Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, PhD – Neuroscientist

e-mail: jblewis@hsc.wvu.edu


Dr. Julie Brefczynski-Lewis is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at West Virginia University. She received her PhD in Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Brefczynski-Lewis has been practicing mindfulness for more than 20 years and researching its effects for the past decade. Currently, the Brefczynski-Lewis lab is testing the effectiveness of compassion meditation to help deal with the stress and negative emotions related to difficult interpersonal relationships. Julie has found that compassion training changes brain responses to the faces of difficult people.


Laurel Faulkenberry, MA, LPC- Clinical Therapist

e-mail: lfaulkenberry@hsc.wvu.edu


Laurel Faulkenberry is a skilled mindfulness instructor with considerable training. She has been a clinical therapist for 20 years, specializing in mindfulness, trauma, and addiction. In 2015-2016, she co-taught two 8-week courses on Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors.


Heidi Sherwin, Mindfulness & Yoga Teacher

e-mail: heidi.sherwin@hsc.wvu.edu


Heidi Sherwin (RYT 500) has been inspired by the roots of yoga and holistic health practices for over 25 years, and started teaching yoga in 2008. Her sincere, fun and creative teaching style intelligently joins the philosophical and physical practices of Hatha Yoga. Through her nurturing guidance of insightful alignment, flowing sequences, and awakened breathing, she provides a welcoming space for you to de-stress, rejuvenate, and access a felt-sense of peace within life’s ebb and flow.