MBSR INSTRUCTORS IN UTAH

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INSTRUCTORS

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VICKI OVERFELT, Founder of Mindfulness Utah, has an MA in Education from Columbia University and is fully certified in MBSR through the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School.  A practitioner of mind-body disciplines for more than 30 years, Vicki is dedicated to sharing the practice of mindfulness with others and guiding them in ways to consciously and systematically work with stress, pain, illness, and the challenges of everyday life. Vicki currently focuses her instruction specifically on the study of stress reduction through the practice of mindfulness and specializes in the delivery of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).  To read Vicki's full bio, click here.

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ANNA SMYTH, Managing Director of Mindfulness Utah and Founder of Thrive Utah LLC, holds a Masters degree in Health Promotion and Education, which included formal study of mindfulness, stress physiology, and behavior change theory. She is a Qualified MBSR Instructor trained through the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School. Anna is also a Registered Yoga Teacher. She has loved sharing the evidence-based neurobiological benefits of mindfulness practice with others over the years through leading mindfulness trainings, classes and presentations for companies, schools, and nonprofits such as Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Weigand Center for the Homeless, Granite School District and the Utah School for the Deaf. Anna can be reached at: anna@mindfulnessutah.com. To read Anna’s full bio, click here.


If you are interested in joining our community, please contact Vicki Overfelt or Anna Smyth.  You may find out more about the MBSR teacher training path here.

 

SALT LAKE COUNTY MBSR INSTRUCTORS

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TRINH MAI, LCSW, Associate Professor College of Social Work, University of Utah. Trinh is a  is a qualified MBSR instructor trained through the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School.  Trinh an be reached at:  trinh.mai@socwk.utah.edu.

 


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AMY ARMSTRONG, BA is Program Coordinator in the Graduate Medical Education Wellness Program at the University of Utah.  In addition to these responsibilities, Amy is training to become a qualified MBSR Instructor and partners with Rob Davis in hosting MBSR courses through the GME center for U of U residents, faculty, and staff.  Amy can be reached at:  http://medicine.utah.edu/gme/wellness/ and amy.arstrong@hsc.utah.edu.

 

 


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ROB DAVIES, LCSW earned his doctorate in clinical psychology in 2004 and is a licensed psychologist practicing in Utah.  He works as the Graduate Medical Education Wellness Director where he guides wellness initiatives, teaches wellness and mindfulness strategies, provides mental health treatment, and consults about wellness issues that trainees face.  Prior to joining Graduate Medical Education, he was the Clinical Director for the University of Utah Counseling Center on main campus.  He holds adjunct faculty positions in Psychiatry and Educational Psychology Departments. In addition to his full-time job, Rob is currently training to become a qualified MBSR instructor and hosting MBSR courses through the GME center for University of Utah medical residents, faculty, and staff.  Rob can be reached at:  http://medicine.utah.edu/gme/wellness/ and rob.davies@hsc.utah.edu.


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HEIDI O'DONOGHUE is a qualified MBSR instructor trained through the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School. She has completed the Mind Body Medicine, Practicum in MBSR and the Teacher Development Intensive, she is working toward full certification. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance since 2002, a Certified Relax and Renew Restorative yoga teacher and a certified Yoga Nidra iRest instructor. Heidi has a Bachelors degree in Biology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon and a Secondary Teaching Certification from Westminster College. Heidi has been teaching yoga and mindfulness since 2002 and has had a dedicated personal practice for over 20 years. Heidi teaches at local studios around the Salt Lake valley, her teaching focuses on mindfulness, stress-reduction, yoga and students over-all health and well-being. She is also an adjunct faculty at Salt Lake Community College where she offers Mindfulness courses. For more info visit her website www.heidiodonoghue.com


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BARBARA LESTER is a qualified MBSR instructor trained through the UC San Diego's Center for Mindfulness.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, providing psychotherapy and consultation for children, teens and adults. She is a published author, app developer, and YouTuber. Barbara has consulted internationally with school in Mexico and Kenya about best practices for positive behavioral supports for special needs children, the treatment of trauma, and educational programming in low resource settings.  You can reach Barb at: barbaralesterlcsw@gmail.com.


WEBER COUNTY MBSR INSTRUCTORS

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SARAH RICHARDS is a qualified MBSR Instructor trained through the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School.  As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Sarah has always been interested in pathways to health and well-being.  She discovered the healing power of mindfulness while taking her first MBSR class. Because practicing mindfulness enabled her to live life more fully by reducing stress, strengthening her relationships, improving her health, and helping her to lose weight, she passionately wanted to share it with others.  Sarah can be reached at sarrichards@gmail.comsrichards@mvmindfulness.com or http://www.mvmindfulness.com.


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VALERIE BENTLEY is a licensed psychologist and qualified MBSR Instructor trained through the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School. She has worked as a counselor at the McKay-Dee Hospital Behavioral Institute for over 20 years. In addition, Valerie has received instruction in mindfulness teaching including a 7-day professional training taught by Dr. Jon Kabat- Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli (founder and director of the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical Center). Valerie can be reached at valerie.bentley@imail.org


DAVIS COUNTY MBSR INSTRUCTORS

DEBI TODD, MS is a qualified MBSR Instructor trained through the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School.   Debi is the Director of Prevention at Davis Behavioral Health.  She is responsible for the execution of several community programs offered through DBH, including MBSR, Mindful Schools, and Learning to Breathe.  She and her team are responsible for the implementation of mindfulness education in the Davis County School District.  Debi can be reached at: debit@dbhutah.com 


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JACOB HESS, PhD is a qualified MBSR Instructor trained through the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School. Jacob was one of the creators of Mindweather.org, an online mindfulness-based class for those facing mental/emotional distress or illness and has also contributed to the mindfulness content in JoinFortify.com, an online platform for those seeking more lasting freedom from compulsive pornography use. Jacob is on the board of the National Coalition of Dialogue & Deliberation and has studied “mindful listening” across socio-political disagreements for a decade. His first book with Dr. Phil Neisser (Political Science Chair at SUNY-Potsdam) modeled how a liberal and conservative could gain profound insight while enjoying conversation about profound differences (“You're not as crazy as I thought, but you're still wrong”), while another text with Arthur Pena has explored how to promote more generous exploration between religious conservatives and the gay community (AThirdSpace.org). His upcoming book, Mindfully Mormon, explores synergies between “the Dharma and the Doctrine,” and considers ways in which Latter-day Saint faith practices can open up (built-in) opportunities for regular stopping, stillness and silence…IF we approach them mindfully! Jacob lives in a Paradise, Utah, with his wife, Monique, nine chickens, five cats and four boys that make sure their Daddy’s own stillness gets interrupted every 5 minutes or so. (:  Jacob can be reached at jzhess@gmail.com.


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RACHEL REIST, LCSW is a qualified MBSR Instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School.   Rachel can be reached at rachelr@dbhutah.org.  

 

 


UTAH COUNTY MBSR INSTRUCTORS

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DALLIN BRUUN is a qualified MBSR Instructor trained through the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School. Dallin can be reached at dallinbruun@gmail.com.


WASATCH COUNTY MBSR INSTRUCTORS

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TANJI WOLFERT is a qualified MBSR Instructor trained through the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School. Tanji has also trained in MBSR for teens through the Stressed Teens program. She is a licensed Addictions Counselor with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She lives an active life centered on family. She enjoys being outdoors walking her dogs, backpacking with her boys and husband, snow skiing, and boating. Her passions include physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness and maintaining a personal self-study and practice of meditation, yoga, nutrition, as well as transcendent wellness. You can reach Tanji at mbsrwasatch@gmail.com.