Integrative Mind-Body Wellness Initiative

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The UCLA School of Dentistry’s Integrative Mind-Body Wellness Initiative aims to ensure that all of our dental students maintain positive mental well-being during their rigorous dental school training.

The School is committed to empowering our students with the necessary life skills and tools to better manage stress and prevent burnout throughout their future careers, making them resilient practitioners.

In partnership with UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Integrative Mind-Body Wellness Initiative includes:

• Dedicated lectures and workshops on Integrative Mind-Body Wellness Practices incorporated into first-year through fourth-year didactic curriculum
Regular monthly lunchtime small group discussions 
Quarterly behavior modification seminars, including yoga, breathing, and meditation exercises 
A safe physical space within the School of Dentistry for students seeking help to meet with an on-site CAPS counselor

Counseling Services

One-on-one counseling sessions, held in the Student Services conference room (A0-111 CHS) with a licensed CAPS therapist, will be available twice weekly beginning May 6:

  • Mondays, 4 to 6 p.m. (pre-scheduled appointments)
  • Thursdays, noon to 2 p.m. (drop-in sessions)

–> Hour-long intake sessions are held each Thursday at 8 a.m. in the Bruin Wellness Center, 17-253 CHS.

To initiate your counseling journey please call CAPS at 310-825-0768.
This number is also staffed 24/7 for crisis counseling.


Sheila Yaghmai, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Office: 310-206-3579

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