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Maria Fernandez, MD, MPH

Maria Fernandez


Family Medicine

About Maria Fernandez

Language(s): English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese


  • Board certified through American Board of Family Medicine

Medical School:

  • University of Arizona     

Graduate Medical Education:

  • University of Nevada, Reno

Graduate Education:

  • University of California, Berkeley

Undergraduate Education:

  • Stanford University

Biography: Dr. Fernandez was born in Tampico, Mexico and moved to San Diego, CA when she was 3. Her bicultural and bilingual upbringing had a major impact on both her personal and professional life. She pursued an undergraduate degree at Stanford University in Community Health and Cross-Cultural Medicine, followed by a Masters in Public Health at UC Berkeley. She applied to medical school knowing she wanted to be a family doctor who practiced at an FQHC. Her goal is to bridge public health and medicine through community medicine. She received her medical degree from UA Tucson, where she also met her husband, a Reno native. She came to Reno to complete her family medicine residency at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is very excited to be able to pursue her passion for health equity at Community Health Alliance.

Personal Interests: When she is not working, she spends all of her time with her twin daughters, hanging out with her family, hiking with her husband, dancing, running and doing yoga.


Neil Road Health Center
3915 Neil Rd.
Reno, NV 89502

4-year-old had lots of cavities!

“My 4-year-old had lots of cavities and I went to different offices for different opinions. Many offices wanted a lot of money and to put her to sleep. Dr. Montoya worked with my daughter to help her feel safe and make her be still so she could do the work while she was awake. Nowhere else would even try. My daughter actually enjoys the dentist now, and all five of my daughters are all better brushers now from talking and learning from Dr. Montoya. She is a blessing.”


I am now receiving equal if not better care than ever.

A long time ago I had money & great health insurance. That was a long time ago! But I discovered Community Health Alliance who took me in on a sliding fee scale. I am now receiving equal if not better care than ever.

Thank you for being my doctor!

Your clinic helps so many people and moves them through very efficiently.  I never mind waiting because I know you are helping someone.  And, when you come in to see me you always give me your full attention, as if I am your only patient.  Your good will and positive intent always shine through. Thank you for being my doctor.

Steven H.

I feel like I just walked in and won the lottery.

I feel like I just walked in and won the lottery…I lost one tooth 2 years ago and I was heartbroken and said I never wanna lose a tooth again. I have been so scared that I would not be able to afford my teeth and now I know I can! I am so so so happy! Thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart!