A Cape Cod native, Jennifer has been living in the greater Boston area for the past 10 years. After having obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology from Bates College in 2007, Jennifer discovered the healing benefits of yoga while home on the Cape and soon after enrolled in the Finding Inner Peace Yoga Teacher Training Program. Jennifer received her 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher certification in 2008. Since that time, she has taught in a variety of settings, including yoga studios, beaches, hospitals, and universities.
In 2008, Jennifer moved to Boston to begin working as a Patient Services Coordinator at the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. This position is where Jennifer was first introduced to meditation, as well as to the greater fields of mind/body medicine and integrative health. As a Patient Services Coordinator, she educated patients on the Relaxation Response created by Dr. Herbert Benson and coordinated the 8-week stress reduction programs. These programs were created for patients who were experiencing a variety of medical symptoms caused or made worse by stress including insomnia, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, infertility, or cancer. Jennifer also taught yoga classes and led guided meditations to patients and staff at MGH. Many of the BHI programs were created and led by nurse practitioners, which is ultimately what motivated Jennifer to become a nurse.
Jennifer received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Simmons College in 2012. Since that time, she has been working as a registered nurse in the fields of primary care, women’s health, and home hospice care. She received her Mind Body Spirit certification from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2015 and became a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association later that same year. Presently, Jennifer is working on obtaining her certification to teach the Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) program through the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. Jennifer also plans to start the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach in 2019.
Jennifer aims to provide a safe, comfortable, and peaceful setting for her students so that they can gain all the healing benefits meditation and yoga can offer. Students of all levels and experiences are honored and encouraged to attend.