Santos Maria

Maria Santos, PhD, DNP, APRN, CNP

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“I believe that communication between the healthcare team and patients is the key to therapeutic relationships. My idea of a successful care plan is when patients and loved ones feel empowered to take active roles in their health decision making.”

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Santos is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctoral Degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. She earned a Master’s degree in Nursing from Metropolitan State University MN and received her Bachelor’s degree from Bethel University. She earned a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Science Arts and Technology in 2018.

Dr. Santos chose Geriatric Care because of its focus on maintaining quality of life and independent functioning with dignity for as long as possible. Dr. Santos has more than 24 years of experience in long term care.


  • Poster presentation, Experimental Biology EB, Conference, 2019

Professional Affiliations

  • Minnesota Nurses Association
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners


  • Certified Family Nurse Practitioner


“In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, traveling and spending time with my grandchildren.”