Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

109 Patient Ratings
111 Patient Comments

Sonja N. Van Hala, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

109 Patient Ratings
111 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 213-8845
Sugar House Health Center
1138 Wilmington Ave
Salt Lake City, UT 84106


Sonja Van Hala, M.D., M.P.H., is a board-certified family medicine physician who welcomes obstetric, pediatric, and family medicine patients to her practice. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1998 and her family medicine residency training at the University of Utah in 2001. She completed a faculty development fellowship with a focus in teaching at the University of Utah in 2003 and earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Utah. Dr. Van Hala has served as Program Director of the University of Utah Family Medicine Residency Program since 2005. Her professional interests include full spectrum family care in patients of all ages, as well as maternity care, preventive medicine and pediatrics. In her leisure time, Dr. Van Hala enjoys live music, cooking, mountain biking, skiing, watching independent films with her husband, and playing with her two children.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Family and Preventive Medicine - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Family Medicine
Board Certification American Board of Family Practice (Fam Prac)
American Board of Family Medicine

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
My confidence in care provider
Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

July 12, 2016

Dr. Van Hala has been a wonderful PCP for me for many years. I appreciate her honesty, and her willingness to have dialog over treatments and questions.

July 11, 2016

She's top notch. Gives attention to both my husband and I and in an easy and comfortable fashion talks about what to expect before my next visit. We feel she is genuinely happy and excited for us as we expect baby #1

June 01, 2016

LOVE Dr. Van Hala. Despite my visits being less frequent than they used to be (lack of insurance), she remembers me and my issues, and I feel comfortable talking about all of them with her.

May 31, 2016

Sonja is excellent. very thorough and knowledgeable. she knows my history and cares. she's fabulous! I'm sure she was running late because someone had an emergency. usually don't have to wait so long.

May 24, 2016

Dr Van Hala spent a lot of time with me and was very thorough

April 20, 2016

I love Dr. Van Hala! I've had a few physicians and my ob/gyn leave after a few years that I've been their patient. Changing physicians is somewhat discouraging to me, but it hasn't turned me away because I keep coming back to Dr. Van Hala. I trust her and appreciate her care for me, and I hope she plans on staying for a while longer.

April 18, 2016

I love dr. Van Hala! she has helped me immensely. However, my appointments take so long that I am considering changing.

April 10, 2016

provider was great. she called. back the next day to address my concerns.

April 03, 2016

we love Dr VanHala!!

March 21, 2016

Comes in and calls us by name. It's more than a doctors visit, she treats us like people and wants to make sure we understand and are comfortable.

January 29, 2016


January 23, 2016

I was so concerned about my condition and Dr Riley Burnett was amazing. She made me feel so at ease and explained everything. She was very kind and understanding. she seemed genuinely concerned with making me feel at ease.

January 07, 2016

I love Dr. VanHala! I really havnt had a bad experience with any doctors there.

January 06, 2016

Dr. Von Hala provides excellent care, and gave me additional information to address overall health issues, as well as thoroughly addressing the issue I brought to her on 12/17. She is always willing to answer any questions or concerns, and has a very calming demeanor. With so many patients, I still get individual attention.

December 03, 2015

Dr. Van Hala is very good. She always makes me feel very comfortable and explains any questions I have in a way I can understand it. I have recommended her to others.

November 09, 2015

Dr. Van Halla is a great physician.

September 03, 2015

Dr. VanHala, is NOT simply a doc, but she is a true "HEALER".

September 01, 2015

I LOVE Dr. Van Hala!! She is the best and if her practice wasn't full I would send patients to her.

August 14, 2015

Dr alwaysVan Hala always takes time to explain things and to work on solutions to my problems

August 12, 2015

Every visit gets better and better. Some of this is that we are getting to know each other and therefore she can be more personal with me.

July 24, 2015

Dr Van Hala always awesome

July 24, 2015

I continue to be utterly impressed with Sonja. She is an amazing doc. She spent 25 minutes with me - listening, asking lots of questions, pinpointing the problem and offering successive solutions. I LOVE her. I also love that fact that she does not peddle drugs, in fact she offers them only as a last resort - she questions whether they are needed and will ask me if I think (emphasis on I)need to continue. She is incredibly knowledgable and thorough and has a fabulous bedside manner to boot. I can't say enough good things about her. I believe she is very talented and I recommend her to anyone looking for a family doc.

