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Who We Are

The Mind Body Medical group at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine was founded by Drs. Lee and Mehta in 2013. We are a multidisciplinary team working together to encourage mindfulness practices and promote well-being among Medical School employees, patients, and the community. We also conduct scientific research to further the field of mindfulness in academic settings.

David J. Lee, PhD

Dr. Lee is a chronic disease and occupational epidemiologist in UM's Department of Public Health Sciences, and he is the co-founder of the Mind Body Medical group. He is a practicioner of yoga and mindfulness techniques.

Angela Alvarado, CPT, RYT

As a Health Enthusiast, Angela works closely with individuals to cultivate positive health choices while inspiring everyone to become happier through exercise, proper nutrition, yoga and meditation.

Taghrid Asfar, MD, MSPH

Dr. Asfar has an MD degree from Syria and an MSPH from UM and is currently a Scientist in the Dept of Public Health Sciences. She is a tobacco control researcher who believes in the power of mindfulness practices to help smokers quit smoking. She is interested in using new mindfulness-based interventions to target high-risk groups such as cancer and HIV patients.

Noella A. Dietz, PhD

Dr. Dietz is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Her research interests are in tobacco control, cancer prevention and control, health disparities, and program evaluation. She also has interest in Mindfulness-based strategies for tobacco cessation and control. 

Michelle Shnayder, BS

Ms. Shnayder is an MD/MPH student at the UM Miller School of Medicine interested in understanding how mindfulness meditation may improve attention and reduce medical student and physician burnout. She is a co-founder of the Mindful Med Student Interest Group at UM.

Ashwin Mehta, MD, MPH

Dr. Mehta is the Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. In this role he specializes in the benefits of mindfulness-based practices among cancer patients.  

Debra Annane, MA, MPH, RYT

Ms. Annane is a senior research manager at UM. She conducts research on health literacy and self-efficacy among underserved women with breast cancer. She is a certified yoga teacher and ordained Zen Buddhist priest. She also trains with the Center for Mindfulness, Healthcare and Society at UMass and teaches mindfulness-based classes.

Laura A. McClure, MSPH

Ms. McClure is a Research Support Manager at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and works with Dr. Lee on various chronic disease and mindfulness studies. She is a yoga enthusiast and is interested in how mindfulness-based practices can improve quality of life and productivity.

Peter J., JD

Peter J teaches yoga at the UM Medical Campus Wellness Center. He has practiced yoga for over 30 years and is certified in Integral Hatha Yoga & Pilates. His teaching approach is to share the fitness, mindfulness, healing, health, and wellness benefits derived from yoga which are informed by his myriad of life experiences.

Sarah Martin, RYT

Ms. Martin is the Yoga Therapist for Sylvester Cancer Center Deerfield Beach. She is a RYT and received her training in 2011 after 5 years of being a dedicated yoga student and falling in love with its benefits. She is also trained in Mindfulness and Meditation and co-leads the Wellness Series with Dr. Stacy Cutrono. 

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