University of Vermont

Vermont Cancer Center's 17th Annual Breast Cancer Conference


Speaker Biographies


Here is a look at some of the speakers who have presented at past Breast Cancer Conferences, many of whom will be presenting new sessions this year. Please click on the speaker's name for a short biography. More information about the speakers at this year's conference will be available soon!


VCC member Vermont Cancer Center member


Julie Adams, PT, DPT

Paco Aumand, III

Spencer Borden, MD, MBA

Genevieve Bronk

Rebecca Brooks, MSW

Fran Carr, PhD VCC member

Catherine Cerulli, M Ed

Rose Colletti, PhD

Elli Collins, RN, MS, CBCN, AOCNS

Patti Cook

Janis Cooper

Deborah Cornwall

Paul Cucinelli

Ellen Curri, MSW

Tina D'Amato, DO

Kim Dittus, MD, PhD VCC member

Owen Drudge, PhD

Julie Dumas, PhD

Linda Dyer

Elise Everett, MD, MS

Patricia Fontaine, MACP

Janet Franz

Kerri Frenya, MS

Penny Gibson, PA

Clare Ginger

Gale Golden, LICSW, BCD

Roz Grossman, MA

Catherine Hamilton, PhD

Jean Harvey-Berino, PhD, RD VCC member

Curtiss Hemm

Lauren Hierl

Sheila Hollender

Marieke Jackson, MPH

Patti Johnson, RN, OCN, CBCN

Jennifer Kachajian, MA, MPH

Janet Kahn, PhD, LMT

Brendan Kelly, MAc, LAc

Farrah Khan, MDVCC member

David Krag, MD VCC member

Susan G. Lakoski, MD

Alison Lockwood

Richard Lovett, MD

Martha Loving

Robert Luebbers, MD

Armand Lundie

Susan MacLennan, MD

Hannah Marlow

Susan Marx

Kimberly Maynard, RN, MS, OCN

Kathleen McBeth, MA

Wendy McKinnon, MS

Ursula McVeigh, MD

Kathleen Murphy

Patti O'Brien, MD VCC member

Robert Oppenheimer, MD

Matthew Perchemlides, ND, FABNO, MSN, BSN

Charlotte Phillips

Sheila Reid

Kari Rosenkranz, MD

Joanna Schwartz, PharmD, BCOP

Maggi Shadroui, PT, CLT-LANA, Med

Rebecca Singer, RN, ND

Angela Smith

Michelle Sowden, DO VCC member

Brian Sprague, PhD

Mary Stanley, MD VCC member

Phil Trabulsy, MD

Paul Unger, MD VCC member

Ali Waltien, CCLS

Julia Wick, MS, LCMHC

Martin Wolf

Cheung Wong, MD VCC member

Erica Zimmer


Julie Adams, PT, DPTJulie Adams, PT, DPT

Julie has been a practicing physical therapist for 22 years, with a special interest in lymphedema and other conditions related to patients with cancer. She received a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from the University of Vermont and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College. Julie is currently the Manager of the Rehabilitation Outpatient Center at Fletcher Allen Health Care and oversees the lymphedema therapy program. (Session 3.7)

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Paco Aumand, IIIPaco Aumand, III

Mr. Francis (Paco) X. Aumand III has 37 years of law enforcement experience including service at the municipal and State levels in Vermont, and currently is the Division Director for the Division of Criminal Justice Services, for the Vermont Department of Public Safety. The Division of Criminal Justice includes the Vermont Forensic Laboratory, the Vermont Criminal Information Center, Radio Technology Services and the Office of Technology Management. Prior to working for the Department of Public Safety, Mr. Aumand was employed as Executive Director of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, and he served with the Bellows Falls Vermont Police Department for 14 years, the last 7 of those years as Chief of Police. Mr. Aumand serves on several national committees and organizations that focus on the development of justice information systems and improving the quality of individual identifying records. These committees focus heavily on privacy rights and confidentiality of personal identifying information contained in databases. He holds a Master of Science in Administration from St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT. (Session 3.3)

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Spencer Borden, MD, MBASpencer Borden, MD, MBA

Dr. Borden is board-certified in diagnostic radiology, medical management and quality assurance/utilization review. He was a Director, Board of Directors of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). He is a Distinguished Fellow of the ACPE. He was the Chairman of ACPE’s Forum on Entrepreneurship and the Society of Corporate Medical Services. For 15 years, Dr. Borden has served as a Teaching Fellow for the ACPE’s Certified Physician Executive program and leads groups of physician executives through their capstone course. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American College of Radiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Medical Quality and the Center for Health Value Innovation. He is a frequent speaker at national and international symposia and an author of over 50 articles and book chapters in the literature of medical science and medical management. He has taught pediatrics, radiology and medical management at Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania. (Session 3.2)

