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Hi, friend. We’re Pause with Panda.

We believe in the power of a Pause.

We’re a new emotional development company who’s mission is to help create more aware, resilient and compassionate children. 

While emotional learning has always been important, we believe there’s never been a more dire time to help give children the strategies, skills and knowledge to thrive both today and in the future. 

Hi, friend. We’re Pause with Panda.

We believe in the power of a Pause.

We’re a new emotional development company who’s mission is to help create more aware, resilient and compassionate children. 

While emotional learning has always been important, we believe there’s never been a more dire time to help give children the strategies, skills and knowledge to thrive both today and in the future. 

Founder & CEO

Heather Long Headshot

Heather Long

She/Her

Hi, I’m Heather. I was an anxious child who was fortunate to learn mindfulness exercises from a cassette tape that my therapist recorded for me. Although I didn’t know I was practicing “Mindfulness” at the time, I did know that listening to the tape while holding my teddy bear at night made me feel better.

I created Pause with Panda to help children learn emotional concepts and strategies in a way that is fun, comforting and age-appropriate. It’s my hope that Pause with Panda becomes a helpful part of your child’s unique emotional and mental wellness routine.  

Company Advisors

Meghan Starner Headshot

Dr. Meghan Starner, MD

She/Her

Child and Adolescent ABPN
Board Certified Psychiatrist

Bryan Welch Headshot

Bryan Welch

He/Him

Coach, Board Member and Advisor for Purpose-Driven Companies

David Cox Headshot

Dr. David Cox, MA

He/Him

Keynote Speaker, 
Science of Mindfulness

The Village

Pause with Panda Content Contributors

Beatriz Meza-Valencia Headshot

Dr. Meza-Valencia, MD

She/Her

Pediatrician, US Army Veteran and Mindfulness Instructor

Richard Sears Headshot

Dr. Richard Sears, PsyD PhD MBA

He/Him

Director, Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation

Dr. Colleen Goddard Headshot

Dr. Colleen Goddard, PhD

She/Her

Early Childhood Specialist, Corlears School;
Brooklyn College Adjunct Professor

Kara-Lee Ruotolo Headshot

Kara-Lee Ruotolo, M.Ed

She/Her

Co-Director of Space Between

Emilie Unterweger Headshot

Rev. Emilie Unterweger

She/Her

Interspiritual Minister, Healer and Writer

Chelsea Hetherington Headshot

Dr. Chelsea Hetherington, PhD

She/Her

Research Assistant Professor and ACC-level Certified Coach

Nicole Arzt Headshot

Nicole Arzt, LMFT

She/Her

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Author

Jamie Lynn Tatera Headshot

Jamie Lynn Tatera

She/Her

Mindfulness, Yoga and Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher at Wholly Mindful, LLC

We’re Helping Children One Pause at a Time

Join the Team

We are always looking to meet others who are also passionate about helping today’s youth. Send us a note below to get in touch.

We’re Helping Children One Pause at a Time

Join the Team

We are always looking to meet others who are also passionate about helping today’s youth. Send us a note below to get in touch.

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