Welcome to the Student Health and Wellness Page



Emotional Growth

The Student Health Center is dedicated to promoting health and well-being that is based on the foundations of the Catholic Identity guidelines for University communities.  Our work is based upon the principles of Catholic Social Teachings and Catholic Health Care: offering care while respecting and maintaining the dignity of the individual, attending to the needs of the marginalized and disenfranchised, showing respect for workers, caring for the environment, and promoting peace and nonviolence in our world.  At St. Thomas University, we have the unique advantage of providing an intimate, family education model, which is exemplified in our motto: ‘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 4, O’Malia Hall, Suites 103-105

What services are offered?


Meet Our Therapists

Maria Bedoya, LMHC, Director of Student Health 

Email: Studenthealth@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 Miami native, and I enjoy being outdoors and surrounded by such great company! My clinical background includes drug/alcohol abuse counseling, domestic violence, addressing trauma, and crisis intervention. My goal is to help you navigate any school or life struggles that you may encounter during your college years. I look forward to meeting you, and to exploring your overall health and wellness during your time at here at St. Thomas University.

Daniella Shaw, LCSW

Email: DShaw@stu.edu
Phone: (305)628-6693
Hometown: Miami Gardens, Florida

About me: Hi Bobcats! I am a a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist specializing in Anxiety & Depression management, Grief & loss, communication issues, stress management, major life transitions, and building healthier relationships.  I graduated from Florida Atlantic University with her Masters in Social Work and Minor in Sociology. My Mental Health and social services education and experience with Adolescent and family services, Behavioral Health units, and community mental/medical health arena has paved the way for me to embrace my role as an innovative leader and community advocate. I was raised in a lower income household, experienced the traumatic loss of her mother, and has a deep understanding of complicated family systems, grief & loss, environmental stressors, limited finances, and restricted access to resources. I look forward to being a part of the St. Thomas University family and meeting with you to provide additional guidance and support during this time of learning and growth in your lives!


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