Dr. Mary Fry completed her undergraduate Bachelors of Science training in Nutritional Biochemistry from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Following her undergraduate studies, she traveled extensively through South and Southeast Asia, where she had the opportunity to learn about a number of ancient medical systems. Dr. Fry continued her formal , obtaining her degree from the in Portland, Oregon in 2004. At NCNM, she obtained certificates in both Homeopathy and Shiatsu for extensive in-depth didactic and clinical training in each.
Naturopathic physicians (N.D.) complete a four to five year graduate-level program. This program trains naturopaths in basic sciences as a medical doctor (M.D.) is trained in the first two years. However in the latter years of the program, naturopaths study holistic treatment approaches such as nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine and lifestyle counseling. Naturopathic physicians take two sets of rigorous and comprehensive professional board exams to become licensed as a primary care physician in the State of Oregon. The National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM), now NUNM (National University of Natural Medicine) was the first naturopathic medical school in North America to become accredited and remains a leading training institution in the field.
Commensurate with naturopathic studies, Dr. Fry began informal studies in psychology in 2000, later traveling abroad to partake in a summer intensive study program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich. Dr. Fry has attended numerous lectures and workshops in psychological studies and is actively involved in analysis. Upon graduating from Naturopathic Medical school, Dr. Fry began clinical practice and worked for a year and a half co-managing the medicinary of NCNM; where she assisted in teaching students how to prepare customized herbal, homeopathic and flower essence formulations.
Dr. Fry has shadowed psychiatrists in inpatient facilities and crisis walk-in clinics and maintains consulting relationships with these colleagues. In 2009, she completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship in the department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. This fellowship was funded by the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. During her fellowship, she investigated the relationship between circadian rhythms and Bipolar disorder and also investigated the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the treatment of Mental Illness (specifically Anxiety and Depression).
Dr. Fry has presented on Natural Treatments for Mental Illness at Oregon Health & Science University’s Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, at the Integrated Mental Health Care of Oregon’s public lecture series, to the University of Washington’s Senior Psychiatry Residents and to physicians at a conference on physician wellness at Georgetown University Medical Center. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Fry is an Associate Professor in the Nutrition and Integrative Health Department at Maryland University of Integrative Health (which collaborates with the Institute of Functional Medicine). There she develops courses and teaches in both the Masters and Doctoral Programs in Clinical Nutrition and delights in the ongoing learning and engagement that she is involved in with students, faculty and staff (spanning pedagogy, online educational design and delivery and functional nutrition and medicine). In her teaching and clinical work, Dr. Fry strives to help her patients, future practitioners she teaches and their patients to reach their full potential, to optimize their health and to promote healing in their families and communities. She is currently pursuing training to become an IFM (Institute for Functional Medicine)-certified practitioner.