Mary Cook is both a licensed physical therapist and acupuncturist in the states of Florida and Georgia. She is nationally board certified in acupuncture by the NCCAOM. Mary graduated from the University of Florida, in 1985, with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physical Therapy. After practicing for several years, she pursued a dream and became a professional triathlete in 1988. She competed in local, national and international races of all distances including several Ironman Championships. She achieved the honor of being a member of the US National Team and represented the US in the 1992 World Championship Triathlon. Nagging injuries lead her to seek out treatment, having the best improvements with “alternative” therapies. As a result of her own successful outcome, she began to implement some of these techniques into her physical therapy practice. Mary’s interest in learning alternative therapies lead her to study acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She earned her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine in 2002, from the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida. She moved to Atlanta in 2003 where she had a thriving practice for 14 years. Her love of Sarasota brought her back in 2018 to practice and share her unique experience and acquired knowledge.
I have always found great satisfaction in my work as a physical therapist. Through my own injuries, both as a professional athlete, and more currently, a fitness enthusiast, I have had the greatest benefit from more alternative therapies. I recently was able to heal completely from a knee injury that I initially thought was going to require surgery. I feel that if I had discovered some of these alternatives when I was racing, I would have been able to extend my professional racing career for much longer.
I believe there are many ways to achieve our health and wellness goals, and that no one way works for everyone. I like to combine different methods and techniques for the best results for my patients, and am frequently taking additional training in order to offer more possibilities. It is my passion to help my patients get back to what they love to do in the manner in which they want to do it!