About Us

Our Mission and Goals

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Our Mission

Mindful Medicine has been offering mindfulness and community connections to Portland area healthcare providers since 2013.

We are founded and run by providers and operate as a secular, evidence-based, not-for-profit organization.* We are volunteer driven, independent, and donor supported.

Our mission is to build a healthier, more effective medical community by teaching mindfulness and compassionate communication skills.

We provide a safe place for medical providers to acknowledge and share their grief and to reconnect with their values as healthcare practitioners.

*501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Tax ID: 46-3513976

Our Retreats and Classes

Our retreats and classes are led by two licensed social workers, Laura Martin and Denise Gour. Together, they introduce evidence-based mindfulness skills relevant to health professionals and draw from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and related models.

Mindful Medicine’s two-day retreats, community practice groups, and online practice groups have helped hundreds of healthcare workers become more resilient in the workplace.

Reducing Provider Burnout

Class participants gain useful skills and outcomes that guide them in their interactions with patients, thus providing higher standards of care. These skills include:

  • Increased coping skills and resiliency for health professionals
  • Enhanced empathy and compassion towards patients
  • Reduced provider burnout
  • Increased opportunities for collaboration and cooperation
  • Reduced stress and compassion fatigue
  • Improved attention and emotional regulation