John Librett, PHD, MPH
cancer survivor // EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
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.
During his cancer diagnosis, John developed a deep interest in meditation and mindfulness; later attending the Soto and Rinzai Schools and training through the White Plum lineage.
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.
Bill Held// program director
Bill started his Yoga journey at 45. What he needed in his life was to find a new purpose and a sense of peace and well being after the loss of his wife to cancer. His experience as a caregiver during that period gives him unique insight into the cancer journey. During the last 9 years, because of his Yoga practice, he has grown physically stronger, mentally clearer and calmer while renewing my spiritual beliefs. Practicing Yoga has allowed Bill to look inward to himself to find the peace he had lost. Bill received his 200 hours teacher's training certificate here in Salt Lake City at We Are Yoga in 2013. Bill teaches Restorative classes, Fundamentals of Yoga, Hatha Basics, and Balance and Core classes. In addition to teaching at the Cancer Wellness house, Bill also conducts classes at the Veterans Administration Hospital, LDS Hospital and 21st Yoga. Bill's goal is to share his knowledge of breathing, stretching, mindfulness and meditation to each student and to give them techniques that they can use in their everyday life.
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
Elizabeth Nelson // Licensed Massage Therapist
Elizabeth has practiced as a licensed massage therapist in Salt Lake City since 2002, graduating from the Utah College of Massage Therapy. Elizabeth works with a range of clients including children, prenatal, seniors and hospice patients, and seeks to improve her client’s sense of well being with each treatment.
Monica LaCome // Massage THerapist // 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.
sofya alikhanyan // Massage THerapist
Sofya moved from the former Soviet Union to Utah 28 years ago. Sofya is a licensed massage therapist since she graduated from Cortiva Institute in March 2108. Sofya is a cancer survivor and currently is in remission. Sofya’s compassion for cancer patients brought her to the Cancer Wellness House to volunteer in helping those who are going through the “journey” she had personally experienced in the past. During those dark days Sofya says she felt vulnerable yet loved and taken care of. Getting better has motivated Sofya to become a licensed massage therapist. By paying forward, Sofya is making changes in people’s lives, and helping those affected by cancer.
jesse rich, m.s. // master nutritionist
Science geek, foody, athlete, and nature lover, Jesse’s passions have developed into a lifestyle and career. After graduating with a master’s degree from the National University of Natural Medicine, Jesse worked in a clinical based setting at Full Circle Care. Working alongside Naturopathic physicians taught Jesse more than he could imagine. In January of 2018, Jesse took his knowledge and began his own nutrition practice. Through his experience and research, Jesse has developed effective nutrition techniques to help clients with health complications.Apart from nutrition, Jesse also is a competitive trail runner. He competes in distances ranging from marathons to 100 mile mountain races.
Maeve Wall // Yoga Instructor
Maeve found yoga over 5 years ago, after moving to New York City from Columbus, Ohio. Overwhelmed with the pace of life in the city as well as the demands she set upon herself at work as a teacher in a struggling school, yoga became a shelter in the storm. Combining physical exercise and wellness with meditation and a connection to the divine presence in all of us, yoga gave her just the balance she needed. Maeve began teaching yoga to her elementary students and then became certified in May of 2018 with Breathe for Change, a social-justice based organization in New York City. Maeve's classes are Vinyasa flows that are modified to the needs of the individuals in the room. She is passionate about cultivating an inclusive, safe, and empowering yoga practice for a diverse range of students. Her teaching prioritizes using positive, permission-based language, honoring the cultural and historical lineage of the yogic tradition, and creating a safe space for all students to explore yoga and themselves.
Maeve recently moved to Salt Lake City and is excited to work as a volunteer offering yoga classes at the Cancer Wellness House. She firmly believes in the healing powers of yoga and hopes to help her students feel more empowered, calm, and mindful on and off of the mat.
Maeve's restorative "Friday Night Flows" at the Cancer Wellness House often begin with meditation and the consideration of a yogic theme. After centering our practice, we move into sun salutations and a few standing poses, with ample modifications available. After that, we slow down the class and take a series of restorative poses, holding each for several minutes. Throughout the class, we connect our breath to our bodies and explore how yoga can impact our immune systems as well as our mental health and overall wellbeing.
Natalie Callinan// Yoga Instructor
Natalie moved to Utah from the UK in 2015. She was only supposed to stay for five months, but her love of the outdoors got the better of her and she now calls SLC home! Natalie discovered yoga shortly after moving to Utah and it has inspired her to live a more mindful and present life. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance approved Vinyasa Flow training with Salt Lake Power Yoga and loves to both teach and practice yoga.
