Marie graduated from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City in 1995. After specializing in women's issues and addiction, she moved to the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, MA where she lived, worked, and practiced meditation from 1999-2003. It was in Barre that she studied Buddhist psychology and became interested in the integration of psychotherapy and mind-body approaches. From 2004 – 2007 Marie was the Program Director of Garrison Institute’s Wellness Program in Garrison, NY where she worked closely with meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg to design and implement a model using contemplative practices to transform vicarious trauma.
In January, 2007 Marie moved to New Orleans; she co-founded the Mind-Body Center of Louisiana in 2008 and served as its Director through 2011. In May, 2013 Marie completed the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy's training in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Marie is currently enrolled in an 18-month Spiritual Guidance Certification Program with the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute. She has been meditating for over 20 years and teaching meditation for 13 years.
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Certified Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner
- Certificate of Training in Mindfulness & Psychotherapy
- Co-Founder and Faculty of the Mind-Body Center of Louisiana