to graduate from medical school thanks to her hard work and loving support from her family.
“After having been through the journey that I went through, I want to use it to give back and basically show other young Latina women that if they want to go into STEM or if they want to go into medicine that they can,” she said.
In addition to being a pediatrician, Dr. Soria-Olmos is also an advocate for the Hispanic community. Throughout the pandemic, she has given countless interviews and talks in Spanish to help people better understand COVID-19 and what they can do to protect themselves and their families.