Marybeth Missenda MS RPH CNS
I received my bachelor’s 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 that honors the mentor /apprentice relationship. As a pharmacy resident adviser, I further developed my teaching skills.
In 2015, I shifted my focus to full-time adult education at MUIH. I currently the program director for the Integrative Health Studies department which offers a post-baccalaureate and master’s degree in Integrative Health Studies. I am also an assistant professor and teach Introduction to Complementary and Integrative Health (ISCI631) , Survey of Complementary Health Approaches (ISCI630a), Integrative Care Models (INHS620), Seminar in Integrative Health Studies (INHS710) and guest lecture for Biomedicine: Safe Practices (ISCI754) for the Acupunture and Herbal Medicine department.
I value the perspectives of diverse paradigms of medicine and serve as co-chair for the research and education committee for the organization Integrative Medicine for the Underserved whose mission is to expand access to integrative medicine.
My academic interests include ; interprofessional communication and collaboration, 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 the interprofessional experiences of herbalist and health and wellness coaches.
- Missenda, M. (2021). Yoga therapy and pharmaceuticals: A cautious approach to interaction. In D. Finlayson & L. Hyland Robertson (Eds.). Yoga therapy foundations, tools, and practice: A comprehensive textbook, London: Singing Dragon.
- Missenda, M. (2021). Cardiorespiratory medications. In D. Finlayson & L. Hyland Robertson (Eds.). Yoga therapy foundations, tools, and practice: A comprehensive textbook, London: Singing Dragon.
- Missenda, M. (2021). Diabetes medications. In D. Finlayson & L. Hyland Robertson (Eds.). Yoga therapy foundations, tools, and practice: A comprehensive textbook, London: Singing Dragon.
- Clare, B., Missenda, M., & Courie, J. (2018). Adding a narrative practitioner perspective section to case report publications. Advances in Integrative Medicine, 5(2), 52-55.
- 2017 2018 & 2019 Great Esteem award.
- 2020 Faculty Excellence and Innovation in Service Award
Short-term goals: My short-term goal over the next 5 years is to complete and publish my integrative health interprofessional experiences survey for community herbalists.
Long-term goals: Over the next 10 years, I plan to pursue a doctorate in health education or health policy.
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.