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Meg-Brady 

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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Geri Etringer 

Geri Etringer, MSW, LCSW - Creative Writing Series

Geri works with outpatient multiple myeloma and blood and marrow transplant patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Geri received bachelor's degree in health and behavioral science and sociology and a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah. Geri has experience working with patients and families who are experiencing health and psychiatric emergencies, coordinating community support and resources, and providing supportive counseling and education to patients and their families.

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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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Colour Maisch - Artist in Residence Program

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 – Artist in Residence Program

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 - Creative Writing Series

Susan Sample, MFA, 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 a PhD candidate 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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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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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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Nicole Harmony - 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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Justin Jackson 

Justin Jackson, MS, BS - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Justin Jackson joined the POWER fitness team in January 2014. Justin graduated from Utah State University with a M.S. in exercise science as well as a B.S. in Sport and exercise psychology. Justin has worked in a number of settings as an exercise physiologist including medically managed weight loss and injury prevention. He instituted the Wellness center at Sunshine Terrace in Cache valley catering to older adult fitness. Most recently Justin worked in medical research overseeing two large studies investigated the effects of exercise on neuropathy in diabetic patients.
Justin is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA and is a certified EMT-B. Justin loves the medical field and the effect healthy lifestyles can have on quality of life, and enjoys helping people reach their full potential.

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Anita Keetch, PRN - Exercise Specialist

Anita Keetch earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in Exercise Science/Athletic Training and a master's degree in Sports Medicine from Brigham Young University. She is a National Athletic Trainer Association Certified Athletic Trainer and has been treating athletic injuries in youth, teens and adults for 25 years. In 2005 Anita certified as a Cancer Exercise Specialist and served as the Fitness Program Coordinator from 2005-2008. Her love of helping other people improve their lives through fitness lead her to become a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and start her own fitness boot camp business, offering camps to team sports and adults. Anita currently serves at the Athletic Trainer for Rowland Hall High School and works as a Cancer Exercise Specialist. She loves helping cancer patients overcome the side effects of cancer and it's treatment and regain their health through proper exercise and nutrition.

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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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Solhee Shelley – Zumba Instructor

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Frederika Steed – Pilates Mat Instructor

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Patrick Troumbley – POWER Program Coordinator

Patrick is the POWER Program Coordinator. He has a master's degree in Exercise Science and Human Movement as well as bachelor's degrees in Parks and Recreation Administration and Spanish. He is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. Patrick is currently pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Science with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah.

Patrick enjoys designing exercise programs that emphasize functional movements, with the aim to help people return to the activities they enjoy. He has volunteered with the Huntsman Cancer Foundation Hometown Heroes as a participant and coach for several years.

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darren-walker Darren Walker B.S. CCRP
801-587-4323
Darren.Walker@hci.utah.edu

Darren has been a volunteer 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-Survirship Center; cycling the Huntsman 140, snowshoeing, running with Hometown Heroes, and hiking being among the most memorable.

As a Certified Personal Trainer, he enjoys providing care and helping people stay active no matter what life has in store. When not volunteering, Darren works at HCI as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator in the Clinical Trials Office. One day he dreams of completing his first Iron Man Triathlon.

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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 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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Cassandra Winner – Volunteer

Cassandra Winner is currently volunteering with the POWER Program. She is developing her skills at the University of Utah in the Exercise and Sports Science Undergraduate Program. Cassandra is an avid snowboarder, mountain biker, rock climber, and backpacker. She enjoys yoga, running, reading philosophy, and painting in her free time. She is certified in WFR and CPR. She also has previously volunteered with The Youth Homeless Shelter, U-fit, and the Ironman-Wisconsin. She is currently teaching indoor cycling and circuit training at the University of Utah and looks forward to teaching other fitness classes in the future.

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Sarah Elizabeth Decker - Yoga Instructor

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Karan Estee - Yoga

Karan has been teaching yoga for over ten years at various spots around the valley. She teaches regularly at the Jewish Community Center (www.slcjcc.org) and Huntsman Cancer Institute. Karan has studied with many teachers including Peter Francyk, Dana Baptiste, Doug Swenson, Sienna Sherman, and Christy Burnette, to name a few. Her style of teaching is influenced by everything she has learned and adapts to suite her students. She received her 500 hour yoga training through Dana Baptiste in SLC and went on to receive another 200 hours of training specifically in yoga therapy. Karan also works as a trainer with individuals providing functional fitness and private yoga. An accomplished whitewater kayaker, Karan also teaches private kayak lessons. When not teaching, she likes to ski, mountain bike, and hike with her dog pack in the local hills.

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Eric Garland

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.

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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Annastasia Kaessner - Yoga Instructor

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Chris Lemon - Yoga Instructor

Chris works with survivors and their families as well as Huntsman Cancer Institute faculty and staff as a yoga instructor in the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness-Survivorship Center.

Chris attends the University of Utah theatre department and enjoys bringing his theatrics to his yoga classes. Students especially appreciate his light-hearted "Laughter Yoga." Chris teaches on Monday nights with staff and faculty from 4:15-5:15 p.m. and then with survivors and family members from 5:30-6:30 p.m..

Chris is co-sponsored by A Quality Life Community. To learn more, visit www.aqualitylife.org or call 801-809-0713.

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Toni Lock - Tai Chi Instructor

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Paul Thielking, MD, PhD – Meditation, Guided Imagery

Paul Thielking, 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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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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Annie Budhathoki, 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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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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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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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.

