Dr. Maria Martinez, DMD - a local dentist working with Terry Reilly Health Services in Middleton, ID - is a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment recipient. Being a Mexican immigrant, Maria didn't have access to dental care for most of her childhood and understands cultural barriers facing immigrants in Idaho. Growing up in Middleton has given her a great sense of pride in her community and believes she is able to provide more passionate care to people in need.
The state of Idaho does not have a dental or medical school and recruiting can be a challenge. And recruiting for rural areas is becoming increasingly difficult. Because of Maria's background with the community she was a perfect fit. Terry Reilly Health Services provides a place where patients can receive medical, dental and behavioral health care and Maria values working together to ensure patients receive the best possible care.
"Being a NHSC member has enhanced my quality of life", says Maria about the program. By not having to worry about dollar signs all the time Maria is able to completely focus on her patients and providing quality care in her community.