Dr. Marisa Mendes

Board Certifications: American Board of Pediatrics
University of Maryland Medical Center

Q: What is your connection to our mission?

A: I’ve seen firsthand how important early diagnosis for Autism is and how difficult it can be to navigate the system. I am excited to be a part of As You Are’s mission to help guide families through these early steps.

Q: Why do you love helping children?

A: Children are special. They see the world in different ways. They are always on the go and my goal is to help make sure nothing holds them back.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I love to travel, listen to podcasts, do puzzles, and spend time with my family and friends.

Q: What (or who) inspires you?

A: I am fortunate to have many people in my life who inspire me to push and do better. People who don’t give up despite the obstacles and who stand up for those who don’t have a voice.

Q: Tell us about your family. Any children? What about pets?

A: I have a close knit family and extended family in many parts of the world, from India and Australia to Dubai, Portugal, England, Canada, and the US. My close friends have also become my family, including my very adorable and entertaining Goddaughter.