Greater Richmond G.I. Support
Greater Richmond G.I. Support

Services at a Glance

Greater Richmond G.I. Support is highly informed and educated on ways to improve your health and well-being. You can put your trust in my experience, education, and insight to help you live the best to your abilities.

Mary Berger, HTL, INHC

What is an INHC? It's an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.  Easily said by I would be your guide on the side for your wild ride of life. Yes, we learn together and I help coach you to find ways you can do the things your physician has instructed regarding lifestyle changes. I do not know your body only you do so we do a bit of trial and error to find management techniques that work for you.  YOUR DRIVING IN THIS MODEL!!!


Examples:  Johns Hopkins University- Integrative GI Health led by Dr. Gerard Mullan and Linda Lee.

Duke University Medical Center - Integrative Medicine Center with Health Coaching as part of the program.

Cleveland Clinic- Institute of Functional Medicine and Integrative Health- uses Health Coaches as well.

The Best of the Best in the Country are turning to using Integrative techniques and implementing Health Coaching to help keep their patients Healthy.

As Personalized Medicine and Health Coaching  is becoming more important in getting people to their optimum health.


My services at a glance

  • Support
  • Educate
  • Inform


Highly motivated, energetic, and results-oriented. Ability to work hard, take initiative and produce quality work on time. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Both a leader and a team player.



Virginia Commonwealth University: Richmond, VA

Bachelor of Science in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and Sociology May 2005

GPA: 3.3 on a 4.0 scale


John Tyler Community College: Midlothian, VA

Continuing Education -took full course of Anatomy and Physiology, 2011


Integrative Institute for Nutrition: New York, New York, January 2014

Obtained Certification as a Integrative Nutrition Health Coach


Maryland University of Integrated Health: Laurel, Maryland

Undergoing education for a Masters in Nutrition and Integrative Health with concentration in Herbal Medicine to become a Clinical Nutrition Specialist.



Work Experience

Director/Founder, October 2013 to Present

Greater Richmond GI Support, Richmond, VA

  • Realized there was a need for more Support in Richmond area regarding Gastro-Intestinal Disorders and the impact they have on emotional/physical health thus founding this Organization.
  • Evaluated products and diets marketed in order to find healthier products to lead to better health when dealing with GI Disorders.
  • Inform others of Choices and offer Emotional Support to lead them to better ways of coping with disease.
  • Established Website, Facebook Page, and Group to incorporate today’s technology in reaching a wider audience.
  • Have obtained certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, to help lead others to realize they have a choice in Healthcare, and to promote resources available to more people within the Richmond Area.
  • Also have developed a For-Profit Business (A Step Into Health) to utilize my professional health coaching skills towards clientele with other medical illnesses allowing them to make gradual steps into better health. The goal intended in this is to utilize profits to support funding for this Group to become Non-Profit as I believe non-profit is exactly that.


Histotechnologist/Histology Technician, July 2007 to Present

HCA’s CJW Medical Center, Richmond, VA

  • Promoted by Manager to oversee Dermatology Accounts; utilizing my abilities to interpret problems and coordinate solutions.
  • Adapted policies and procedures to troubleshoot equipment failures and accurately performed daily maintenance of various pieces of equipment.
  • Researched and trained other employee’s proper ways of grossing dermatology specimens to appease customers.
  • Efficiently utilized microtome to cut thin slices of tissue to prepare quality looking slides for pathologists.
  • Maintained accurate files regarding specimens received in lab for testing.
  • Volunteered to learn/train in other areas not in my specific job category to help out for staff shortages.
  • Helped lead collaboration between ACAC Health and Wellness Club and staff in the laboratory at Chippenham Medical Center to promote a healthier workplace.
  • Initiated Change within facility by reaching out to CEO and Head Nursing Administrator to promote better patient care.
  • Provided thorough education Materials for Medical Professionals on Clostridium Difficile and ways to help lower incidence rates in the hospital setting.


Histotechnologist, June 2006 to July 2007

Bostwick Laboratories, Glen Allen, VA

  • Examined and accurately measured various specimen types during grossing.
  • Applied and adapted the techniques taught in embedding and microtomy to increase productivity.
  • Further developed interpersonal skills by communicating ideas during laboratory meetings that were implemented to speed up turn around times.
  • Progressed from Histology Trainee to Histotechnologist.


Medical Staff Assistant, March 2001-July 2001

HCA’s CJW Medical Center, Richmond, VA

  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Accurately performed data entry and maintained organized Medical Staff files.
  • Attended Hospital/Medical Staff committee meetings and successfully completed minutes.


Head Diving Coach, Summers 2001, 2002

Shenandoah Community Association, Richmond, VA

  • Developed and practiced interpersonal skills by instructing 8-16 year olds to perform certain dives.
  • Effectively communicated the idea of teamwork, incorporated motivation techniques using positive reinforcements, and disciplined team members as necessary.
  • Progressed from team member to Head Coach.


High School Student Athletic Trainer, 1997-1999

Monacan High School, Richmond VA

  • Successfully treated students for minor injuries and guided them through rehabilitation exercises under direction of Head Athletic Trainer.
  • Demonstrated flexibility by working with various sports teams whenever there was a need.
  • Oversaw and advised new Student Athletic Trainers on various procedures that were utilized, e.g. taping ankles.
  • Learned to work along with Team Orthopedic Surgeon in order to give students best possible outcome.


Nominated for Who’s Who Among America’s High School Students- 1998-99

Dean’s List: Fall 2002 and Fall 2004

Nominated for “The National Dean’s List” in 2002/2003, 2003/2004, and 2004/2005

Nominated for “The Chancellor’s List” in 2005

Lifetime Member of Alpha Kappa Delta (International Sociology Honor Society)

National Associaton of Professional Women-Woman of the Year award for 2015-16.


If your interested in a personal consultation, I am there for you just use my contact information. Right now, there is no charge for any sessions for all interested. As I need to get more clinical experience so I can sit for National Certification to be Board Certified in Health and Wellness Coaching.  We can do it by Skype, Facetime, or if your local I can meet you where you deem fit.  Top Notch Quality Customer Service is my Goal.  If your not satisfied please let me know so I can fix whatever is wrong, I won't get offended as I like Constructive Criticism.  If you so desire though, you can donate funds or help me navigate the waters in getting this group to be non-profit with the State of Virginia. As so many people in Central Virginia deal with Gastro-intestinal issues from various causes and they need more help sometimes to get through life's rocky periods.

Contact Information

Greater Richmond G.I. Support

Mary Berger; Founder, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach


Jillian Chilson, Social Media Coordinator


Francine Kerber, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist


Jane Geracimos, Outreach Coordinator



Business Hours

-Mary's contact- 804-382-6810

Available on request.  Just call and leave a Message if I don't answer.


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If you have questions we are here for you.  Just reach out through email or Call Mary. 




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