Meet the OMBI Faculty & Externs

lori allen, Ph.D., Founder &
Executive director

Dr. Lori Allen is the founder and executive director of the Oregon Mind Body Institute. She is a licensed psychologist specializing in mind-body treatment of traumatic stress, eating and body image, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Allen holds a Master of Education and began her career in Special Education teaching students with learning and behavioral issues.

As executive director of OMBI, Dr. Allen oversees the everyday operations of the business and supervises and trains trainers, leads groups, and teaches mindfulness-based mental health in schools. She believes our individual and collective health and well-being are intricately connected, and that to address mental health at its core, we need to reimagine the meaning of education and the deeper societal sources of stress.

lori allen, Ph.D., Founder &
Executive director

Dr. Lori Allen is the founder and executive director of the Oregon Mind Body Institute. She is a licensed psychologist specializing in mind-body treatment of traumatic stress, eating and body image, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Allen holds a Master of Education and began her career in Special Education teaching students with learning and behavioral issues.

As executive director of OMBI, Dr. Allen oversees the everyday operations of the business and supervises and trains trainers, leads groups, and teaches mindfulness-based mental health in schools. She believes our individual and collective health and well-being are intricately connected, and that to address mental health at its core, we need to reimagine the meaning of education and the deeper societal sources of stress.

shin shin tAng, ph.D., clinical director

Dr. Shin Shin Tang is a licensed psychologist specializing in the mind-body treatment of traumatic stress and persistent pain. Dr. Tang received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon where she also taught numerous courses. She opened her own practice in Eugene in 2010 and joined OMBI in 2015. 

As an educator, Dr. Tang brings her passion for helping others improve their sense of well-being to the therapy groups she leads at OMBI and to professional development trainings for teachers.

shin shin tAng, ph.D., CLINICAL director

Dr. Shin Shin Tang is a licensed psychologist specializing in the mind-body treatment of traumatic stress and persistent pain. Dr. Tang received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon where she also taught numerous courses. She opened her own practice in Eugene in 2010 and joined OMBI in 2015. 

As an educator, Dr. Tang brings her passion for helping others improve their sense of well-being to the therapy groups she leads at OMBI and to professional development trainings for teachers.

Emily PetersOn, M.S.W., Education director

Emily Peterson has worked at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) since 2011. She is the co-clinical director for the Kids in Transition to Schools (KITS) program, providing clinical supervision to KITS teams, lead teaching for school readiness groups, and consulting for the implementation of school readiness intervention. She earned her master’s degree in Social Work from Portland State, and is currently finishing an internship at Embody Play Yoga, where she is learning how to incorporate play, attachment, and somatic work to open the doors for children and families to live in balance and harmony together. 

Over the past five years, Peterson has worked with children and families in many different capacities, including treatment foster care, residential day treatment programs, elementary schools, and county mental health. She is also working toward completing her Kids Yoga Teaching License.

Emily Peterson, M.S.W., education director

Emily Peterson has worked at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) since 2011. She is the co-clinical director for the Kids in Transition to Schools (KITS) program, providing clinical supervision to KITS teams, lead teaching for school readiness groups, and consulting for the implementation of school readiness intervention. She earned her master’s degree in Social Work from Portland State, and is currently finishing an internship at Embody Play Yoga, where she is learning how to incorporate play, attachment, and somatic work to open the doors for children and families to live in balance and harmony together. 

Over the past five years, Peterson has worked with children and families in many different capacities, including treatment foster care, residential day treatment programs, elementary schools, and county mental health. She is also working toward completing her Kids Yoga Teaching License.

Nasim Talebreza-May, M.S.W.

Nasim Talebreza-May received a Master of Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University. She has 10 years experience working with children and their families to build coping skills, improve relationships, and understand the effects of stress and trauma on our lives. Talebreza-May believes that through the practice of mindfulness and developing compassion for ourselves and others, we can live more joyful lives.

In addition to working with children, she values the time students and professionals spend learning information and new skills. She has led classes and trainings for participants of all ages, and at OMBI leads teacher trainings and therapy groups.

EXTERNS

Claire Guidinger, M.A., M.S.

