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This is me with my children just after my Doctoral Hooding ceremony at UCLA in 2004.

My wonderful husband snapped the photo.  What an intensely stressful journey!   There were so many moments that made me question everything and whether I could finish my PhD.  On a whim,  I took my first 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course to help manage the intense stress I was facing.  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, my husband, family, and several very close friends.   It was the beginning of a journey that included yoga, mindfulness, and coach training.  

Giving and Serving from the Heart

Over the years, I have come to understand that this is at the core of  everything that I do.  I have extensive experience working in the Higher Ed environment with young professionals.  I also have a deep interest to work with the under-served and under-priviliged. 

Although I now live in Doylestown, PA I am still connected to my work in Ann Arbor, MI as a founding member of the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness and Mindful City - Ann Arbor and a rotating leading for Being In Tune in Ann Arbor, Michigan

I am completing advanced coach training through The Coaches Training Institute and have experience leading Designing Your Life workshops.    Below are some of my Academic and Professional highlights.


  • Fulbright-Hays recipient, 2001-2002, Czech Republic
  • PhD, UCLA 2004
  • 20+ years experience in Higher Education, workshop delivery, group facilitation.
  • Extensive mindfulness training and currently in an intensive coach certification program through The Coaches Training Institute and the National Society of Health Coaches.
  • Trained to work with all populations, ages, and backgrounds. I am committed to making these services available to the under-served and underprivileged.
  • I trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli  through the UMASS CFM to lead 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs
  • I have created the Mindfulness@Umich drop-in program for Students, Faculty, and Staff at the University of Michigan.  You can read about it here and send an email to learn about my Creating Space to Breathe leader  training.  
  •  Mindfulness & Resilience, Elisha Goldstein, 2017
  •  Mindfulness-Based Forgiveness Group, Mariko Foulk, 2016
  • Forgive For Good, Fred Luskin, 2016
  • Learning to Breathe Workshop, Patricia Broderick, 3/2015
  • Compassion Workshop, Kristin Neff, 1/2014
  • Mindfulness Workshop, Paul Fulton, 1/2013
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Segal & Woods, 8/2011
  • MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine, Kabat-Zinn & Santorelli, 9/2009
  • MBSR Practicum, Trish Magyari, 5/2009
  • Integrative Yoga Therapy, RYT200, Diane Finlayson, 5/2007
  • MBSR, Trish Magyari, 2004 

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