Maria DuBois is a lifetime student of human nature,particularly the aspects which make and keep us healthy. Her curiosity beganwhen she first became a nurse 52 years ago. As she experienced and learned fromher patients, she developed a thirst for more knowledge with which to furtherassist people and herself in their own healing and return to healthfulness.
She began her further education by obtaining a BS in healtheducation and counseling. While in school, she took part in advocating forgynecological services on campus for female students. Upon graduating she tookher skills into new community settings. She worked in rural health centers withmid- level practitioners delivering care to rural underserved populations. Sheworked with special populations, consolidating their care into the mainstreamcommunities.
She indulged her interest in holistic medicine by moving toCalifornia to learn from the teachers and studied many alternatives healingtraditions and technique. She becamecertified in massage/body therapy and studied medical astrology. Sheparticipated in intensive amounts of psychological and body therapies. Shebecame more committed to the treatment of the whole person which includesphysical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual.
By 1982 she was back in New York and a mother, her passionfor holistic compassionate care was exercised in many different areas of care.Her work was primarily in community settings.
She worked in women’shealth, mental health case management, Hospice admission coordinator, substanceabuse treatment, middle management supervision in home care and mostly indelivering home care. This was a terrific relearning experience of the need forholistic care. Eventually she found she had surpassed the level of independentpractice she could do at her education level.
She returned to school and achieved a master’s degree withpost graduate certificate to practice family medicine as a nurse practitioner.She had a goal to bring mental health care into a family practice. The trend inmedical care driven by insurances did not allow for enough time to treatpatients holistically. She did garner the large share of patients withpsychosocial maladies in which different methods were needed for ultimatetreatment of their conditions.
After struggling with enormous amounts of overtime shedecided to return to school and specialize in psychiatric medicine. Theliterature of community health centers in 2005 espoused holistic comprehensivecare but it was not properly integrated at that time.
Psychiatric medicine is the one place in which she couldexercise her holistic approach. She received another post graduate certificate asa Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
She has been working in a private practice setting foreighteen years now. She had the privilege of sharing her practice for fourteenyears with Lionel G. Deutsch MD, who was initially an internist, who also turnedto psychiatry as his primary practice. Their commitment to holisticcompassionate care was her professional home.
She did return to formal training and education again tobecome certified as a nutritional therapy practitioner which further enhancedher practice style.
Her style of practice is eclectic and her commitment toholistic care guides her practice. She endeavors to coordinate care with otherproviders as needed for the clients’ integrity.
Our team includes Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Specialists and Holistic Practitioners. We proudly serve the communities of Ulster County, The Hudson Valley and the entire Catskill region.
15 Pine Grove St
Woodstock NY 12498