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Genevieve BronkGenevieve Bronk

Genevieve worked as an operating room nurse for ten years. She served on The Hospital Ship HOPE in Guinea West Africa for a year in the 1960s. Later in life she returned to college and obtained a Phd in Literature from the State University of New York at Albany. She was Assistant Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching Literature at the university for ten years and also taught Creative Writing and a course on Children’s Literature. After retirement she moved to Burlington to be near to her children and grandchildren. (Session 5.6)

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Rebecca Brooks, MSWRebecca Brooks, MSW

Rebecca brings her years of experience working with children and families in the public schools, helping those with special needs, in addition to her more recent commitment to loss and end-of-life issues with people of all ages. Through working on adjustment to chronic illness or facing bereavement after the death of a loved one, Rebecca guides people to discover their own stories of personal strength and helps in the resolution of incomplete grieving. She believes that both individual and group support can help people through these challenging life transitions. (Session 3.8)

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Fran Carr, PhDFran Carr, PhD VCC member

Dr. Carr is a Professor of Pharmacology at UVM College of Medicine. She is internationally known for her research on thyroid function and thyroid cancer. She is currently studying the effects of exposure to low levels of common environmental toxins or endocrine-disrupting chemicals on thyroid function in normal development as well as the possible role in thyroid cancer. (Session 3.1)

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Catherine Cerulli, M EdCatherine Cerulli, M Ed

Catherine spent years as primary caregiver for a loved one with cancer. This experience fuels her passion for teaching self-care and care for others through Touch, Caring, and Cancer and in her private practice. A professional educator and bodywork practitioner, Catherine is devoted to reducing pain, anxiety, and stress through teaching simple, effective skills that deepen self-awareness, support self-care, and increase confidence and competence when caring for a loved one. Her work with clients and their caregivers is informed and inspired by her professional studies, which have focused on the choices and challenges oncology patients face as they seek effective ways to manage and cope with the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial challenges of cancer. She is certified in Jin Shin Jyutsu®, Acupressure, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, and Tai Chi Easy™. (Session 1.9)

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Rose Colletti, PhDRose Colletti, PhD

Rose Colletti, PhD, is a Staff Psychologist in the Cancer Patient Support program and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Section of Surgical Oncology, at the University of Vermont. She obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and has worked in private practice as well as the community mental health sector. In addition to helping survivors and their loved ones cope with the changes that accompany a cancer diagnosis, she is interested in educating survivors about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle during and after treatment. She enjoys physical activity, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and reading. (Session 2.5 and 3.14)

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Elli Collins, RN, MS, OCNElli Collins, RN, MS, CBCN, AOCNS

Elli Collins received her BSN from Georgetown University and her MS in Nursing from Russell Sage College. She is an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at the FitzPatrick Cancer Center in Plattsburgh, NY, with her specialty being breast cancer nursing. She has been active with numerous local, state and national professional organizations including the American Cancer Society, the Association of Community Cancer Centers, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Northern Vermont Oncology Nursing Society. She has chaired numerous patient and professional education programs; facilitates a monthly breast cancer support group; and follows women diagnosed with breast cancer from diagnosis through survivorship. She has been recognized numerous times over the years by her colleagues and patients and has received awards including from the NYS Legislature, American Cancer Society, CVPH Medical Center Foundation, the, and NENY Komen Affiliate. (Session 1.3)

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Patti Cook

Dr. Patti Cook (and, yes, she loves her name) made her first soufflé at 7 and has been reading about and cooking food ever since. Instead of cartoons as a kid, she was devouring every episode of Julia Child on public TV. She earned a Master’s of Science and Doctorate of Education at the University of Vermont and has spent the last 25 years in the food world and in teaching. She has served as Dean of Faculty at the New England Culinary Institute and been a college faculty member at Champlain College and Community College of Vermont. She enjoyed two-plus years at EatingWell Magazine writing recipes and content, developing and testing recipes, and assisting food and prop stylists on photo shoots. Currently, she teaches healthy cooking at the Visiting Nurse Association, is a Culinary Coach at Mansfield Hall, teaches college communications classes, and is developing an app for new cooks as well as associated website and blog. She is living her food dream: she thinks about it, teaches about it, learns about it, reads about it, writes about it, grows it, cooks it, eats it and takes pictures of it. Her passions are developing the places where education and food and teaching people how to prepare simple foods that are healthy and tasty to them. (Session 6.12)

