Mindfulness practice, contemplative practice, and culinary medicine capture Werner Absenger’s (a.k.a. Dr. A) expertise and passions.
Werner Absenger holds a Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine. Dr. A engages in rigorous contemplative practice. Consequently, Dr. A’s regular meditation practice and evidence-based approach to mindfulness uniquely qualify him as a mindfulness teacher.
Prior to his current pursuits in contemplative science, Dr. A earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Human Nutrition and worked as a classically trained chef.
Dr. A’s passions, in essence, focus on intentionally tending to the mind, brain, and gut trifecta. Separate as they seem, their origins are the same. They thus do profoundly influence each other, and that may benefit optimum health and wellness.
Consequently, on wernerabsenger.com, Dr. A aims to curate research and educate readers about mindfulness and contemplative practice sprinkled with culinary medicine, naturally focusing on the gut-brain-axis.
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Consider the Mindfulness Skill Training in Medicine Program (MSTM)
A 4-Session Mindfulness Skill Training Program for Clinicians and Healthcare Professionals.
What recent Mindfulness Skill Training in Medicine (MSTM) participants are saying
I learned from and appreciated the MSTM program and our facilitators (Kristi and Werner). I believe many of us have taken steps around the health of our body (via diet, exercise, and sleep), however many of us have neglected the space between our ears (our precious mind). MSTM training… can provide our weary minds the pause and reflection needed to enhance our wellness and performance.
Ken J.ER Physician
I want to say that the MSTM program and the facilitators were an inspiration to learn more about mindfulness and ways to be a better professional. I loved having all the resources available to learn more on my own time and be able to review later.
Joni E.Nurse Practitioner, Oncology
As a practicing clinical physician and surgeon, mindfulness is a great tool to help me control and manage the stresses of modern medicine. Mindfulness helps me think clearer, and I have a more positive daily outlook, which immediately has translated to better patient care and personal job satisfaction. Greg A., Surgeon
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How long has Dr. A. been around?
Dr. Werner Absenger recently created this website to help answer the many questions he gets about contemplative practice, culinary medicine, and mindfulness interventions. However, he has been engaged for over 15 years in contemplative practice before it became “sexy” and the latest hype.
Culinary Medicine Faculty
As Program Director of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), Dr. A. plays a vital role in combining the science of medicine with the art of cooking by teaming up with Kristi Artz, MD, CCMS, dipABLM.
Dr. Artz is board certified in emergency medicine and lifestyle medicine. She serves as Medical Director of MedNow, Spectrum Health’s telehealth platform. She is the lead physician of the Culinary Medicine program.
Together Leanne Mauriello, Ph.D., Kristi Artz, MD, and Dr. A. have created and implemented the Spectrum Health Culinary Medicine program. They engage health care professionals and community members in the importance of food as a tool for achieving optimal health. Learn more about Spectrum Health’s Culinary Medicine programming…
Dr. Werner Absenger and Dr. Kristi Artz just recently created the 4-session Mindfulness Skill Training in Medicine (MSTM) program with healthcare providers in mind. We were fortunate enough to pilot the program to four groups of physicians and other healthcare providers with tremendous success.
From the feedback that we received, the Mindfulness Skill Training in Medicine was conceived. Our goal is to introduce you to the science and skills of contemplative practice in a way that we hope you will find relevant and meaningful to the practice of medicine and in supporting your personal wellbeing. Learn more about the Mindfulness Skill Training in Medicine (MSTM) program…