Founders and Faculty > Carolyn McManus, PT, MS, MA
Carolyn McManus is a highly skilled clinician, researcher and professional trainer. She is an international leader in the integration of mindfulness into healthcare and the practice of mindfulness to promote provider well-being. Carolyn is President of the American Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Section Pain Management Special Interest Group. She holds Master’s degrees in physical therapy from Duke University and in psychology from Antioch University.
Since 1985 she has integrated mindfulness principles and practices into the care of patients with chronic conditions. In 1998, she joined the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, where she established their popular Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for people with persistent pain and stress-related illness. She has over 30 years of experience in the practice of mindfulness meditation and has completed an advanced MBSR Teacher Training Program offered at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.
In 2009, Carolyn was invited by David Kearney, MD to develop and conduct a pilot study examining the role of a 12-week course in Kindness Meditation for veterans with PTSD at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle. She continues to serve on Dr. Kearney’s research team, providing MBSR and Kindness Meditation courses in research exploring the effects of these practices in veterans with a wide range of health concerns, including chronic pain.
Carolyn is a regular presenter at state and national conferences, including APTA’s NEXT and Combined Sections Conferences. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the International Association for the Study of Pain and the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. Learn more about Carolyn at her website: carolynmcmanus.com.
Carolyn's website is carolynmcmanus.com