Mary Cook is both a licensed physical therapist and acupuncturist in the State of Georgia, and is nationally board certified in acupuncture by the NCCAOM. She graduated in 1985 from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physical Therapy. After practicing for several years, she pursued a dream of becoming a professional athlete in the sport of triathlon. She competed in local, national and international races and achieved the honor of being a member of the US National Team and represented the US in the 1992 World Championship Triathlon. Nagging injuries compelled her to seek out treatment, having the best improvements with “alternative” therapies. As a result of her successful outcome, she began to implement some of these techniques into her physical therapy practice. This interest in learning alternative therapies lead Mary to study acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, receiving her Masters in Oriental Medicine in 2002, from the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida. She moved to Atlanta in 2003 and has been combining physical therapy and acupuncture in her practice with great success.
I have always found great satisfaction in my work as a physical therapist. Through my own injuries, I explored “alternative” approaches to pain and treatment in the hopes of continuing my racing career. I did not “discover” acupuncture at that time, and stopped racing before I was ready to retire. I feel that if I had had acupuncture, my career as a professional triathlete would have lasted 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 possible outcomes for my patients. 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!