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Our Team

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Meg Brady - YourStory Program

Margaret K. (Meg) Brady is the founding Director of YourStory: Record and Remember, a project to record the life stories of all Utahns, especially those with cancer. She is also Professor Emeritus of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah, where she has taught courses in American Indian Studies, oral history, and folklore for over 30 years and has been honored with several prestigious teaching awards.

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MaryAnn Lee - Step Into Life (new modern and creative dance class)

MaryAnn Lee is the director of the Tanner Creative Dance Program and Children's Dance Theatre in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah, where she is also an Adjunct Associate Professor the Department of Modern Dance. She trained with Virginia Tanner and was a member of Children's Dance Theatre. She received master's degrees in dance and French from Mills College and the University of Cincinnati, respectively. She performed professionally with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and Moveable Feast Dance Company in San Francisco and with the Contemporary Dance Theatre in Ohio. Ms. Lee was a dance specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts' Artists-in-Schools program and taught throughout the United States. She has been an invited guest teacher in China, Japan, The Netherlands, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, England, Finland, Canada, and Brazil. Ms. Lee continues to teach at the University of Utah in the Departments of Modern Dance and Education and in the Tanner Dance Program. She teaches throughout Utah, nationally, and internationally. This year Ms. Lee and Tanner Dance received the Governor's Award in the Arts.

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Lindsay Frei

Lindsay Frei - Current Artist in Residence

Lindsay Frei received a master of fine arts degree from the University of Utah, where she taught painting and drawing courses and received the Howard Clark Exhibition Scholarship.

Frei’s work has been exhibited in galleries throughout Utah, California, and New York, and has been featured in multiple industry publications. She is very excited to be working with the patients, their families, and staff at HCI as an Artist in Residence.

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Colour Maisch - Consultant and Workshop Coordinator, Artist in Residence 2014-2015 

Colour Maisch is a mixed-media artist and educator. She received a master of fine arts degree with an emphasis in ceramics from the University of Utah, where she also taught sculptural ceramics.

Maisch’s artwork is born from her belief that magic is available in the most mundane of materials. While she mainly works three-dimensionally using clay and other commonplace objects—such as nylon stockings and milkweed—she also creates two-dimensional paintings using industrial materials like rust and drywall mastic. It is beauty within the everyday that she seeks to uncover, regardless of the format.

Maisch’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Utah and the Intermountain West, including Nox Contemporary, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery UAF, Kayo, Finch Lane, Patrick Moore, Las Vegas Contemporary Art Center, University of Utah, and BYU. She also participated in various artist residencies at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and The Pickle Company. Maisch currently lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Steve. In addition to art and education, she is passionate about great food and is co-owner of local catering company The Blended Table.  

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Jorge Rojas – Consultant, Artist in Residence 2012-2014

Jorge Rojas is an artist, curator, and art educator. He studied art at the University of Utah and at Bellas Artes-El Nigromante in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Rojas uses both traditional and new media, as well as performance, to explore the creation and processes involved in artistic production.

He has taught mural painting and other art-related workshops throughout the New York City public school system and has lead several art-related workshops in Salt Lake City. His work and curatorial projects have been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, including Queens Museum of Art, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; New World Museum, Houston; Ex Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City; and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City.

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Susan Sample 

Susan Sample, MFA, PhD - Creative Writing Series

Susan Sample, MFA, PhD, has taught poetry to patients and their families, physicians, medical students, and other health-care professionals.  She is an associate in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the U of U School of Medicine, and received her PhD in communication researching narrative and medicine. For many years she edited the University's Health Sciences Report magazine. She has published poetry in many literary journals; her collection of poems, Terrible Grace, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011.

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Beth Hardy 

Beth Hardy, SCMT, MT-BC - Music Therapy

Beth received her Music Therapy degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2008 and has received advanced training in Hospice & Palliative Care Music Therapy and Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth.  Beth recently moved to Utah from California, where she worked for seven years at the Palo Alto VA Hospital.  While there, Beth had the opportunity to provide Music Therapy services to clients in inpatient psychiatry, blind rehabilitation, PTSD and trauma recovery, long term care, and hospice care.   Beth is passionate about creating new programs to help her clients find deep connection and inner peace through music.  Beth is thrilled to be in Utah and looks forward to bringing her evidence-based, client-centered, improvisational, and fun music therapy style to Huntsman. 

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Heather Fellows 

Heather Fellows, PRN - Music Therapy

Heather Fellows graduated from Utah State University in 2000 after completing an internship at Twin Valley Psychiatric System in Columbus Ohio.  She started her career at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, CA where she developed a music therapy program for the acute rehab and sub-acute geriatric units of the hospital.  Heather started a private contracting business in CA, working with various populations including geriatric, children with developmental disabilities, and psychiatric. She also worked PRN at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute on the University of California at San Francisco campus. For the last 5 years, Heather has been working full time for University of Utah Hospital's medical-psychiatric unit, 5 West.  She is invested in providing quality, evidence-based music therapy treatment for her patients and in advocating for education and growth of music therapy.  Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, singing, cooking, running, and reading.

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Susan Massey - Food Stylist

Susan Massey has been a food stylist for 34 years, preparing a variety of foods for advertising, television commercials, cookbooks, packaging, as well as editorial pieces. She has created recipes for many clients over the past 25 years. As a two-time cancer survivor, she is particularly interested in helping clients and caretakers eat more nutritiously. She enjoys creating recipes that are healthy and easy to prepare.

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Celestial Reimers, RD, CD – Clinicial Dietitian

Celestial Reimers works with HCI patients, providing nutritional assessments and education. She earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition and food management from Oregon State University, followed with a dietetic internship at Utah State University. Her past experience includes work in clinical, school food service, and public health nutrition, including nutrition education for the specialized needs of blood and marrow transplant patients.

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Grace Gough - Clinical Dietitian

Grace works as the outpatient dietitian at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is responsible for the nutrition assessment and education of patients. In addition, Grace works with the needs of cancer survivors participating in the fitness program who have specific nutrition goals for weight loss or weight gain and improving overall physical capacity.  Grace earned a master's degree from the University of Utah (U of U) in nutrition and dietetics and an undergraduate degree from the U of U in Exercise and Sport Science with a nutrition minor. Before coming to HCI, she worked at the U of U Hospital as a covering dietitian for all floors and units, giving her diverse experience. Grace has a passion for research and spent years working in neonatal nutrition research as a graduate research assistant and in iron transport in the Department of Pathology. She loves working in oncology and recognizes the importance of good nutrition throughout cancer treatment. Grace loves the outdoors and is an avid runner, golfer, hiker, and skier.

