Mary has been a Registered Nurse since 1968. She has worked in nearly all areas of medicine since that time: ICU, CCU, Step-down Units, ER, Neurology, Orthopedics, General Medicine, General Surgery, Respiratory Unit, Oncology, and as a Chemotherapy Nurse. She retired from “western medicine” in 1990 and continued to explore complementary therapies. She pursued a career in Herbal Therapy working with Nature’s Sunshine Products for 2 years. Mary completed certification programs in Homeopathy in 2003, Flower Essences in 2003 & became a Reiki Master Teacher in 2004.

Mary began as a volunteer at the San Diego Cancer Research Institute as a Reiki Practitioner and Flower Essence consultant as part of their Integrative Therapies Department in 2004 & then became the Volunteer Coordinator of the Integrative Medicine Program. She continues in this capacity & has a nutrition page, Mary’s Reality-Based Nutrition, on this website. “As an R.N., I simply provide reliable, evidence-based information for the cancer patient, their family, friends & caregivers.”

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