Mary graduated as a Dental Hygienist in the UK in 1978 and practiced in general dentistry for 7 years before returning to NZ. After setting up the NZDHA Mary's aim was to unite dental hygienists to promote continuing professional development within the dental profession. Mary worked in general dental practices followed by an Implant/periodontal Specialist practice for 12 years, and now runs her own Dental Hygiene Clinic in Auckland
Mary is a visiting lecturer at Otago University and Auckland University of Technology and has lectured nationally and internationally in New Zealand, Korea, Germany, South Africa, Hong Kong, UK and Australia. Mary now runs her own Dental Hygiene Clinic in Auckland. She is Director of the Institute of Dental Hygiene which is set up to promote CPD for dental professionals.