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Katie Barker

Katie Barker, RD, CD - Clinical Dietitian

Katie works as an outpatient dietitian at Huntsman Cancer Institute providing nutrition counseling for cancer patients. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Utah State University and graduated high honors. Before coming to HCI she worked as an outpatient clinical dietitian in weight management and general nutrition. Katie also worked at LDS Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center as a covering dietitian, gaining a variety of experience. She loves working in oncology and has a passion for the patients she helps. Katie loves spending time with her family, cooking, bowling, hockey, and running.

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Pamela Hansen, MD -  POWER Medical Director

Dr. Pamela A. Hansen is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, specializing in musculoskeletal sports and spine rehabilitation. Dr. Hansen's clinical interests include rehabilitation of musculoskeletal problems, interventional spine procedures, and electrodiagnostic testing. Special interests include management of running injuries and cancer rehabilitation. She currently serves as the PM&R Residency Program Director.

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Rebecca Wilson, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Rebecca Wilson, DO, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In the Wellness and Integrative Health Center, she focuses on diet and exercise intervention through the POWER program and osteopathic manipulative medicine to address neuromusculoskeletal issues. Dr. Wilson’s areas of interest include preventative medicine and wellness, integrative health, cancer rehabilitation, and neuromusculoskeletal medicine. She is passionate about supporting the unique healing process of every individual through hands-on osteopathic treatment, exercise, dietary intervention, movement practice, and creative interventions.

View Dr. Wilson's video bio.

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darren-walker Darren Walker B.S., CCES, CCRP, POWER Program Coordinator
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Darren has been involved with the POWER Program since 2006 while fulfilling an internship for the program and earning a Bachelors' degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah. He participates year-round in assisting with program events and enjoys all types of fitness activities in the Wellness-Integrative Health Center; cycling the Huntsman 140, snowshoeing, running with Hometown Heroes, and hiking being among the most memorable.

As a Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, his focus is providing excellent care and helping individuals stay active no matter what life has in store. Before joining the POWER program, he spent several years in cancer research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.   

Personally, Darren enjoys new challenges and is always looking for new events to compete in.

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Katie Alder

Katie Alder - Exercise Specialist

Katie is an exercise specialist for the Wellness and Integrative Health Center. She earned a degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has experience training patients in a clinical setting as well as training clients through group fitness classes and personal training. She is an avid runner and enjoys sharing her love of fitness with others.

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Kimberly Walker – Cancer Exercise Specialist

Kim Walker is a Cancer Exercise Specialist with the POWER Program. She has been involved in building and developing the program over the years and is bilingual in Spanish and English.  She works with outpatient HCI survivors administering exercise testing, prescription, and one on one exercise training. She teaches Resistance Training, Core, Zumba and Group Circuit classes and is part of the HCI Community Fitness Program’s including snowshoeing, hiking and biking. Kim is supportive in cancer and exercise research and is involved in advocating for the Hometown Heroes Program as a fundraiser and trainer for HCI survivors.

Kim is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Utah College of Health, Department of Exercise and Sports Science where she developed the Fitness Instructor Training Course. Kim is certified as a Health Fitness Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine, and as a Cancer Exercise Trainer by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Cancer Society. Kim is certified as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is a Level 11 Certified Zumba Instructor, Certified Spinning Instructor. She is certified in CPR and AED by the American Heart Association.

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Hannah Sharp – PRN Exercise Specialist

Hannah Sharp is an Exercise Specialist for the Wellness and Integrative Health Center at Huntsman Cancer Hospital.  She is a graduate of the University of Utah and a Certified Health and Fitness Specialist through ACSM.  She has experience training a variety of individuals through group fitness and personal training.  She enjoys working with clients to meet goals such as improving strength, weight loss, and improving quality of life.  When Hannah isn’t having fun training patients, she is somewhere outdoors running, hiking, or cycling.  Hannah believes that the best way to live is to move!  She knows that everyone at every skill level and age can benefit from exercise and movement.

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Tabitha Parry - Exercise Specialist

Tabitha graduated with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in Fitness Leadership from the University of Utah. Her Background includes experience Personal Training, teaching group fitness classes along with sport training. She has many passions in life which include her love of sharing her passion for a healthy lifestyle and fitness with others. Tabitha likes to be active and spends most of her time outdoors in the mountains or on the tennis court.

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Christina Story - PRN Exercise Specialist

Christina is an Exercise Specialist for the Wellness and Integrative Health Center at Huntsman Cancer Hospital. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Her experience includes exercise-based research studies training breast, colorectal, and leukemia patients.  Christina enjoys running marathons, biking, and skiing as well as sharing her passion for being active with others.

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Sarah Barker

Sarah Barker - Exercise Specialist

Sarah is an Exercise Specialist for the POWER program in the Wellness and Integrative Health Center at Huntsman Cancer Hospital. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Utah State University and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She brings with her value direct patient care experience including working in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings. She enjoys working with others and helping them to live healthy, active lives. Sarah also has a passion for baking, hiking, running, and spending time with her family.

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Karly Nelson

Karly Nelson - PRN Exercise Specialist

Karly received her Bachelors in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University and her Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Arizona State University. She recently became a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and is excited to learn and grow within the field of oncology. Karly has a passion for health and loves to share that passion with others include previous work in many different venues such as a health coach and small group facilitator. Besides teaching others about exercise all day, Karly loves being an example and on her free time she can be found running, hiking, rock climbing, etc.

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Solhee Shelley – Zumba Instructor

Solhee Shelley is a certified Zumba and Zumba Step instructor. She enjoys working with HCI patients and caregivers. Solhee earned her bachelor’s degree from Dankook University in Seoul, South Korea.  She teaches at 24 Hour Fitness and is involved in corporate wellness as a Zumba instructor for a Fortune 500 Company. Solhee is a firm believer that everyone is capable of achieving their fitness goal through a fun and energetic Zumba class. She is certified in CPR and AED by the American Heart Association.

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Frederika Steed – Pilates Mat Instructor

Frederika Steed was a ballet student with the University of Utah and Ballet West Conservatory when she was introduced to Pilates in 1990. She found that it helped her strength, awareness and prevented injury in her body for dance. After leaving Dance she came back to Pilates and started teaching in 2007.

She teaches Mat, Reformer, Spring Wall, and Chair(all machines invented by founder Joseph Pilates) classes at the University of Utah 9th and 9th Pilates and the JCC. Frederika works with High School Athletes, Ballet West Summer School students, Low-income residential living clients and members of studios in classroom settings. She also has worked with clients in private settings to work on their specific movement needs.

