Maria Santalucia

Maria joined the Thrive Physical Therapy team in 2018. She is a native to New York but grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she attended Clover Hill High School and played soccer for the high school as well as the F.C. Richmond Mystx. She later attended Virginia Tech, completing an undergraduate degree in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Food & Exercise. During her freshman and sophomore years at VT, she played for the woman’s club soccer team. She then obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Duke University in 2013. After school, she moved to Roanoke, VA where she worked at an outpatient orthopedic/sports medicine for the past 5 years. Recently, Maria, her husband and 1/ ½ year Golden Retriever (Jameson) moved back to the Richmond area to be closer to family.

Maria enjoys treating a diverse patient population ranging from young athletes to elderly men and women eager to maintain a high quality of life. Her treatment philosophy focuses on manual therapy to restore pain-free mobility, exercise programs for strength and endurance with correct biomechanics, and patient independence to reach individual goals. She “Thrives” on learning through continuing education opportunities.

Outside the professional world, Maria enjoys spending time with family/friends, running trails with her Golden Retriever, lifting weights, snowboarding, golfing and traveling.


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy: Duke University, 2013
  • Bachelor of Science: Human Nutrition, Food & Exercise – Virginia Tech, 2009
  • Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Virginia Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic section of APTA, Sports section of APTA