Class Facilitators

Kimberly Carson, Mindfulness Breath by Breath facilitatorKimberly Carson, MPH, C-IAYT, E-RYT is a health educator and yoga therapist at Oregon Health & Science University, specializing in the therapeutic use of mindfulness and yoga for seniors and people with medical challenges. Kimberly has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for close to 20 years. She currently offers mindfulness classes to cardiac, oncology, chronic pain, and internal medicine patients. Kimberly has developed and taught yoga programs being researched at Duke University Medical Center and OHSU. The Mindful Yoga Program, developed by Kimberly and her husband Jim, has been shown in research trials to significantly reduce pain and fatigue in women with metastatic breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, as well as women with fibromyalgia. She co-directs national professional trainings for yoga teacher at OHSU and Duke Integrative Medicine. For more information, please visit her website: www.mindfulyogaworks.com or email carsonk@ohsu.edu.
Jeff Proulx MBSR Class Facilitator Dr. Jeffrey Proulx Ph.D.'s primary expertise is in developmental health psychology with a focus on the effects of stress on physical health as people age and whether stress is associated with health disparities in ethnic minority communities. Further, his research also explores how contemplative practices can reduce the effects of stress and how to develop culturally competent stress reduction programs for ethnic minority populations. Dr. Proulx is Native American and has received funding from the National Academies of Science Ford Foundation Fellowships, a National Institutes of Health Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health Related Science Award, and he has been a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education Research Trainee. Dr. Proulx is also a Mind and Life Summer Research Institute Fellow and a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor. He has been able to tie these experiences together explore contemplative practices across communities, but specifically for ethnic minority communities. He is currently funded by the Mind and Life Institute to study the effects of mindfulness meditation with Navajo and African American participants with a specific focus on exploring the cultural values that underlie contemplative practices in those communities. To contact Dr. Proulx, email proulxj@ohsu.edu.
Joseph Boquiren Mindfulness class facilitatorJoseph Boquiren has been practicing meditation for over twelve years and teaching yoga for six years. His meditation practice is grounded in Zen Buddhism where the qualities of unflagging optimism, joy, self-discipline, compassion, and wisdom are cultivated. He also teaches Hatha yoga which involves movement and poses synchronized with the breath. Both the practice of yoga and meditation gives Joseph an awareness of how both the body and mind can work in tandem to create a happy, whole person. Here at OHSU, Joseph co-teaches Mindfulness Wednesdays from Noon to 12:30 pm in the Doernbecher Meditation Room. All are welcome to attend this class. For more information, email boquiren@ohsu.edu or call 503-473-5579.
Michelle Hebert DC, MPH, CPH, E-RYTMichelle Hebert DC, MPH, CPH, E-RYT is a program coordinator and teacher for meditation, yoga, and holistic health classes here at OHSU and in the surrounding Portland area. Her educational foundation includes degrees and certifications in public health and integrative therapies such as chiropractic, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, yoga and meditation. Teaching thousands of students over the past 15 years has motivated her to master mind-body healing techniques that promote health and wellness, such as guided visualization, sound healing, yogic breathing and mindful movement. From her classes, patients and students learn how to use the connection between the body and mind to improve health and experience inner peace. For more information on classes taught by Michelle, please email hebertm@ohsu.edu or call 503-494-2128.

Sue ReynoldsSue Reynolds MAT is an OHSU volunteer in the Mindfulness Breath by Breath program. Retired from public and private teaching and administration, and holding the experience of over 35 years of meditation practice and study, Sue creates space to calm and stabilize the system through learning the tools of Mindfulness.