Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Family Medicine Residency: Alaska Family Medicine Residency
Pronunciation of Dr. Marya Goettsche Spurling
Marya was raised in a lobster fishing family and community on the coast of Downeast Maine. In college, she studied biology and Spanish and lived and studied in the Dominican Republic and Ecuador, returning to her home community to haul lobster traps for a year before enrolling in the first class of the Tufts Maine Track for medical school. She has always followed a passion for rural family medicine and spent her third year with the longitudinal integrated clerkship in Farmington, Maine, and enjoyed rotations all over rural Maine after that before heading to Alaska for family medicine residency.
She spent the first six years of her career practicing full-spectrum family medicine in a critical access hospital in Central Maine before joining the faculty at Maine-Dartmouth. Her clinical interests include obstetrics, treating substance use disorders, and hepatitis C. Marya cares a lot about promoting full-scope family medicine, physician well-being, and healthcare systems change. Outside of medicine, she enjoys hiking, canoeing and kayaking, gardening, birding, knitting, and spending time with her husband, their two children, and dog.