Maria Lao, MD


Weight Management, Family Practice, and Internal Medicine

Maria Lao
Patient Rating
4.6 / 5 (589 ratings, Read 15 patient reviews)

Physician Profile




Year joined staff:


1990-1994 University of Wisconsin, Bachelor of Science

1994-1998 University of Wisconsin, Doctorate of Medicine

1998-2001 University of Minnesota, Internal Medicine Residency

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine

American Board of Obesity Medicine

ISCD Densitometry Certification


Patient Reviews

December 20, 2021
The appointment was thoroughly a follow-up to a 3 week UTI. This was NEVER addressed. Instead I was sent to Mercy ER West Lakes for heart issues that was nothing new and an absolute waste of everyone's time and resources. I will not be seeing this provider again.
December 17, 2021
Saw Dr. Lao in Knoxville, first time seeing her but she was great! Super kind and took her time, her nurse Amanda was great too!
November 17, 2021
They all are the best
November 11, 2021
Very satisfied with Pella Medical Clinic, Dr Lao and her staff.
November 11, 2021
Everyone at the Pella Clinic was very friendly and helpful. If I had any questions they took the time to any them. Felt very comfortable in the waiting room waiting for my appointment with everyone wearing a mask.
November 05, 2021
The whole staff and the doctor were amazing.
October 29, 2021
Dr. Lao was very professional and really listened to what I had to say. I was a little nervous being this was my first time seeing her and for a wellness physical to boot but her professional and care put me at ease.
October 29, 2021
Dr. Lao is a caring thorough doctor. The only thing is she needs to speak a lot louder. She needs to speak up so that I can hear her. She's very soft spoken, and that's about the only thing, she just needs to talk louder. Thank you.
October 20, 2021
I really like Dr. Lao and thought that she listened very well explained, everything very well and gave me several options for my treatment.
October 14, 2021
I was not impressed with the input as far as my quality of life and how to alleviate the pain that I am in and I was thought to be impressed with her knowledge of different drugs as opposed to any sort of the levy Asian in a holistic manner and I don't know what she prescribed me for at this particular point. I need to find that out when I can get back to them on Monday. Thank you.
September 20, 2021
I really like the staff at the Knoxville clinic. Very quick and easy to get in and out efficiently. Dr. Lao is a very good doctor.
September 14, 2021
Yeah, well you need to get more doctors like Dr. Lao. She's ... she is a great doctor. She knows what she's doing and she tells you what you need to do and then she's going to help you out. So, I appreciate her being my doctor. So, thank you and goodbye.
September 14, 2021
Very pleased.
September 08, 2021
When I came to the clinic, the first receptionist was very nice as usual. The wait time a little bit longer, about 20 minutes in the clinic. She hurried the doctor, hurry to, to visit pretty fast, and then make everything clear and of course I have sleep apnea. So then I left not knowing what doctors had to be made appointments with, but had to wait on the clinic to talk to another receptionist for over half hour, but I finally went to another receptionist and she got that straightened out. So I was upset about that. So that's all I have to say.
September 01, 2021
Again, I did not receive phone call to confirm. I was supposed to have an MRI on Friday the 3rd I think it was. Yes, Friday the 3rd of September. I got home late this evening on the 2nd. I have received no phone call to confirm a MRI at the hospital and I thought that was supposed to be done. No one called me. No one gave me any information and maybe I am wrong. If I am, I severely apologize. But I could have swore that Dr. Lao told me that she was going to set it up for Friday. I have not got a phone call to