"I strongly believe that the clinician must foster a relationship where the patient is actively involved in their plan of care so that they feel empowered to take charge of their recovery. We must instill confidence in their ability to become independent and in control of their health. We do not dictate what the patient does, instead we work as a team providing the tools needed for them to excel and tackle any physical challenges they may face."
Marie was first exposed to the field of physical therapy after undergoing ACL reconstruction as a result of a volleyball injury in college. She was intrigued by how unique physical therapy was from other health care professions due to the time spent with patients and the genuine relationships that were formed through the recovery process. She felt empowered learning how to strengthen her body and move differently in order to enhance her performance and prevent re-injury. The positive experiences she gained from her personal rehabilitative journey inspired her to pursue a career in physical therapy. After attending the University of Oregon for two years, she finished up her B.S. with a pre-physical therapy emphasis in natural science at Loyola Marymount University.
She then continued on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. As a student, she acquired a vast knowledge from the different clinical settings and patient conditions she was exposed to. She also gained valuable experience volunteering within the Los Angeles community at a USC non-profit organization called Fit Families and at various events with the Special Olympics. Marie has had the opportunity to treat pre- and post-partum patients, in addition to individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction, which further broadened her clinical experience and exposure to various conditions.
In 2015, after the completion of her doctoral degree, she further advanced her education and clinical specialty by taking on the Orthopedic Residency Program at the University of Southern California. Through the course of the program, she was mentored by elite orthopedic surgeons at the Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group, top physical therapy clinicians in the Los Angeles area, as well as world renowned clinical specialists from England and Australia. In addition, she had the opportunity to teach orthopedics and patient management to entry-level doctoral physical therapy students at USC.
Marie believes that staying up to date with current research and attending continuing education courses is imperative to her growth as a successful clinician and, more importantly, to provide the best care possible to her patients. She believes in a collaborating with her patients in order to reach their desired goals, whether it is return to competitive sports, work or just activities of daily living.
- Cerritos College, Associate of Arts Degree
- Physical Therapy Assistant Program 2001
- Bike Fit Specialist