"If you were to inquire about the culmination of my work, education, and experiences throughout the years, it can be summarized as follows: "I strive to empower individuals to lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives."
In a nutshell, I specialize in curating and facilitating transformative wellness workshops, private sessions and retreats, with a focus on stress reduction, sleep hygiene, burnout prevention, happiness cultivation, self-care practices, mindfulness, meditation,and breathwork. Furthermore, in June 2023, I will complete training at Duke Integrative Medicine as a Health & Wellness Coach, and will become nationally board-certified in early 2024. This training will serve as a culmination of all my previous educational pursuits, enabling me to provide my clients with the necessary tools to implement meaningful action steps that foster the development of enduring healthy habits and enhance their overall quality of life.
Over the years, I have successfully conducted these programs for corporations, municipalities, and universities, leaving a positive impact on diverse populations. Additionally, I offer personalized 1:1 sessions encompassing education, therapeutic yoga, meditation instruction, and mindfulness coaching. I also harness the healing potential of sound therapy sessions, utilizing the profound effects of sound vibrations. Through these multifaceted approaches, I empower individuals and organizations to enhance their well-being and find balance in their lives.
My main interest lies in understanding the scientific effects of mindfulness, meditation, yoga, sound therapy, and other mind-body techniques on the brain, central nervous system, and immune system, recognizing the power of the mind-body connection. I am dedicated to working with diverse modalities and populations, assisting individuals in achieving health and wellness while providing therapeutic guidance for those affected by anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, trauma, and physical challenges. Central to my work is the belief in empowering my students to discover the transformative power of the "Relaxation Response" within themselves.
In the early stages of my career, I focused on the financial aspects of clinical programs, acquiring valuable experience at Deloitte and Touché, Beth Israel Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. With a solid educational background, holding a BS and MBA in Healthcare Administration from Boston University, I have established a strong foundation in healthcare management.
On a personal level, I have embraced yoga and mindfulness for over two decades, complementing my passion for a physically active lifestyle as a former marathon runner. My own transformative life journey has inspired me to dedicate myself to teaching stress reduction and mind-body practices. I take great pride in my education and training, having participated in renowned Mind/Body programs throughout the country, including:
Volunteering is a core value for me, and I am involved in various causes, including BHI's Mind Body Conferences at Harvard Medical School, breast cancer awareness events at South Shore Hospital, empowerHER Mother's Day Retreats, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Magical Moon Farm, South Shore Health, the Youth Health Alliance, Well Strong, JPH at Ferry Hill, and more.I have a diverse range of professional experiences that revolve around holistic well-being and the integration of mind and body. My work encompasses servicing private clients, corporate wellness programs, and employee assistance programs at MIIA Health Benefits Trust, KGA Associates, Work Life Institute, and the Harvard Kennedy School. Additionally, I have a thriving private corporate lecturing practice, where I share my expertise in therapeutic yoga and meditation with individuals and groups. As a firm believer in the transformative power of nature, I founded South Shore Beach Yoga, a program that allows me to combine my passion for yoga and meditation with the beauty of the beach.
One of my core focuses throughout my nearly decade-long career in integrative mental health has been conducting therapeutic yoga and meditation groups and workshops for various audiences. I specialize in working with individuals dealing with autoimmune conditions, cancer recovery, pain management, and mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, addiction, and PTSD. I have also spearheaded mind/body grant programs for chronic pain at the South Shore Spine Center and facilitated meditation and yoga groups for addiction recovery. Moreover, I have developed and taught workshops aimed at equipping participants with effective stress reduction tools.
At the MIIA Health Trust, I deliver a range of mind/body workshops in municipality wellness programs. I also offer my expertise through KGA and my own company, Hart Mind Body Solutions, catering to corporations, Emerson College, Tufts University, The Harvard Kennedy School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, South Shore Health, numerous corporations, and various municipalities. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my knowledge with groups of all sizes, and I find great fulfillment in leading large mindfulness and lecture events, such as those held during Boston's HUB week and Lakewood Ranch's "Mindful Triathlon."
As a member of The Brain Health Initiative team, a collaborative effort involving Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, and the Academy of Brain Health, I have contributed to an extensive video series of meditations and lectures aimed at managing stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, I actively participate in the FINER virtual pain program at Boston's Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, providing support to chronic pain patients through a variety of mind-body modalities. Recently, I have been training clinicians, social workers, chaplains, and bereavement counselors on burnout and boundaries while equipping them with invaluable mind-body tools to alleviate stress for both caregivers and their patients.
I approach my role as an instructor with compassion and dynamism, empowering individuals to heal and thrive in managing stress and illness in their own lives. My teachings of mind-body principles are deeply authentic, shaped by my extensive education, personal practices, life journey, and rich experiences working in teaching hospitals and the corporate world. The essence of all my work lies in teaching others the value of and how to access the mind-body connection across various industries and patient care settings.-