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About the Authors

Marie Mulligan


  • Works with underserved families at Southwest Health Center, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • Encourages self-care and sound decisions within the family budget.
  • Works as a Medical Coach to assist clients in establishing and maintaining health through both conventional and alternative health care.
  • Involved in community-focused obesity prevention.
  • Started employee wellness incentive program.
  • Has worked with thousands of adults, children, and families.
  • Served as chairperson of botanical medicine committee in major medical system.
  • Directed an outpatient chronic pain clinic, integrating alternative practices with conventional medicine.
  • Contributor to Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database published by Therapeutic Research Faculty.
  • Spearheaded an aromatherapy program at CASA Midwifery Hospital in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • Directed an outpatient headache clinic combining conventional medicine with lifestyle education.
  • Has been a Board Certified Family Physician for more than 20 years.
  • Received M.D. from University of California, Davis School of Medicine (UC Davis ).
  • Completed Family Medicine Residency at University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento.
  • Received B.A. in Biophysics from University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley, UC Regents Scholar).
  • Completed University of California, Los Angeles Extension Medical Acupuncture course.
  • Continues to be a successful life-long learner after being a sickly child with learning challenges.
  • Brings the wisdom gained healing anorexia nervosa as a youth to her entire practice.
  • Single mother of two boys, ages 10 and 13.
  • Used Independent Study program in Mexico with sons from 2004 to 2006.
  • Daughter of supportive, hardworking Irish immigrant parents, who, despite very little formal education, did well by their children.
  • Born July 11, 1957.

Rick Geggie


  • Began writing "Healing Practices To Help Kids Grow Up Easier" at the request of many parents of challenged children.
  • Has helped adults and children discover healing practices most likely to help them achieve their dreams.
  • Served as an elementary school principal for 24 years.
  • Retired from public education after 34 years in North York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Working as a Feldenkrais Method practitioner since 1997.
  • Set up a treatment center school for emotionally disturbed children.
  • Directed a street education/therapy center for youth and gangs.
  • Taught discipline and conflict management workshops for parents and professionals.
  • Worked as a community activist in a housing project.
  • Appeared on Canadian radio and television.
  • Quoted in Canadian press and research papers.
  • Developed pilot program for practitioners and challenged children in Big Sur, CA.
  • Received a Masters of Education, University of Toronto.
  • Overcame learning and behavior challenges as a child/youth.
  • Dealt with childhood learning difficulties that re-emerged due to accidents in adulthood.
  • Harvested wisdom recovering from  abandonment, abuses and addiction.
  • Learned mistakes made as a father and stepfather.
  • Worked with thousands of children and youth over four decades.
  • Lives with his beloved wife, June Nason, in Sonoma County, CA.
  • Born June 18, 1938.
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