Mary practices Classical Five Element Acupuncture as taught by J.R. Worsley. This medicine is a powerful system that allows each and every one of us to tap into our ability to heal and harmonize the body, mind and spirit. When we align with our truest self, health naturally ensues. This medicine creates clear access to the tools we already possess within us, and in doing so, symptoms begin to fall away. When we have access our deepest abilities, we heal more quickly and effectively, experience greater happiness and peace, and can move through the challenges of our lives with resiliency and grace.


Mary has been practicing acupuncture since 2008, after a nine year college journey. She started in a pre-med program and then switched gears to earn a B.S. in Biology/Physiology. She earned her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine at Dongguk University Los Angeles, including internship in Seoul (Ilsan), South Korea. She went on to teach at her alma mater while maintaining a private acupuncture and herbology practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for five years, then studied Classical Five Element Acupuncture (CFEA) at the Institute of Classical Five Element Acupuncture in Santa Monica, CA with Neil Gumenick , Brian Bender and Eliot Ivanhoe. Her love of the medicine and dedication to maintaining the purity of J.R. Worsley's teachings lead her to begin teaching at the Institute, where she is full-time Senior Faculty. She has also published video courses on Ethics in the Field of Acupuncture, which can be taken with or without CE credit, available on Net of Knowledge.   

Before practicing Acupuncture, Mary worked in sleep disorders medicine, holding positions as technologist, manager and clinical specialist at prestigious hospitals and medical centers in Michigan, Oregon and California, including UCLA. She took a three year hiatus from sleep medicine and taught in Los Angeles public schools' special education system, teaching learning disabled, emotionally challenged, at risk and autistic children, which gave her a unique perspective of how we, as dynamic humans, learn, struggle, triumph and grow, on all levels. This work taught her immense patience and perspective, an ability to see and track progress, no matter how small, and the capability to maintain an optimistic outlook no matter how dire the appearance of the circumstances. During her undergrad years, she worked in medical laboratories, regional trauma centers and burn units, medical and wildlife research facilities, large animal vet clinics and even morgues.

Mary is also a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher (IKYTA 400+ hours) and holds classes in Santa Monica and Long Beach. For more information on her classes, click here


Santa Monica and Long Beach, CA

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