Maria was born in California but moved to Sioux City at a young age. She was first an RN at Mercy Medical Center and served as a cardiology nurse in the Post Critical Care Unit. She was also a part-time adjunct clinical instructor for Briar Cliff University while she was in school for her nurse practitioner degree. After obtaining her Master’s degree, she gained experience in the Otolaryngology/ENT specialty for a few years working with head and neck surgeons and providing medical services for the prevention of diseases, allergies, neoplasms, deformities, disorders, and/or injuries of the ears, nose, sinuses, throat, and other head and neck systems prior to transitioning to neurology. She also works PRN urgent care.
Maria married her college sweetheart and has two children. She loves to spend time with family, work out, and attend live sports and music events.