Frederika is a Stott Level 1 and 2 all apparatus certified Instructor, Personal trainer with NASM certification and a Crossfit Level 1 trainer.

Frederika enjoys helping people to move comfortably and correctly, so they can get back to doing the activities that make them happy.

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Meri Erickson - Resistance Instructor

Meri's entrance into the group fitness world was through dance, which lead her to Pilates, where she began her own Pilates practice to alleviate chronic lower back pain. Following her successful rehabilitation, this motivated Meri to seek out a Pilates teacher training that specialized in rehab. Meri received her first Pilates certification through Polestar Pilates and the Pilates Method Alliance. Meri has a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Utah. After graduating she went on to get certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health and Fitness Specialist so that she could train high-risk individuals. She has experience in and loves teaching circuit training, resistance training, Myofascial Release and Rolling, ski conditioning, and pre/post natal fitness classes. A yoga enthusiast as well, she obtained her Yoga Alliance 200 hour yoga instructor certification in 2010. Meri is a Balance Body Master Educator, and she thoroughly enjoys educating Pilates teachers in training. She has been teaching and certifying Pilates instructors since 2011. Meri’s classes are full of breath, mindfulness, and the embodiment of movement that will help cultivate your love for fitness from within. When she is not in the studio she enjoys playing outdoors, cooking, knitting, and adventuring with her husband Sean, and their two sons. 

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Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW

Eric Garland PhD, LCSW, is associate director of integrative medicine in the Supportive Oncology and Survivorship Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute and an associate professor in the University of Utah College of Social Work. His main research interest is using neuroscience to find treatments for stress-related conditions. He also treats patients with hypnosis and mindfulness-based therapy.

Garland developed Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), a treatment approach designed to improve understanding of what leads to stress-related conditions, addiction, emotional issues, and chronic pain. He received funding from the National Institutes of Health to conduct clinical trials of MORE.

Complementing his clinical research, Garland is a licensed clinical social worker with more than a decade of experience providing cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies for people suffering from addictive behaviors, psychological distress, and chronic pain conditions.

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Paul Thielking, MD, PhD – Meditation, Guided Imagery

Paul Thielking, MD, PhD, is a member of the Supportive Oncology and Survivorship team at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah. Thielking leads ongoing groups at HCI that teach patients meditation, relaxation, guided imagery, and other stress-reduction techniques.

Thielking completed medical school at the University of Iowa and his psychiatry residency training at the University of Utah. He is board-certified in both psychiatry and hospice and palliative medicine. He has a strong interest in integrating effective complementary and alternative healing practices with allopathic medicine. He is dedicated to teaching and regularly supervises medical students, psychiatry residents, and pain medicine fellows.

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Mary DeWall - Massage Therapist

Mary has been a licensed massage therapist since 2010. Her passion is assisting the body's innate healing response. Mary often combines trigger point therapy with soothing Swedish massage to release muscle tension in the body, relieving acute and chronic pain. Mary is certified in Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ancient Japanese touch therapy that helps harmonize the body's energy systems to release tensions. She also practices craniosacral therapy, a light-touch method that works through the central nervous system to relieve tension.

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Nick Katris

Nick Katris - Massage Therapist

Nick is a licensed massage therapist, board certified by the NCTMB. His journey began by spending time with Native American tribes and their healing ceremonies. This unique experience led him to the Utah College of Massage Therapy, Florida College of Natural Health and later to working with physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists and acupuncturists.

With over 9 years of experience working in clinical settings he has a solid understanding of the human body to alleviate problems and improve quality of life. By blending a meditative approach with specific modalities such as Neuromuscular, Reflexology, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Stretching, Sports or Swedish massage techniques, Nick is able to bring the whole person into a state of well-being. He is passionate about creating a safe and healing environment. Every massage is uniquely tailored to address the physical concerns not only to relax and relieve discomfort but also rebalance and recharge your energy.

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Tammie Sparks - Massage Therapist

Tammie assists her clients in achieving their goal of stress reduction and inner harmony by embodying these words:

"Enhance the quality of your life, assist your body in healing, calm your mind, strengthen your spirit, soothe your soul and connect your heart"

Tammie has experience in massage serving a wide variety of clients, with special expertise in end-of-life care. She has had a positive impact on all of her personal clients as well as soldiers suffering from PTSD since she began her private practice and has received awards from the United States Army for her contributions to our soldiers. Her unique style and level of caring is truly special as is her passion for assisting those seeking to improve the quality of their life. She is a graduate of the Utah College of Massage Therapy, and she continues to study oncology massage and stress reduction techniques.

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Adrienne Henderson - Massage Therapist

Adrienne has been passionate about the human body all her life. She graduated in 2007 from Utah College of Massage Therapy and began working at a spa in Colorado where she could also pursue her other passion in life; the great outdoors. Adrienne returned to Utah for school and graduated in 2011 with her bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in Exercise Physiology. She received the Kennecott Scholar award and was accepted into the Global Health Scholars group through the Honors College, and presented research on documenting the University's first student run Honors Think Tank through a documentary. She studied Public Health in Chandigarh, India, with the University's Global Health program.

Adrienne received additional training in the advanced modalities of connective tissue, reflexology, hydrotherapy, thalassotherapy, Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage, and aromatherapy. She then went on to teach massage therapy at Healing Mountain Massage school in medical massage and hydrotherapy. She currently also works at the University of Utah Orthopedic Center working with physical therapy and orthopedic patients. With her educational background, Adrienne focuses on medically and structurally based techniques to help patients with relaxation, structural imbalances, chronic pain, and injuries.
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Sarah Elizabeth Levitt - Yoga Instructor

Sarah Elizabeth Levitt, A.S., eRYT, CQI, a theatre, music and dance enthusiast, has always had a deep appreciation of movement, which led her to fall in love with yoga. Having found her niche, Sarah Elizabeth’s yogic path led to Yoga teaching certification with Dana Baptiste, Medical Qigong certification with Jesse Tsao and training in Street Yoga and Mindful Schools to serve youth with yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness practices.

Sarah Elizabeth teaches Yoga and Yoga/Qigong for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Primary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain Healthcare, specializing in yoga for cancer patients, care providers and healthcare staff. Sarah Elizabeth is also a faculty member at InBody Academy, a yoga teacher certification program.  She has been practicing yoga since 1994, teaching since 2007 and is a strong advocate for accessible yoga that can benefit people of all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities.