Claire Guidinger, M.A., M.S., is a therapist and doctoral candidate in the University of Oregon’s Counseling Psychology and Human Services Program. Claire is originally from Minnesota and completed a B.A. in psychology at Marquette University and an M.A. in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

At OMBI, Claire leads the Mindfulness-Based Anxiety Management Group for Teens, and has facilitated the Attune•Ed curriculum. Through her research and clinical background in disordered eating treatment prevention, Claire has developed a particular interest in using mindfulness-based interventions to help clients gain a non-judgmental, accepting, and compassionate relationship with their minds and bodies. Claire is excited and enthusiastic about using mindfulness-based mental health practices to inspire and empower clients to understand, validate, and take control of their mental health.

Claire Guidinger, M.A., M.S.

Claire Guidinger, M.A., M.S., is a therapist and doctoral candidate in the University of Oregon’s Counseling Psychology and Human Services Program. Claire is originally from Minnesota and completed a B.A. in psychology at Marquette University and an M.A. in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

At OMBI, Claire leads the Mindfulness-Based Anxiety Management Group for Teens, and has facilitated the Attune•Ed curriculum. Through her research and clinical background in disordered eating treatment prevention, Claire has developed a particular interest in using mindfulness-based interventions to help clients gain a non-judgmental, accepting, and compassionate relationship with their minds and bodies. Claire is excited and enthusiastic about using mindfulness-based mental health practices to inspire and empower clients to understand, validate, and take control of their mental health.

Samantha Martínez, M.Phil.Ed, M.S.Ed

Samantha Martínez, M.Phil.Ed, M.S.Ed, is a therapist and doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Program at the University of Oregon. Samantha is originally from SoCal, and completed a dual degree master’s program in Counseling and Mental Health Services (M.S.Ed.) and Professional Counseling (M.Phil.Ed) at the University of Pennsylvania. Samantha has been a bilingual group therapist for the Mindfulness-Based Anxiety Management Group for Latinx Adults since Fall 2020 and has facilitated the Attune•Ed curriculum entirely virtually.

Through her research and clinical background in intersectional trauma and Latinx identity development, Samantha has developed a particular interest in adapting mindfulness-based interventions to support minority communities in gaining an accepting, compassionate, and non-judgmental relationship with their thoughts, emotions, and bodies. Samantha is enthusiastic and passionate about mindfulness as a powerful tool to improve mental health and reinforce existing resiliencies across client experiences.

Samantha Martínez, M.Phil.Ed, M.S.Ed

Samantha Martínez, M.Phil.Ed, M.S.Ed, is a therapist and doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Program at the University of Oregon. Samantha is originally from SoCal, and completed a dual degree master’s program in Counseling and Mental Health Services (M.S.Ed.) and Professional Counseling (M.Phil.Ed) at the University of Pennsylvania. Samantha has been a bilingual group therapist for the Mindfulness-Based Anxiety Management Group for Latinx Adults since Fall 2020 and has facilitated the Attune•Ed curriculum entirely virtually.

Through her research and clinical background in intersectional trauma and Latinx identity development, Samantha has developed a particular interest in adapting mindfulness-based interventions to support minority communities in gaining an accepting, compassionate, and non-judgmental relationship with their thoughts, emotions, and bodies. Samantha is enthusiastic and passionate about mindfulness as a powerful tool to improve mental health and reinforce existing resiliencies across client experiences.

gina williamson, M.S.

 

Gina Williamson, M.S., is a therapist and doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Program at the University of Oregon. She is originally from Ohio and completed her B.A. in psychology and Spanish at The College of Wooster.

At OMBI, Gina is a bilingual group therapist for the Mindfulness-Based Anxiety Management Group for Latinx Adults, and has also facilitated the Attune•ED curriculum for teens. Through her research and clinical background in eating disorder treatment and prevention, she has developed a particular interest in healing the mind-body relationship with mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions. Gina is passionate about helping clients personalize their approaches to mindfulness and develop tools to cope with the ups and downs of life.

 

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Gina Williamson, M.S.

Gina Williamson, M.S., is a therapist and doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Program at the University of Oregon. She is originally from Ohio and completed her B.A. in psychology and Spanish at The College of Wooster.

At OMBI, Gina is a bilingual group therapist for the Mindfulness-Based Anxiety Management Group for Latinx Adults, and has also facilitated the Attune•ED curriculum for teens. Through her research and clinical background in eating disorder treatment and prevention, she has developed a particular interest in healing the mind-body relationship with mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions. Gina is passionate about helping clients personalize their approaches to mindfulness and develop tools to cope with the ups and downs of life.

Oregon Mind Body Institute (OMBI) is a tax-exempt organization with a 501(c)(3) status.