Mary Penner MSN, FNP has a passion for helping those with chronic diseases. She is dedicated to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through the whole body approach known as Functional Medicine.
As a co-founder of Therapia-Maine she focuses on treating Lyme and Chronic diseases in partnership with Faith Crooker LMT and Zach Mazone D.O.
Together they will address root causes through the whole body approach; addressing lifestyle and dietary issues, stress, imbalanced gut microbiome, heavy metals and hormones. Pointed individualized testing, detoxification and a number of specialized treatments enhance the healing process. The practitioners believe that true healing comes from God and is based on eight natural principles of living, often referred to as N.E.W.S.T.A.R.T: Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance, Air, Rest, Trust in Divine Power.
Mary graduated with a degree in nursing in 1979 and married her high school sweet heart that same year. Over the years she worked in urology and vascular surgery, home health and allergy. She home-schooled her three children and when the last one went off to college she also decided to further her education. With the encouragement and support of her husband (an ENT physician and avid gardener) and her family, she graduated from the University of Maine as a Nurse Practitioner in 2009 and completed her certification in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine in 2016.
Mary practices what she preaches. Over two decades ago she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune disease. By following the principles of Functional Medicine and the lifestyle principles she prescribes to her patients, Mary has cured herself from this crippling condition. She loves to experiment in the kitchen with new recipes. Meals in the summertime are planned around homegrown organic vegetables. Mary enjoys reading, hiking, playing ultimate Frisbee and gardening. She loves to share the principles of heath and new recipes with anyone who wants to improve their health and well being.