Meet the Teachers

Kristin Bruning, M.D.

Kristin Bruning, M.D. is a board-certified Child / Adolescent and General Psychiatrist. Prior to returning home to New York in 2007, Dr. Bruning served as faculty in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Brown University. There she headed the consultation-liaison service at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, worked in an innovative day treatment program for children with severe combined medical- psychological disorders, and led a group for teenage siblings of children with disabilities. She participated in several research studies related to pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder. In 2007, Dr. Bruning received the Award for Outstanding Service to the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic at Brown University. In 2015, Dr. Bruning completed the New York State Partners in Policymaking course- a program whose mission is to increase advocacy for people with disabilities. Dr. Bruning maintains her own daily meditation practice and actively furthers her mindfulness education via retreats, workshops, lectures, and readings. She is certified in the “.b” mindfulness program for teens and as a Koru Mindfulness Instructor. Dr. Bruning’s private practice is located in Huntington, NY.


Barbara Edell Fisher, Ph.D.

Barbara Edell Fisher, Ph.D. is a NYS licensed psychologist. She has devoted the past 30 years of her career to providing cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) to adults and adolescents on Long Island. More recently, Dr. Fisher became very interested in the practice of mindfulness and meditation. Several years ago, Dr. Fisher became a Certified Koru Mindfulness teacher. Additionally, she is certified to teach MB-EAT, NIH-supported program, informed by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn which addresses emotional eating, disordered eating and Binge Eating Disorder, and the .b mindfulness program for teens. Dr. Fisher has also served as a consultant to many schools and organizations. Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Old Westbury. She maintains a daily meditation practice and also believes very strongly in the importance of physical activity and connection with nature to promote mind-body health. Dr. Fisher’s office is in Commack, NY and she can be visited at BarbaraEdellFisherPhd.com


Anthony Pantaleno, Ph.D.

Anthony Pantaleno, Ph.D. is a retired School Psychologist of 38 years from the Elwood School District in East Northport, Long Island. Dr. Pantaleno was the 2013 National Association of School Psychologists School Practitioner of the Year, the 2008 New York Association of School Psychologists Practitioner of the Year, and the 2008 and 2016 Suffolk County Psychological Association Psychologist of the Year. He has co-authored a chapter on mindfulness in the Guide to Cognitive Behavior Therapies: A Guide for Practitioners (2018), and a chapter in the book Perspectives on School Crisis: Reflections From the Field (2018). Dr. Pantaleno is the former coordinator of the Long Island School Practitioner Action Network (LISPAN), maintains a private practice in Commack, Long Island, and may be visited on the web at drpantaleno.com. He is a Certified teacher of Koru Mindfulness.


Danielle Smith, Psy.D.

Danielle Smith, Psy.D. has served as the Jericho High School psychologist for over 18 years. Due to her thirst for knowledge and pleasure in collaborating with others, in 2015 she co-founded the Long Island Mindfulness and Resiliency Consortium (LIMARC) to encourage mental health practitioners, school district administrators, and teachers to develop and implement K-12 innovative programs that foster resilience in children and adolescents. Additionally, Dr. Smith is a consultant with various school districts on how to develop and implement such programs within their school environments. She has advanced training in a several mindfulness and resiliency-based programs. Dr. Smith has presented her research on “Learning to Breathe Program as a Tiered 1 Intervention” and “Mindfulness, Mindfulness, Mindfulness…Now What” at the New York Association of School Psychologist (NYASP) 2015 and 2017 Annual Conferences. She continues to seek out mindfulness retreats and maintains her own meditation and yoga practices. Dr. Smith is currently Certified as a Koru Mindfulness instructor, 200 hour Yoga Teacher, and Relax & Renew Restorative Yoga Teacher. She may be reached at drdsmith20@gmail.com.