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Charlotte Bell

Charlotte Bell - Yoga Instructor

Charlotte began practicing yoga in 1982 and began teaching in 1986. She was certified by B.K.S. Iyengar in 1989 following a trip to Pune. In 1986, she began practicing Insight Meditation with her mentors Pujari and Abhilasha Keays. Her asana classes blend mindfulness with physical movement. Charlotte writes a column for Catalyst Magazine, and is the author of two books: Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life and Yoga for Meditators, both published by Rodmell Press. She also writes and edits Hugger Mugger Yoga Products’ and Yoga U Online’s blogs and is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, she plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and the folk sextet Red Rock Rondo whose 2010 PBS music special won two Emmys.

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Toni Lock

Toni Lock – T'ai Chi and Qigong Instructor

Toni loves sharing her passion of T'ai Chi & Qigong with Huntsman Cancer Institute patients, caregivers, and staff. She believes that the Eastern Arts can support traditional healing modalities – teaching others the joy of letting go and being present for each moment that arises can provide healing in and of itself.

Toni has studied T'ai Chi & Qigong for more than 17 years with Master Sifu Jerry Gardner. She has specifically taught the forms for more than 8 years, focusing on theory, philosophy, and the practice of T'ai Chi Chuan, Qigong, and meditation. You can find Toni teaching weekly classes at Red Lotus School of Movement and teaching 2-hour Qigong workshops throughout our community on a quarterly basis. Toni also explores personal insights on slowing down, being present, and flowing with life on her blog, www.ChiMoments.com. The idea of this website came from her desire to continuously learn, share life experiences, and illustrate how T’ai Chi and Qigong are interconnected through each breath and moment that arise.

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Carla Anderson - Yoga Instructor

Carla began practicing yoga in 2007 and was inspired to pursue teaching in 2012 with Scott Anderson, founder of Alignment Yoga, based in Madison, Wisconsin, and she completed the 500-hour teacher training program in 2014. Alignment Yoga is a form of hatha yoga that offers a modern and therapeutic approach to the traditional practice of yoga with insightful adaptations to fit present-day experiences. Carla’s classes are customized to cultivate mindfulness and flow of vitality in the body with attention to optimal alignment, breath, and inner awareness. In addition to teaching group classes and private sessions, she also volunteers for GreenTREE Yoga, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, helping to bring yoga to elementary school classrooms. She also enjoys studying and applying the principles of Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, into her daily life and teaching, and she received attunement as a Reiki Master in 2015. Off the mat, Carla enjoys preparing healthy organic food, supporting local farmers and businesses, spending time with family, friends and her three cats, traveling, and exploring the natural world.

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Chase Jackson - Yoga Instructor

Chase was originally drawn to the physical aspects of yoga, but she soon discovered that the benefits of yoga had a positive effect on every aspect of her life. After many years of practicing, Chase got her 500 hour yoga teaching certification in 2007 and has been teaching ever since. She got an additional 200 hour yoga certification in 2013 and has attended many workshops and trainings from local and internationally renowned yoga teachers over the years. She teaches hatha vinyasa and it is her belief that everyone can do yoga and receive great benefit from the practice. She works as a physical therapist assistant at the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center and enjoys time spent outside with her husband and her two dogs.


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Anna Beck, MD

Anna Beck, MD, is medical director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship and an investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is also an associate professor of medical oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Beck's areas of interest are end-of-life care and geriatric oncology. As medical director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship, her goal is to broaden the spectrum of support available for cancer patients, and help them cope and confront their diagnosis. She uses complementary and integrative medicine for patients and their caregivers, during and after treatment.

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Pamela Hansen, MD -  POWER Medical Director

Dr. Pamela A. Hansen is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, specializing in musculoskeletal sports and spine rehabilitation. Dr. Hansen's clinical interests include rehabilitation of musculoskeletal problems, interventional spine procedures, and electrodiagnostic testing. Special interests include management of running injuries and cancer rehabilitation. She currently serves as the PM&R Residency Program Director.

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Rebecca Wilson, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Rebecca Wilson, DO, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In the Wellness and Integrative Health Center, she focuses on diet and exercise intervention through the POWER program and osteopathic manipulative medicine to address neuromusculoskeletal issues. Dr. Wilson’s areas of interest include preventative medicine and wellness, integrative health, cancer rehabilitation, and neuromusculoskeletal medicine. She is passionate about supporting the unique healing process of every individual through hands-on osteopathic treatment, exercise, dietary intervention, movement practice, and creative interventions.

View Dr. Wilson's video bio.

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Jennifer Wright, MD - Pediatric Cancer Late Effects Clinic

At the Pediatric Cancer Late Effects Clinic, Wright sees patients who are long-term survivors of childhood cancer. She also focuses on treatment plans for young adult patients with sarcomas that are more commonly seen in children. Her research interests include medical and functional outcomes of pediatric cancer therapies, Ewing’s sarcoma therapy, and second malignancies in childhood cancer survivors. Jennifer is also a HCI investigator.

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Dr. Annie Budhathoki, DAOM, L.Ac – Acupuncturist

Annie is a state licensed and nationally certified as a Diplomat of Acupuncture and started a private practice of Acupuncture SLC. She graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California, and has a master's degree in Oriental medicine, specializing in orthopedics, pain management, neurology, and geriatrics.

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Lynne M. Morgan, RN, L.Ac – Acupuncturist

Lynne is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Utah and is certified as an acupuncturist by the National Certification Comission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2004 with a master's degree in Oriental Medicine. After running a successful private practice in Salt Lake City, Lynne moved to the Veteran's Health Administration where she treated veterans for chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, anxiety, and depression. Lynne received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ohio State University in 1986 and has been working as a nurse in various medical settings ever since.

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Grace Gough - Clinical Dietitian

Grace works as the outpatient dietitian at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is responsible for the nutrition assessment and education of patients. In addition, Grace works with the needs of cancer survivors participating in the fitness program who have specific nutrition goals for weight loss or weight gain and improving overall physical capacity.  Grace earned a master's degree from the University of Utah (U of U) in nutrition and dietetics and an undergraduate degree from the U of U in Exercise and Sport Science with a nutrition minor. Before coming to HCI, she worked at the U of U Hospital as a covering dietitian for all floors and units, giving her diverse experience. Grace has a passion for research and spent years working in neonatal nutrition research as a graduate research assistant and in iron transport in the Department of Pathology. She loves working in oncology and recognizes the importance of good nutrition throughout cancer treatment. Grace loves the outdoors and is an avid runner, golfer, hiker, and skier.

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Celestial Reimers, RD, CD – Clinicial Dietitian

Celestial Reimers works with HCI patients, providing nutritional assessments and education. She earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition and food management from Oregon State University, followed with a dietetic internship at Utah State University. Her past experience includes work in clinical, school food service, and public health nutrition, including nutrition education for the specialized needs of blood and marrow transplant patients.

