Maria graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Hygiene & is the recipient of the 1999 University of Pennsylvania Dental Hygiene Alumni Achievement Award. She is also a 2003 winner of the Pfizer/ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene and the 2011 Alfred C. Fones Award. She was awarded the first ever “2016 Distinction in Service Award” from the International Federation of Dental Hygienists in June, 2016 Presidential Citation in 2018 from ADHA. She earned her BA in Health Services Administration from Saint Mary’s College and a MS in Health Science from San Francisco State University. Maria is a graduate of the 2004-2006 fellowship of the California Health Care Foundation’s (CHCF) Health Care Leadership Program, administered by the Center for Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco, a two-year program. She is the owner of Seminars for Women’s Health and Sex Based Medicine, whose goal is to educate professionals about the differences in health and disease between men and women, communication styles, and the link between oral and general health.
As a noted researcher, author, and speaker, Maria has presented seminars nationally and internationally on topics such as Women’s Health and Wellness, Cancers and Oral Care for the Cancer Patient, Oral Cancer, Enamel Therapy, and Immunology and Periodontal Disease. Maria was a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. She conducted research with the late Dr. Margaret Walsh on smokeless tobacco at the University of California, San Francisco.
Maria is co-editor of the textbook: Dental Hygiene – Applications to Clinical Practice. Maria is co-founder of the International Dental Hygiene Educator’s Forum (IDHEF), the fifth meeting to be held in Australia in 2019. Maria served as the 1997-98 President of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), served on an advisory panel to develop “The Future of Dental Hygiene Report”, and was the President of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH) 2010-2013.
Updated: May 2020
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