- Medical Doctor, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T. Popa”, Romania (1990)
- Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, University of Toledo, Ohio (2005)
- Master of Administration Health Sciences, Northern Arizona University , Arizona (2014)
- Master of Science Nursing, Northern Arizona University, Arizona (2017)
Despina is originally from Romania where she practiced as a family physician for over a decade. After relocating to the United States, she joined the Orthopedics Department at the University of Toledo, Ohio where she worked nine years as a research associate , conducting multiple retrospective studies, biomechanical studies as well as randomized clinical trials. Most of her research has been published in top peer reviewed journals or has been presented at conferences nationwide. She moved to Northern Arizona and joined the Biology Department at Northern Arizona University as an instructor in 2008. She recently rejoined the clinical side of the medical field as a family nurse practitioner. Despina is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is certified by the Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates. She is married, has a son, and enjoys hiking and traveling with her family in her spare time. Despina has recently joined the AARA family.