Faculty

Bryana Andert, DO

NUMC019.jpg Dr. Andert is a family physician practicing at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm, MN. Dr. Andert is the physician lead for primary care in her multispecialty group practice. She also serves on the Minnesota Osteopathic Medical Society Board of Directors. She is passionate about physician wellness and resiliency and leads wellbeing efforts for her group. She serves on the Allina Practitioner Health and Wellbeing Committee. Her favorite job title is that of mom. She has 3 boys who keep her on her toes and provide daily comic relief.




 


Aaste Campbell

campbell.jpg Aaste Campbell is the Director of Clinician Experience at Sanford Health.  
Aaste has been employed by Sanford since 1999.  She received her bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University and her master’s degree from the University of Mary.  







 


Natalia Dorf-Biderman, MD

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Dr. Dorf-Biderman, MD is an ABIM certified Internal Medicine practicing Hospitalist at Methodist Hospital, Park Nicollet / Health Partners. She received her MD degree from Universidad de la Republica in Montevideo, Uruguay and completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She has held many organizational leadership roles at Park Nicollet and in the community, and she has developed programs to support clinicians in their practice and prevent burnout. Dr. Dorf is the CDI physician advisor and Hospital Wellbeing Committee Co-chair at Methodist Hospital. While promoting personal resilience programs in the workplace, she strives to look at practice inefficiencies that add friction to clinical practice and seeks to find attainable and straightforward solutions.
 


Dawn Ellison, MD

Sheep.jpg Dawn is an ABEM certified Emergency Medicine physician who has found her encore career in engagement and well-being. She was formerly CentraCare’s Clinical Partner Engagement Officer and has collaborated to create accessible resources for well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the president of Influencing Healthcare, LLC she has leveraged her leadership and clinical experience to create collaborative healthcare cultures through coaching, workshops and retreats. 
 



Jacquelyn Fletcher Johnson

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Jacquelyn Fletcher Johnson is a funny, dynamic and inspiring speaker. She’s also a transformational coach, and award-winning author who has offered mindfulness, resilience, and self-awareness training and coaching to thousands of people through her work with organizations including Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, UnitedHealth Group, OptumHealth, Weight Watchers, Senior Care Communities, the Carver College of Medicine, and many more.

Jacquelyn has degrees in English and Women’s Studies from Wellesley College and holds an M.F.A. in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College. Her love of understanding human behavior won her a yearlong fellowship from the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society to study with a team of therapists. She’s a member of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST and her company, Heartwood Healing, is a network organization on the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience. She served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Loft Literary Center. Find out more at HeartwoodHealing.com.


Wendy Laine, MD

Wendy_WEB.jpg Wendy Laine is an emergency medicine physician.  She is the Wellness Director for EPPA, an independent group of 220 physicians and 80 advanced practice clinicians that provide 500,000 patient visits to Minnesota every year.  



 


Michael Maddaus, MD

_Z9A5039.JPG Dr. Maddaus graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School where he also trained in general surgery from 1982 to 1990. After two years of thoracic surgical training at the University of Toronto he returned to the University of Minnesota in 1992 where he remained until his retirement in 2012. Since 2012 he has focused his efforts on the scientific study of personal resilience the role of human connection in leadership. 

 


Corey Martin, MD

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Corey Martin is a Yale-trained family physician driven to change the delivery of healthcare and improve the mental and physical health of our communities.  He is a founder of Innovations in Resilience and the Bounce Back Project, practicing private group physician, Chief Medical Officer, Bush Fellow, and consultant to many healthcare and educational organizations in their response to burnout.  Driven to do this work by the loss of two colleagues and friends, Corey strives to create an environment of opportunity in which all of us can do the deep, heartfelt work of changing the way we show up and interact in each other’s lives.  One of the ways he does this is by facilitating resilience retreats across the United States and throughout the world.  He is both a Certified Daring Way Facilitator and Center for Courage and Renewal Facilitator and facilitates workshops based on the work of BrenĂ© Brown and Parker Palmer. In his free time, he enjoys working on his farm.  He lives in Buffalo, MN with his wife and three daughters.  He is a recovering perfectionist and an aspiring “good enoughist”.

Kristin Neff, PhD

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Kristin Neff received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, studying moral development. She did two years of postdoctoral study at the University of Denver studying self-concept development. She is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

During Kristin’s last year of graduate school she became interested in Buddhism and has been practicing meditation in the Insight Meditation tradition ever since. While doing her post-doctoral work she decided to conduct research on self-compassion – a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically. Kristin is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, creating a scale to measure the construct over fifteen years ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, released by William Morrow.

In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she has developed an empirically supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, which is taught by thousands of teachers worldwide. They co-authored The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook as well as Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals, both published by Guilford. She is also co-founder and board president of the nonprofit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

J. Bryan Sexton, PhD

Sexton.jpg Dr. Sexton has captured the wisdom of frontline caregivers through rigorous assessments of safety culture, teamwork, and workforce resilience. His research instruments have been used around the world in over 3000 hospitals, in 30 countries. His current R01 grant from NIH is a randomized clinical trial of resilience training. 

He has found that results across industries, work settings, shifts, professions, and countries highlight a great deal about reliability in high risk environments – specifically, “you are better off changing the situation, than trying to change human nature.”



 

Heather Spies, MD, FACOG

spies.jpg Dr. Spies is a board-certified OB/GYN physician and has been employed by Sanford since 2006.  She attended medical school at the University of South Dakota & completed her OB/GYN residency at Creighton University in Omaha, NE.  Dr. Spies devotes .8 of her FTE to clinical practice & the other .2 is dedicated to Clinician Experience.  She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of OB/GYN for the USDSSOM, teaching students and residents.






 

Teresa Thomas

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Teresa fosters our interconnectedness and the ways we can lift each other up. 

As founder of Win Win Connects, Teresa Thomas connects people, possibilities and purpose as an award-winning professional speaker, networking expert, facilitator, and author of Win/Win Networking and 50 Fun Things® – Enjoy the Small Things. 

In her 25 years as a professional connector, Teresa has facilitated over 500 events (in-person and online), presented for countless groups, and helped thousands  to connect and grow. In her highly interactive style, she packs her presentations with “how-to”s, humor and inspiration, leaving people excited about creating meaningful connections and accomplishing their personal and professional goals.

People leave Teresa’s workshops and seminars with new insights and practical strategies that are ready to put into action.

She was named 2019 Women in Business Champion through the Small Business Association (SBA) of Minnesota and as a 2019 50 Over 50 exemplary leaders by AARP and Pollen.
 


Bryan J. Williams, MD

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Bryan Williams MD PhD is a pulmonary and critical care doctor at M Health Fairview and has served as their system director of wellbeing since 2018. He completed his medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was recruited to the University of Minnesota as a physician scientist and worked with the adult cystic fibrosis center for 7 years before transitioning to HealthEast to serve as their critical care medical director. His passion for improving the health and wellbeing of healthcare workers led him to form the Wellbeing Alliance at M Health Fairview, and creation of the position he holds now to bring wellbeing to the corporate level of the organization. In this current position he has championed many aspects of organizational wellbeing and has collaborated across the twin cities to bring wellbeing best practices to multiple hospitals. In 2020 he helped create the state’s first COVID only hospital at Bethesda in his capacity as a critical care doctor, but also as the director of wellbeing incorporating many resources to support the staff at this very important and stressful moment in healthcare. When not plugged in to virtual meetings, or dialing ventilators for COVID patients he can be found on the Mississippi river watching birds, catching fish, and dodging barges with his wife on their boat.