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Dr. Maria Lopez, M.D.

Board-Certified Physiatrist
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Please list your licenses/degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology
  • Masters of Arts in Medical Sciences
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Licensed to practice medicine in New York and New Jersey

Where did you receive your schooling?

  • Undergraduate: Providence College
  • Masters: Boston University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
  • Intern Year: Montefiore Medical Center
  • Residency: SUNY Downstate Medical Center

How long was your schooling? What years did you attend?

  • Undergraduate: 2000-2004
  • Masters: 2004-2005
  • Medical School: 2007-2011
  • Residency: 2011-2015

How long have you been practicing?

  • Resident physician since 2011,
  • Attending physician since 2015

What tasks/treatments does your medical description include?

  • Physiatry as a specialty focuses on musculoskeletal and neurology
  • I perform Electromyography studies, nerve conduction studies (nerve testing), trigger point injections and peripheral joint injections to treat pain from overuse injuries and sports-related injuries

Are you a member of any Associations or Organizations? If so, which ones?

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • New York Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Society
  • American Medical Association

Please list any medical awards or accolades that you’ve been given: 

  • Chief Resident during residency
  • Certificate of Excellence in Patient Care, featured in the following article:

What is something that you want your patients to know about your method of caring for them? I take into account the whole person when treating my patients. I don’t have a “catch-all” treatment plan for whatever diagnosis a patient may have and I alter the treatment according to the patient’s specific needs and lifestyle. I also keep up to date with latest medical literature and research so as to offer my patients the latest and cutting edge treatment.

I have been at Manhattan Total Health since May of 2016.

In my free time, I like to… spend time with family, try new restaurants, practice barre and yoga, run in Central Park.

When I’m not at MTH, you can find me… doing the above.

I love what I do because… I help improve people’s quality of life. My philosophy on pain is that you shouldn’t be in it. Working at MTH has helped me motivate people to take charge of their pain to help ease it and prevent it.

If I could give one piece of advice, it would be… Be honest with yourself. If you’re in pain, seek help! If your form starts to falter after 5 reps with a 30 pound weight, lower it to 20. If you’ve been craving a cupcake, have that (one) cupcake!