July 21, 2015

Dr. Vanhala is the best! She is incredibly kind and competent.

May 19, 2015

Dr. Van Hala always takes time to listen and talk about our concerns and issues. She treats us with the upmost respect and I would highly recommend her to others!!!

May 09, 2015

We agreed to delay ssome other things thaat are supposed to get done until immeeddiate concerns are dealt woth. I brought up a genetic study I am interessted in. Dr VanHala couldn't find much info on it, so I got more and will send it to her to pursue. I appreciate that she listesented and didn't write it off as quackery!

May 04, 2015

As usual, excellent care. First time for a procedure with Dr. VanHala. Her skill is equal to her knowledge, which is outstanding.

April 30, 2015

I really like Dr Van Hala. I have total confidence in her.

April 28, 2015

Dr. Van Hala is ALWAYS very friendly and courteous. She explains everything that's needed and stays and answers all of my questions. She never demonstrates that she's in a rush regardless of how busy her schedule becomes. I have so much confidence in Dr. Van Hala and trust her implicitly. I will always recommend her to others.

April 11, 2015

Dr. Van Hala is the BEST!!!!!!! She always takes time to listen and address my concerns in ways that I can understand what's best for my treatment plan. Very personable & caring!! I have never had such a positive experience until Dr. Van Hala began treating me.

March 30, 2015

Dr VanHala is my doctor and she is wonderful!!

March 29, 2015

Dr. Sonja Van Hala is the most caring and insightful physician that I have ever had. She is very patient and does not rush you through the system. She comes highly recommended. i

March 27, 2015

I am 68 years old, have worked in the health sciences for thirty years, and she is the best doctor I have ever interacted with.

March 25, 2015

Always makes me feel like I am her only patient that day,I know she is very busy, but always takes time, never acting like she is rushed

March 24, 2015

Very thorough!

March 15, 2015

Dr. Van Hala was extremely thorough. She listened to my questions and did not rush through any explaination of the exam or follow up treatment.

March 12, 2015

I would recommend the clinic and Dr VanHala

March 11, 2015

Dr. Van Hala is excellent!! I appreciate her thorough approach and validation that I understand my follow up information.

March 02, 2015

Dr Van Hala is excellent. Am trying to get all my friends to see her. She is the best!

February 16, 2015

I have no problem recommending Dr Vanhala as a care provider, but I do let people know that her wait times are extensive.

January 10, 2015

Some of the questions above were not really pertinent, as I was there to establish treatment. However, Dr. Van Hala spent time with me, did a breast exam, offered a pelvic exam with Pap smear. I was, frankly, astonished! It has been years since a doctor touched my body other than to check my ears or take my pulse. We go to see a doctor because there are conditions with our bodies that are not right. I am grateful to have found a doctor who embodies those qualities to which all doctors should hold.

December 25, 2014

Everyone was helpful and positive.

December 15, 2014

Dr Van Hala always takes time and makes you feel like you are the only pt. she has, always explains things. she is sincerely interested in my well being

November 25, 2014

Dr Van Hala is wonderful!!

November 23, 2014

Dr. Van Hala is an exceptional physician who shares her knowledge of medicine in the most understanding manner possible.

October 10, 2014

Dr. Vanhala is personable, kind and knowledgable. I appreciate her very much.

October 02, 2014

dr van hala is an efficient, bright, and enjoyable dr. I trust her advice and knowledge completely and would refer others to her at any time.

September 15, 2014

Dr Van Hala is an excellent GP. I have great confidence in her skills & knowledge and look forward to seeing her every visit.

July 23, 2014

I was very impressed with how interested Dr. Van Hala was in our conversation. She was not distracted by taking notes, and so she focused on asking follow-up questions and listening to my answers. It was the most in-depth discussion I've ever had with a doctor, and it made me feel like she cared about my general health as an entire individual.

July 07, 2014

very good

July 06, 2014

Dr. Van Hala was wonderful. Thank you, Dr. Van Hala and UHC for the great attention and care.

July 03, 2014

Best Dr. experience I have had.

May 08, 2014

Dr. Von Hala is wonderful! She is the only reason I would go back to the clinic.

