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Our founder gets vulnerable on the "Dandelion Effect Podcast" with Feathered Pipe Ranch, and shares about her personal journery that led to her starting Mooxli. Listen in as Sarah talks through her challenging times as a clinician and shares what "True Resilience" looks like for healthcare professionals

WHAT WE DO

MOOXLI is a safe and supported continuing education experience in which healers can explore their own breath and the power it holds.

OUR VISION

Awareness, kindness, and clarity for healers in moving through their personal and professional lives

OUR COMMUNITY

MOOXLI is a place of  sharing, supporting, and nurturing. A place for the healer to rest and heal. All who are human and have breath are welcome here.

ABOUT US

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YOUR SOUL

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The MOOXLI Team
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MEET OUR FOUNDER

Sarah Bergakker

"Mooxli is born out of the passion that Sarah has as a nurse anesthetist, professional speaker, educator, and yogi. After ten years in anesthesia, Sarah found herself in a state of personal and professional contemplation. During this time she began practicing yoga for exercise, and soon discovered that yoga offered a way to not only  acknowledge her own story but also those of her patients’. By recognizing and accepting the impact of “those we carry” and practicing self compassion, Sarah found a way to start to live and work wholeheartedly. Giving her first lecture as a senior graduate student at Oakland University in 2009, Sarah has continued as adjunct faculty at her alma mater and a professional speaker. Sarah has served as an instructor at the National Congress of Nurse Anesthetists, as well as a guest lecturer at multiple state association meetings. On her mat, in the operating room, and in life Sarah is filled with gratitude that practicing mindfulness and yoga is part of her daily routine.

OUR YOGA GUIDE

Joan Mudget

Joan Mudget will be your Yoga Guide on this journey and she comes to us with a unique blend of professional experiences that prepare her well for guiding high performing professionals.  Joan was an Executive in the Fashion Industry, a seemingly glamorous life filled with designer shoes and world travel.  However the job took its toll in stress and after 30 years, she found herself diagnosed with serious mental and physical health issues.  Joan took a much needed time out, reevaluated her goals and changed every single aspect of her life.  Joan attributes her recovery to her yoga practice which she has done as physical exercise for over 15 years and once fully retired from the Rag Trade, she dove into the softer side of yoga studying in India and becoming an Advanced Yoga Teacher.  She returned from India and opened a Yoga Studio in her home town of Fremont, Michigan and Branch Out Yoga was born.  The yoga studio was closed in 2020 due to the global pandemic and Joan now shares the gift of yoga with anyone who is willing to leave their comfort zone and get on their mat.  Joan is an experienced yoga teacher and Reiki Master with advanced certifications in Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Pranayama, and Meditation.

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OUR GUIDE TO DISCOVERING THE MAGIC OF OUR OWN STORIES

Andy Vantrease 

As a freelance creative and entrepreneur with a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech in English and Professional Writing, Andy VanTrease’s work is centered around one fundamental goal: Helping people see their own magic. Whether for individuals, companies or organizations, she guides people to the heart of who they are, why they’re here and where they’re going. Andy has a gift for asking the deep questions and reflecting back what others are sharing without getting in the way, and her inquisitive nature extracts truths that help you see yourself from a new lens. 

 

Andy is a professional writer, host and producer of The Dandelion Effect Podcast, and creator of Storymapping Experiences, a process that utilizes audio playback to explore our stories, integrate our identities and develop a deeper sense of self-compassion. She’s learned from teachers and therapists around the world—all of whom she met on her own healing journey with Lyme Disease and burnout—and she believes wholeheartedly in the healing power of storytelling.

She considers herself a ‘student of life,’ allowing her experiences and intrapersonal study to guide her work: listening with open curiosity, learning with endless enthusiasm, welcoming challenge as opportunity to grow and genuinely believing that anything is possible. 

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OUR INSPIRED PROFESSIONAL

Aly McLean

Listening is her superpower. Aly McLean is a listener. She understands human emotions, human behavior and has an ability to hold space while allowing others to be exactly who they are exactly where they are at. She has always been able to hear the inner truths, the underlying emotions
and create a world where others can begin to understand and explore their inner worlds. (Video of Aly Teaching all things Mindfulness)


Aly has been working in the medical system for over 20 years. She currently works full time as a pediatric CRNA at the Boston Children’s Hospital where she blends her years of practicing anesthesia with her years of yoga practice and mindfulness. She uses guided imagery, yoga
breathing, and Reiki energy work in each of the patients she encounters. Ensuring an experience of comfort and healing while going through procedures and surgery under anesthesia. 


Aly’s previous speaking engagements have involved Wellness lectures for Northeastern University in the Nurse Anesthesia program. She was a guest lecturer at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital Principles of Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care Conference on Mindfulness and Wellness in Medicine. Aly uses her expertise in wellness and mindfulness in medicine on retreats for medical practitioners and adapts to maintain the
theme of the retreat leaving participants with the ability to use tools in their every day lives and at work. 


When working with Aly there is a general sense of ease and inspiration. She will help you discover your own unique inner world. She is a forever student of life and understands that all she shares and teaches is through her. She trusts the divine intelligent energy that exists in us all and has fallen in love in the sharing of her own inner world as a teacher.

OUR BUSINESS GURU

Fotini Iconomopolous

Fotini Iconomopoulos empowers audiences all over the world through her expertise in negotiation, communication and persuasion. Business executives partner with her to achieve their business goals and create a competitive advantage. (Video of Fotini helping the Mooxli Community Negotiate!)

