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. O’Malley obtained her medical degree from Trinity College, Dublin in the mid 1980s, following which she immigrated to Canada and entered a residency program in anatomic pathology at the University of Western Ontario in London. After then completing a fellowship in breast pathology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville TN, Dr. O’Malley returned to London, Ontario where she joined the staff of Victoria Hospital as an academic breast pathologist. In 1998 Dr. O’Malley moved to Toronto and continued a productive academic career at Mount Sinai and St. Michael’s and as a part-time consultant at Humber River Hospital, for over 20 years.
Frances has had a mindfulness practice for much of her adult life, but it became a more dedicated daily practice about 15 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 in 2017 was accepted into a two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program through the University of California, Berkeley, 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 ManagementTM through the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies and the NeuroNova Centre for Mindfulness Solutions. She is currently completing a course on Interpersonal Neurobiology led by Dr. Dan Siegel from the Mindsight Institute at UCLA, California, and is studying MBSR-X with Dr. Linda McDonald.
Since 2020 Frances has been running a series of twelve-week courses in Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain ManagementTM. She is very excited to join the team at The Mindfulness Centre, where she will facilitate mindfulness courses for patients with chronic pain and other chronic conditions.