Dr. Maria F. Alfaro was born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from University of Costa Rica (UCR) in 2010. Upon graduation, she worked as a general practitioner for 3 years. Her affinity to the field of Prosthodontics drove her to enroll in an Advanced Prosthodontics Observership Program at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2013. During her time at UIC, she also worked as a Research Scholar under the guidance of Dr. Cortino Sukotjo where she studied "The Tribocorrosion Behavior of Dental Implants in a Simulated Oral Environment". Her work has been presented at numerous conferences and was awarded with 1st place in the scientific table competition at the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society (APS). In 2015, Dr. Alfaro was offered a full-time position as the Assistant Director of Digital Health Sciences and Technology at UIC Restorative Dentistry Department where she worked for 2 years with various CAD/CAM systems in the foundation of prosthetic design, materials and fabrication. To further her education, Dr. Alfaro decided to join the Graduate Prosthodontics Program at the University of Michigan in pursuit of the knowledge to manage complex rehabilitation cases that will allow her to best serve her patients.