Susan Flannigan, CNP, MPH

Mindfulness Programs
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MPH, University of Minnesota, 1997

BSN, University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta, Nursing, 1975

Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program, College of St Catherine, 1989

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, 1994

Licensures and Certifications

Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

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As a nurse practitioner she worked in a Fairview family practice clinic for 25 years and Hazelden Center City treatment inpatient unit. She is board certified in Adult, Gerontology and Women’s Health Care. During her time at Fairview she helped develop and manage the Fairview Lakes Women's Evening Clinic for preventive health exams and health education. An interest in health promotion and preventive health care was influenced by previous work in public health .

Personal meditation and awareness practices led to becoming a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher. She is also working on integrating mindfulness tools in clinical practice in pain management, chronic illness, women’s health and chemical dependency.

In addition, Susan is leading workshops and retreats on stress management tools of mind, body and spirit healing. These programs were developed after a year long training on Trauma, Healing and Transformation through Capacitor.

Susan completed extensive Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. She received her MBSR Teacher Certification designation from Brown University’s Mindfulness Center and is included on the Center’s Registry of Certified MBSR Teachers, representing an international community of teachers and leaders in the field of MBSR and mindfulness.


Mindfulness and Meditation Practice

Womens Health and Healthy Aging

Chemical Dependency


Fairview Lakes Medical Center

Clinical Experience Statement

Primary Care Provider for 25 years in a family practice clinic. Health educator in women's health and chemical dependency. Assessment and management of patients on admission to chemical dependency inpatient treatment. Teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes.

Research Summary/Interests

Mindfulness practice in Pain management; Mindfulness practice in Chronic disease management; Mindfulness practice in hormone transitions in women; Mindfulness practice and health promotion in aging

Teaching Experience

8 week MBSRUniversity of Minnesota Center For Spirituality and Healing Winter 2016Plymouth Waters FacilityJan 26 to March 22, 2016

8 week MBSRUniversity of Minnesota Center For Spirituality and Healing Summer2015 Mayo Meditation Space Mondays 6:30-9:00 pm , July 13 to August 31

8 week MBSRFairview Medical Center Wyoming Mar 9 to April 27, 2015

8 week MBSRFairview Medical Center Wyoming Sept 21 to Nov 16, 2014

8 week MBSRFairview Medical Center Chisago February 27 to April 17, 2014 and all dayretreat April 5 co-taught

8 week MBSR based curriculum “Mindfulness and Awareness” Fairview Medical Center Chisago Sept 27 to Nov 12, 2013

Other mindfulness class taught or retreats led.

De-Stress workshop Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs U of M Minneapolis December 10,2015

Mindfulness and Stress Management. University of Minnesota Orthopedic Surgery Dept “Neuroscience, research and mindfulness practices to promote balance of mind, heart and body.” November 18, 2015

Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Jewish Community Center Nov 8, 2015

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation Chisago Lakes Community Education Nov 2, 2015

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation Roseville, MN Community Ed Oct 10, 2015

Turn off Stress Half Day Retreat, St Louis Park Community Education October 3, 2015

Mindfulness and stress Reduction U Care for Seniors Minneapolis Sept 29,2015

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation White Bear Lake, MN Community Ed MN Sept 23, 2015

Mindful Time Out Retreat “Tools and Techniques for Balancing Life”. Weekend Retreat, May 15-17, 2015 St John Abbey, Collegeville MN

Mindful Time Out Reteat “ the Art and Science of Mindfulness” St Johns Abbey, Collegeville, MN Feb 27 to March1, 2015

Mindful Movement class Feb 2 2015 Fairview Medical Center, Wyoming, MN

Mindful Time Out- Stress Reduction Retreat Fairview Chisago Olsen Auditorium January 20 and 13 2015 half day retreat

Introduction to Mindfulness Lecture August 5 and 6 2014 Fairview Medical Center Wyoming, MN

Mindfulness and Awareness Workshops for CapacitarTrauma, Healing and Transformation

Feb 23,2013 Minneapolis Workshop 1 Half Day

May 18,2013 Minneapolis Workshop 2 Half Day

June 15, 2013 Lake Superior, Schroeder MN Workshop Half Day