Maria achieved her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies at the UC-Santa Barbara (2003). She completed a Post-Baccalaureate Program at San Francisco State University (2007). She received her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies along with her Masters in Public Health at Touro University, CA (2012). Her medical training includes the following clinical rotations: FQHC’s; Alliance Medical Center and Napa’s Clinic Ole, ER training at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, Pediatrics at Sutter Delta Peds in Antioch, Orthopedic Surgery at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, Geriatric training at Laurel Creek Health Center in Fairfield, and Integrative Medicine Cardiology at Scripps Institute San Diego. She lives with her husband in Santa Cruz and in her free time enjoys swimming, hiking, biking, scuba diving and traveling. She was born in the United States, and has lived in Venezuela and California for the majority of her life.