May 03, 2014

Had a good experience

April 13, 2014

Wonderful and very caring.

March 17, 2014

I have always admired Dr. Van Hala, she is the best doc I have ever had. It's the University health care system I don't have any faith in. I have been sick for 6 years, with 10 different excuses for my illess. None of them right.

March 15, 2014

She was very professional and helpful. She truly cared and actually listened to my problems.

December 12, 2013

Very concerned about my health

December 02, 2013

Dr. Van Hala is excellent.

November 24, 2013

Dr. Van Haula spent a good amount of time with me answering questions/concerns I had. I appreciated it.

November 04, 2013

She is awesome. I couldn't ask for a better primary care Phys.

September 09, 2013

I feel very comfortable talking to Dr. Van Hala. She is so kind and understands my concerns and morals. She never pushes me to do anything I am not 100% comfortable with, and she really takes the time to listen to my needs. I have been so happy since I switched to Dr. Van Hala in 2008.

August 23, 2013

Dr. VanHala is EXCELLENT. I have an extremely high level of confidence in Dr. VanHala, she seeks to understand my concerns, explains everything in detail, follows through when she say's she will, and makes sure we are both in agreement on how to proceed. She is truly a partner in my health care with me. She is personable and puts you at ease, world class doctor!

August 18, 2013

We absolutely love Dr. VanHala!! We frequently recommend her to family and friends! She is awesome!

July 08, 2013

Dr Van Halla is an excellant provider, she has an exceptional bedside manner and is very professional, intelligent and compassionate.

July 05, 2013

Dr. Van Hala is amazing. I come in once yearly for a wellness visit and physical and she treats me like we're old friends. She is encouraging and has lots of pointers for achieving healthy lifestyles.

May 23, 2013

i would like a bit more time discussing my healthcare so i can be as educated as i possibly can be. unit sec experience a LDSH. i know alot about med field ,just enough to want to learn as much as possible more than perhaps a layman would ask for.

May 01, 2013

I always brag about my doc...she is the best.

April 24, 2013

Dr Van Hala has very good patient rapport and provided a good evaluation and recommendations of health concerns.

March 13, 2013


March 12, 2013

Dr. Van Hala Was great! I was a worried new mother with a terrible cold. She helped me feel calmer before I left. She really listened!

March 11, 2013

My experience was excelent, and staff made me feel right at home.

March 11, 2013

Dr Van Hala has an excellant bedside manner and is always professional & vey friendly.

March 08, 2013

Dr. Van Hala has literally turned my life around.

March 04, 2013

I think all the doctors and nurses assistants at the sugar house clinic are very good and professional and helpful

February 27, 2013

Dr. Van Hala very professional and thorough - which I appreciate

February 13, 2013


February 01, 2013

Dr. Van Hala is one of the most caring, professional and thorough Docs I've ever had......She has literally turned my life around... She's the best!!!!!!!!!

January 22, 2013

LOVE Dr. Van Hala! She is extremely knowledgable, stays up on current developments in the medical world, and yet is still easy to talk to and makes sure there are no questions.

January 19, 2013

Dr.Van Hala is a amazing doctor i would recommend her to everyone.She is the best doctor i have ever had.

January 17, 2013

Dr. VanHala is an amazing physician, I am so lucky to have her as my doctor.

January 14, 2013

Dr. Van Hala is the best provider I have found in YEARS. She understands my needs, and anticipates any questions I have.

December 26, 2012

At my last visit I was told I would be called to schedule my ultra sound, but if I didn't hear back within a week to call them. I ended up having to do that, and they said that there were no orders for an ultrasound! Then this time I was told I will be called about an appointment with a high risk OB. But if I don't hear anything within 7 days to call them. I find it very odd that they don't schedule things right then. It seems like they are setting themselves up for failure.

December 26, 2012

Dr. Van Hala is a life-saver....I absolutely think she is amazing woman and doctor.

December 13, 2012

Dr. Sonja VanHala is dynamic and wonderful. I would recommend her to everyone!

December 11, 2012

Dr. Van Halla is the best doctor I've ever had.

December 07, 2012

Dr Van Hala is a very good provider with an excellant bedside manner. She really seems to care about my health.

November 19, 2012

Dr.Vanhala is phenomenal!

