Meet Radiance

The Radiance Mission

We believe everyone deserves compassionate and respectful medical care. We have spent most of our careers working in medically disenfranchised communities and have come to the understanding that the way medicine is practiced in the US does a disservice to patients, communities, and physicians.

We believe racism, sexism, homo/transphobia, and xenophobia are public health hazards. We believe the US medical system has perpetuated these rather than addressing them and their consequences. 

We believe that addressing social determinants of health and trauma at individual and community levels is a key to restoring health. We work within a “Health at Every Size” paradigm, and realize that shaming people has never led to outcomes that are beneficial to well-being. We believe the word “fat” is a noun and adjective, not an insult or diagnosis.

We believe that while medical technology is great, relationships are at the heart of healthcare. The newest, most expensive trend is not often what is needed.

We believe in slow medicine – leaving the assembly line modern “medico-industrial complex” for Direct Primary Care affords us the time needed to address you as an individual person with unique challenges and gifts.

We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate in regard to race, color, religion, national origin, immigration status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.

  –  Vicky & Camille, Co-Founders, Radiance Medical Group

Meet the Radiance Team

Vicky Borgia, MD

Vicky Borgia is a board certified family medicine physician with over twenty years of experience. She practices ‘womb to tomb’ medicine with special interests and training in reproductive health, LGBTQIA health, and integrative medicine.

I earned a BA in Women’s Studies from Columbia University at the dawn of intersectionality, and an MD from SUNY Brooklyn (aka Downstate). I completed my residency at UCSF Sutter Medical Center in Santa Rosa, CA and attended a faculty development fellowship in Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved at UCSD. I am board certified from the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. 

The demographics: I am a white cis fat queer able-bodied woman who, by lottery of birth, was born to middle class parents. I have two now over six-foot ‘gaybies’ born via low-tech alternative reproductive techniques. When I am not working, I am schlepping my sons to baseball events, walking, reading, participating in social justice activism and occasionally getting in precious couch time.

Camille Duson-Thompson, CRNP

Camille Duson-Thompson has been a practicing nurse for over seventeen years and has been a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner since graduating from LaSalle University’s Master’s Program in 2015. She has extensive background in public health, ambulatory care, patient advocacy, and internal medicine.

I began my career as a school nurse where I fostered community outreach initiatives with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross, and the City of Philadelphia. After four years, I found purpose in federally qualified health centers where I was able to provide quality and comprehensive care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. As an advocate, I was able to partner with my patients to educate them on chronic disease management and wellness. 

My love of teaching led me to the University of Pennsylvania where I was an adjunct faculty member and clinical instructor. I then furthered my career at Drexel University working in family medicine in both University City and Student Health.

I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit. I am committed to my patients and regards therapeutic communication, integrity, and compassion as the foundation to building healthy communities.

Visit Our Office

1229 S 6th St Philadelphia, PA 19147

 

Our office is located in East Passyunk and only minutes from the Italian Market, the cornerstone of our neighborhood’s deep history and diverse immigration patterns. We are proud to be part of one of Philadelphia’s most vibrant and culturally diverse neighborhoods. 

Accessibility: To enter our office, a portable ramp can be put in place above the two exterior steps. Inside our office is one level with a short ramp. Please contact us in advance of your visit if you need assistance. 

Radiance in the News

Vicky Borgia - DPC - Radiance Medical In the news

This Alternative Healthcare Plan Is Replacing Traditional Insurance Models

In October, Dr. Vicky Borgia opened Radiance Medical Group in South Philadelphia. It is one of 30 DPC centers in Pennsylvania and one of only four such centers in Philadelphia. NextHealth PHL spoke to Borgia about why she chose the DPC model for her center and why she thinks it will be an important option for patients now and in the future.

South Philadelphia doctor helps out community during coronavirus outbreak

When Dr. Vicky Borgia of the Radiance Medical Group is not caring for patients at a local urgent care, she’s handing out sanitizer to neighbors and strangers in South Philadelphia. “We’re part of the community and in times like this, community has to come together and take care of each other.”

Body-Positive Doctors Exist — It’s Called Practicing HAES

Weight discrimination is a widespread problem in America, including in healthcare. Many medical professionals — some of whom have told the media that “obesity is the biggest threat to the health of our nation” — vilify fat people for their bodies and dismiss their medical histories without considering anything other than weight.

Groceries & Toilet Paper? Check. Hormones? Not So Simple.

Advice for Lesbian, Bi and Queer Women

For many trans and non-binary individuals, HRT and hormone blockers are a critical part of staying well or even surviving, but many will go without during quarantine. Some will lose access due to a lapse in health insurance coverage, an inability to afford medication due to job loss or reduced pay, the lack of transportation to clinics and pharmacies, relying on a provider who is difficult to reach right now, and a variety of other reasons.

Events with Radiance

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