About Us

Mindful Medicine was founded by Dr. Michael Barness, MD, to provide a more personal and multidisciplinary approach to mental health care. Understanding that medication is just one piece in the puzzle, Mindful Medicine emphasizes the role of therapy, mindfulness and lifestyle considerations to empower individuals to improve their wellbeing and create permanent change.

In order to focus on quality over quantity, Mindful Medicine does not participate in any health insurance plans. By freeing ourselves from the insurance-based model, we can dedicate more time to our patients and recommend the most effective courses of treatment without outside interference. As a result, Mindful Medicine is able to fulfill our commitment to providing greater accessibility and more compassionate, personalized care tailored to the unique needs of each patient.

Meet the Doctor

Dr. Michael Barness, MD

Dr. Michael Barness is a board certified psychiatrist. He has a B.S. in psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a Doctorate of Medicine from Medical University of the Americas. Dr. Barness completed his psychiatry residency with the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is currently in affiliation with Atlantic Health System, RWJ Barnabas, and the owner of Mindful Medicine.

Meet the Team

Shirley Messina

Shirley Messina is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certified in both New Jersey and Florida.  Shirley obtained her first Masters in Psychological Services from Kean University, followed by her second Masters of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from Monmouth University.  Currently she is enrolled in the Doctorate Program at Monmouth University.  Her expertise and experience has come from many different settings, including special education, school settings, detox facilities, child/adolescent inpatient/outpatient, as well as crisis intervention.  Her experience and training includes various mental health conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Attention-deficit/hyperactivity Disorder. She has been employed in the Mental Health field for over 10 years.  Providing psychological and medication evaluations, she focuses on building a therapeutic relationship with her clientele to promote healthy and effective care throughout their treatment while also navigating them through life challenges and stressors.  

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160 South
Livingston Ave
Suite 108-109
Livingston, NJ 07039