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pfs shelley white Shelley White, MSW, LCSW
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Shelley White, MSW, LCSW, has more than a dozen years of experience working with individuals and families affected by cancer. White manages the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness and Integrative Health Center, which promotes the physical and emotional well-being of people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. Previously, she oversaw HCI’s Patient and Family Support services. White is currently co-investigator on several projects related mind-body factors in cancer survivorship. She is pursuing a PhD in the University of Utah College of Nursing and hopes to contribute to the science of integrative health practices.

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Anna Beck, MD

Anna Beck, MD, is medical director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship and an investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is also an associate professor of medical oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Beck's areas of interest are end-of-life care and geriatric oncology. As medical director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship, her goal is to broaden the spectrum of support available for cancer patients, and help them cope and confront their diagnosis. She uses complementary and integrative medicine for patients and their caregivers, during and after treatment.

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Pamela Hansen, MD -  POWER Medical Director

Dr. Pamela A. Hansen is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, specializing in musculoskeletal sports and spine rehabilitation. Dr. Hansen's clinical interests include rehabilitation of musculoskeletal problems, interventional spine procedures, and electrodiagnostic testing. Special interests include management of running injuries and cancer rehabilitation. She currently serves as the PM&R Residency Program Director.

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Rebecca Wilson, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Rebecca Wilson, DO, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In the Wellness and Integrative Health Center, she focuses on diet and exercise intervention through the POWER program and osteopathic manipulative medicine to address neuromusculoskeletal issues. Dr. Wilson’s areas of interest include preventative medicine and wellness, integrative health, cancer rehabilitation, and neuromusculoskeletal medicine. She is passionate about supporting the unique healing process of every individual through hands-on osteopathic treatment, exercise, dietary intervention, movement practice, and creative interventions.

View Dr. Wilson's video bio.

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darren-walker Darren Walker B.S., CCES, CCRP, POWER Program Coordinator
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Darren has been involved with the POWER Program since 2006 while fulfilling an internship for the program and earning a Bachelors' degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah. He participates year-round in assisting with program events and enjoys all types of fitness activities in the Wellness-Survivorship Center; cycling the Huntsman 140, snowshoeing, running with Hometown Heroes, and hiking being among the most memorable.

As a Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, his focus is providing excellent care and helping individuals stay active no matter what life has in store. Before joining the POWER program, he spent several years in cancer research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.   

Personally, Darren enjoys new challenges and is always looking for new events to compete in.

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Mara Carrasco - Executive Secretary

Mara Carrasco has years of experience in providing world-class customer service and professional administrative management in the health sciences. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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Lynda Valerio - Outpatient Services Specialist

Lynda is an outpatient services specialist for the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness and Integrative Health Center. She has been in the medical field since she was 16, working with people with disabilities, the elderly, and vulnerable individuals. She has been married for 22 years to her high school sweetheart and she has two children. She and her family love to have fun together, go hiking and mountain biking, do arts/crafts, or pretty much anything outdoors or adventurous. She has a passion for helping those who need a smile, laugh, hug, shoulder, or just someone to be there in silence.

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Sarah Duricy - Project Coordinator

Sarah is a project coordinator for the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness and Integrative Health Center. She has more than 10 years experience in medical administration, including project coordination, processing billing, and patient access.

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Hannah Robberts - Outpatient Services Specialist

Hannah worked more than seven years in Salt Lake City food establishments before joining the staff at the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness and Integrative Health Center in 2016. She learned well from her previous experience. Hannah says, “I know that customer satisfaction is essential. It is always my priority. I take great pride in paying attention to detail, communicating, and working with others to solve problems and uphold a consistent work environment.

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Kerri Young - Outpatient Services Specialist

Kerri is an outpatient services specialist for the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness and Integrative Health Center. She began serving as volunteer at the Wellness Center in 2013 after her sister and father were diagnosed with cancer. After taking time off to care for her family members, she returned to HCI to assist in the infusion unit. Her love for the patients at HCI and her desire to help those who are living with this disease has created this new opportunity to serve once again in the Wellness Center. She is also co-founder of the Sock It to Cancer: Jeanna Phillip and Faye Jensen Foundation providing colorful, cozy socks for the infusion patients at HCI. Kerri is passionate about the outdoors and spends her time running and mountain biking in the beautiful foothills of Alpine. She recently celebrated 25 wonderful years with her husband and is the mother of four beautiful daughters.

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Gwendolyn Adams, MTRS, CTRS - Recreational Therapist

Gwendolyn studied Experiential Education and Recreational Therapy at the University of Utah and as a local Utah native, loves to play. Having worked in long-term care, skilled nursing rehab, and in-patient psych, she sees opportunity for growth and learning no matter who she is working with. 

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Jennifer Wright, MD - Pediatric Cancer Late Effects Clinic

At the Pediatric Cancer Late Effects Clinic, Wright sees patients who are long-term survivors of childhood cancer. She also focuses on treatment plans for young adult patients with sarcomas that are more commonly seen in children. Her research interests include medical and functional outcomes of pediatric cancer therapies, Ewing’s sarcoma therapy, and second malignancies in childhood cancer survivors. Jennifer is also a HCI investigator.

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Paul Thielking, MD, PhD – Meditation, Guided Imagery

Paul Thielking, MD, PhD, is a member of the Supportive Oncology and Survivorship team at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah. Thielking leads ongoing groups at HCI that teach patients meditation, relaxation, guided imagery, and other stress-reduction techniques.

Thielking completed medical school at the University of Iowa and his psychiatry residency training at the University of Utah. He is board-certified in both psychiatry and hospice and palliative medicine. He has a strong interest in integrating effective complementary and alternative healing practices with allopathic medicine. He is dedicated to teaching and regularly supervises medical students, psychiatry residents, andgar pain medicine fellows.

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Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW

Eric Garland PhD, LCSW, is associate director of integrative medicine in the Supportive Oncology and Survivorship Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute and an associate professor in the University of Utah College of Social Work. His main research interest is using neuroscience to find treatments for stress-related conditions. He also treats patients with hypnosis and mindfulness-based therapy.

Garland developed Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), a treatment approach designed to improve understanding of what leads to stress-related conditions, addiction, emotional issues, and chronic pain. He received funding from the National Institutes of Health to conduct clinical trials of MORE.

Complementing his clinical research, Garland is a licensed clinical social worker with more than a decade of experience providing cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies for people suffering from addictive behaviors, psychological distress, and chronic pain conditions.

