Before becoming an independent writer, Mary worked as a writer and managing editor in a medical communications agency for 4 years. Prior to that, she was a writer, editor and creative services director at the University of Maryland (schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, law and social work) where she wrote and produced magazines, newsletters, brochures, web pages, and other materials. Her first writing job was as a clinical science writer for the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.

Mary has a master’s degree in pharmacology & toxicology from Dartmouth College/Medical School (now the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth), and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Buffalo. She has continued her education with courses in health literacy, plain language writing, pharmacy technology (as a certified pharmacy technician [CPhT]), photography, and web design. She currently serves as webmaster for the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the American Medical Writers Association.

Mary and her family live in the Baltimore-Washington DC area and share their home with pet dogs and birds. In 2008, Mary started leading group walks in Columbia, Maryland and launched the Columbia Dogs on the Go Meetup group and website for local dog lovers.