Debbie Holexa

Adjunct Faculty - Social Work - Mindfulness

Cultural Science

Office: RDM-PV Palo Verde - Room: Instructional Support

480-415-4062 (mobile)

Office Hours

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM  




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Other times by appointment



 I have been part of Mesa Community College since 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 am a resgitered dental hygienist and have numerous credentials and certificates in Mindfulness including a Master's degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University in Boulder, CO.  As a dental hygiene educator at Mesa Community College I incorporated meditation and mindfulness practices within the dental hygiene curriculum.  My vision has always been to develop human potential from the inside out, teaching dental hygiene or any other subject 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 currently teach SWU250 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 2023

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
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on for additional information.

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Degrees & Awards

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

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

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

Certificate: Mindfulness in Medicine - University of Rochester, New York

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

Mindful Self Compassion Training - University of California San Diego

Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certificate - University of California Berkley

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