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Meg Brady - YourStory Program

Margaret K. (Meg) Brady is the founding Director of YourStory: Record and Remember, a project to record the life stories of all Utahns, especially those with cancer. She is also Professor Emeritus of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah, where she has taught courses in American Indian Studies, oral history, and folklore for over 30 years and has been honored with several prestigious teaching awards.

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Dr. Annie Budhathoki, DAOM, L.Ac – Acupuncturist

Annie is a state licensed and nationally certified as a Diplomat of Acupuncture and started a private practice of Acupuncture SLC. She graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California, and has a master's degree in Oriental medicine, specializing in orthopedics, pain management, neurology, and geriatrics.

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Lynne M. Morgan, RN, L.Ac – Acupuncturist

Lynne is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Utah and is certified as an acupuncturist by the National Certification Comission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2004 with a master's degree in Oriental Medicine. After running a successful private practice in Salt Lake City, Lynne moved to the Veteran's Health Administration where she treated veterans for chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, anxiety, and depression. Lynne received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ohio State University in 1986 and has been working as a nurse in various medical settings ever since.

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Mary DeWall - Massage Therapist

Mary has been a licensed massage therapist since 2010. Her passion is assisting the body's innate healing response. Mary often combines trigger point therapy with soothing Swedish massage to release muscle tension in the body, relieving acute and chronic pain. Mary is certified in Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ancient Japanese touch therapy that helps harmonize the body's energy systems to release tensions. She also practices craniosacral therapy, a light-touch method that works through the central nervous system to relieve tension.

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Nick Katris - Massage Therapist

Nick is a licensed massage therapist, board certified by the NCTMB. His journey began by spending time with Native American tribes and their healing ceremonies. This unique experience led him to the Utah College of Massage Therapy, Florida College of Natural Health and later to working with physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists and acupuncturists.

With over 9 years of experience working in clinical settings he has a solid understanding of the human body to alleviate problems and improve quality of life. By blending a meditative approach with specific modalities such as Neuromuscular, Reflexology, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Stretching, Sports or Swedish massage techniques, Nick is able to bring the whole person into a state of well-being. He is passionate about creating a safe and healing environment. Every massage is uniquely tailored to address the physical concerns not only to relax and relieve discomfort but also rebalance and recharge your energy.

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Tammie Sparks - Massage Therapist

Tammie assists her clients in achieving their goal of stress reduction and inner harmony by embodying these words:
"Enhance the quality of your life, assist your body in healing, calm your mind, strengthen your spirit, soothe your soul and connect your heart"

Tammie has experience in massage serving a wide variety of clients, with special expertise in end-of-life care. She has had a positive impact on all of her personal clients as well as soldiers suffering from PTSD since she began her private practice and has received awards from the United States Army for her contributions to our soldiers. Her unique style and level of caring is truly special as is her passion for assisting those seeking to improve the quality of their life. She is a graduate of the Utah College of Massage Therapy, and she continues to study oncology massage and stress reduction techniques.

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Adrienne Henderson - Massage Therapist

Adrienne has been passionate about the human body all her life. She graduated in 2007 from Utah College of Massage Therapy and began working at a spa in Colorado where she could also pursue her other passion in life; the great outdoors. Adrienne returned to Utah for school and graduated in 2011 with her bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in Exercise Physiology. She received the Kennecott Scholar award and was accepted into the Global Health Scholars group through the Honors College, and presented research on documenting the University's first student run Honors Think Tank through a documentary. She studied Public Health in Chandigarh, India, with the University's Global Health program.

Adrienne received additional training in the advanced modalities of connective tissue, reflexology, hydrotherapy, thalassotherapy, Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage, and aromatherapy. She then went on to teach massage therapy at Healing Mountain Massage school in medical massage and hydrotherapy. She currently also works at the University of Utah Orthopedic Center working with physical therapy and orthopedic patients. With her educational background, Adrienne focuses on medically and structurally based techniques to help patients with relaxation, structural imbalances, chronic pain, and injuries.

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Grace Gough - Clinical Dietitian

Grace works as the outpatient dietitian at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is responsible for the nutrition assessment and education of patients. In addition, Grace works with the needs of cancer survivors participating in the fitness program who have specific nutrition goals for weight loss or weight gain and improving overall physical capacity.  Grace earned a master's degree from the University of Utah (U of U) in nutrition and dietetics and an undergraduate degree from the U of U in Exercise and Sport Science with a nutrition minor. Before coming to HCI, she worked at the U of U Hospital as a covering dietitian for all floors and units, giving her diverse experience. Grace has a passion for research and spent years working in neonatal nutrition research as a graduate research assistant and in iron transport in the Department of Pathology. She loves working in oncology and recognizes the importance of good nutrition throughout cancer treatment. Grace loves the outdoors and is an avid runner, golfer, hiker, and skier.

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Celestial Reimers, RD, CD – Clinicial Dietitian

Celestial Reimers works with HCI patients, providing nutritional assessments and education. She earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition and food management from Oregon State University, followed with a dietetic internship at Utah State University. Her past experience includes work in clinical, school food service, and public health nutrition, including nutrition education for the specialized needs of blood and marrow transplant patients.

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Katie Barker, RD, CD - Clinical Dietitian

Katie works as an outpatient dietitian at Huntsman Cancer Institute providing nutrition counseling for cancer patients. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Utah State University and graduated high honors. Before coming to HCI she worked as an outpatient clinical dietitian in weight management and general nutrition. Katie also worked at LDS Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center as a covering dietitian, gaining a variety of experience. She loves working in oncology and has a passion for the patients she helps. Katie loves spending time with her family, cooking, bowling, hockey, and running.

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Jorge Rojas – Consultant, Artist in Residence 2012-2014

Jorge Rojas is an artist, curator, and art educator. He studied art at the University of Utah and at Bellas Artes-El Nigromante in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Rojas uses both traditional and new media, as well as performance, to explore the creation and processes involved in artistic production.

He has taught mural painting and other art-related workshops throughout the New York City public school system and has lead several art-related workshops in Salt Lake City. His work and curatorial projects have been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, including Queens Museum of Art, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; New World Museum, Houston; Ex Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City; and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City.

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Colour Maisch - Consultant and Workshop Coordinator, Artist in Residence 2014-2015

Colour Maisch is a mixed-media artist and educator. She received a master of fine arts degree with an emphasis in ceramics from the University of Utah, where she also taught sculptural ceramics.

Maisch’s artwork is born from her belief that magic is available in the most mundane of materials. While she mainly works three-dimensionally using clay and other commonplace objects—such as nylon stockings and milkweed—she also creates two-dimensional paintings using industrial materials like rust and drywall mastic. It is beauty within the everyday that she seeks to uncover, regardless of the format.

