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Marie Kanagie-McAleese 

MD, FAAP

 

 

Dr. Marie is board certified pediatrician and a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and is a self-proclaimed science geek from as early as she can remember. Initially interested in pursuing genetic research, she became a single mom of twins while still a full-time undergraduate student and struggled to figure out how to complete her education as a single parent. Her daughters' pediatrician became a mentor to her, and encouraged her to consider a career in medicine. That small seed of encouragement grew from "I could never do that" into "This is what I'm meant to do!"

With lots of hard work and family support, she received her BS in Biology from Temple University and her MD from Drexel University College of Medicine, and completed her pediatric residency at Crozer Chester Medical Center. Dr. Marie currently lives in northeastern Maryland with her husband, and is the director of the pediatric hospitalist program at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

 

The road to a healthier lifestyle...

Through the years, the stress and time constraints of education and career along with the Standard American Diet, the habit of an "eat while you can" mentality from medical school, and a sedentary lifestyle led Dr. Marie to a moment of crisis the year she became 40: overweight, exhausted, and unable to climb a flight of stairs without becoming short of breath. A family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease was also frightening. Her daughters had entered college by this point and decided to become vegetarian, which motivated her to gradually reduce her meat intake. She joined a local gym and began metabolic training, and a few years later she started reducing processed carbs and sugar. She has since become vegetarian, and through all these changes she was able to lose weight and is now the strongest and healthiest she has ever been.

Most recently, Dr. Marie has become interested in lifestyle medicine and the benefits of a whole food, plant based (WFPB) diet. She truly believes that better nutrition for children is the key to improving the health of our society. Of course, any changes to a child's diet must involve the family as well, along with other components of a healthy lifestyle including physical activity, stress reduction, and better sleep. She continues her own journey toward better health, still sometimes struggling with the motivation to exercise and keep sweets to a minimum, and she would like to utilize her own experiences and challenges to help others on their own personal health journey.

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