Hello! I' m so glad that you've stopped by. If you'd like to learn a little more about my journey, please read on. If you'd like to know about my specific trainings, please scroll down to the Bulleted Section below.
I took my first 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course to help manage the intense stress of finishing graduate school and my PhD in 2004 with two small children. I often wonder if I would have been able to complete my dissertation without the support of the 8-week MBSR class, my mindfulness practice, and my husband. My graduate work and dissertation focused on the Complementary and Alternative Medicine used by cancer patients and, as I completed my PhD, I also discovered a growing interest to do more training around mind-body work.
I completed the Yoga Therapy Training (RYT-200) with Diane Finlayson and Gina Sager at Yama Studio in Baltimore, MD in 2007 and studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli through the UMASS Center for Mindfulness in 2009. In 2010, I offered the first Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at John Hopkins University, specifically focusing on students and teaching through their Recreation and Facilities Center. It has always been my mission to offer mindfulness in ways that are affordable and inclusive. I have been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs in Higher Education and Community settings since 2010 and have added additional training to continue building my expertise in this area.
I recently moved to Doylestown, PA from Ann Arbor, MI. While in Ann Arbor, I worked with a dedicated group of mindfulness teachers to co-found the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness and Mindful City - Ann Arbor. Although I no longer live in this area, I am still deeply connected to the wonderful work that these groups continue to do such as weekly mindfulness programs and free sits in the community that are open to everyone (see Being In Tune) I also created the Mindfulness@Umich free drop-in program for University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff that is now in it's 8th year.
To better serve those that I work with in my mindfulness and stress reduction programs, I have completed an advanced coach training certification through The Coaches Training Institute and have added Levels I and II coaching to work with couples who wish enhance their relationship, deepen their love, and better manage conflict.
When I am not teaching mindfulness or coaching, you can find me spending time with my husband in nature, catching up with our busy college-aged kids, or doing something creative.
Below are some of my Academic and Professional highlights.
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