Jess is currently enrolled in the Awareness Training Institute Mindfulness Teacher Training program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. She works as a child and adolescent psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner providing mindfulness based therapy for clients. Jess has presented didactic and experiential workshops and lectures to several different professional programs throughout Vanderbilt. She has taught to social workers, medical doctors, nurses, lawyers, therapists, psychiatrist and several other populations. Starting in January 2018, Jess will begin a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine and Integrative Mental Health and will utilize this training to bring healing in clinic work as well as integrating this into mindfulness teaching. Jess identifies as a queer lesbian female and is eager to bring these teachings to the LGBTQIA community.