Discovering Resilience Leadership Team Members

Ken Burgess (McMaster BSc MD CCFP (EM) FCFP ‘77 is a semi-retired family, occupational and emergency physician. He has been on faculty since 1980, teaching medical students and residents. He helped found the first free –standing occupational health clinic in Canada in 1981. He was a leader in the Hamilton Family Health Team and the Ontario Association of Family Health teams. He has had a meditation practice for about twenty five years has attended numerous meditation retreats and mindfulness courses and teaches mindfulness, and in particular the neuroscience of mindfulness. Since 2014 he has been a co-chair of the Program for Faculty Development’s Discovering Resilience Leadership Team which has run mindfulness courses and workshops.

Anna Taneburgo, B.S.W., M.Ed., R.S.W., has been teaching mindfulness to healthcare professionals since 2004. She trained at the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Since 1990, she has studied with numerous teachers from various traditions. Anna has taught several applied courses, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Communication, Leadership and Teaching. Along with teaching for the Program for Faculty Development, Anna has taught at Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital and Halton Healthcare. She was the Mindfulness Educator for Hamilton Health Sciences from 2013-16. Anna also has a mindfulness-based private practice.

Andrea Frolic, Ph.D - Andrea is currently the Director of the Office of Clinical & Organizational Ethics & Co-Director of MAiD at Hamilton Health Sciences, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rice University in Houston, Texas, including a two-year fellowship in Clinical Ethics at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Andrea’s areas of research and expertise include: ethics consultation; ethics program development; mindfulness-based interventions to promote workplace resilience; health policy and medical assistance in dying. In 2015 and 16 she was an Erasumus Mundus Visiting Scholar in Ethics at Radboud University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, studying the experiences of Dutch euthanasia practitioners. Andrea is also a freelance choreographer and dancer whose work explores on the unspoken, embodied experiences of healthcare

Elaine Principi, B.H.Sc.PT., M.Ed. - Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and Co-Chair of the Program for Faculty Development (PFD)Discovering Resilience Curriculum. She teaches DRAM through the PFD. Elaine has completed numerous courses including: MBSR, Mindful Self Compassion, 16 Guidelines for Life and Mindful Ambassador Council. With 10 yrs. of personal meditation practice and training as an ethics consultant and facilitator of Crucial Conversations, she has taught a wide variety of courses on mindfulness, resilience and communication.

Savinna Frederiksen MSW, RSW - Savinna has been a social worker for 20 years including working in areas several areas of health care, mental health and addiction. Savinna is an Assistant Professor (PT) for the Department Psychiatry and Neurosciences. She is trained as a facilitator for Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindful Communication. She serves as an instructor for the McMaster University Clinical Behavioural Sciences Program for the Group Studies Course and Applications of Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers. Savinna is also a Longitudinal Facilitator in the Professional Competencies Program for McMaster University‘s Undergraduate School of Medicine. Savinna has attended, presented and co-led numerous mindfulness courses/retreats. As well she has a long standing personal meditation practice. Her wish is to support others in learning the practice of Mindfulness for the purpose of wellness and self-compassion.

Valerie Spironello MSW RSW - Valerie has been a social worker for over 30 yrs. including working in health care, child welfare and family violence. She has a private practice offering counselling and workshops to support others in living well. (choosewellness.ca). Valerie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She is trained in: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction; Mindful Self-Compassion; Mindful Communication; Transformative Mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation in Clinical Practice. She has studied and taught at the University of Toronto Applied Mindfulness program and teaches through McMaster PFD. Valerie has attended, as well as co-led, numerous meditation courses/retreats, and has a long standing personal meditation practice. Her wish is to support others in learning about this life-changing practice.

Barbara Smith, MFA, MS psych, RP - Registered Psychotherapist in private practice for 3 decades. She is retired from the Hamilton Family Health Team where she worked as a mental health counsellor. Barbara has been involved in contemplative studies for over four decades and has extensive experience in Mindfulness. She has trained in MBSR, DRAM, and Mindful Communication. She is a trained Mindful Self Compassion Teacher through the CMSC and was trained by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. She studied with Michael Stone and Pema Chodron and Thich Nhat Hanh. Barbara has extensive professional experience as a group leader. She presently teaches Mindful Communication and MindfulSelf Compassion courses..