Beginning in August of 2014, Dr. Marny started seeing polio survivors in her fully wheelchair accessible home in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. She is doing this as a "volunteer physician", which in Colorado means that she does not have to have malpractice insurance to cover these activities. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Marny on her cell phone (303) 829-1538.
Doctor Marny, as she is known in the Polio community, is a polio survivor. She and her younger sister contracted polio in 1950 when she was 4. She wore a brace on her left leg until the 8th grade. She learned to sew, re-upholster, bake, and can (preserve) produce in the time she attended 4-H Club in her youth. (She also judged meat, including carcasses of meat at state fairs)! Asked if and how Polio slowed her down, she replies, "I just couldn't march with the high school band."
In 1985, she needed the leg brace again. Today; she and her sister are in almost the same shape as they were in 1950.
Marny enjoys travel for pleasure and for work, speaking and teaching. A quiet cabin in the mountains is where she retreats to refresh herself.
She received her degree at South Dakota State University, went to medical school in Tucson and received her MD credentials in Arizona. Because she took her residency at Mercy Hospital in Denver from 1974-77, she has remained in the area, except for 3 years (1977-1980) when she practiced as a small town family doctor in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
Dr. Marny has served on the Board of Polio Health International for about 10 years. Since 2008, she is the founder and director of Human Gait Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting advances in orthoses (leg braces) for persons with various disabilities. She was a founding Member of Colorado Post-Polio where she continues to volunteer, serving on the Executive Committee as our medical liaison.