Welcome to the Student Health and Wellness Page



Emotional Growth

The Student Health Center is dedicated to promoting health and well-being from the foundation of Catholic Identity guidelines for University communities.  Our work is based upon the principles of Catholic Social Teachings and Catholic Health Care: the care and dignity of the individual, attending the needs of the marginalized and disenfranchised, respect for workers, care of the environment, and the promotion of peace and nonviolence in our world.  At St. Thomas University, we have the unique advantage of providing an intimate, family education model, aimed at ‘developing leaders for life.’  The Student Health Center staff generally holds a master (or above) level certification, in addition to contracted health care services provided by Baptist Health Primary Care.


The Student Health Center aims to promote the physical, emotional, behavioral, and mental health of students in a personalized, supportive, and professional manner as they prepare to become leaders for life in our global community.

Location: Building 15, Glasshouse, near Cascia Hall.

What services are offered?


Meet the Director of Student Health

Maria Bedoya (Garavito)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Email: MGaravito@stu.edu
Phone: (305)628-6695
Hometown: Miami, Florida

About me: Hi Bobcats! I am the Director of Student Health and a proud Alum of St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. I am a native to Miami and I enjoy being outdoors and surrounded by great company! My clinical background includes drug/alcohol abuse, domestic violence, addressing trauma, and crisis intervention. My goal is to help you navigate in any school or life struggles that you may encounter during your college years. I look forward to meeting you to explore your overall health and wellness while at St. Thomas University.

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