Our Staff

Adjunct Professional Staff

Belinda Biedermann

Belinda Biedermann, M.Div.

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

Belinda earned her undergraduate degree in art and human sciences where she was able to discover and explore the value of individual creativity in everyday life. She was able to immediately apply this knowledge in her work with refugee resettlement.

Then with the influence of many years of training and retreats as a meditation teacher she began to integrate mindfulness and meditation into all aspects of her work.

Belinda received her Master of Divinity from Naropa University followed by a clinical residency with the University of Colorado Hospital where she trained at the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR).

For the last seven years, Belinda has facilitated a variety of outpatient treatment groups, incorporating mindfulness practices. She has trained with leaders in the Mindfulness community and completed training in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention and psycho-educational tools that encourage change.

 Belinda’s goal is to offer a compassionate presence that encourages others as they explore how to make meaning of their daily experience. This support helps clients expand skills and increase self-knowledge. Introduced to this experience, clients are able to update beliefs so they may live in deeper alignment to their true values.

Elizabeth Vidas

Elizabeth Vidas, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

Wellness Facilitator

Elizabeth is a licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner whose experience is grounded in treating people with substance use disorders. She began her career as a counselor where she used person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy approaches. She then went on to complete her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in nursing at the University of Washington with a focus on psychiatric treatment. 

She now works in private practice and uses a strength-based approach to build treatment plans blending psychiatric medications with holistic interventions such as movement, nutrition, therapy recommendations, or mindfulness-based techniques. Elizabeth is passionate about offering education on interventions that are supported by evidence so clients can feel confident in choosing a plan that meets their needs and goals. 

Elizabeth provides wellness education at A Positive Alternative to support a path toward sustainable substance use recovery.

Michal Waldfogel, ND

Wellness Facilitator 

Michal is a licensed naturopathic physician who brings nearly two decades of experience in education, facilitation and community-building to her work in health care. She considers it a great privilege to witness what humans are able to overcome and an honor to be a guide along the way. First inspired to learn about integrative medicine while an undergraduate student at McGill University, she went on to become a yoga teacher before studying naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University and completing a two-year accredited naturopathic primary care residency.

She chose to specialize in holistic mental health care to address the growing need for a comprehensive and collaborative approach to concerns, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, addiction and co-occurring disorders. Michal focuses her private practice working together to uncover the biological factors that can contribute to symptoms, such as nutritional deficiencies, digestive issues and hormonal imbalance. She finds that adding this piece to the treatment puzzle often enhances the work of therapy and overall healing. Additionally, she offers hands-on therapies for balancing the nervous system and strengthening stress resiliency through craniosacral therapy and heart-rate variability biofeedback.

“The staff are very supportive and knowledgeable. I have truly appreciated all the time and effort they have spent with me.”
— Female, 52