Mary Pat Higley

Veteran Clinical Researcher and Medical Data Analyst

About Mary Pat Higley

With extensive experience as a pharmacist and clinical researcher, Mary Pat Higley currently takes medical consultancy and data analysis assignments as an independent consultant. From 2006 to 2012, she held responsibilities as a clinical pharmacist specialist with the managed-care consortium Kaiser Permanente in Orange, California. Mary Pat Higley assisted in the processing and evaluation of prescriptions for home-care and skilled-nursing patients who had been discharged from the consortium’s hospitals. She also engaged with physicians, caregivers, and other professionals in ensuring proper follow-through on prescribed treatments and helped solve complex issues related to therapies.

Ms. Higley has four years of experience with College Hospital in Costa Mesa, California, as a staff clinical pharmacist. Her inpatient responsibilities entailed monitoring and clinically evaluating patients undergoing psychiatric, HIV, surgical, and pain-management treatment. In addition to guiding clinical research studies, Ms. Higley undertook evaluation of medication utilization related to the outcomes associated with prescribed therapies. She also filled and dispensed pharmaceuticals and adjusted dosages of intravenous medications such as antivirals and antibiotics. Ms. Higley maintains a longtime membership in the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

Qualifications for a Certified Therapy Dog

Mary Pat Higley is a medical consultant and data analyst based in Newport Beach, California. Outside of her professional life, Mary Pat Higley is interested in training therapy dogs, and has trained her Shetland Sheepdog to visit patients in nursing homes.

Therapy dog certification requires a handler and his or her dog to pass an official test administered by a representative of a sanctioned therapy dog organization. Additionally, to be tested, a dog must be at least one year of age and current on all vaccinations. Characteristics of therapy dogs include the ability to remain calm while being petted, demonstrate a comfortable demeanor around strange dogs and people, and exhibit strict adherence to handlers’ commands.

Once certified, therapy dogs may assist in the rehabilitation of children and adults with emotional disorders, physical and cognitive disabilities, and autism. Therapy dogs also may be adopted by an establishment, such as a hospice center or group home for at-risk youth, to promote healing and emotional wellness among its inhabitants.

The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck

Mary Pat Higley lists John Steinbeck as her favorite author. The American novelist is best known for his famous work The Grapes of Wrath, about the plight of migrant workers from Oklahoma in California during the Great Depression, but he published many more novels that Mary Pat Higley and others have enjoyed. One such work is The Moon Is Down.

In the late 1930s, Steinbeck was at the height of his fame as a writer when the Second World War began. Like many Americans, he was horrified by the advance of the Nazis in Europe and the aggression of Imperial Japan in Asia, even before the Pearl Harbor attack led to the United States entering the war. To help the Allied cause, he wrote propaganda, and The Moon Is Down was part of this effort.

The novel is set in a small town in a fictionalized European country (based on Norway) occupied by a fictionalized invading force (based on the Germans). The invaders steal the freedoms of the people and use violence to attempt to subdue them, but ultimately fail to crush their spirits.

The book drew harsh criticism in the United States at the time of its publication, since Steinbeck showed the invading soldiers as being human and in some cases kind. His critics considered it naïve and dangerous to show even fictionalized Nazi soldiers feeling homesick or acting friendly, and felt that they should be portrayed instead as inhuman killers.

In occupied Europe, however, the book turned out to be extraordinarily successful, and was published in translation by underground presses in Norway, France, and other countries. Readers related to the sympathetic portrayal of the German characters, and the novel was successful in part because it avoided showing Germans as one-dimensional monsters, as did most other contemporary Allied propaganda.

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