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

Program Faculty and Coordinator


I have more than a decade of clinical nursing experience, primarily 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. I currently teach Healing Environments, a Masters level course focused on the application of integrative nursing approaches in the clinical setting. My previous work with a grant supporting Native American students in the health sciences reflects my interest in improving cultural safety training benefitting patients, providers and researchers in nursing.

Leah Stauber, PhD

Program Faculty


I am a clinical assistant professor teaching in the integrative health substantive area for PhD and DNP students. I am by training an applied medical anthropologist with a research background in adolescent populations and current specialization in the application of holistic, qualitative research methodologies to studies of health and health care. Current foci include the convergence of insights from ecological anthropology and complex systems science for the development of high-quality, integrative health research and graduate-level curriculum. I’m a long-time teacher of yogic and Buddhist mind-body practices, including postures, breathwork, meditation, self-inquiry and critical contemplation of self in society. I’ve also been trained in yoga for trauma and have extensively explored healing modalities including Ayurveda, TCM, nutrition & nutritional supplementation, herbal remedies and massage. Additional current integrative health interests include how access to culturally sustaining foods and food practices impact individual and community health outcomes in low-income and otherwise marginalized communities.