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Janis CooperJanis Cooper

After 30 years in Marketing management and executive positions in Fortune 500 companies, and feeling as if some part of her was left unfulfilled, horses helped guide Janis to clarity about her life’s purpose. Following a year-long training program in Colorado, where she became certified in Equine Learning Facilitation and Coaching, she launched EQnimity where she uses Equine Coaching to help people break out of old patterns, shift limiting thoughts and behaviors, and gain clarity so that they may go after what they truly desire. Her two horses, Logan and Autumn, are her coaching partners together with a larger herd of horses at the facilities she operates from in Waterbury, VT as well as at The Center for America’s First Horse in Johnson, VT. (Session 1.12)

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Deborah CornwallDeborah Cornwall

Deborah J. Cornwall has been associated with the American Cancer Society and its Cancer Action Network as a volunteer leader since 1994, performing a variety of local, regional, and national roles and serving as a media spokesperson before audiences ranging from 16 to 30,000. In May 2013, the New England Division and National American Cancer Society Boards of Directors unanimously awarded her the St. George National Award recognizing her many significant personal and professional contributions to the fight against cancer. She is a breast cancer survivor and wrote a book entitled Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out, based on interviews with 95 cancer caregivers from 19 states and two Canadian provinces, representing 117 cancer patients with over 40 different cancer diagnoses. That book offers both guidance and excerpts from caregivers’ real experience. (Session 2.11)

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Marion Couch, MD, PhD, MBAMarion Couch, MD, PhD, MBA

Dr. Couch is the Interim Chair of Surgery at UVM and Fletcher Allen and an otolaryngologist. She has been named to US News and World Report’s Top Doctors list for 2012-2013. Dr. Couch placed in the top 1% for excellence in Otolaryngology with special expertise in Head & Neck Cancer and Thyroid and Parathyroid Cancer & Surgery. (Session 6.2)


Paul CucinelliPaul Cucinelli

Paul Cucinelli is a nine and a half year breast cancer survivor. He paddles on the “Sisters” Dragonboat team, where he is the only male among 19 other paddlers. Paul does his best to let people know that breast cancer is not a gender-specific disease, and has done a lot of fundraising to raise funds for breast cancer research. (Sessions 5.5 and 6.10)

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Ellen Curri, MSW

Ellen Curri is a continuing care manager with the Comprehensive Breast Program at Norris Cotton Cancer Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. (Session 1.10)

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Tina D'Amato, DO

Tina D’Amato, DO is an Osteopathic Family Physician mainly focusing on women’s health needs. Dr. D’Amato has known she had an elevated risk for breast cancer for the last 30 years so has spent much of her life seeking knowledge on the prevention of cancer and the role of external influences in developing cancer. 10 years ago she learned her risk for ovarian cancer was also increased and realized how much focus was put on cancer cures rather than prevention and early detection. Dr. D’Amato lives in Burlington with her husband David and their “kids”- Fenway, a Boston Terrier, and Picholine, a Pug. (Session 2.8)

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Kim Dittus, MD, PhDKim Dittus, MD, PhD VCC member

Dr. Dittus is an attending physician at Fletcher Allen Health Care and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Vermont. She holds a Ph.D. in nutrition, completed medical school and residency at East Tennessee State University, and a hematology/oncology fellowship at Fletcher Allen. She is pursuing an academic medical career with a research focus on the health-related issues of cancer survivors. (Sessions 1.5, 2.10, 3.5, 4.2, and 5.1)

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Owen Drudge, PhDOwen Drudge, PhD

Owen W Drudge, PhD is a native of Michigan where he obtained his BS in Psychology from Northern Michigan University in 1978. He came to Vermont for graduate school, completing his PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Vermont in 1986. He has specialized in neuropsychology and has worked extensively with individuals with traumatic brain injury, stroke and other neurological disorders, providing assessment, intervention and consultation services. He has been employed at Fletcher Allen Health Care as a staff neuropsychologist since 1996, working for many years providing inpatient care on the Rehabilitation Unit and currently is providing outpatient neuropsychological evaluations through the FAHC Memory Center. (Session 2.10)

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Julie Dumas, PhDJulie Dumas, PhD

Julie Dumas is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Research Track at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She got her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 and her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1996. Dr. Dumas’ research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of memory. Specifically she studies processes that can impair or improve memory such as aging, menopause, hormones, neurotransmitter systems and cancer. (Session 2.10)

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Linda DyerLinda Dyer

Linda Dyer is a 19-year breast cancer survivor and founder of Dragonheart Vermont, a breast cancer and survivor dragon boat organization. She also serves as Director of Survivorship NOW, cancer well programs, and the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. The Dragonheart team hosts this community charity race event and has given over $650,000 back to the community for cancer-related causes. (Sessions 2.9 and 3.9)

