Marybeth Missenda MS RPH CNS
I received my bachelors of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in 1989 and has been practicing as a health system pharmacist for over 20 years with a specialization in Parenteral Nutrition. I began my career as the director of pharmacy for Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelle, Haiti. This cross-cultural experience gave me a unique perspective on the importance of complementary and integrative health and the impact of nutrition on health and wellness. My work continued in the US as I developed my skills in parenteral nutrition within the hospital setting. In 2012 I graduated from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) with a Masters in Nutrition and Integrative Health and a certificate in Medical Herbalism.
My love of teaching began as a preceptor for pharmacy students and residents. Pharmacy has traditionally been a profession which honors the mentor /apprentice relationship. As a pharmacy resident adviser, I further developed my teaching skills.
In 2015, I shifted my focus to fulltime adult education at MUIH. I currently am the lead instructor for Introduction to Complementary and Integrative Health (ISCI631) , and Foundations of Health and Wellness II (ISCI632b). In the herbal medicine department, I co-teaches the Herbal Pharmacy course (HRB622) and developed courses in ePortfolio, Professional Career Trajectory and Internships for the students in the Herbal Product Design area of concentration.
I also co-represents the herbal medicine department in the faculty senate and hosts a monthly webinar series for herbal medicine students.
My academic interests include ; pharmacovigilance, incorporating technology to optimize learning and the art and science of transitioning patients from parenteral nutrition to a wholefoods diet. Current areas of research include investigating traditional methods of plant extraction and drug-herb interactions.
Short term goals: In the next 5 years, I plan to work toward a faculty position at Maryland University of Integrative Health. This will require getting published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Long term goals: Over the next 10 years , I plan to be working in an integrative practice which embodies the values of healing presence founded on concepts of wellness. I also plan to pursue a doctorate in Nutrition.
Lisa Missenda is owner of Lisa Missenda photography. Specializing in Photography, Film, Web design and Social Media marketing, Lisa is also a fine art photographer who has shown in galleries and various other venues.