About Me

My Story

Mara Gilbert  Mara Gilbert, RN

Growing up on a farm in Mendocino County, I knew the natural rhythms of life and their importance to our well being. As I grew up, I became increasingly fascinated by the anatomy and physiology of the animals I cared for and learned basic veterinary skills to keep them healthy. Coupled with my desire to help people, this love of science and healing ultimately lead me to the field of nursing. A more than ten year career as an RN has given me a solid grounding in science, and an understanding of disease and healing, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of allopathic medicine.

My own health journey was a harrowing one, but provided a strong and solid foundation for my work as a natural health practitioner. I contracted Lyme disease as a child, but was not diagnosed until my late twenties when I became profoundly ill. My Lyme disease later developed into autoimmune diseases, including Hashimoto’s and Celiac. When antibiotics and other allopathic treatments nearly killed me, I was forced to search through many different alternative treatments. Years of overwhelming fatigue, pain, struggle, and searching taught me the strengths and weakness of alternative treatments. It also gave me an intimate knowledge of illness and healing, and a compassion and understanding for those struggling with their health.

 I know what it is like to suffer, to struggle, and to be ill. And I know what it takes to get well.

It is thanks to alternative therapies that I am now living a vibrant life, full of joy. I am now able to sing and dance, do art, hike, exercise, and all the hobbies that I love with vigor. I am passionate about alternative and complementary techniques, and have chosen to practice those modalities that I found to be the most effective in my healing journey so that others can find a similar joy and fullness of life.

My Philosophy

As I learned on the farm, the human body and the natural world contain the same rhythms and the same great wisdom. They function and interact with an intricate and delicate balance of interdependence. The body has an amazing capacity to heal itself, given the resources it needs. We live in a stressful and toxic world that directly opposes and undermines the body’s capacity to function optimally. The modalities that I use support the body’s natural function, thereby enhancing its innate healing ability. Whether someone with a serious chronic illness, or a healthy athlete, and no matter what the age, these modalities can help.

My Mission

My mission is to accompany you on your journey to living a vibrant, healthy life and to use my experience and skill in helping you achieve your greatest potential.

I am committed to learning and living a vibrant life naturally, and as an academic, I am committed to continual pursuit of new knowledge and increased skill.

Professional Background


Master of Theological Studies, Bioethics  John Paul II Institute, Washington DC

Bachelor of Science, Nursing   Saint Louis University, St Louis MO 

Bachelor of Arts, Theology Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville OH

PhD University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ in progress

DNP FNP University of Arizona, Tuscon AZ in progress

Training and Certifications

Registered Nurse, California

Teaching Credential, California

Chemotherapy/Biotherapy certification

Certificate in Applied Clinical Nutrition

Craniosacral Therapy

Nutrition Response Testing

Morphogenic Field Technique

Nursing experience


Teaching Nursing


Long-term Care

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