John Librett, PHD, MPH // executive Director
As a cancer survivor, Dr. Librett is a past member of the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Public Health Advisory Board, Clinical Director of the American Medical Athletic Association's Clinical Advisory Board and past chair of a White House Federal Interagency Health Council. Dr. Librett is a former health scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Institute Clinical Conference Series in Preventive Medicine. Dr. Librett is recognized for his leadership in preventive medicine, clinical translation and health policy. On these issues, John has worked with the White House, the US Department of Health and Human Services; and the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as governments and corporations in Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the U.S. In addition to his business development, Dr. Librett's health policy research has appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, World News Tonight, and NPR's Morning Edition, to name a few. Dr. Librett is a Founder of the First Ascent Fund, President/Founder of Behavioral Science International, Founder/CEO of Survivor Healthcare, and Adjunct Professor with the University of Utah, College of Health.
KATY PANGE // Program Director
Katy graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors degree in Social Work. She began volunteering for Cancer Wellness House in 2010, when her mom started to attend the Cancer Wellness House as a client. She was drawn to the Cancer Wellness House because she saw the positive impact it had on her mom and she wanted to help others through their journey. Katy's mom was diagnosed with Lymphoma and her brother was diagnosed with Melanoma. Her connection with cancer, led her to an internship with the Cancer Wellness House. The Cancer Wellness House creates a space where those who have been effected by cancer find a safe place. It became place where clients are able to connect with those who have gone through something similar and clients realize that this journey doesn't have to be a lonely one. That's why she chose to continue her work with CWH, the impact it has on the cancer community is incredible and is something you can't find anywhere else.
Kiera Lucich // Restorative Yoga
Kiera Lucich is a neural integration specialist and owner of Smart Move Wellness in Salt Lake City, Utah. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Kiera taught and performed dance professionally throughout the United States until landing in Utah in 2013 for a dance and yoga directorial program position at an international boarding school. Over the years, her love for dance evolved into a deep passion for wellness through neural integration, a movement-based method for rehabilitating neural pathways. Drawn to the holistic services of the Cancer Wellness House, Kiera is weekly volunteer serving as a restorative partner yoga practitioner, specializing in pain management and energetic balancing. She also serves as a Cancer Wellness House board member, with the goal of continuing their mission to build a wellness community, provide support and encourage people to live their brightest life as they conquer cancer.
Ria Sandhu // Yoga Teacher
Ria received her Yoga Alliance approved 200-Hr teacher training program certification and started volunteering at the Cancer Wellness House during the summer of 2016. She teaches a gentle practice geared towards cancer patients and friends wanting to find a space to breath, stretch, and relax once a week. Ria is currently a student pursuing her biomedical engineering degree at the University of Utah. She believes in using yoga as a means to release stress and keep calm during the pressures of daily life. Along with yoga, she loves to explore the outdoors, ski, climb, paint, and play with her two dogs. Ria also contributes to the local refugee community by selling custom designed shirts. Come to her weekly class for some chill vibes.
Chanon Homdee // Yoga Teacher
I moved to Salt Lake City in 2011 to attend a business school. Although I was raised in Thailand and surrounded by many Buddhist friends and family, I took the practice of meditation for granted. I discovered yoga during my time at the University of Utah. I joined a class for my college credits, and did not expect much from it. I only saw it as an exercise class for me to get some weekly stretching done. However, now I am more deeply aware of the healing benefits of yoga for the mind and the body. From this perspective, I enjoy sharing my passion with the cancer community. As a University of Utah alumni I am currently working at a commercial bank as an analyst.
Louise Gallagher // AcupuncturE
Louise Gallagher, L. Ac. recently opened her acupuncture practice in Park City.
In building her patient base, a key focus will be helping patients with cancer treatment-related conditions take an active role in improving their health and quality of life. This has been a passion for the past six years.
She has seen first hand all of the ways that acupuncture and other healing methods can successfully alleviate pain, as well as reduce the severity of symptoms and side effects of illnesses and medical treatments. In addition to acupuncture, Louise uses e-stim acupuncture, moxibustion, gua sha, cupping and reiki in treating patients. Louise is a nationally certified Diplomat of the NCCAOM (acupuncture's national governing board), is licensed in Utah and holds a Masters in Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York and San Diego. Prior to moving to Park City, she treated patients in Dory Ellen Fish's private acupuncture practice in Bryn Mawr, PA for five years. Other conditions that Louise has successfully treated include stress and anxiety, infertility, gastrointestinal and auto-immune diseases and musculoskeletal problems.
Bea Hammond // Acupuncture
Bea Hammond is a third generation healthcare provider. She grew-up in Berlin, Germany. She received her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz in 2001. After practicing acupuncture in California for seven years, she opened the Harmony Acupuncture Clinic here in Salt Lake City in 2008. She treats a variety of health problems, including mental and physical disorders related to stress, hormone imbalance, infertility, post-surgical recovery, migraine headaches, digestive disorders, immune deficiencies and various pain syndromes, as well as side-effects from cancer treatments. She has also worked as an Acupuncture Detox Specialist, providing ear acupuncture to youth in the juvenile justice system to reduce their withdrawal symptoms, cravings and stress. She does a lot of volunteer work with cancer survivors. She helped start the free treatment program at The Cancer Wellness House, and provides free acupuncture treatments once a month.
Karena luttmer// acupuncture oriental medicine
Karena Luttmer earned her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is certified as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM.). Karena completed an internship at the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China, receiving advanced certification in clinical Chinese Herbology. Training includes adjunctive therapies such as moxibustion, tuina, shiatsu, acupressure, cupping, auriculotherapy, electrical stimulation (e-stim), and dietary/lifestyle recommendations. Karena runs her own practice, Thrive Acupuncture of Utah and works at Primary Children’s Hospital as the Integrative Medicine Practitioner, providing both inpatient and outpatient care to children
Angela Cortese // Reiki Master
I am originally from New Jersey but I now reside in Utah. I work as a software project manager but have always been drawn to nature and helping others and find that it’s what truly makes me happy. I found at a young age that I had a natural ability to heal animals and have grown that love of healing into my own Angelic Crystal Reiki business www.crystalenergyangelichealing.com. I am a certified Angelic Healing Practitioner, Angelic Reiki Practitioner, Reiki Master, Crystal Reiki Master & Pet and Animal Reiki Master. I like to use a combination of natural Crystals, Crystal Grids, Angel and Reiki energy, combined with Tibetan and Crystal singing bowls to help heal. My goal is to share my gifts to help as many people, pets and animals as possible.
Monica LaCome // Gentle Scar Tissue Release
Monica has more than 17 years of experience as a licensed massage therapist in Utah.
Monica graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2000. Monica is trained in Oncology Massage and has spent many hours volunteering with oncology clients. She also works as a hospice massage therapist. Working with patients and their caregivers is Monica’s passion.