Mary Elizabeth Milliken, B.S.N., M.S., Ed.D., is a graduate of Duke University School of Nursing. Her graduate study at North Carolina State University at Raleigh concentrated on both education and psychology. She has practiced nursing in a variety of settings, served as instructor, then coordinator, of a practical nursing education program, was curriculum specialist for health occupations in the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges, and has been a consultant on curriculum and effective teaching. From 1971 to 1987, she served as Coordinator of Health Occupations Teacher Education at The University of Georgia in Athens. Dr. Milliken has followed the emerging holistic health movement since 1974, attending numerous workshops and conferences in which holistic concepts and complementary healing modalities were presented. She completed the curriculum sequence and certification requirements of Healing Touch International, Inc.