Maria has a special interest in endurance athletes of all types–rehabilitation, injury prevention, functional mobility, and bike fitting. She actively participates in competitive cycling, both mountain and road, for United Healthcare p/b 706 Project–the same team for which she is the physical therapist liaison. Her love of cycling has carried over into her professional life as well, having presented research at the Medicine of Cycling Conference at the USA Cycling Headquarters and also having a Bike Fit certification through Medicine of Cycling and Bike Fit, LLC. When she is not working or cycling, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and playing with her two dogs.
PT, DPT / Physical Therapist - SPARC Therapy
BS in Business Administration Management with a specialization in International Business and Entrepreneurial Business; Minor in Italian – University of South Carolina
Doctor of Physical Therapy – Georgia State University
American Physical Therapy Association. American College of Sports Medicine.
Research / Publications
“Addition of hip exercises to treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome: A meta-analysis” World J Meta-Analysis. 2015 April 26; 3(2): 118-124.
Bike Fit certified, SFMA certified, ACE certified personal trainer
The addition of hip strengthening exercises as effective treatment for patellofemoral pain syndrome. ACSM 2014 & Medicine of Cycling 2014.