Dr. Maria Alexandra Mejia, a League City resident with a thriving family medicine practice in Houston, juggles work, family — her physician husband and their two children — and the motivational goals she sets daily.
Mejia came to the United States by herself in 2004 from Venezuela to escape political and social unrest, and to pave the way for her family to join her. Although she was a licensed physician in Caracas, she had to be re-certified in the United States. In 2009, after completing a three-year residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch, she opened her own practice.
Mejia has always been up for a challenge. She once spent 18 days on the Amazon River. There, she slept in a hammock and ate fried caiman meat (resembles an alligator) with hot sauce made from ants.
“I’m scientific, but intuitive,” said Mejia, who is seeking certification to treat menopause.
“I like helping people,” she said.
Her style is elegant, but simple. She doesn’t like to wear much makeup or a lot of jewelry and prefers understated colors.
“Wearing red lipstick is new for me, but I’m trying to change and wear more cheerful colors,” she said.
Here are a few of her favorite things:
1. Books: “I love to read. Two of these I’ve finished and I’m about to start on ‘The Color of Success,’ given to me by the author, who explained how color reflects our mood and that we wear certain colors that make us feel safe and secure. I’m working on that.”
2. Street view in Cumaná in Venuezuela: “This painting is so dear to me. It is the street my grandmother, Narcisa, lived on in Cumaná when I was growing up. I would ride my bike 10 miles to see her, almost every day.”
3. Allure Sensuelle by Chanel: “I don’t like strong scents. This one is mild and stays with me all day.”
4. Bongo Boats: “These are models of Venezuelan fishing boats, called bongo boats. I love the sea and spent many enjoyable hours boating and fishing in the Gulf of Cariaco.”
5. Zoot triathlon suit: “I competed in three triathlons last year. This is my multipurpose suit that will take me through swimming, biking and running without having to change.”
6. Santa Teresa Rum: “We’re known for our rum in Venezuela. This one is delicate and sophisticated with its smooth texture, golden amber color and a fragrant scent of oranges.”
7. Gold Necklace: “This is my baptismal necklace. The
eye was given to me by a friend’s mother for protection. Both are special to me.”
8. Fresh flowers: “I always have fresh flowers in my home. They represent energy, nature, life and happiness.”