Following a career in education, Mary qualified as an aromatherapist at the Tisserand Institute in London in 1999 and later worked there as an anatomy and physiology lecturer. Her aromatherapy studies sparked an interest in natural health and since then, she has completed a variety of complementary therapy training courses including reflexology and various forms of face and body massage.
Mary has worked as a lecturer in the complementary therapy departments of several London adult education colleges including Kingston, Merton, Sutton and Morley Colleges. She has also lectured at several private colleges, including an AOR Accredited School of Reflexology, Westminster School of Yoga and more recently at the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine & Aromatherapy (ITHMA) based at Regent’s University in London. Mary also teaches a range of continuing professional development (CPD) massage courses for qualified therapists.
Mary was awarded a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for teaching anatomy & physiology at Merton Adult College in May 2005 and again in May 2008 (nominated by her students). Mary was also awarded a 'Commended Tutor of the Year' Certificate at the Federation of Holistic Therapists Excellence in Education Awards in 2012.
Mary has co-authored two books to date “Indian Head Massage – the Essential Guide” & “Ear Candling – the Essential Guide” (both originally published by Hodder Arnold as part of the “In Essence” series). She also writes regular health related features for various magazines. Mary is a member and Vice-President of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, and holds a Master’s Degree in Education. As well as her lecturing work, Mary ran a private clinical practice in southwest London from 1999 to 2020. She has since semi-retired and relocated to Gloucestershire. In 2020, Mary wrote and published "KNOW YOUR BODY - The Essential Guide to Human Anatomy & Physiology" (along with an accompanying workbook). A section from this book is being submitted for the Page Turner Awards.