The closing of the Stoneybrook Message Board changed things for Mary Anne. Without that link, she drifted further away from Stoneybrook. She went there to visit on holidays and special occasions, but she felt her home was in New York City. This eventually led to the end of her relationship with Cary. After the breakup, Mary Anne decided to focus on her studies for the remainder of college. That didn't work out when she and her friend Duncan realized there was a chemistry between them they had to explore. They were lovers for two years and mutually broke up when Duncan got the opportunity to spend the year aboard in Italy. By taking summer courses, Mary Anne managed to graduate a year early. Realizing she would get too involved with her potential patients lives if she became a therapist, Mary Anne decided to go another route and applied to Columbia's Graduate Program in Psychology. She got accepted. It was a challenging yet fulfilling five years for her. After receiving her Ph.D., Mary Anne was offered a teaching position at UCLA. It was an incredible opportunity she couldn't refuse.
Moving to California was something Mary Anne never expected to do, but the unexpected was a part of life. She had learned to embrace it over the years and was thankful she did. Two months after she arrived in Los Angeles, Mary Anne bumped into Pete Black at the grocery store. They restarted their friendship again and eventually started to date. Mary Anne moved in with Pete and Isabelle a year and a half after Pete and her bumped into each other. They got married six months later. Eight months after the wedding, Mary Anne gave birth to a baby girl she and Pete named Alma after her late mom. During the first two months of Alma's life, Pete and Mary Anne realized they wanted to be closer to their families. They moved their family to New York City where they live to this day.