Dr. Frances O’Malley
In recent years, Frances has dedicated much of her time to studying and practicing mindfulness. She will facilitate mindfulness courses for patients with chronic pain and other chronic conditions.
Dr. Frances O’Malley practiced as an academic physician in London, Ontario and Toronto for many years, until she retired from academia in 2015. She is a Professor Emerita at the University of Toronto.
Frances has had a mindfulness practice for much of her adult life, and it became a more dedicated daily practice about 15-20 years ago. Her personal meditation practice was instrumental in helping Frances shift from an academic medical career to explore a different professional path.
In recent years Frances has dedicated much of her time to studying and practicing mindfulness. She has attended over ten week-long residential meditation retreats led by Shinzen Young and has completed a two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program through the Awareness Training Institute, University of California, Berkeley and Sounds True, led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Since graduating from this training, Frances has completed a further two years of Somatic Experiencing training (a form of trauma therapy), as well as a certification program in Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management through the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies and the NeuroNova Centre for Mindfulness Solutions. She also completed a course on Interpersonal Neurobiology led by Dr. Dan Siegel from the Mindsight Institute at UCLA, California, and studied MBSR-X with Dr. Linda McDonald at the Mindfulness Centre.
Frances now facilitates a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR-CC) specifically tailored to those suffering from a range of chronic conditions including pain, as well as anxiety and depression. This 12-week online course is conducted in small groups and requires little or no mindfulness experience.