Mara Lamstein is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who brings over 25 years of experience as a primary care provider treating the health needs of men, women and children.
She received her Master’s degree as a Family and Adult Nurse Practitioner from Simmons College in 1989. Previously, she received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from University of New Hampshire. Mara also has extensive training in herbal medicine and values an integrative approach to addressing health concerns.
Mara joined Whole Life Health Care in December 2010. Previously she worked for over 18 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Kittery, Maine. Prior to that, she worked for many years as an RN in both a Surgical Intensive Care Unit and as a Coordinator of gynecology services in a women’s health center. She taught “Issues in Women’s Health” at UNH and mentored many Nurse Practitioner Students in their clinical training.
Mara grew up with a deep love of nature and from early on was intrigued by the use of natural medicines and herbs. She is an experienced medical practitioner who also has a strong belief that healing is often enhanced when there is an Integrative medicine approach. Integrative medicine offers the best of both worlds – the use of evidence- based alternative treatments ( herbs, supplements, diet, acupuncture etc) as well as conventional medicines and treatments. Early in her career she was fortunate to do some intensive programs with Christine Northrup and Andrew Weil, and did extensive studies in herbal medicine with numerous teachers including Rosemary Gladstar. These programs strongly influenced her philosophy of health and healing and gave her skills to incorporate natural medicine into her practice.
When not working, Mara spends time on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner and family and delights in sharing the joys of island living with her grandchildren. She is an avid gardener, raises backyard chickens and ferments her veggies. She loves poetry, music and art. Mara has a passion for “Off the beaten track” travel and has spent time in Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Bangladesh, Thailand and South Africa. Her numerous trips to Honduras doing volunteer medical work have enriched her life.