Juna Bobby M.D.
It all started with her first pregnancy. As an anxious Dr. Mom who was in awe that a newborn’s life was in her hands, she recognized this incredible window of opportunity to prevent the diseases she saw on a daily basis. In medical school, she learned about every rare thing that could go wrong with the human body, but not much about how to keep it well in the first place. She was on a mission and started to dig into research papers to fortify her kids with science backed habits of resilience for a healthy mind and body, and to create a healthy low-toxin house.
Even with a healthy home, once school started, there seemed to be an unending stream of birthday parties and holidays filled with sugary cupcakes! The question then was, what is the neurobiology of reinforcing healthy behavior when they’re out in the real world? Then came the challenges of raising gifted children and all the social pressures that come with growing up in the high anxiety, hyper-scheduled and hyper-achieving, digital age.
The neurological processes of learning, habit forming and how we can literally mold our brains by learning skills and facts, is fascinating to me. The research has come a long way since I was working in a lab measuring brain signals in medical school! My passion is turning this positive and powerful knowledge into something we can actually do in our day to day lives to help us all learn how to get and stay well!
Dr. Juna Bobby is a board certified physician who graduated from the NYU School of Medicine with an MD degree, a specialization in diagnostic radiology residency, and a fellowship in body and women's imaging. As a radiologist, she literally saw what poor lifestyle choices could look like inside of our bodies. In 2010, Dr. Bobby started studying at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and is an active member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
In 2013, Dr. Bobby founded MindBodySpace, LLC. She is currently a faculty member at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division in Manhattan where she teaches a year-long course titled ‘The Science of Resilience’ to enhance performance and happiness in her gifted students' lives. In 2014, Dr. Bobby launched the Wellness and Lifestyle Medicine programs for medical students at NYU SOM and taught workshops at Columbia Law School along with many other schools and organizations.
Dr. Bobby teaches self-empowering skills to private clients of all ages, in her Greenwich, Connecticut office and on-line.
She’s deeply grateful to her wonderful children, who are now in college and high school; her husband, who is also her biggest fan, stage-hand and awesome partner; her life-long physician friends who have always encouraged and supported her; and mentors who coached and believed in her at BHI, at NYU and of course, all of her amazing students who inspire her to continue learning!
Dr. Juna Bobby has mastered both the scientific knowledge and skill required to successfully guide others into resiliency. She also possesses a rare depth of empathy that makes the process of learning new skills a joy.
Peg Baim, MS, NP Clinical Director, Center for Training Director, Stress Management and Resiliency Training Program at Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Local prior and present workshops include: NYU School of Medicine, Columbia Law School, The Hoff Barthelson Music School, Meadowmount School of Music, The Juilliard School, Barnard College of Columbia University, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Penn State Smeal Business School, MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group), Gotham Technologies Inc., Edward Jones and more.
INTERVIEW ABOUT MY JOURNEY HERE: https://www.bensonhenryinstitute.org/one-doctors-journey-to-using-and-teaching-mind-body-medicine/
What is MindBody Medicine?
It's the therapeutic use of non-drug modalities to prevent, treat, and reverse common modern day problems.
Tame stress and anxiety for life! My mission is to show people that change is possible anytime, anywhere. Life has its ups and downs, but you can shorten the downs by learning the science backed tools to CHANGE what doesn't serve your best self.
The focus is on non-pharmaceutical mind-body techniques like the relaxation response, optimizing sleep, exercise and food with the support of cutting edge technology like biofeedback.
Who is it for?
Tweens & teens to build mental and physical resilience
Going away to college
Reset for college students
Get the Extra Edge: For performers, athletes, and students
What creates peak performance? Your emotional and physical state are key factors. Knowing your own neuroscience and psychophysiology can optimize performance for anyone..
Expectant moms and parents
Challenging life transitions: career change, divorce
Individuals with any condition worsened by stress:
What are the techniques?
YOU GET A COMPLETE TUTORIAL, IN A WAY THAT WORKS FOR YOU, ON THE LATEST RESEARCH ON HOW YOUR BRAIN, MIND AND BODY WORK BEST SO YOU CAN BE IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT MORE
A comprehensive mind-body-space lifestyle intake guides us to help you focus on what you need the most.
Sleep assessment and applying the essence of CBTi (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia) for best and restful sleep.
CBTi is now recommended as the first-line treatment for insomnia by the American College of Physicians and considered superior to traditional pharmaceuticals that can have serious adverse effects.
