Dr. Maritza Fuentes is a trusted source of information on health issues for Hispanics in the United States. She became a household name locally with her daily medical reports on the #1 rated news station in the Miami / Ft. Lauderdale market. She graduated in 1991, in general medicine, at the University of Havana, Cuba. She studied Journalism at the University of Miami, receiving her certificate as an Audiovisual Media Journalist in 2001.
In 2000, She created and produced “Pase la tarde con la Dra. Maritza Fuentes”, (“Spend the evening with Dr. Maritza Fuentes”), on Radio Caracol which aired from Monday to Friday, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. the talk show allowed her to discuss routine life situations and offer solutions to immigration problems in the United States.
In 2001, she took up the subject of obesity in her talk show and later formulated a nutritional program that helped her reduce weight. She lost 43 pounds and named the program “1-2-3 Vida Plus”. The latest evolution of Dr. Fuentes’ nutritional program is NutriBonus+ Balance.
Last March, the Ibero-American Journalists Organization (OPI) RECOGNIZED Dr. Fuentes as “Ibero-American Personality”, for her professional success, and her valuable support to social initiatives.
In February 2003, Miami Dade County, and Miami City declared February 19th as Dr. Maritza Fuentes’ Day, recognizing her medical expertise, journalism and female entrepreneurship achievement. On March 8th, that same year, she was recognized by “The Batten Project”, for her great work and support of their organization. In July, the American Cancer Society awarded her for her continued support to the Hispanic initiative’s development.
In 2003 she studied Nutrition at the University of Atlanta, Georgia and also did investigative work in Alternative Medicine to learn more about obesity, various approaches to lifestyle and other health issues.
From 2004 to 2007, she was the medical spokesperson for a national campaign sponsored by the Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Company, alongside journalist and presenter Cristina Saralegui, aimed at preventing constipation in Hispanic women.
Dr. Fuentes also participated in other national campaigns such as “25 Mitos, 25 Realidades” (“25 Myths, 25 Realities”), preventing HIV virus.
In 2008, Dr. Fuentes finished an Investigative Journalism Masters, in the Art and Communications Institute in Madrid, Spain.
At the moment, she is studying at the University of Arizona to earn a certification in “Integrative Health Coaching”. At this time in her life, she has big goals, giving priority to her passion: helping others have a better quality lifestyle.
That is why she created the Integrative Health Care Institute in Coral Gables. Dr. Maritza Fuentes is a person that has gained credibility and respect through Hispanic radio and television. Her career has been successful due to her efforts and honesty with her audience.
Her goal is to simply help others reach their goals. She encourages and inspires people to lead a healthier lifestyle with her speeches and tips. She says, “To help others is my passion, this is what I was born to do.”