Deborah Holexa

Adjunct Faculty - Mindfulness, Dental Hygiene

Cultural Science

Office: RDM-S Saguaro - Room: Instructional Support


480-415-4062 (mobile)


I offer drop-in meditation on Wednesdays in the RAP center (S140) from 12:30-1:00 during the fall semester on the Red Mountain campus.   All are welcome.

Office Hours

 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM10:00 AM - 11:30 AM  




By appointment  By appointment 

Other times by appointment



I have been a Dental Hygienist for over 30 years.  I began teaching dental hygiene 2 years post graduation.  I have been with the Mesa Community College Dental Hygiene program since its inception in 2005.  In addition to my clinical and science background I have been practicing yoga and meditation since 1998.  I incorporate mindful practices into all facets of my life, from parenting to partnering, teaching to traveling, dental hygiene to days of leisure.

I have a Master's degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University in Boulder, CO, a certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation from UCLA and a teaching certificate in Mindful Self-Compassion from University of California San Diego.  As a dental hygiene educator at Mesa Community College I incorporated meditation and mindfulness practices within the dental hygiene curriculum.  My vision and purpose was to develop human potential from the inside out, teaching dental hygiene is secondary.  We are spirit-filled human beings first, all else we do is peripheral.  The world is a crazy place filled with change and uncertainty.  Being able to “take our seat” and go within grounds and calms leading one to a place of creativity, compassion and courage rather than reactivity and fear.  

I also teach Mindfulness for Stress-Management.  A course that helps students develop a more skillful relationship with stress thus developing inner resilience and life contentment.  Hope to see you in class someday. 


Classes Taught

Spring Flex Start 2020

SWU250 Mindfulness for Stress Management 3 Credits
Introduction to the theory, research and practice behind mindfulness and stress management as it relates to quality of life issues and professional self-care. Focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and managing personal/professional stress by incorporating evidence based research on nutrition, mindfulness, communication, positive psychology, exercise, environmental factors contributing to wellness and disease; immune system support, activity management and developing practices that facilitate maintaining living in balance. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Social & Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
Red Mountain Campus
RDM P P250
01/28/2020 - 05/08/2020
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Class Started

Notes: Class 27348 Hybrid classes combine reduced, regularly scheduled classroom meetings with required learning activities conducted via the Internet. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at Students may contact instructor at:

Degrees & Awards

Bachelor's of Science in Dental Hygiene from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Affiliated Practice Hygienist, State of Arizona

Master's of Arts  in Contemplative Education from Naropa University, Boulder, CO.

Certificate in Contemplative Curriculum from The Association of Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE)

Certificate: Mindfulness in Medicine from the University of Rochester, New York

Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) instructor from University of California Los Angeles 

Mindful Self Compassion Training from University of California San Diego

Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certificate from University of California Berkley

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