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MBSR Instructors

Riitta H Rutanen Whaley, MS, MSPH

Riitta H Rutanen Whaley’s meditation journey began in 1987, with four months of yoga and meditation training at the Himalayan Institute in the US and India, and she have maintained a regular practice since then. She completed three professional Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) intensives from University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness (by Jon Kabat-Zinn and others); Mindfulness Yoga Teacher Training by Zen Buddhist teacher Frank Jude Boccio; and numerous silent meditation retreats. Since 2011 Riitta has taught mindfulness ...

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Julie Kosey, MS, PCC, RYT, NBC-HWC

Julie Kosey

Julie has worked with Duke IM in a variety of capacities since 2004.  She teaches mindfulness through MBSR, retreats, research classes, mindful eating, and specially designed programs on themes of simplifying, self-compassion, and worksite mindfulness.  She has supported people with health behavior change since 1988, and has been coaching in an ICF-specific way since 2004.  She has served as faculty for the IHCPT Program, managed coaching services for the Duke IM Clinic, and coached for NIH and industry-funded studies.  She ...

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Maya McNeilly, PhD

Dr. McNeilly is a licensed clinical and health psychologist with 30+ years of clinical practice in integrative and mindfulness-based psychotherapy; research, and teaching as former full time faculty at Duke University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.  Her research is published in scientific journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, Psychophysiology, and others.  Dr. McNeilly has also served as faculty for the North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies teaching mindfulness ...

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Mary Brantley, MA, LMFT

Mary has been teaching in Duke’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program since 2000. She also teaches in the Distance Learning phone Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes, and has developed a class based on loving-kindness meditation. In addition she teaches in various research projects at UNC-Chapel Hill in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson. She has been practicing meditation for thirty years and attends yearly intensive retreats, many at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She has practiced with luminaries, including Sharon ...

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Ron Vereen, MD

Ron Vereen is a board-certified psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and certified group psychotherapist in private practice in Durham and Consulting Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University.  Having practiced mindfulness since 1992, he began teaching this to others in 1999 as an instructor in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at Duke Integrative Medicine, as well as integrating mindfulness principles into his psychotherapy practice.  He applies a mindfulness-informed approach to individual and group therapy modalities in the treatment of a variety of difficulties ...

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