About Mary

I grew up in southern California.  After high school, I initially pursued a degree in mechanical engineering, but changed my major to biology after taking a course in microbiology and falling in love with the subject. While earning my BA in biology, I also completed a minor in bio-organic chemistry, which included rigorous laboratory science work. 

In 1987 I graduated from Duke University School of Medicine, and in 1991 I completed a residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Colorado. From 1991 to 2000 I managed my own obstetrics and gynecology practice and worked very long hours delivering babies, but also dabbled in C++ and ML programming courses and dreamed of combining my medical and mathematical interests to carve out a new career in the pharmaceutical world. 

In 2000 I returned to school and earned a master’s degree in biostatistics. Soon after starting my first job in the clinical trials industry, my company asked me to help with a few writing projects, which opened a new world to me. I added project management and medical writing to my skill set, and began writing many statistical analysis plans, grant applications, clinical study reports, manuscripts, protocols, investigator brochures, and other documents. I continue to seek new opportunities in medical, scientific, and educational writing. 

When not writing, I enjoy playing classical piano music, studying the stock and options markets, and taking walks in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.