I am Dr. Maribel. After having practiced as a physician through the Direct Primary Care model for almost 7 years, and 30 years as a doctor through other models and institutions, I ceased practicing private medicine on February 28th, 2021 when Innova closed its doors. What great times! Being honored to care for so many in my hometown of Orlando has been a fulfilling gift! See my story here.
...And because of its special 1:1 delivery of patient care through Direct Care, if I were to practice medicine again, I would do it exactly the same. The author of Ecclesiastes continued speaking to me with these words "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens", so when the time was due I had to surrender to that small voice progressively turning into a roaring lion, as it was sternly guiding me to yield to this new phase in my life, where I would serve others in a "different" way. It has been a leap of faith, that substance always required during changes especially, as I am one who prefers 'stability' and resist change.
In this new season, you will find me blogging and writing as I compile medical/wellness information and resources for you to better navigate your health in/and the system (with my take on them), writing openly about mental health (you will know why this topic is important to me in my blog and why I am allowing myself to be vulnerable), write about spirituality and faith (one of my fave topics), share my experiences on how I overcome Fibromyalgia day to day through nutrition and functional medicine (these practices have given me my life back), and teaching through webinars (stay put!). Maybe, I will even publish a book someday...
Aww! Giving my expertise and care to non profit organizations to advocate and serve those in need should have been on the top of my list... leaving the best for last!
Honestly, I am excited to keep in touch with you 'post-Innova' in these new ways. I may not be in the office serving through private medicine face to face, or checking your vital signs but I will virtually be there as you enter 'my hub' and engage through questions, ideas, comments. This is a work in progress, come and visit often!
It will be a happy and empowering ride.
For more information, visit my LinkedIn professional profile here.