Dr Mary Pines, PhD.
“My greatest passion is teaching people how to tap into their profound, innate capacity to thrive.”
• Aging should not come with pain, fatigue or “feeling old.” These are myths perpetuated by misguided societal norms, unhealthy habits and industry interests.
• Health habits should not be a struggle. We build sustainable change in ways that work for you and empower you to love the life you’re living.
• I do not believe in hierarchical doctor-patient relationships. I treat you as my equal, as you deserve to be treated. I listen carefully and answer all your questions.
• I work with your best interests in mind. If you would benefit from specialist or alternative care, I will refer you to the practitioner who can best support you.
Conventional meets unconventional.
For over 20 years I’ve studied Health Sciences, including mechanisms of cancer, autism, neuroscience, epi/genetics, cell migration and adhesion, stem cells and more.
I was educated at Cambridge University (PhD) and the University of British Columbia (BSc, Post-Doctoral Studies, Research Associate) in the disciplines of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry and Developmental Biology.
I’ve authored and reviewed numerous peer-reviewed scientific journal articles (see Publications below), delivered expert presentations at conferences worldwide, mentored university students, and designed and led successful international collaborations.
After completing my “traditional” education, I devoted another 6 years to studying non-traditional, evidence-based approaches to health and medicine: biohacking & human optimization, ancestral living, mindfulness, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, breathwork, bodywork and more.
I’m also an experienced facilitator and mentor, with training in interpersonal relations, non-violent communication, self-realization, empowerment and life coaching.
After years of doing it all at maximum capacity, I hit the wall. I was 33 years old and completely burnt out.
Forging a Path Back to My Own Innate Wellness.
The road to recovery was littered with appointments that left me feeling frustrated and unheard by physicians, who offered band-aid solutions I knew weren’t healthy and wouldn’t make a lasting difference.
As I fought to find the support I needed, I slowly realized that Western Medicine is not designed to treat systemic, chronic illness or even support disease prevention.
My health couldn’t be managed with a fragmented, piecemeal approach of educated guesses and stop-gap solutions.
Reluctantly, I came to understand that “holistic” health isn’t new age “woo woo” at all: it’s a comprehensive, integrated approach to the dizzyingly complex systems that make up the human body and translate to our individual experience of health.
With this new perspective, I eventually realized that I could leverage my skills and training to “fix” my health. So I went back to learning, investigating every evidence-based lineage of medicine I could: conventional, ancient, and cutting-edge. I was my own guinea pig, and I learned more than I could have ever imagined.
My vitality returned as I slowly regained my health, and I surpassed my pre-burnout baseline. I became healthier, stronger, and had more energy than I knew what to do with – I felt youthful again! I was happier than ever before, and my life would never be the same as I realized that my calling in the world is to help others do this same on themselves.
“When we learn to listen and adjust to the body’s cues, we can harness the miraculous regenerative power of the self-healing machines we call cells; only then will we secure true health, vitality, and longevity.”
— Dr. Mary Pines, Ph.D. Founder, Innate Wellness.
The story of Innate Wellness
I left my government-supported laboratory research career to dedicate my life to helping people recover and optimize their health using the personalized, preventative, comprehensive healthcare approach that saved my own life.
I work with people of all ages, from youth to senior citizens, specializing in burnout recovery, circadian rhythm correction, lifestyle-based, preventative medicine, sleep, longevity & anti-aging, high-performance habits and weight management. I pride myself in providing world-class care and support to empower people along their journeys.
My work is endorsed by my acclaimed mentors and colleagues, who recognize that this offering meets unmet needs in the Medical community.
A Comprehensive Approach
As my practice grows, my priority is always to maintain a student mentality. I am committed to staying deeply connected to new research so that I can support the changing and evolving needs of my clients, and our greater community, to the best of my ability.
From the proceeds of this work, I will soon start volunteering my services to underserved communities in my area, including the Whistler Women’s Shelter and First Nations community of Mt Currie.
Education & Experience
Innate Wellness was born. Whistler, BC, Canada.
Research & Development – Physician’s Training program, Richer Health Inc. Whistler, BC, Canada.
Artist – Recovering from burnout, I lived on Kaua’i for 6 months and absolutely loved it. There, I had a thriving art business and began to discover how to heal my body.
Associate Research Scientist – Laboratory of Dr. Michael Gordon, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC, Canada. [Areas of study: Autism Spectrum Disorders, neuronal function, neurogenesis, behavioural regulation, developmental biology, neuronal physiology.]
Postdoctoral Researcher – Laboratory of Dr. Guy Tanentzapf, Dept of Cell and Physiological Sciences, University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC, Canada. [Areas of study: Cell and developmental biology, cancer, tissue growth, cell adhesion, communication, migration, survival, metastasis, tissue morphogenesis.]
2009-2012 (Postdoc of the Year Award – 2012)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Laboratory of Dr. Katja Röper. Dept of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience. University of Cambridge, UK. [Areas of study: Cell and developmental biology, genetics, cancer, tissue morphogenesis, cell communication, cell shape change, migration, apoptosis (cell death regulation), tissue morphogenesis.]
MSc Student – Laboratory of Dr. Ivan Sadowski. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. [Areas of study: Cancer mechanisms, biochemistry, cell biology, cell proliferation, signalling, shape change, migration, oxidative stress and survival.]
Research Assistant & Undergraduate Thesis Student – Laboratory of Dr. Roger Brownsey, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. [Areas of study: Diabetes, metabolic biochemistry, cell signalling, carbohydrate and lipid signalling and metabolism.]
Bachelor of Science. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (with Honours), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
1999-2003 (Graduated with Honours)