I have dedicated my adult life to the practice of medicine as a board certified Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck surgeon, and also became board certified in the subspecialty of Sleep Medicine in 2010. However, in many respects, I don’t feel like I started to become a true “healer” until I started practicing Mindfulness and meditation intensively. I was introduced to the practice of Mindfulness and Insight Meditation a number of years ago when I was going through a very difficult time personally. As my practice deepened, and I started to attend silent retreats, I discovered that not only was I profoundly affected on an individual level, but the practice started to have far reaching effects on my professional life as well.
My colleague Sheila Garrick and I have recently co-founded the Southern Mindfulness Institute with offices in Raleigh, NC and Greenville, SC. One of our major initiatives is to make mindfulness practices accessible to diverse populations through education and community-based outreach. My interests also include working with clients with anxiety and insomnia, addiction and recovery and in the field of social justice,diversity and inclusion. I am also available for workshops, or speaking engagements on the aforementioned topics as well as the neuroscience of mindfulness and meditation.