Champions

 

WendyMiner

Wendy Miner, LMBT                                                                               Board of Directors 

New York City, New York

Wendy Miner has served as the Massage Therapy Manager of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer’s Center Integrative Medicine Service since its 1999 opening.   She leads a team of 11 oncology massage therapists who support patients, survivors, and family and professional caregivers with touch in the hospital and out-patient settings.  Recognizing the need for additional oncology massage training to insure safe and effective sessions, she and her team developed the Continuing Education seminar “Medical Massage for the Cancer Patient”; covering basic competencies in oncology massage training to licensed massage therapists.  In 2004  the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management published the results of MSK’s large outcome study “Massage Therapy for Symptom Control: Outcome Study at Major Cancer Center” that found massage significantly improved pain, nausea, fatigue, depression and anxiety with sustained results lasting 48 hours for out-patients.

Anita Bakke

Anita Bakke, CMT                                                                                            

Phoenix, Arizona

Anita is passionate about Lymphatic & Oncology Massage. Lymphatic MLD Massage and Oncology Massage are the core of Fluid Factor along with complete decongestive thereapy for Lymphedema.

 

 

Horacio Albarran Frias

Horacio Albarran-Frias

Mexico City, Mexico

Horacio has been a Massage Therapist since 2003 having studied in Sao Paolo, Brazil. He is a Shiatsu Specialist and has worked in 5 star Hotels and Cruise Ships. Studied Trigger Point Therapy with Amber Davies and Oncology Massage Course with Tracy Walton. Works at Centro de Cancer Hospital ABC American British Cowdray Medical Center. Has a private practice in Oncology Massage.

Susan Balamaci

Susan Balamaci

Mount Kisco, New York

Susan is a Board-Certified Medical-Surgical RN and Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Oncology Massage and safe touch therapies for acute medical conditions. She bridges both specialties by working as a regular per-diem Integrative Medicine Nurse at Northern Westchester Hospital's Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center and have an Oncology Massage Therapy private practice in Mount Kisco, NY (Westchester County). She is passionate about providing safe therapeutic bodywork for patients affected by cancer and its treatments. She offers classic Western massage, gentle acupressure, energy techniques and mindfulness-based meditation.

 Christina Chao

 

Christina Chao

Las Vegas, Nevada

Christina

 Chelsea French

Chelsea French

Portland, Oregon

Chelsea has found joy in working with amazing people as they go through and beyond their cancer experiences. She opened New Leaf Physical & Massage Therapy in 2010 with Mary Gramling PT, CLT-LANA. Together they have developed an inclusive cancer rehabilitation clinic and lymphedema management center in Portland, Oregon. They are here to support people in turning over a new leaf in their life and getting back to the things they love doing. They offer several types of supportive massage, physical therapy, and education classes about cancer and exercise, the lymphatic system, and more.

 

 

Ashley Nutt Hiatt

 

Ashley Nutt Hiatt

Austin, Texas

Ashley has been a massage therapist since 2003 and feels grateful everyday that she is able to help people in such a fundamental way. She completed a 600 hour therapy program at The Blue Cliff School of Massage Therapy in New Orleans, Lousiana. From there she has worked in clinical and spa settings and feels that her work has given her a wide range of experiences that allow her to be a well rounded therapist. Her true passion is using gentle touch therapies for populations recovering from various illness and/or trauma. She is a Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist (Vodder Technique- CMLDT) and specializes in Oncoloy Massage.

Janice McIlwraith

Janice McIlwraith, LMT .

