Dr Mary Pines, PhD.

“I translate complex science into practical principles that each of us can use to better our health.”

My philosophy.


• I am a guide. I am not a medical doctor or a coach. I can help you master your health and understand your body.

• Aging should not come with pain, fatigue or ‘feeling old.’ These are myths perpetuated by misguided societal norms, unhealthy habits and industry interests.

• Healthy habits are not a struggle if they are a fit for you. I help you build sustainable change in ways that work for you, so you can live a vital life you love.

• I do not believe in hierarchical doctor-patient relationships. You are my equal, and I read you as such. I listen, and never judge.

• I always work in your best interest. If you would benefit from specialist or alternative care, I will refer you to the practitioner who can best support you.



Academia meets ‘outside-the-box.’


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 studied 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.

Over the years, I 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.

Following my “traditional” education, I devoted 6 years to studying non-traditional, evidence-based approaches to wellness: biohacking & human optimization, ancestral living, mindfulness, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, breathwork, bodywork and more.

I’m an experienced facilitator, speaker 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 approach that saved my own life.

I work with people of all ages, from youth to senior citizens. I specialize in burnout recovery, circadian rhythm correction, preventative “lifestyle medicine”, longevity, high-performance habits and weight management. I provide world-class care and support to educate and empower people in their health journeys.

My approach is endorsed by my acclaimed mentors and colleagues, who recognize that this offering meets unmet needs in the Medical community. You can read about it here.

Personal Health:
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.


Pines MK*, Zhang P*, Lu H*, Peixoto RT*, Ge Y, Oku S, Siddiqui TJ, Xie Y, Wu W, Archer-Hartmann S, Yoshida K, Tanaka KF, Aricescu AR, Azadi P, Gordon MD, Sabatini BL, Wong ROL, and Craig AM. (2018) Heparan Sulfate Organizes Neuronal Synapses through Neurexin Partnerships. Cell. 174(6): 1450-64. *Contributed equally
Pines M, Das M, Ellis S, Morin A, Czerniecki S, Yuan L, Klose M, Coombs D, and Tanentzapf G. Mechanical force regulates integrin turnover in Drosophila in vivo. Nature Cell Biology. 14(9): 935-943.
Ellis SJ, Pines M, Fairchild MF and Tanentzapf G. (2011) In vivo functional analysis reveals specific roles for the integrin-binding sites of talin. Journal of Cell Science. 124(11):1844-56.
Pines M, Fairchild MF and Tanentzapf G. (2011) Distinct regulatory mechanisms control integrin adhesive processes during tissue morphogenesis. Developmental Dynamics. 240(1):36-51
Pines MK, Housden BE, Bernard F, Bray SJ and Röper K. (2010) The cytolinker Pigs is a direct target and a negative regulator of Notch signaling. Development. 137(6):913-22. [Featured as a “recommended read:” Faculty of 1000: 2010. F1000.com/2913958]

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)

Disclaimer: Dr Mary Pines / Innate Wellness cannot diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition. Neither the consulting nor materials provided (including this website) are not intended to substitute for the advice, treatment and/or diagnosis of a qualified, licensed professional. I do not make any medical diagnoses, claims and/or substitute for your personal physician’s care.