Celebrating over 20 years of changing the way we care

US Educator Team

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Kirsten DeLeo, International Trainer

Drawing on over 20 years of experience in accompanying the dying, Kirsten leads seminars and retreats for healthcare professionals and the public around the world. Kirsten is on the faculty for "Contemplative End-of-Life Care", a professional certificate launched at Naropa University in 2003. She is trained in the Hakomi mindfulness-based somatic approach to psychotherapy and has been immersed in contemplative practice and study for many years including attending a three-year meditation retreat. Kirsten has published numerous articles on the contemplative approach to care.



Dr Ann Allegre MD, FACP, Director of medical programs, Kansas City Hospice, medical director of palliative care, Providence Health, professor of medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine and educator for the Spiritual Care Education Program.

She was awarded the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine "Project on Death in America Community Leadership in Palliative Care Award" in 2007, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the advancement of the field of palliative medicine through the education and training of future leaders. She was named as Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2008 and honored with the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon 2011 Award in the senior palliative care physician category.

Ann is an Educator with the Spiritual Care Program and faculty of Spiritual Care's "Contemplative End-of-Life Care Certificate Program".



Pam Russell, LMSW, Senior Educator
Pam has been a meditation practitioner for over 35 years, and she is currently a student of Sogyal Rinpoche. For more than twenty years Pam worked as an activities director, specializing in the care of elders and directing volunteer programs for long-term care facilities. Her work as a social worker has focused on facilitating bereavement support groups, most recently with Hope Club, a division of the American Cancer Society located in upstate New York. Pam has presented at numerous conferences, and she has facilitated workshops at medical facilities across the U.S.



Youske Eto, LCSW, is passionate about human service. He began his service as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, then as an outreach worker for individuals experiencing homelessness in New York City, and later volunteered for the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta. For the past 15 years, he's supported and accompanied terminally ill patients and their families as a social worker. He currently works at Housecall Providers Hospice in Portland, OR. Youske has been a meditation practitioner and since 1999, and a meditation instructor since 2003. He has facilitated support groups with the Spiritual Care Program for people facing illness, loss, and bereavement and presented at the Oregon Hospice Association annual conference on cultivating authentic presence through meditation.



Kaushal Kulkarni is a board-certified ophthalmologist and neuro-ophthalmologist in private practice in San Diego, and has been studying meditation and Tibetan Buddhism since 2001. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York City, and then attended medical school at Rutgers University in New Jersey where he was accepted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed a rigorous residency in ophthalmology at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., followed by sub-specialty training in Neuro-Ophthalmology at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida, the number one eye institute in the nation. He has been featured on local San Diego television on Episode #14 of The Sharp Experience.