 

Administration

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pfs shelley white Shelley White, MSW, LCSW
801-587-4389
Shelley.White@hci.utah.edu

Shelley manages the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness-Survivorship Center. Prior to this position, she was manager of Patient and Family Support at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Before working in management, she provided patient and family support to blood and marrow transplant patients and family members. She continues to provide direct clinical care to patients and their loved ones by facilitating stress reduction and relaxation consultations through the Wellness-Survivorship Center.

Shelley earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah and has worked with cancer patients and their families for more than 15 years, including six years with hospice. In May 2005, she obtained her certification in contemplative end-of-life care from Naropa University. Before working in oncology, Shelley worked for eight years with people affected by domestic violence. She has more than 20 years of experience facilitating therapeutic groups, including grief and bereavement support groups and cancer survivor support groups.

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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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Patrick Troumbley – POWER Program Coordinator

Patrick is the POWER Program Coordinator. He has a master's degree in Exercise Science and Human Movement as well as bachelor's degrees in Parks and Recreation Administration and Spanish. He is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. Patrick is currently pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Science with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah.

Patrick enjoys designing exercise programs that emphasize functional movements, with the aim to help people return to the activities they enjoy. He has volunteered with the Huntsman Cancer Foundation Hometown Heroes as a participant and coach for several years.

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Catherine Ricci – Executive Secretary

Cathy is the executive secretary for the Wellness-Survivorship Center. She works with patients to schedule appointments for Wellness-Survivorship services and provides administrative support. Cathy has served as administrative support for the Salt Lake Theological Seminary, was a secretary for Harvard Law School professors, and taught English as a Second Language to Yupik children in Alaska. She has spent several years doing volunteer work for schools, charities, and religious organizations. Cathy enjoys explaining Wellness-Survivorship services and finds HCI patients and staff members inspiring.

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Natalie Royster-Jensen - Outpatient Service Specialist

Natalie Royster-Jensen is the Outpatient Service Specialist for the Wellness-Survivorship Center. Natalie works with current and former HCI patients to find the right programs or services to promote wellness and balance in their lives. She also schedules Wellness Center appointments and answers questions. She is passionate about making each visit a positive experience for cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Natalie studied Health Sciences and Nursing before receiving her Certified Nurse Assistant training in 2012. She is currently studying psychology at University of Phoenix. When not busy at work or school, Natalie enjoys cooking, yoga, reading, and gardening.

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Practitioners

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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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Annie Budhathoki, 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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Karan Estee - Yoga

Karan has been teaching yoga for over ten years at various spots around the valley. She teaches regularly at the Jewish Community Center (www.slcjcc.org) and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Karan has studied with many teachers including Peter Francyk, Dana Baptiste, Doug Swenson, Sienna Sherman, and Christy Burnette, to name a few. Her style of teaching is influenced by everything she has learned and adapts to suite her students. She received her 500 hour yoga training through Dana Baptiste in SLC and went on to receive another 200 hours of training specifically in yoga therapy. Karan also works as a trainer with individuals providing functional fitness and private yoga. An accomplished whitewater kayaker, Karan also teaches private kayak lessons. When not teaching, she likes to ski, mountain bike, and hike with her dog pack in the local hills.

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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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Nicole Harmony - 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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Anita Keetch, PRN - Exercise Specialist

Anita Keetch earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in Exercise Science/Athletic Training and a master's degree in Sports Medicine from Brigham Young University. She is a National Athletic Trainer Association Certified Athletic Trainer and has been treating athletic injuries in youth, teens and adults for 25 years. In 2005 Anita certified as a Cancer Exercise Specialist and served as the Fitness Program Coordinator from 2005-2008. Her love of helping other people improve their lives through fitness lead her to become a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and start her own fitness boot camp business, offering camps to team sports and adults. Anita currently serves at the Athletic Trainer for Rowland Hall High School and works as a Cancer Exercise Specialist. She loves helping cancer patients overcome the side effects of cancer and it's treatment and regain their health through proper exercise and nutrition.

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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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Chris Lemon - Yoga Instructor

Chris works with survivors and their families as well as Huntsman Cancer Institute faculty and staff as a yoga instructor in the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness-Survivorship Center.

Chris attends the University of Utah theatre department and enjoys bringing his theatrics to his yoga classes. Students especially appreciate his light-hearted "Laughter Yoga." Chris teaches on Monday nights with staff and faculty from 4:15-5:15 p.m. and then with survivors and family members from 5:30-6:30 p.m..

Chris is co-sponsored by A Quality Life Community. To learn more, visit www.aqualitylife.org or call 801-809-0713.

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Colour Maisch - Artist in Residence Program

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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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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Jorge Rojas – Artist in Residence Program

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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darren-walker Darren Walker B.S. CCRP
801-587-4323
Darren.Walker@hci.utah.edu

Darren has been a volunteer with the POWER Program since 2006 while fulfilling an internship 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; cycling the Huntsman 140, snowshoeing, running with Hometown Heroes, and hiking being among the most memorable.

As a Certified Personal Trainer, he enjoys providing care and helping people stay active no matter what life has in store. When not volunteering with the Exercise Therapy program, Darren works at HCI as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator in the Clinical Trials Office. One day he dreams of completing his first Iron Man Triathlon.

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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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Cassandra Winner – Volunteer

Cassandra Winner is currently volunteering with the POWER Program. She is developing her skills at the University of Utah in the Exercise and Sports Science Undergraduate Program. Cassandra is an avid snowboarder, mountain biker, rock climber, and backpacker. She enjoys yoga, running, reading philosophy, and painting in her free time. She is certified in WFR and CPR. She also has previously volunteered with The Youth Homeless Shelter, U-fit, and the Ironman-Wisconsin. She is currently teaching indoor cycling and circuit training at the University of Utah and looks forward to teaching other fitness classes in the future.

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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.