University of Louisville - B.S., Nursing
University of Maryland, College Park - B.S., Kinesiology
Maryville University - MSN, AGPCNP
Nurse Practitioner
Clinical / Research Interests
Preventative Health
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Monica Baena, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner who joins the Medical Faculty Associates Division of Rheumatology in October 2021.  

Monica started her nursing career at Medstar Washington Hospital Center in the Neurosciences Critical Care department after earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Louisville and Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at University of Maryland, College Park. She went on to work in Intensive Care Units in Austin, TX and George Washington University Hospital. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Maryville University in 2021.  

Monica joins the Rheumatology team with skills in providing evidence-based, interdisciplinary healthcare to diverse populations across the country. She works to cultivate holistic, patient-centered care and aspires to provide the best outcomes for her patients and their families.  

She has particular interests in joint preservation, non-pharmacological based therapies, and preventative healthcare.