Program Staff

Mary Koithan, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, FAAN

Program Director


My scholarship is focused on the effectiveness of and responses to complex systems of care, including integrative oncology and survivor wellbeing, homeopathy, integrative nursing and wellbeing in chronically ill populations, and care coordination delivered by professional as well as lay providers. I am also interested in responses to integrative therapeutics, care delivery models for whole systems of care, preparing faculty members to teach integrative nursing across academic programs and novel methodological approaches consistent with complex systems science.

Natalie Pool, PhD, RN, BSN

Lead Faculty/Program Coordinator


I am a clinical assistant professor with more than a decade of clinical nursing experience, including working with underserved populations in sub-Saharan Africa and with two southwestern Native American communities. These opportunities have afforded me the privilege of experiencing a variety of healing modalities based in cultural traditions. My teaching experience includes courses focused on the application of integrative nursing approaches in the clinical setting and qualitative research methods. My work with several grants supporting Native American, Hispanic, first generation college, and other underrepresented students reflects my interest in improving diversity and cultural safety training in nursing.