POWER Program

The Personal Optimism with Exercise Recovery (POWER) fitness program provides a personalized exercise plan for cancer patients based on diagnosis, treatment type and phase, and fitness goals. It includes the following:

  • Medical and physical assessment by a physician
  • Personalized exercise plan
  • Twice weekly exercise sessions with a certified cancer exercise specialist
  • Group circuit training classes
  • Weight management

All sessions are approximately 60 minutes in length. We also offer telemedicine appointments.


The medical and physical assessment by a physician is billed to your insurance. All other POWER program visits are self-pay, including follow-up sessions with an exercise specialist. Cost ranges from $8.33 to $13.33 per session. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Please contact the Financial Advocate Team at University of Utah Health Care for more information.

Group Classes & Outdoor Activities

Core and Stretch. Learn to strengthen your core with proper form and technique to improve posture and prevent back pain. Target the abdominals, back, and hips with a safe and challenging workout.

Minding Motion™. This is a fun and energizing movement program done from a chair and standing to help people of all levels reconnect with their bodies.

Outdoor Fitness. Join us for seasonal activities that include group hiking, road biking, rowing, snowshoeing, and more. Dates and locations vary.

Pilates Mat. Similar to yoga, Pilates mat focuses on basic exercises to improve core stability, strength, balance, flexibility, and posture. Pilates mat helps you be aware of breath, practice spinal alignment, and use core muscles.

Resistance Training. Target all of the major muscle groups using dumbbells, mats, resistance bands, and balls. Learn exercises that help strengthen bones and muscles. Regular resistance training increases metabolism to help maintain a healthy weight.

Step into Life. This is a therapeutic dance and movement experience for the mind, body, and spirit led by instructors from the University of Utah Tanner Dance Program.

T’ai Chi/Qigong. This slow, flowing energy movement improves strength, mindfulness, relaxation, immune system, blood circulation, balance, and neuropathy while exploring mindful breathing.

Yoga. This is a non-aerobic exercise of precise posture, breathing exercises, and meditation to improve mood and sense of well-being to increase flexibility, balance, range of motion, and muscle tone.

Yoga/Qigong. This non-aerobic exercise focuses on posture, breathing, and meditation combined with slow, flowing energy movement to improve strength, mindfulness, and relaxation.

Yogalates. This is a blend of yoga and Pilates that combines mind/body practices as well as stretching, strength training, conditioning, and dynamic movement.

Zumba®. This is a fusion of Latin and international music and dance themes designed for all levels of fitness. Ditch the workout and join the party!

Participation in Physical Activity & Movement programs and classes is free. Many are also open to loved ones and staff. View our catalog for a complete, current list. You can also follow us on Facebook.

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Our Team

Pamela Hansen, MD

Dr. Pamela A. Hansen is an associate professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who specializes in musculoskeletal and spine rehabilitation. She is the medical director for the POWER (Personal Optimism with Exercise Recovery) program at Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness & Integrative Health Center, which she founded in 2006. POWER helps people affected by cancer improve their quality of life, reduce the side effects of their treatments, and increase strength for daily living.

Rebecca Wilson Zingg, D.O.

Rebecca Wilson Zingg, D.O., is an assistant professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation whose interests include osteopathic manipulative medicine, preventative medicine and wellness, integrative health, cancer rehabilitation, and neuromusculoskeletal medicine. Her clinical practice is at Huntsman Cancer Institute Wellness and Integrative Health Center where she focuses on diet and exercise intervention through the POWER (Personal Optimism with Exercise Recovery) program and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) to address neuromusculoskeletal issues.

Darren Walker, BS, CCES, CCRP

POWER Program Coordinator

Darren has been involved with the POWER Program since 2006. He earned a bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah and is certified in exercise physiology and oncology. In addition to coordinating the POWER program, he volunteers as a cycling coach participants through the Huntsman Foundation. Before joining the POWER program, he spent several years in cancer research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Kimberly Walker, BS, EP-C, CCET

Group Fitness Coordinator
Cancer Exercise Specialist

Kim organizes and manages over 30 group fitness classes and over a dozen Cancer Wellness Instructors. She currently teaches Resistance Training, Core and stretch and Zumba classes. Kim is certified as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She developed and taught the College of Health upper division Fitness Instructor Training Course in the University of Utah's Department of Exercise and Sports Science for 10 years.

Katie Alder, BS

Cancer 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.

Danny James, BS, MS, CSCS

Cancer Exercise Specialist

Danny James is an exercise specialist and wellness coach who helps cancer patients achieve their fitness goals. His experience includes fitness programs for seniors, diabetics, and people with heart conditions. He holds a degree in exercise and sport science and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Utah.

Tabitha Parry, BS, MS

Cancer 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.

Christina Story, BA, MA

Cancer 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.

Kish Larson, BS

Cancer Exercise Specialist

Kish Larson is an exercise specialist with the POWER program. She is an exercise physiologist with a degree in applied exercise physiology from Texas A&M University. Before moving to Utah, she worked with patients in cardiac rehabilitation. One of things Kish enjoys the most is creating personalized workout plans for patients.

Erin Storck, BS

Cancer Exercise Specialist

Erin is an Exercise Specialist for the POWER program. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University and is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist. Erin has experience training patients in a clinical setting, personal training both the general population and athletes, and teaching group fitness classes.

Jillian Simpson, BS, CEP

Cancer Exercise Specialist

Jillian Simpson is an exercise specialist and group fitness Instructor at Huntsman Cancer Institute and a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She earned her 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate in addition to a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Utah.


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