Maisch’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Utah and the Intermountain West, including Nox Contemporary, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery UAF, Kayo, Finch Lane, Patrick Moore, Las Vegas Contemporary Art Center, University of Utah, and BYU. She also participated in various artist residencies at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and The Pickle Company. Maisch currently lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Steve. In addition to art and education, she is passionate about great food and is co-owner of local catering company The Blended Table.  

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Lindsay Frei - Current Artist in Residence

Lindsay Frei received a master of fine arts degree from the University of Utah, where she taught painting and drawing courses and received the Howard Clark Exhibition Scholarship.

Frei’s work has been exhibited in galleries throughout Utah, California, and New York, and has been featured in multiple industry publications. She is very excited to be working with the patients, their families, and staff at HCI as an Artist in Residence.

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Susan Sample, MFA, PhD - Creative Writing Series

Susan Sample, MFA, PhD, has taught poetry to patients and their families, physicians, medical students, and other health-care professionals.  She is an associate in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the U of U School of Medicine, and received her PhD in communication researching narrative and medicine. For many years she edited the University's Health Sciences Report magazine. She has published poetry in many literary journals; her collection of poems, Terrible Grace, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011.

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Beth Hardy, SCMT, MT-BC - Music Therapy

Beth received her Music Therapy degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2008 and has received advanced training in Hospice & Palliative Care Music Therapy and Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth.  Beth recently moved to Utah from California, where she worked for seven years at the Palo Alto VA Hospital.  While there, Beth had the opportunity to provide Music Therapy services to clients in inpatient psychiatry, blind rehabilitation, PTSD and trauma recovery, long term care, and hospice care.   Beth is passionate about creating new programs to help her clients find deep connection and inner peace through music.  Beth is thrilled to be in Utah and looks forward to bringing her evidence-based, client-centered, improvisational, and fun music therapy style to Huntsman. 

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Heather Fellows, PRN - Music Therapy

Heather Fellows graduated from Utah State University in 2000 after completing an internship at Twin Valley Psychiatric System in Columbus Ohio.  She started her career at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, CA where she developed a music therapy program for the acute rehab and sub-acute geriatric units of the hospital.  Heather started a private contracting business in CA, working with various populations including geriatric, children with developmental disabilities, and psychiatric. She also worked PRN at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute on the University of California at San Francisco campus. For the last 5 years, Heather has been working full time for University of Utah Hospital's medical-psychiatric unit, 5 West.  She is invested in providing quality, evidence-based music therapy treatment for her patients and in advocating for education and growth of music therapy.  Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, singing, cooking, running, and reading.

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Anna Sharp - Knitting Circle

Anna was taught to knit as a young child by her Danish Mormor and Aunt Marianne. With knitting needles and yarn in hand, Anna is excited to teach the craft she is passionate about and hopes to pass this love on to new friends in the HCI community.
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Kimberly Walker – Cancer Exercise Specialist

Kim Walker is a Cancer Exercise Specialist with the POWER Program. She has been involved in building and developing the POWER Program over the years and is bilingual in Spanish and English.  She works with outpatient HCI survivors administering exercise testing, prescription, and one on one exercise training. She teaches Resistance Training, Core, Zumba and Group Circuit classes and takes part in snowshoeing, hiking and biking. Kim is supportive in cancer and exercise research and is involved in advocating for the Hometown Heroes Program as a fundraiser and trainer for HCI survivors.

Kim is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Utah College of Health, Department of Exercise and Sports Science where she developed and currently teaches the Fitness Instructor Training Course. Kim is certified as a Health Fitness Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine, and as a Cancer Exercise Trainer by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Cancer Society. Kim is certified as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is a Level 11 Certified Zumba Instructor, Certified Spinning Instructor. She is certified in CPR and AED by the American Heart Association.

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Katie Alder - Exercise Specialist

Katie is an exercise specialist for the Wellness and Integrative Health Center. She earned a degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has experience training patients in a clinical setting as well as training clients through group fitness classes and personal training. She is an avid runner and enjoys sharing her love of fitness with others.

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Hannah Sharp - PRN Exercise Specialist

Hannah Sharp is an Exercise Specialist for the Wellness and Integrative Health Center at Huntsman Cancer Hospital.  She is a graduate of the University of Utah and a Certified Health and Fitness Specialist through ACSM.  She has experience training a variety of individuals through group fitness and personal training.  She enjoys working with clients to meet goals such as improving strength, weight loss, and improving quality of life.  When Hannah isn’t having fun training patients, she is somewhere outdoors running, hiking, or cycling.  Hannah believes that the best way to live is to move!  She knows that everyone at every skill level and age can benefit from exercise and movement.

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Tabitha Parry – Exercise Specialist

Tabitha graduated with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in Fitness Leadership from the University of Utah.   Her Background includes experience Personal Training, teaching group fitness classes along with sport training. Tab has many passions in life which include her love of sharing her passion for a healthy lifestyle and fitness with others. Tab likes to be active and spends most of her time outdoors in the mountains or on the tennis court.

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Christina Story - PRN Exercise Specialist

Christina is an Exercise Specialist for the Wellness and Integrative Health Center at Huntsman Cancer Hospital. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Her experience includes exercise-based research studies training breast, colorectal, and leukemia patients.  Christina enjoys running marathons, biking, and skiing as well as sharing her passion for being active with others.

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Sarah Barker - Exercise Specialist

Sarah is an Exercise Specialist for the POWER program in the Wellness and Integrative Health Center at Huntsman Cancer Hospital. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Utah State University and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She brings with her value direct patient care experience including working in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings. She enjoys working with others and helping them to live healthy, active lives. Sarah also has a passion for baking, hiking, running, and spending time with her family.

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Karly Nelson - PRN Exercise Specialist

Karly received her Bachelors in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University and her Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Arizona State University. She recently became a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and is excited to learn and grow within the field of oncology. Karly has a passion for health and loves to share that passion with others include previous work in many different venues such as a health coach and small group facilitator. Besides teaching others about exercise all day, Karly loves being an example and on her free time she can be found running, hiking, rock climbing, etc.

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Nicole Cavellero - Rowing Instructor

Nicole started rowing in 1992 as a walk on to the Rutgers University Rowing team. She immediately fell in love with the sport and after a four year career as a Division I, 2 time MVP and captain, she moved to Boston to pursue coaching high school students at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, MA. After two back to back National Championships, Nicole transitioned to coaching adults at Community Rowing in Boston, MA. In 2004, she moved to Utah and started the Huntsman Cancer Institute Rowing program. She loves sharing the sport of rowing. Nicole currently teaches Health, Yoga and oversees the Outdoor Adventure Program at Paradigm High School in South Jordan.

