Women In Health: Maria Gmitro, M.Ed, BCPA

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How would you describe your journey to becoming the health leader you are today?

My journey from educator to advocate was quite unexpected. When I personally experienced health complications after breast implant surgery and gaps in our health care system, I knew I needed to take action so that women could make better informed choices. I have learned so much about myself and feel a sense of pride in creating a positive change.

What routines and habits help you prepare for, or recover from, a day’s challenges?

I try to view everything as a learning experience or a teachable moment. I choose to be optimistic and positive and look for the magic in a moment. Self-care is a high priority. I meditate, exercise, listen to music, practice gratitude and spend time in nature and with loved ones.

What or who inspires you?

I am inspired by positive, empathetic, authentic individuals who strive to make the world a better place. As I continue to shine a light on areas of need, I am reminded of a quote from Amanda Gorman: “There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

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What advice do you wish you could give to your younger self?

Embrace who you are, celebrate progress over perfection, know your worth and remember to give yourself grace. I would also advise myself to skip the breast im plants because of the potential health complications and choose a breast lift instead or use that money to travel and take an amazing vacation.


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