Dr. Sandor is a Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Nursing at Galveston and an Associate Member of the Institute for the Medical Humanities. Her clinical and course responsibilities are primarily in the graduate nursing programs. She is also one of the course directors for an interprofessional Spirituality and Clinical Care course, which she assisted in developing and teaches to medical, allied health, and nursing students. During the 2005-2006 academic year, Dr. Sandor completed a Fulbright Award teaching community and trans-cultural nursing in Hungary. She is interested in global and international heath. She has developed and offers an interprofessional research elective entitled: Suffering: Cultural and Spiritual Perspectives. Dr. Sandor is a member of the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers (2008) and has completed the UTMB Scholars in Education (2011) faculty development program. As part of the Scholars Program she developed an innovative Behavioral and Mental Health course teaching graduate students Motivational Interviewing in Second Life.
Dr. Sandor earned a nursing diploma from Mt. Sinai Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marquette University in Milwaukee and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin and she completed her training in clinical psychology at the University of Houston at Clear Lake. In addition, Dr. Sandor is a Benedictine Oblate with ties to the St. Scholastica Monastery
in Boerne, Texas and Emmaus House in Charlie Creek, Montana. She is also a Veriditas
™ labyrinth facilitator; training with Dr. Lauren Artress of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco and a member of The Labyrinth Society
. She has facilitated over a hundred labyrinth walks for hospital staff, students, and community members and uses the walking meditation as a way to process grief.
Dr. Sandor is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and psychotherapist and is a board certified advanced practice holistic nurse (AHN-BC). Her specialty as a nurse psychotherapist is grief and loss and working with the actively dying. She has completed the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)
training, a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to train faculty and practitioners in Palliative Care. Dr. Sandor has also completed the End-of-Life Care Practitioner Program at the Metta Institute
where the focus to become a compassionate presence at the bedside of dying persons. She has completed 150 clinical hours at the MD Anderson Palliative Care Unit and Hospice Care Team of Galveston County at part of the training program. Most recently, Dr. Sandor has completed an additional course called Being with Dying at the Upaya Institute
in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This program provides clinicians with essential tools for caring for the dying with presence and compassion while sustaining resilience and service to those they care for. She looks forward to sharing these important clinical skills with School of Nursing and IMH students at UTMB.
Recent publications include:
Sandor, M. K. (2011, June). The sacred path at end-of-life. Invited keynote presentation at the American Holistic Nurses Association, 31st Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
Sandor, M. K. (2011, October). Return from the center: An analogy between the divine feminine and the divine tempest. Podium presentation at The Labyrinth Society Annual Meeting. Taos, New Mexico.
Sandor, M. K. & Marion, R. (2012, April). Teaching motivational interviewing in a virtual world. Podium presentation at the 38th Annual Meeting of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), Charleston, South Carolina.