Mary represents both institutional and non-institutional providers of health services, as well as patients and their families. Her career has included work at hospitals, outpatient clinics, behavioral health facilities and rehabilitation facilities and clinics. She has significant experience in health services contracting, reimbursement audits and appeals, OIG investigations, and regulatory and, corporate matters. Her skills include working with health care clients to develop business strategies in this highly regulated industry and to minimize exposure to risks. Mary’s experience with clinical research ranges from Institutional Review Board regulatory compliance, Food and Drug Administration oversight of compounding pharmacies and integration of clinical research with hospital operations. She lectures and has written on numerous health care topics including nonprofit operations, telehealth and behavioral health law including involuntary commitment, confidentiality and criminal justice reform. She was the driving force behind the first Oklahoma Women’s Law Manual as well as a contributor and editor.
Born in Houston, Texas, Mary has degrees in sociology and social work from the University of Oklahoma. She has a Masters degree in public health administration and health planning from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and her law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She also completed the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She is currently a member of the faculty of the Oklahoma City University School of Law teaching an Introduction to Health Care Law and Behavioral Health Law. She has been in the leadership of the Behavioral Health Task Force of the American Hospital Association since its inception and is currently Vice Chair. She is Chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Health Law Section and has been instrumental in establishing a webcast public interest series on vulnerable populations which have focused on the mentally ill, the elderly, children and education for the disabled.
- University of Oklahoma (B.A., 1972; M.P.H. 1975)
- George Washington University (J.D., 1980)
- Harvard Law School, Project on Negotiation (Certificate, 2008)
- 1980, Oklahoma
- 1980, U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
- Chairman, Health Law Section, Oklahoma Bar Association
- Past President and Organizer, Oklahoma Health Lawyers Association and Past-Chairman, Health Law Section, Oklahoma Bar Association
- American Health Lawyers Association, Vice-Chair, Behavioral Health Law Section
- Advisory Board Member, Oklahoma City, Mental Health Association-Oklahoma