Dr. Maria grew up on the Chesapeake Bay outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and has been with the Balance Chicago family since 2020. She attributes her decision to become a physical therapist to dancing. Beginning at the age of six, Dr. Maria was immersed in the world of dance, eventually studying ballet, Pointe, tap, jazz, modern, and contemporary styles of dance. Her training led her to fall in love with the complexity of the human body. With this, she gained a deep appreciation for the power of movement to not only assist a person in healing from an injury but also to provide a person with a sense of control and confidence in their abilities to change and grow.
Dr. Maria began her academic career at Towson University in Maryland graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Maria enjoyed being a member of a local modern dance company, teaching dance classes to children and young adults, and engaging with patients as a rehabilitation aide in a physical therapy clinic. Upon graduation, Dr. Maria moved to Chicago where she attended Northwestern University for graduate school and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Dr. Maria then began her professional career treating patients in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in downtown Chicago. In addition to treating a variety of diagnoses in the clinic, she was privileged to be giving back to her dance community by providing onsite injury screens and treatment to college level and professional dancers.
As a member of the Balance Chicago family, Dr. Maria treats a diverse group of individuals including those with vestibular and orthopedic diagnoses. To assist in the rehabilitation process, she utilizes trigger point dry needling and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization in her treatments. Working with this diverse patient population in this supportive environment is a rewarding experience that provides her with a consistent reminder of why she entered this profession. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing individuals transform during their treatment and begin to participate more fully and more confidently in their life again.