Vanessa Deen Johnson
Vanessa received her Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of San Francisco and has had a successful 20-year career working in training, marketing and sales within Biotech in Hematology and Oncology. Vanessa founded the company My Health Concierge where she led a team of Nurse Practitioners, dietitians, pharmacists and reimbursement specialists to educate and advocate for patients and families newly diagnosed with cancer. Most recently Vanessa was the Executive Director of the mindfulness center Shared Wisdom where she ran mindfulness retreats for Stanford physicians along with other mindfulness training classes and workshops. She is a long-time practitioner of mindfulness and a certified teacher through the Search Inside Yourself Learning Institute, a Google spinoff. Vanessa now heads Mindfulness Rx, a leader in mindfulness training for healthcare providers and patients to address stress, burnout and increase resiliency.
In addition to Vanessa’s professional life she has been her mother Sarah’s caregiver for the past 20 years, advocating and overseeing her medical care through multiple life threatening illnesses and co-morbidities. Vanessa also experienced her own near fatality, surviving bi-lateral pulmonary emboli in 2014. She now Speaks on Patient-centric care and Advocacy.
Company: Mindfulness Rx
Industry: Health care
Interests: Speaking on Patient-centric care and advocacy, end of life issues for patients and providers, and using Mindfulness practices to address burnout and resiliency in healthcare providers and patients.