Fotini occasionally returns to the classroom as an instructor of MBA Negotiations at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. In addition to her features on TV, media and outlets including CNBC, Forbes and Harvard Business Review, this critically acclaimed author has been recognized with multiple awards including a 40 Under 40 award.

Check out Fotini's book, Say Less, Get More: Unconventional Negotiation Techniques to Get What You Want.

OUR FINANCIAL WIZ

Sam Simaan

Sam Simaan has been following capital markets since his adolescent years. He began investing and trading at the age of 17. Having graduated as high school valedictorian, Sam moved on to UNC-Chapel Hill, where he earned a B.A. in Economics, then received an MBA from UNC-Greensboro. Sam worked in banking for the next 12 years, where he developed a keen insight into companies’ strengths and weaknesses.
 

Sam founded Simaan Investment Management in 2019 intent on giving people the freedom to pursue their lives without worrying about their finances. The firm currently runs two distinct investment strategies – one focused on equities, the other options trading. The equities strategy is a long-term strategy, seeking companies that are overlooked but with durable competitive advantages. The strategy is actively managed and uses focus investing principles. The options trading strategy is more short-term focused. It has generated compound annual returns of 64% through June 2019.

Sam lives in Chicago with his wife, Rebekah. He is a CFA® charterholder.

OUR MINDFULNESS MENTOR

Marvin Belzer, PhD

Marvin G. Belzer, PhD, has taught mindfulness meditation for twenty years. He is associate director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC). For many years he taught a semester-long meditation course in the Department of Philosophy at Bowling Green St. University, where he was an Associate Professor of Philosophy. He teaches an undergraduate course at UCLA (Psychiatry 175: Mindfulness Practice and Theory) and teaches mindfulness in many different venues in Los Angeles.

OUR HUMANITARIAN

Darrin Dixon

Darrin became hooked by the marriage of art and science that being a nurse anesthetist offered, and what he didn’t know then, was his deep passion for caring for others. He was accepted into  and graduated from the Air Force as a Nurse Anesthetist in 1996.

 

After graduation two seminal events happened in Darrin’s life:  1. He was asked to be a part of a new concept field surgical unit allowing him to travel widely to many countries as part of training and be introduced to humanitarian work.  2. Darrin met his future wife while teaching her (an anesthesiology resident) anesthesia.

 

Just when things should have been at their happiest with a baby girl on the way, they took a turn for the very worst.  His wife, Joan, was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia when she was twenty – five weeks pregnant. They were forced to make decisions including whether to treat Joan’s leukemia with chemotherapy and jeopardize their unborn baby’s health or forego treatment and jeopardize Joan’s health, even whether to abort their unborn child, not to mention the everyday decisions that go along with living and treating a terminal illness.

 

Joan succumbed to complications of her life saving stem cell transplant six months after three pound baby Alexandra was born by emergency c-section at thirty - four weeks.  That left Darrin, working now as a civilian, as a new father to a young baby. He found himself a new widower and a single father in a city he did not know.

 

Darrin has taken these moments and experiences as he calls them, gaining a perspective that few have, and built a life lived with the entirety of his heart, following his calling to serve those who need served in this country and abroad.  He has also written a book on his experience from the perspective of being a caretaker to his dying wife

OUR RESILIENCE EXPERT

Dr. Teresa “Tese” 

Maggard Stephens

Dr. Tese Stephens has more than 32 years of nursing experience in both clinical and academic settings. She is an Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and is the author of Stephens’ Model of Resilience and the founder of RN P.R.E.P. (Personal Resilience Enhancement Plan). Her work is focused in RESILIENCE, specifically as a tool to address and prevent burnout in clinicians. Much of her work in resilience is built upon the narratives of Holocaust survivors. 

(Video of Tese talking all things resilience for the Mooxli Community!)

Dr. Stephens is recognized as a leader in nursing education and research, specifically in the areas of workplace culture, faculty development, student success and engagement, and best practices in online learning. She is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and an active member of several professional organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau, NLN, ANA, and SNRS. She serves on the advisory board for the Vantage Point Foundation and the Holocaust Education Film Foundation and is a member of various task forces and work groups and serves as a nursing education consultant for NurseTim, Inc. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University, her Masters of Science in Nursing from King College, a post-master's certificate in nursing education from the University of Tennessee, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Stephens is the author of several publications and book chapters, and she is a frequent presenter at regional, national, and international conferences and workshops. 

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HEALING FROM TRAUMA SPECIALIST

Dr. Daniel Libby PhD

Dan is a founder and Executive Director of Veterans Yoga Project.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga teacher specializing in the mindful integration of evidence-based psychotherapies and complementary and alternative medicine practices for the treatment of PTS(D) and other psychological and emotional distress in active-duty military and veterans.

As a Postdoctoral Fellow with Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry and the VA’s Mental Illness Research and Education Clinical Center, Dan conducted research investigating the physiological correlates of mindfulness meditation as well as the first epidemiological investigation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in VA PTSD treatment programs. He is also former Director of Clinical Services for the Starlight Military Rehabilitation Program and has taught mindfulness and yoga to hundreds of veterans and active-duty service members.

Daniel is currently a psychologist at the Oakland Vet Center in Alameda, California, where he teaches several yoga and meditation classes weekly.

Check out "Mindful Resilience for Compassion Fatigue," programs for professional caregivers offered through the Veterans Yoga Project!