November 12, 2012

Dr VanHala was so kind and respectful. She is patient with older people. I like her!

October 29, 2012

Dr. Van Hala is a wonderful doctor and I feel comfortable around her.

October 02, 2012

For the first time in my life I feel like I have a Physician that really cares about me and is concerned for my well being. It's so refreshing! It makes me wonder why I waited so long to switch to the University of Utah Health system from IHC

October 01, 2012

I hope Dr. VanHala NEVER retires!

September 21, 2012

Dr. Van Hala was great - very personable and friendly.

September 14, 2012

I would most definitely recommend dr.Van hall.

August 10, 2012

excellent provider - no concerns

August 10, 2012

I luv Dr. VanHala-I know she's busy as a clinician-she's always taken the time to listen, address my concerns/questions and does so without being rushed. Im glad I have found a good doctor to have as my family practioner. I appreciate her friendliness and careing attitude.

July 05, 2012

Dr. Van Hala is as always very charming and happy. She makes sure all my questions are answered before she leaves the room. I just love her!

June 29, 2012

Dr Vanhala is fantastic.

June 01, 2012

I really liked the doctor she sat down with me and went over my health history. She was very nice and caring.

May 10, 2012

She was /is wonderful, thank you!

May 08, 2012

I would recommend Dr. Van Hala just as she was recommended to me, but I would hesitate because I also know the person who referred me had awful wait times at this clinic. Luckily Dr. Van Hala is a great enough doctor to keep people coming back

April 17, 2012

I like Dr Van Hala very much, but worry about availability and ease of communication after a recent incident. I also feel as though this particular visit would have been better suited by visiting a dermatologist or plastic surgeon (for a small mole removal) to best mitigate the risks of scarring. I wish I had been informed of that.

April 16, 2012

As usual, Dr. Van Halla was very understanding and caring.

April 05, 2012

Dr. VanHala? We are so fortunate to have started with her in 1999, and still have her as our Primary Care!

March 27, 2012

It was just a routine physical exam so it didn't involve a lot, but the doctor was great.

March 20, 2012

This day saw not only Dr. Van Hala, but also a PA student and a medical student on rotation. VERY helpful in my case to have this multiple doc/team approach. The varying levels of experience, in addition to the newness of recent education was very important.

February 23, 2012

I didn't feel like he understood many of my symptoms, so it seemed like he ignored them and went straight for the obvious.

February 21, 2012

Dr. Van Hala is amazing. I have seen her for almost a decade now and have never been dissatisfied. The procedure was unpleasant but she did her finest to assure my comfort to the best of her abilities and to inform me of what she was doing with each part of the process.

January 31, 2012

I was very happy w/ Dr. Van Hala's care.

January 24, 2012

My family has been with Dr. VanHala since she was a resident, and as far as we're concerned, we're with her for life. I have recommended her to several friends.

January 23, 2012

I got signed up with MyChart, and the doctor's notes and my test results are being posted very quickly.

January 05, 2012

Dr Van Hala is my angel and She worry and try to help me in every way.

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Family and Preventive Medicine - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Family Medicine
Board Certification American Board of Family Practice (Fam Prac)
American Board of Family Medicine

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-2000 Family & Preventive Medicine
375 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Sonja Van Hala, M.D., M.P.H., is a board-certified family medicine physician. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in 1998 and went on to complete a faculty development fellowship with a focus in curricula at the University of Utah in 2003. Dr. Van Hala also earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Utah and has served as Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Department since 2005. Her professional interests include full spectrum family care in patients of all ages, as well as maternity care, preventive medicine and pediatrics. In her leisure time, Dr. Van Hala enjoys live music, cooking, mountain biking, and watching independent films with her husband and two children.


Education History

Type School Degree
Graduate Training University of Utah
Public Health
Fellowship University of Utah, Family & Preventive Medicine
Curriculum Development
Academic Fellow
Chief Resident University of Utah, Family & Preventive Medicine
Family Medicine
Chief Resident
Residency University of Utah, Family & Preventive Medicine
Family Medicine
Internship University of Utah, Family & Preventive Medicine
Family Medicine
Professional Medical University of Michigan Medical School
Research Fellow University of Michigan, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Research Fellow
Undergraduate University of Michigan


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