Melbourne, Australia  VIC

Jan gained her qualification as a Remedial Massage Therapist in 2004, and has worked in Palliative Care for the last nine years. Her experience with Oncology and Palliative patients has been gained through her private clinic, as well as working for four years as part of a community-based Palliative Care organisation as a Massage Therapist. In 2006, she attended the Massage, Cancer and More course at Quest for Life and successfully completed the Casley-Smith Lymphoedema Training (Complex Lymphatic Therapy) with Elspeth Perry during the same year. She became a Reiki Master Teacher in 2009, following three years of study and spiritual growth, and now offers attunements to others who are interested in working with Reiki energy. In 2013, she undertook further specialised training with Gayle MacDonald in Portland, Oregon completing her Massage for People Living with Cancer course followed by the Massage in the Oncology Setting at OHSU. In 2014, she attended the S4OM Visioning Conference in Sarasota, Florida and subsequently attended the 2016 S4OM Conference in Minneapolis and currently volunteers as the S4OM Regional Champion to promote S4OM in Australia. She currently works from her home clinic in Viewbank as well as undertakes contract work from various hospitals and community based palliative organisations. She is an S4OM Recognised Provider of Education and offers the 3-Day Intensive in Oncology Massage Course (Foundation course) and the Advanced Palliative Care Massage Course for therapists who have an interest in working in the Palliative Sector. To support therapists working with clients, she also facilitates a Self-Care for Therapist course, which is conducted over two days. She is available for home visits within the Melbourne metropolitan area.

 Melanie Lanese

Melanie Lanese

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 

As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphatic Therapist, and Reiki Master, Melanie is following her passion through the application of a wide variety of skills, including: Oncology Massage, Manual Lymph Drainage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Lomi Lomi, Prenatal, and Reflexology. Melanie became drawn to Oncology Massage Therapy to better serve her clients. She works extensively to provide comfort to those affected by cancer and those with chronic or acute pain.

Debra Neirinck

Debra Neirinck, LMT

New Hudson, Michigan

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 Pam Soule

Pam Soule, 

New Mexico 

Pam Soule offers oncology massage and specialized massage therapy to people who are unable to leave their homes due to illness. She specializes in working with seniors. Pam has recently moved to the state of New Mexico and will be working in Albuquerque and the surrounding area. She has been a practicing massage therapist since 1995, is an AMTA member, and past volunteer for both AMTA (Secretary and Unit President) and the NCBTMB. She is Board Certified (NCBTMB). In addition to taking S4OM approved courses, she is also a graduate of Day-Break Geriatrics, and has studied Vodder MLD. She is also a member of The Citizen's Committee to Protect The Elderly (Virginia), and a past volunteer For Grace Hospice

 

 Angel Stelljes

Angela Stelljes,

Greenwood,  Indiana   

Angela

Cara Thurman

Cara Thurman, LMT

Atlanta, Georgia

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 Tanya Tucci

Tanya Tucci,

Chicago, Illinois

Tanya is licensed in both Illinois and Wisconsin, certified in MLD (Lymphadema Therapy), currently holds a contract with the Cancer Integrative Medicine at Rush University Hospital in Chicago, and an active volunteer wth Horizon Hospice.

 Kathleen Wing

Kathleen Wing, 

Lewiston, Maine 

Kathleen has been the Complementary Therapies Coordinator at the Dempsey Center since September 2013. Before that she had a massage therapy practice in Yarmouth, Maine for 5 years. She has practiced in a wide variety of settings, taught massage therapy courses and volunteered massage therapy services at the Mercy Oncology-Hematology Center at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine. She currently sees oncology patients and caregivers at a cancer support center affiliated with the Central Maine Medical Center hospital group. She also provides massage in inpatient, outpatient infusion, hospice and athletic event settings, and organizes a professional peer-to-peer networking group for massage therapists specializing in Oncology Massage Therapy in Maine. She is an affiliated partner with Lucy's Love Bus, LLC, and a Regional S4OM Champion. Any client receiving treatment for cancer and within one year of diagnosis can receive several massage sessions and a variety of other support services at no cost through the Dempsey Center.

A very big thank you to our legal and financial advisors without whose generosity and insight we could not do the important work we do every day.

Accountant - Constance Bingham, CPA - Macdonald Page Schatz & Fletcher   Portland, Maine
Attorney - Patricia Dunn, Esq. - Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry Portland, Maine

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