Hello. My name is Mary-Beth Charno and I am an integrative Nurse Practitioner.
And I'd like to welcome you. And to honor you for the courage it takes to be a seeker.
It's likely that you're here because you're not feeling well. Or perhaps you intuitively know there's a different way you wish to engage with your health. And this kind of deeper inquiry is not always easy. And often there's strong feelings, like fear and uncertainty.
I understand this seeking because I, too knew there was a different way. A different way to practice medicine, and to engage with patients. And I've had to be brave, as well. And to trust my inner voice. For this way of practicing medicine is in contrast to the current medical paradigm of giving a pill for an ill, or promoting disease delusion.
And I do this because I've seen how patients shift when they feel listened to. When interventions are not only pharmacologic, but include food as medicine, or movement, or rest. When bearing witness to someone's story, and designing a care plan which includes the patients preferences can be the most healing medicine.
And this inspires me to continue to practice. To practice self-care so that I can show up whole, and present with you. As well as to continue my studies, for medicine is a both an art and a science, requiring inquiry and scientific rigor, and and to never stop asking the deeper question of "why?"
Mary-Beth Charno, RN, MSN, ANP-C is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a Master’s degree in Advanced Practice Nursing, and Pace University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Mary-Beth worked for ten years in oncology. She started her career in hospital nursing at the bedside of acute cancer patients; then advanced to Certified Chemotherapy Nurse, treating in outpatient settings at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Monter Cancer Center in Long Island. Some of her most interesting work was spent at an alternative cancer center in Long Island where Insulin Potentiation Therapy was offered to minimize the harmful side effects of full dose chemotherapy. Treatments were tailored to strengthen the immune system and included high dose vitamin C, IV minerals, ozone therapy, ultraviolet light therapy and unique nutritional approaches.
Early on in her career she became Board Certified as a Holistic Nurse through the American Holistic Nurses Association, and this training continues to inform her patient care. She has spoken at many nursing grand rounds, conferences and retreats over the years teaching nurses and organizations the value and benefits of holistic care for their patients as well as themselves.
Mary-Beth is currently studying for certification at the Institute for Functional Medicine and has become increasingly interested in environmentally acquired illness.
Master's of Science in Nursing: Stony Brook University 2015
Bachelor's of Science in Nursing: Pace University, NYC 2005
American Association of Nurse Practitioners: Certified Adult/Gerontology Primary Care, 2015
Graduate of Functional Medicine Clinical Development Program with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald, 2018
Ongoing Clinical mentorship with Dr. Joseph Jemsek, 2017
Ongoing Clinical training with Dr. Maurice Beer, 2017
Tick borne/Lyme Disease 15- month intensive mentorship Dr. Richard Horowitz, 2016