Meet your doctors
Aurora Leon, MD
Aurora Leon MD was born in Mexico City and was raised in northern Mexico. She studied Medical School and at the end she offered one year of “social service” to an underserved community, where she was the primary care physician for a community of 2,500 people. After seeing that health also depends on social and family interaction, she studied 2 years of her master degree in Systemic Family Therapy. In 2009 she came to New York City to continue her career in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital with Columbia University. She spent 5 years in a Federal Qualified Clinic “Generations Family Health Center” offering service to the underserved population in Connecticut.
She has always been interested in an integrative approach. One of her main beliefs is that food can be the best medicine. She is a board member of PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine). Dr. Leon is a yoga enthusiast, loves running and she runs ultra marathons. She has a deep appreciation for life and death, practicing mindfulness.
In 2019 she was part of the “Nomads Clinic”, a four week medical expedition in Nepal, where a group of doctors hiked to most remote regions of the Himalayas to give compassionate medical care to more than 1330 nomads.
She is here eager to start working with the people of the Cheshire region. Her aspiration is to keep growing and learning in relationship with who she is serving.
Joaquin Carral, MD
Joaquin Carral MD was born in Mexico City. After finishing Medical School he participated for 3 years with Chilean nuns to bring healthcare to an underserved population in the remote regions of Mexico where there are no doctors or primary care physicians. Eleven years ago he decided to come to the United States to continue his studies of Internal Medicine. He was chief resident in his program at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, from Columbia University. With prevention care in mind he studied one year fellowship program Preventive Cardiology in NYU, where he was able to study deeply the interaction of lifestyle and healthcare outcomes. After this he was part of a Federal Qualified Clinic for 5 years in Willimantic, CT, offering services to underserved Americans, farm workers, immigrants and more.
Through the practice of yoga, Dr. Carral was able to develop a practice of mindfulness. He loves to be in nature: hiking, biking, kayaking or swimming. He truly believes that with lifestyle changes like eating healthier, sleeping well, exercise and deep relationships, patients can increase their wellbeing, control and in most of the cases reverse chronic health conditions.
He joined the Nomads clinic in 2019 a medical expedition to the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau with clinicians and others bringing medical support into very remote, high altitude regions. You can find Dr. Carral listening deeply to his patients, cooking with patients healthy meals in a class or growing food in his garden.
He is ready to start the journey with patients in the Monadnock region.