Maria was born and raised in Yakima, WA. While growing up, her family did all sorts of agriculture work so she is well familiar with the struggles and challenges Farmworkers face. Maria knew early on that she wanted something better for her family so she focused on her education. Currently, Maria continues to work for the residency and is the Clinical Site Director. She works at Central Washington Family Medicine Residency program, a FQHC, in family medicine with obstetrics. Maria obtained a BA from Central Washington University in Ellensburg and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Washington.