Natalie has had multiple family members and friends whose lives have been impacted by Cancer and previously volunteered for a Cancer Hospice in the UK. She has seen the work that is being done at the Cancer Wellness house and feels passionately about helping wherever she can. She is looking forward to to connecting with the community going forward!
Melissa Burback// Meditation/ yoga nidra teacher
Melissa completed her undergraduate work in Psychology and Biology at the University of Miami in Florida and her Masters in Business at the University of Utah.
A lifelong passion for healing and the sciences drew Melissa to the yogic and meditative disciplines. As a long time dedicated practitioner, she has witnessed the powerful therapeutic effects of the ancient healing arts in herself and countless others. This understanding became even more poignant for her following a nearly fatal bicycle accident in 2008.
Cancer has been a ubiquitous thread throughout Melissa's life as it has touched nearly every member of her family. Melissa has been involved in Western healthcare for her entire career and has come to see that Western medicine is just beginning to grasp the powerful benefits of the Eastern ancient healing sciences.
Having experienced the compelling opportunity for complete transformation and rebirth the meditative sciences offer, she is excited to bring these practices to the Cancer Wellness Community. Thrive on!
SMART MOVE WELLNESS
Kiera Lucich // Smart Move Wellness
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.
Qigong and Tai Chi
SCOTT WHITE // Qigong & Tai Chi MASTER
Scott has been a personal fitness and sports trainer since 1991. He has been practicing Qigong and Tai Chi since 2004. Teaching since 2008. Certified in Tai Chi Easy, Tai Chi Chair and Integral Qigong and Tai Chi through his Master Dr. Roger Jahnke of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi in 2010. Scott is passionate about sharing the ancient healing arts and mindfulness in motion practices of Qigong and Tai Chi to help as many people as he can to learn to discover, activate and circulate their bodies own healing resources for health, vitality, energy, balance, inner peace and More. Learn more about Scott at taichiutah.com * 801-556-5964
Angela Cortese // REIKI Master
I am originally from New Jersey but I now reside in Utah. I work as an IT 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.I am an Advanced Angelic Healing Practitioner, Certified Angelic Reiki Master, USUI Reiki Master, Crystal Reiki Master & Pet and Animal Reiki Master. I 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.
Miriam roche // Health Counselor, Mental health Therapist
Since Miriam was a young girl she has been interested in mental health and how the mind works. This led her to looking for opportunities to help others through their mental health journey as she has been helped throughout her life. Miriam received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Dixie State University. She decided to pursue a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Denver with a concentration in Mental Health and Trauma. She wishes to pursue a career of therapy and clinical social work. She hopes to work with individuals and families and help them learn to navigate life and the hardships that come with it. Miriam's previous experience was working in a residential shelter with women and children experiencing the trauma of intimate partner violence. Through helping them with their trauma and experiences, Miriam became dedicated to teaching others the importance of working on mental health as much as other aspects of their lives.
Eric Stander // Health Counselor, Mental health Therapist
Eric was born and raised in SLC, UT. He learned at an early age that close relationships and effective communication were very important to living a happy life. This desire to build bridges with others and express himself led Eric to receive a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Utah, and then to teach and perform professionally throughout the intermountain west. During this time, Eric felt the need to follow a more clinical calling, which he explored via a master's degree in gerontology at the University of Utah. Eric is very excited for the opportunity to work at Cancer Wellness House, assisting individuals in navigating resources and solutions to achieve the fullest potential of wellness.
Carly B Snow, MA, AMFT, E-RYT // Health Counselor // Marriage & Family Therapist for Salt Lake Mental health // Owner, Soulscape wellness
Carly is passionate, interactive, transparent, and very conversational. Carly believes it is important that we take some time to feel out if we are a good fit for one another. When in alignment, therapy is powerful, transformative, and effective, and it works best when both the client and therapist are committed to the process together. Carly invites your willingness to take risks, to make mistakes, to experience your humanity. Be willing to ask all the questions, to be curious, open, and steadfast in transforming and actualizing to your dreams. All my Blessings. Carly is relatable, personable, and nurturing while willfully walking with you towards the light. Carly is committed as your soul accomplice and ally, as a devoted and loving traveler, to help you to answer the calling of your souls longing. Carly is trained in Somatic Healing, Reiki, Yoga Asana and Depth Inquiry, Wilderness Ritual/Ceremony/Dream Work