Educated. Science-focused. Professional. 

Maria is the rare and perfect combination of education, accessibility, and energy. In other words, she's exactly what women need as they find their balance, strength, and confidence in a new chapter of their lives. She makes you feel like you can totally rise to the challenge--and she's thrilled to help you along the way.

Dimity McDowell
Chief Training Director, Another Mother Runner

I am an expert. 

I am a health science professor and Certified Health Education Specialist with a PhD in Health Sciences and MS in Health Education.
I have a passion for sharing evidence-based knowledge, following the science, and unpacking the complexities to help everyone learn.


Degrees, Certifications, Awards, & Decorations


  • PhD in Health Sciences (2012)
  • MS in Health Education (2007)
  • BA in Linguistics (1997)

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer (2003)
  • ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist (2022)

Military Awards & Decoration

  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal


  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Basic Military/Officer Training Honor Graduate

I am a teacher. 

I have taught undergraduate through post-graduate courses in Health Sciences. I have created a NASM, AFAA, and ACE-accredited CEC workshop for fitness professionals. I am an IDEA Fitness Expert, where I teach fitness, health, and wellness workshops and seminars. 

Contact Me


Do you want to work with me, or do you have any questions? Contact me below, or via email at [email protected]