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Joy Cruz, ARNP

Urgent Care

Maria Joy Cruz is an ARNP in the Health First NOW Urgent Care in Melbourne. After serving 20 years with Health First, Joy joined the Urgent Care facility in August 2012. She joined Health First as an RN serving ten years in the Emergency Room at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center. She then provided nursing care for Brevard Health Alliance, Health First Home Care, and the Health First Aging Institute. She has six years of Pain Management experience. She also was an RN at the Henry Ford Hospital Emergency Room in Detroit.

She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Central Florida, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She obtained her Master in Nursing degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Florida.

Joy grew up in Southfield, MI, moving to Melbourne in 1986. She is active in her church, and enjoys playing golf.