Kimberly Carson - MPH, C-IAYT

Director of Integrative and Holistic Services

Kimberly is a leading expert in the clinical application of mindfulness and yoga practices for medical environments. At the Bensimon Center, she oversees the implementation of the integrative holistic services into the surgical context.

In addition, Kimberly is a health educator and yoga therapist at Oregon Health & Science University, specializing in the therapeutic use of mindfulness and yoga. Kimberly has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for close to 20 years. She currently offers mindfulness classes to cardiac, oncology, chronic pain, and internal medicine patients. Kimberly has developed and taught yoga programs being researched at Duke University Medical Center and OHSU.

The Mindful Yoga Program, developed by Kimberly and her husband Jim, has been shown in research trials to significantly reduce pain and fatigue in women with metastatic breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, as well as women with fibromyalgia. Kimberly currently serves on National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical research trials evaluating yoga and mindfulness interventions in patients with opioid-dependency and chronic pain, metastatic breast cancer, and MS and is the co-author on more than three dozen peer-reviewed articles. She co-directs national professional trainings for yoga teachers and physical therapists at OHSU and Duke Integrative Medicine.

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