Marianela Lavena, MD

I always felt a calling to serve as an instrument to heal and improve the quality of life of those around me, perhaps because I grew up watching my father’s deep fulfillment through his work as a doctor.

For me, working as a doctor always has been and always will be my life purpose. I find so much value in contributing to the world by helping others heal. While working and in my everyday life I practice being present. I believe that both my medical knowledge and unconditional kindness and acceptance is important for building that safe space in which my patients can heal. 

I started my medical journey in Buenos Aires, Argentina for my initial schooling and the first few years of my practice. When I moved to the US in 2005, I focused on Family Medicine and have continued to grow in my experience and knowledge about the things that shape and affect our health. 

Growth is one of my guiding principles. This pushes me to always seek more ways I can learn and grow so I can serve others better. I have found so much healing through both yoga and meditation and bring that same perspective to my patients’ journeys.

When I’m not learning, meditating, or helping others, you can find me with my 4 boys and husband, seeking to love and laugh our way through life. 

Board Certification: Family Medicine
Residency: University of Arkansas / AHEC
Medical School: University of Buenos Aires

Fun Facts

If you were not a doctor, what would you do?

I would be a yoga and meditation teacher or a musician.

What was the craziest thing you did in medical school?

I took a road trip with my boyfriend (now husband!) to Argentinian Patagonia.