Mary Massella, RN, MS, FNP
|Assistant Professor, Family Health Care Nursing
|School of Nursing
“Mary” (pronouns she/her/ella) is a board certified family nurse practitioner who loves teaching and inspiring the next generation of diverse nursing students. Her clinical practice currently focuses on serving her community in Oakland and the East Bay at La Clinica de la Raza, the region’s largest federally qualified health center, where she has worked for over a decade providing full scope primary care across the lifespan to largely Latinx families. Mary recently served as an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing at California State University, East Bay, where she received her Bachelors in Nursing in 2009. She was a Madison Clinic Peggy Huang Diabetes Nurse Fellow during her time at UCSF that led to her service and volunteer work focusing on diabetes care in vulnerable communities here in California and in Mexico with Partners in Health. She serves on the board of a non-profit, Diabetes Youth Families, which provides education and recreation within a supportive community to those affected by type 1 diabetes. Mary joins UCSF as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing. She looks forward to bringing a passionate, multilingual, and multicultural approach to her teaching, research, and related activities, all rooted in her experience as an immigrant refugee from Guatemala. Mary lives in Oakland by Lake Merritt with her husband and three children, occasionally still getting out to dance Cuban salsa, her long-time hobby, though more often now seeking peace and perspective in nature.
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