Overview

Ms. Missenda is an assistant professor and program director of the Integrative Health Studies department at the Maryland University of Integrative Health(MUIH). She has more than 25 years experience as a health systems pharmacist and got her master's in Nutrition and a certificate in herbal medicine from MUIH in 2014.

Professional Narrative

In addition to over 20 years working in hospital pharmacy,Ms Missenda also consulted for the Pan American Health Organization in Haiti and the island of Montserrat. Her diverse background provided a passion for promoting interprofessional collaboration in healthcare and a focus on bringing together diverse perspectives from traditional medicine and conventional medicine into her teaching and research initiatives. She serves on the MUIH Institutional Review Board and is a co-chair of the research and education committee for Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US).

Selected Publications & Presentations

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.

Courses

ISCI631 Intro to Complementary and Integrative Health

ISCI630a Survey of Complementary Health Approaches

INHS620 Integrative Care Models

INHS710 Seminar in Integrative Health Studies

ISCI754 Biomedicine: Safe Practices

Awards

2017 2018 & 2019 Great Esteem award.

2020 Faculty Excellence and Innovation in Service Award

Personal Narrative

Marybeth lives with her twin sister in Southern Maryland and enjoys walks in the wooded areas around her home where she practices identifying local botanicals and wild crafting invasive medicinal herbal to create custom cordials and tincture blends for friends and family. Her love of herbal medicine came through her experiences in Haiti during the emergence of the AIDs epidemic. There were few treatment options in those early days and the “Western” hospital had little to offer patients with AIDS beyond a bed. The local traditional medicine provided support through a person-centered mind-body-spirit approach, planting the seed for where she is today advocating for complementary and integrative health. Marybeth’s herbal lineage is from her mother’s side of the family who lives in Great Britain. Her aunt is an herbalist and her mother a lover of plants, passing down the love of nature. Marybeth’s research interest and scholarly focus is on the intersection between different healthcare paradigms honoring the cultural traditions that expand our understanding of health and wellness while exploring whole system’s research to provide an evidence-informed foundation for her clinical practice

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