Maria is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and graduate certificate in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. As an FNP, caring for families across the lifespan, the foundation of her practice is focused on the use of integrative and holistic methods to prevent illness and treat root causes of disease. Maria believes the relationship with her patients should be a collaborative partnership, with the goals for optimal health defined by the patient.
Maria earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2009 from Wayne State University. She graduated from Wayne State University’s DNP program in December 2015, joining Bio Energy Medical Center in the spring of 2016. Her doctoral research focused on the screening and treatment of thyroid disease, which she considers an often-overlooked health problem that influences the development of many other health problems. In 2014 Maria was named a Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar, a national program founded by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, whose mission is to improve healthcare through nursing. Maria believes the role of an FNP with a clinical doctorate is multifaceted and it is essential to maintain a connection with her nursing roots which is founded in holistic patient care.
Beginning in 2007, Maria worked in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, MI. In addition to her role as an FNP at Bio Energy Medical Center, she continues to work as a bedside Registered Nurse for the Critical Care Float Pool in the Oakwood Health System.