Mary Smith received her MD degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. She earned an undergraduate degree in botany from Northern Arizona University in 2000. Before starting at the UA, she was a stay-at-home mom of five daughters. She moved to Tucson from Glendale, Ariz., with her husband, five daughters, dog and two cockatiels. Her family now has expanded to include two hamsters, six chickens and a variety of transient visitors such as snails, lizards and insects.