Maria H. Elswick, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
Welcome to my Web page. I'm happy to have this chance to introduce myself to you and tell you about my work as an Ob/Gyn physician at Kaiser Permanente.
I'm a native Southern Californian who grew up in Los Angeles. I always planned on becoming a doctor and actually enjoyed the process. I studied psychology in college at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where I received my bachelor's degree in 1989. I stayed in Chicago for medical school, attending the Chicago Medical School's University of Health Sciences, where I received my medical degree in 1993. I also did my Ob/Gyn residency in Chicago, at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, finishing in 1997. I was in a private practice in the South Bay of San Diego for almost four years before coming to Kaiser Permanente. I joined Kaiser Permanente in 2001 and worked at the El Cajon Medical Office for six years before moving to San Marcos in January 2007. I have started seeing patients at the Carmel Valley Ob/Gyn Office as well. I enjoy my practice and members, and feel honored to be a physician here. I am married and have two teenaged children.
About my practice
I feel that healthy living and preventive care are the best ways to stay healthy, and I try to encourage this way of life. I also strive to help members understand their particular situations and aim to provide a clear path to achieve health and a state of wellness. In keeping with this idea, in January of 2015 I started a Maternal Wellness program to focus on the overall health of women who are struggling with anxiety/depression during pregnancy or in the postpartum period. I took a sabbatical at UCSD in 2013 in the Reproductive Psychiatry department to learn strategies to help these patients. Starting in December 2015 I will be dedicating my office time to this program. This will be both exciting (I am thrilled with the new program) and somewhat sad as I will be unable to continue taking care of my long-standing patients. Fortunately I have wonderful, bright, dedicated colleagues to help with this transition.
How I thrive
I strongly feel that mind and body are connected, and I try to work from this premise when taking care of patients.