Sonal completed initial training in Fiji. He has gone on to do further training in Dunedin,Darwin and Geelong undertaking various fellowships. He has attained the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. (FRACS). Being the Senior Lecturer in Rural Surgery at Deakin, he is involved in the supervision/training of medical staff at University Hospital Geelong. He has a strong global health interest being involved in improving surgical services in the Pacific being also invited as an External Examiner with the Fiji National University. Sonal was also a Fiji National Squash Representative and also played at the Commonwealth Games.