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MaryAnn Lee - Step Into Life

MaryAnn Lee is the director of the Tanner Creative Dance Program and Children's Dance Theatre in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah, where she is also an Adjunct Associate Professor the Department of Modern Dance. She trained with Virginia Tanner and was a member of Children's Dance Theatre. She received master's degrees in dance and French from Mills College and the University of Cincinnati, respectively. She performed professionally with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and Moveable Feast Dance Company in San Francisco and with the Contemporary Dance Theatre in Ohio. Ms. Lee was a dance specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts' Artists-in-Schools program and taught throughout the United States. She has been an invited guest teacher in China, Japan, The Netherlands, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, England, Finland, Canada, and Brazil. Ms. Lee continues to teach at the University of Utah in the Departments of Modern Dance and Education and in the Tanner Dance Program. She teaches throughout Utah, nationally, and internationally. This year Ms. Lee and Tanner Dance received the Governor's Award in the Arts.

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Charlotte Bell - Yoga Instructor

Charlotte began practicing yoga in 1982 and began teaching in 1986. She was certified by B.K.S. Iyengar in 1989 following a trip to Pune. In 1986, she began practicing Insight Meditation with her mentors Pujari and Abhilasha Keays. Her asana classes blend mindfulness with physical movement. Charlotte writes a column for Catalyst Magazine, and is the author of two books: Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life and Yoga for Meditators, both published by Rodmell Press. She also writes and edits Hugger Mugger Yoga Products’ and Yoga U Online’s blogs and is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, she plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and the folk sextet Red Rock Rondo whose 2010 PBS music special won two Emmys.

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Sarah Elizabeth Levitt - Yoga Instructor

Sarah Elizabeth Levitt, A.S., eRYT, CQI a theatre, music and dance enthusiast, has always had a deep appreciation of movement, which led her to fall in love with yoga. Having found her niche, Sarah Elizabeth’s yogic path led to Yoga teaching certification with Dana Baptiste, Medical Qigong certification with Jesse Tsao and training in Street Yoga and Mindful Schools to serve youth with yoga, meditation and other mindfulness practices.

Sarah Elizabeth teaches Yoga and Yoga/Qigong for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Primary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain Healthcare, specializing in yoga for cancer patients, care providers and healthcare staff. Sarah Elizabeth is also a faculty member at InBody Academy, a yoga teacher certification program.  She has been practicing yoga since 1994, teaching since 2007 and is a strong advocate for accessible yoga that can benefit people of all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities.

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Chase Jackson - Yoga Instructor

Chase was originally drawn to the physical aspects of yoga, but she soon discovered that the benefits of yoga had a positive effect on every aspect of her life. After many years of practicing, Chase got her 500 hour yoga teaching certification in 2007 and has been teaching ever since. She got an additional 200 hour yoga certification in 2013 and has attended many workshops and trainings from local and internationally renowned yoga teachers over the years. She teaches hatha vinyasa and it is her belief that everyone can do yoga and receive great benefit from the practice. She works as a physical therapist assistant at the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center and enjoys time spent outside with her husband and her two dogs.

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Carla Anderson - Yoga Instructor

Carla began practicing yoga in 2007 and was inspired to pursue teaching in 2012 with Scott Anderson, founder of Alignment Yoga, based in Madison, Wisconsin, and she completed the 500-hour teacher training program in 2014. Alignment Yoga is a form of hatha yoga that offers a modern and therapeutic approach to the traditional practice of yoga with insightful adaptations to fit present-day experiences. Carla’s classes are customized to cultivate mindfulness and flow of vitality in the body with attention to optimal alignment, breath, and inner awareness. In addition to teaching group classes and private sessions, she also volunteers for GreenTREE Yoga, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, helping to bring yoga to elementary school classrooms. She also enjoys studying and applying the principles of Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, into her daily life and teaching, and she received attunement as a Reiki Master in 2015. Off the mat, Carla enjoys preparing healthy organic food, supporting local farmers and businesses, spending time with family, friends and her three cats, traveling, and exploring the natural world.

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Toni Lock – T'ai Chi and Qigong Instructor

Toni loves sharing her passion of T'ai Chi & Qigong with Huntsman Cancer Institute patients, caregivers, and staff. She believes that the Eastern Arts can support traditional healing modalities – teaching others the joy of letting go and being present for each moment that arises can provide healing in and of itself.

Toni has studied T'ai Chi & Qigong for more than 17 years with Master Sifu Jerry Gardner. She has specifically taught the forms for more than 8 years, focusing on theory, philosophy, and the practice of T'ai Chi Chuan, Qigong, and meditation. You can find Toni teaching weekly classes at Red Lotus School of Movement and teaching 2-hour Qigong workshops throughout our community on a quarterly basis. Toni also explores personal insights on slowing down, being present, and flowing with life on her blog, www.ChiMoments.com. The idea of this website came from her desire to continuously learn, share life experiences, and illustrate how T’ai Chi and Qigong are interconnected through each breath and moment that arise.

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Solhee Shelley – Zumba Instructor

Solhee Shelley is a certified Zumba and Zumba Step instructor. She enjoys working with HCI patients and caregivers. Solhee earned her bachelor’s degree from Dankook University in Seoul, South Korea.  She teaches at 24 Hour Fitness and is involved in corporate wellness as a Zumba instructor for a Fortune 500 Company. Solhee is a firm believer that everyone is capable of achieving their fitness goal through a fun and energetic Zumba class. She is certified in CPR and AED by the American Heart Association.

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Meri Erickson - Resistance Instructor

Meri's entrance into the group fitness world was through dance, which lead her to Pilates, where she began her own Pilates practice to alleviate chronic lower back pain. Following her successful rehabilitation, this motivated Meri to seek out a Pilates teacher training that specialized in rehab. Meri received her first Pilates certification through Polestar Pilates and the Pilates Method Alliance. Meri has a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Utah. After graduating she went on to get certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health and Fitness Specialist so that she could train high-risk individuals. She has experience in and loves teaching circuit training, resistance training, Myofascial Release and Rolling, ski conditioning, and pre/post natal fitness classes. A yoga enthusiast as well, she obtained her Yoga Alliance 200 hour yoga instructor certification in 2010. Meri is a Balance Body Master Educator, and she thoroughly enjoys educating Pilates teachers in training. She has been teaching and certifying Pilates instructors since 2011. Meri’s classes are full of breath, mindfulness, and the embodiment of movement that will help cultivate your love for fitness from within. When she is not in the studio she enjoys playing outdoors, cooking, knitting, and adventuring with her husband Sean, and their two sons. 

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