The practice of mindfulness can help you activate your physical, emotional and spiritual resources. These inner resources can help you cope, heal, grow and move more deeply into health and well-being. Research shows that mindfulness practices (sitting- or movement-based) can effectively reduce stress, anxiety and depression. It’s also an effective intervention for chronic pain and illnesses.
The Mindfulness Program at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt offers mindfulness-based training to teach you how to calm your body and mind. This training helps transform how you relate with stress, illness and the challenges of everyday life.
At the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, we offer:
At Osher, our instructors offer several types of mindfulness classes. You can register for a class online or contact us at (615) 343-1554.
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt
3401 West End Ave., Suite 380 (3rd floor)
Nashville, TN 37203
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Landrew (Drew) Sevel, Ph.D.
Clinical Health Psychologist
Dr. Sevel is a clinical health psychologist at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. He began personal study and practice of mindfulness meditation in 2010. He has received professional training in mindfulness-based interventions and is qualified to teach Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. His clinical work focuses on the application of mindfulness in the treatment of chronic illness and pain, with additional training in acceptance-based and mindful somatic modalities. Academically, Dr. Sevel has contributed to the Mindful Behavior Therapies and Psychophysiology Lab at Bowling Green State University and the Contemplative Neuroscience Lab at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt. He has offered workshops in mindfulness meditation at the local and international level, most recently at the Performing Arts Medicine Association’s 2018 International Symposium.
Amy began her journey into the practice of mindfulness by attending a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course at The Osher Center. She was both surprised and changed by what she experienced, so much so that she made the practice a high priority in her life. Her personal experience led her to explore how she could help others connect with the benefits of mindfulness. She went on to receive facilitation training through Osher’s Professional Development for Mindfulness Facilitation (PDMF) program. Amy is currently a mindfulness facilitator for The Osher Center’s MBSR program, runs the mindfulness resource website Mindful615.com and is on the leadership team for Mindful Nashville. She is especially passionate about providing mindfulness training to communities who might not otherwise have access.
Paloma has been studying and practicing meditation since 1997. She is a senior teacher at InsightLA and serves on their teacher’s council. She has trained staff at Los Angeles area VA hospitals and at UCLA. She currently leads professional training- and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes at the Osher Center and retreats at St. Mary’s Sewanee. Paloma's work brings together her studies in traditional meditation and contemporary clinical psychology, including evidence-based findings.
Michelle Foote-Pearce, DMin, MSN, M.A., LPC-MHSP, R.N.
Director of Mindfulness Programs and Outreach
Michelle is the director of Mindfulness Programs and Outreach and the director of Health Psychology for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She has completed trainings as a mindfulness teacher and is a qualified teacher of MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). She is a licensed and nationally certified mental health service provider, an advanced practice registered nurse, and has a doctorate in health care ministry. Michelle has been meditating for over thirty years. She develops and teaches context-based mindfulness courses for patients, community members, to students and other health professionals.
Betsy has been a meditator for over eight years. After others noticed a change in how she interacted with the world, they wanted to follow a similar path. Knowing that she was looking to bring Mindfulness and Meditation to the business world, she began to investigate programs and paths. Betsy attended an MBSR course at Osher and decided to become a teacher. She completed the training to be a qualified teacher with the Center for Mindfulness. She is now a Mindfulness teacher for the Osher Center and is excited to share her experience with others.