Maria received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UCLA, and her Doctorate’s degree in Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to becoming a Physical Therapist, she worked with young children and teenagers as a tutor/mentor, and also was a one-on-one Behavioral Therapist for 3 years. Maria is currently one of six Clinical Directors for Southern California’s Special Olympic’s FUNfitness program. She was part of the planning and directing of FUNfitness in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles 2015. In her free time, she loves spending time with her two children, husband and dog, playing board games, biking, and playing tennis.