9:15 - 10:00 amSunday, September 18
Plenary Hall
Mindfulness: putting the individual in charge
Plenary Hall
Mindfulness: putting the individual in charge
CEO EngagedIn, Health Engagement Designer
Med X Board Member
Founder and Director of Eduaction at Wellness for Doctors, Interventional Pain Specialist at NorthBay Healthcare
Mindfulness practices have shown efficacy in many areas of health including immune response, depression and stress reduction. Patients are using mindfulness to manage and control numerous conditions including... Read more

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Mindfulness practices have shown efficacy in many areas of health including immune response, depression and stress reduction. Patients are using mindfulness to manage and control numerous conditions including drug side effects, anxiety, and chronic pain. Fortune 300 companies are using it to improve employee performance and hospitals are using it to improve their clinical care. In this panel, we will hear from leaders and innovators across the field who are applying this fast-growing set of skills to advance health and wellbeing. Across these numerous applications, mindfulness is being recognized as a promising new approach to empower patients in their 

Kyra Bobinet, MD, MPH is the Senior Instructor-Researcher of Health Engagement in Stanford University’s Behavior Design Lab.  In her current research, she researches the combination of engaging technology and its health benefits and risks.  Dr. Bobinet has empowered millions of individuals and families in all aspects of their holistic health for over two decades, through founding a behavior health non-profit, leading public health programs, and innovating as medical director of a national healthcare organization.

Britt Johnson chronicles the absurdity of living with chronic disease through her blog and related social media platforms, “The Hurt Blogger.” She is a writer sharing honest experiences of life with chronic pain and illness while always looking for the humor in life. She works as a consultant with a wide range of health groups to ensure patient input is being incorporated to better shape the future of healthcare. Having lived with autoimmune arthritis since age seven, she aims to change the perception of ‘arthritis’ while challenging what is possible by training for her childhood dream of climbing Denali (Mt. McKinley). Having lived in Texas, Alaska, and Montana, she currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and one very stubborn cat, and works for Stanford Medicine X as the Community Outreach Coordinator. Follow her on Twitter: @HurtBlogger.

Joe Burton is the founder and CEO of Whil. He’s an entrepreneur in digital health and wellness, former President of Headspace and spent fifteen years as a global COO in public companies. Joe is alumnus of Harvard Business School, a certified Search Inside Yourself instructor and an advisor to nonprofits including Holistic Life Foundation, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and Anonymous Good. He discovered mindfulness as a super stressed executive after dismissing it as “definitely not for me” and it changed his life.

Michael Amster MD is an interventional pain specialist at the NorthBay Center for Pain Management in Fairfield, CA and is Founder and Education Director at Wellness for Doctors, an organization committed to helping physicians prevent burnout and thrive in their professional and personal lives.  Dr. Amster is a graduate of UC Irvine School of Medicine, and completed his Anesthesia-based Pain Medicine fellowship at the University of Iowa School of Medicine and residency at UC Davis School of Medicine.  He is board certified in Pain Medicine, Family Medicine, and Integrative Medicine.  Dr. Amster is a lifelong student of meditation and completed a 2-year meditation teacher certificate training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.  Dr. Amster is also a certified yoga teacher and qigong instructor, with advanced training and studies in China.  With the success of Wellness for Doctors, Dr. Amster is increasingly spending his professional time teaching rejuvenating CME wellness retreats in stunning locations, lecturing on physician wellness, and coaching physicians on optimizing their work life balance.  

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