Michelle Foote Pearce is a psychotherapist and advanced practice nurse at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt where she holds the positions of the Director of Mindfulness Programs and Outreach and Director of Psychological Services. Michelle began her career as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist with a special interest in pain and suffering, death and dying and family functioning. She developed a clinical case management program and was appointed director of in-patient case management and utilization review. After some gap years mothering a special needs child, Michelle continued her education obtaining a graduate degree in counseling and a doctorate in health care ministry specializing in life meaning and purpose as it relates to health and healing. Michelle has been teaching mindfulness since 2005. In 2009 she began teaching classes and workshops for VUMC patients, faculty, staff and community organizations. She has been meditating for over twenty years and is qualified to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Michelle co-developed and teaches the six-month Professional Development in Mindfulness Facilitation courses as well as formal and informal mentoring opportunities in mindfulness for VUMC trainees.