Nutritional assessment, education and application of behavioral change
Biofeedback: Muse technology for meditation, Heart variability training
Positive Psychology to help redirect unhelpful thoughts to productive and positive action
Meditation: mantra, visualization, mindfulness
Medical Hypnosis for addiction, pain, anxiety, and performance anxiety.
Mind Body Medicine Benson Henry Institute, Lifestyle Medicine Jocelyn Diabetes Center, CBT Pediatric and Adult Psychiatry: Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School programs.
Mindfulness training: MBSR, SIYLI, UCLA MARC, Omega, Buddhist Psychology Studies
Sleep CBT (U.Penn) Plant based nutrition (Cornell), CBT, Compassion focused CBT at AICT
Eriksonian Hypnosis Institute for Clinical Hypnosis
Olympic oval mental training for coaches at Calgary University
Neuroscience of Learning, Entrepreneurial Courses at Columbia Business School
Ongoing studies in Shaolin Martial Arts Kung Fu, QiGong and Yoga
As a radiologist I saw disease from the inside out...
It was terrible knowing that 95% of chronic diseases are PREVENTABLE and that 60-90% of visits to the doctor are related to toxic stress!
Juggling career, home, and the anxiety that comes with it, I felt that I could be headed down the "normal" path of overwhelm and everyday, destructive behaviors.
As I raised my two amazing kids, I realized that I wanted to stop mopping up the mess and start TURNING OFF the faucet. So I joined the lifestyle medicine movement.
I learned from the greatest scientists in mind-body medicine that we have the power to turn our own natural pharmacy on or off, for better or for worse. Join me to choose better!
What's in the name? MindBodySpace?
Science, our personal experience, and ancient wisdom all know that the MIND-BODY connection is REAL!
Just imagine times when you were with the same person, same place, but your mood, your thoughts were completely different. How did that change your opinion of the situation, of your friend or loved one? OR, think of a time you got angry and felt your heart racing, your jaw clenching. Though you don't feel it your blood pressure is also rising and blood is being shunted to your large muscles away from your gut to get you ready to fight or run away. Our thoughts have a true and massive impact on our body's physiology. It's undeniable!
So what CAN you do?
We're now learning that the brain is able to morph, otherwise known as neuroplasticity with habit formation via mental training, much like lifting weights can do for a muscle. You can do mental training exercises to help you become more aware of your thoughts and actions, letting you CHOOSE, instead of being a slave to any random thought or urge that comes to mind. In this way, you can train your brain to focus on the thoughts that triggers the best you, and let go of the ones that harm you. This is elevating your Emotional IQ. I know this is possible and there are many tools from ancient wisdom backed by science to help you train in simple but powerful ways you can use throughout the day.
SPACE though, is often ignored when we think about our behavior. By space I mean what's in your immediate space. The people, the clothes on your body, the food available around you, the room you're in, the temperature... all of this and more can influence behavior more than most of us can imagine!
Let's take the people around you. Neuroscience dictates that we mirror our peers because it could, in ancient times, literally mean life or death to belong to a group to outsmart that tiger, to hunt together, to share food. Even in modern times having no social connection is similar to smoking as a risk factor for death! What does that mean? We want to belong and are hard-wired to behave, even want the same things, as the people we're with. Advertising psychologists know this all too well. Watching someone enjoy greasy fast food or a new car makes us want it.
Behaviors are also heavily influenced by what's in our physical space. I often hear parents complaining that their kids ate the potato chips even though they had left cut up veggies and fruits in the fridge. If there are potato chips in front of me, that's going first. No competition, for most of us, between engineered to hit your brain with dopamine every single time foods, to fruit that might or might not taste great. It's neuroscience.
So what CAN you do?
First become aware of our space, home, office, and how it makes us act in ways that we don't want for ourselves in the long run. Example, I got into the habit of grabbing a donut and coffee at the cart in front of my office. I want to be healthy so I changed my way to work by walking one block north and walking by a health food store for vegetable smoothies instead. The donuts were now out of sight.
You can also set your space up for your goals. Example, you want to get some outdoor exercise every morning, so you leave triggers to help you get out the door. This includes social, like having a friend go with you and physical, have clothes, sneakers by your bed, keys, phone, everything ready, making it a breeze to get out the door!
If it's overwhelm with chores, creating a zen space with mental training for deep decluttering can decrease your daily stress by 75% or more!