After years of scientific research at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Brooklyn, she moved on to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers University joint Physician Assistants Program from which she received a Masters of Physician Assistant studies. Her thesis project on growth plate regeneration studies was published at the Journal of Orthopedic medicine. Since her certification as a Physician Assistant, she has practiced in Garland, Mesquite, and Rowlett area of twenty-two years.
In her spare time, Maria has a passion for teaching about preventative medicine and she has led various seminars in churches teaching men and women how to stay healthy. She has a special interest in the prevention of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. She has also supervised and taught nurse practitioner students. In addition, she enjoys teaching children and leading various activities in Church on a volunteer basis.