Dr. Christina DiBona Pastan can advise dental practices on practical ways of integrating yoga and meditation into their routine.
As an endodontist with over two decades of experience, Dr. Pastan knows the stresses that can come with practicing dentistry. She is also a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation, and, as the first director of Mind-Body Wellness at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, she helps incorporate mindfulness into the training of the next generation of dentists. The curriculum focuses on lowering stress to improve students’ overall wellbeing, which in turn will decrease burnout and increase resilience.
She hopes to impart the same skills to veteran dental practitioners. “Less stress improves your health personally and physically,” Dr. Pastan says. “This can ultimately contribute to our ability to deliver mindful and compassionate dental care to our patients.”