Meet Our Instructors
|Julia (Julie) E. Connelly, MD is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia. She recently retired from practicing geriatrics in Orange County after 28 years on the faculty. Julie has had a meditation practice for over 15 years and is a student of the Diamond Approach, (integrating western psychology and Eastern religious traditions). She is a 1998 graduate of the Virginia School of Massage and is currently enrolled in the Environmental Chaplaincy Program at Upaya Zen Center.|
|Matt Goodman, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia. He has a strong interest in preventive medicine and in helping patients change self-destructive behaviors. He has practiced and taught mindfulness for over 15 years.|
|Sam Green, PhD is an Associate Professor of Medical Education at the University of Virginia School Of Medicine. He has been practicing mindfulness for 15 years, beginning with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class and continuing with a number of other courses and retreats, including the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Professional Training program with Jon Kabat-Zinn. He has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes, and other classes through the Center. He has also introduced mindfulness practice to medical students informally for many years, and teaches an introductory mindfulness course for undergraduates at the university.|
|Laura Meyer, MS works at Addiction Recovery Services in Charlottesville, and offers mindfulness as a compliment to medically assisted patients recovering from opiate addiction. She is an Auricular Acupuncture Specialist and supports the process of detoxification from substance abuse as well as to help with the emotional, physical and psychological attributes involved in addiction. Laura completed the MBSR training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli in 2008, and has maintained her practice for 12 years. She also conducts an ongoing Mindful Recovery group for clients recovering from addiction.|
|Teresa Miller, MEd began her mindfulness practice more than 10 years ago, and it has deepened with regular retreats and ongoing study, including training with Jon Kabat-Zinn. She offers mindfulness instruction for the sake of easing suffering (stress, pain, anxiety) and allowing life’s challenges to be met with compassion and wisdom. Teresa teaches mindfulness in diverse venues, including the Fluvanna (VA) women’s prison, and leads short retreats. She has served as a trainer with the Community Mediation Center of Charlottesville, as adjunct faculty at the Federal Executive Institute, as a life coach for individuals and as facilitator of experiential leadership training, all with the intention to cultivate presence, effectiveness, resilience and ease.|
|Allie Rudolph, LCSW served on the faculty of UVA Medical Center for over 25 years. She has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation for more than 25 years and applies principles of mindfulness in her teaching, consulting and psychotherapy practice. She specializes in working with individuals and families facing health crises and end of life issues, and is involved in meditation-based research. She helped found the UVa Mindfulness Center and has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for over 15 years.|
|John Schorling, MD is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Mindfulness Center and the Physician Wellness Program at the University of Virginia. He completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of Virginia and in preventive medicine at the University of Washington. His clinical interests include general internal medicine, fostering healthy lifestyle behaviors, and physician health issues. He has practiced meditation for over 15 years and has participated in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Professional Training program with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and has completed the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness Teacher Development Intensive training. His interests include teaching mindfulness to medical students, physicians and other healthcare providers, the application of mindfulness at work, and on research in the clinical applications of MBSR.|
|David Silver, MD has practiced psychiatry for more than thirty-five years, and meditation for more than twenty. Throughout his career he has worked with individuals experiencing severe emotional difficulties. David has trained in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli and others from the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, and in MBCT with Zindel Segal of the University of Toronto. He is a graduate of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute lead by Tara Brach and Pat Coffey. His teaching interests include introducing others to mindfulness meditation practice and helping individuals use this practice to live more skillfully and with less suffering in the face of difficult emotions such as depression and anxiety.|
|Susan Carol Stone, PhD is a long-time UVA MBSR instructor,
established an MBSR program at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in
Harrisonburg VA, and has taught MBSR in a diabetes research program at
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA. She is author of At
the Eleventh Hour; Caring for My Dying Mother, a memoir on
mindfulness and caregiving, which authors Stephen and Ondrea Levine
called “an exquisite exploration of the heart.” She is co-author of
The American Mosaic, a research study on workforce diversity,
and is author of articles on mindfulness. Her most recent book is a
historical novel, The Kosambi Intrigue; A Tale in the Time of the
Susan has meditated for almost 30 years, has lived in monasteries for 3 years and has received mindfulness training from nationally recognized teachers. A guiding teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville, Susan is currently on sabbatical. She has taught mindfulness in middle school and founded and taught weekly mindfulness groups in men’s and women’s maximum-security prisons. She was on the staff of the Being with Dying program at Upaya in Santa Fe NM for two years. She was a hospice volunteer and is a Reiki master who has worked with AIDS patients.
Gail Todter, PhD has crafted unique methods for advising and coaching others to higher levels of health. Known for effective classes, workshops and individualized coaching, Gail creatively utilizes a variety of body-centric activities – adept at strength training in the gym, meditation, mindfulness techniques, and the emerging field of relationship-based horsemanship - to enhance health, reduce stress and provide pragmatic personal strategies that her clients can use on their own. Gail has counseled a wide range of individuals over the past 15 years, primarily those with stressful lives who need an effective, yet simple plan to integrate healthier patterns into their daily activities. She has conducted risk screening and counseling for cardiovascular disease; designed a mindfulness-based stress reduction program for a private medical clinic; developed and taught a wellness program for individuals with emotional issues related to their food choices; and has implemented an equine-based program for developing trust and confidence in women whose life experiences have caused the loss of those two important capabilities.
Gail received her MS in Physiology Biophysics from Colorado State University and her PhD in Health Education/Health Promotion from the University of Virginia. Gail is also certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. Gail’s professional goal is to make a difference in the lives of the people she coaches, by creating new avenues for health behavior change and well-being through fitness, stress reduction and communication. She is equally comfortable and successful working with clients in the office, the gym or at the farm. Gail balances her life with her personal passions - tending to her farm in the shadow of the Blue Ridge mountains, wilderness trail riding, and caring for her daughter, horses and other animals.
|Susanna Williams, PhD is on the faculty of the UVA Mindfulness Center, where she teaches several courses (including Mindful Writing and Mindfulness and the Brain) and directs educational research in the contemplative sciences. She also works with the Center of Appreciative Practice, leading workshops and developing curriculum. She has worked in academic and corporate settings, both internationally and domestically, designing and implementing systems for well being based on the latest neuroscience. She has been engaged in spiritual practice for many years and is a certified yoga instructor.|