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Elise Everett, MD, MSElise Everett, MD, MS

Dr. Everett is a gynecologic oncologist with the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Healthcare. She performed her residency at the University of Washington Medical Center and her fellowship at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Prior to coming to Vermont, she spent five years with the Swedish Medical Center is Seattle, Washington. (Session 2.7)

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Patricia Fontaine, MACPPatricia Fontaine, MACP

With masters in Counseling Psychology and Transformative Language Arts, Patricia Fontaine taught Women’s Studies and social justice for 20 years. As a multi-cancer survivor, she is particularly interested in art and writing as refuge for those living with cancer. Patricia currently teaches an expressive art and writing class called Healing Art & Writing at Hope Lodge in Burlington, and has led numerous workshops at the Breast Cancer Conference. She has self-published a book of cancer poems, Lifting My Shirt, and edited a collection of student work called Healing Art & Writing: Using Creativity to Meet Illness. (Sessions 3.8 and 5.8)

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Janet FranzJanet Franz

Janet created Chair Pilates to encourage people to improve their core strength and mobility in brief intervals, without having to leave their work stations or homes. A professional group exercise instructor and personal trainer since since 1993, Janet is certified by the American Council on Exercise and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and chairs the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She meets with clients at their work, homes and at health clubs in Chittenden County. (Session 4.10)

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Kerri Frenya, MSKerri Frenya, MS

Kerri Frenya is a public health specialist for the Ladies First Program in the Vermont Department of Health. She manages outreach, provider relations and communications for the Ladies First breast and cervical cancer and CVD risk factor screening, diagnostic and treatment program.

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Penny Gibson, PAPenny Gibson, PA

Penny attended Rosalind Franklin University for her PA degree. She then worked in family practice for several years, before transitioning to her current position in Oncology at Fletcher Allen Health Care. She has a particular interest in breast cancer, and also sees patients in the Survivor Program, which focuses on long term issues related to cancer diagnosis and therapies. (Sessions 1.5 and 3.5)

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Clare GingerClare Ginger

Clare Ginger brings a patient perspective as a breast cancer survivor and someone who has undergone genetic testing. She served in the cancer patient mentoring program, and also has participated in panels to review grant proposals for the VT/NH chapter of the Komen Foundation. She is a faculty member at the University of Vermont where she pursues her professional interests in environmental policy through teaching, research, and service. (Session 4.6)

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Gale Golden, LICSW, BCDGale Golden, LICSW, BCD

Gale Holtz Golden is a licensed clinical social worker in full time private practice and a voluntary clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont Medical College where she lectures and consults. She specializes in clinical sexology and works with adults and couples with sexual concerns. She earned a masters degree in social work from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and did post-graduate work in psychology and psychiatry at Syracuse University and Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York. Her most recent publication is In the Grip of Desire: a Therapist at Work with Sexual Secrets which has been translated in Chinese and Czech. (Session 4.7)

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Roz Grossman, MARoz Grossman, MD

Roz Grossman offers mindfulness meditation workshops and Reiki through her business, The Neshamah Center. She has facilitated workshops for cancer patients at Fletcher Allen Health Care through a grant from the Victoria Buffum Endowed Fund. She brings compassion from her own journey of healing from cancer. (Sessions 3.8 and 4.9)

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Catherine Hamilton, PhDCatherine Hamilton, PhD

Catherine has worked in health care policy, management, finance and administration for 25 years in a variety of public and not-for-profit organizations. Her areas of expertise are in strategic planning, health care finance, and health care reform policy and programs to expand health insurance coverage. Dr. Hamilton oversees strategic planning, health care reform, Medicare and retail markets and customer service. Prior to her position at BCBSVT, she worked as a regulator of health plans at the Mayor’s Office of Medicaid Managed Care and in External Affairs for the Human Resource Administration in New York City. Catherine is a lecturer at the University of Vermont Health Care Management program. She received her undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the Robert Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Catherine has served on a variety of non-profit Boards in Chittenden county. Catherine lives in South Burlington with her four sons and husband, Mark Bradley. (Session 6.5)

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Jean Harvey-Berino, PhD, RDJean Harvey-Berino, PhD, RD VCC member

Jean Harvey-Berino received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition from Penn State University and her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Her research focuses on obesity prevention in children and behavioral treatments for obesity in adults; specifically the use of the Internet to deliver behavioral weight control interventions. She is currently funded by National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Agriculture. Dr. Harvey-Berino is a University Scholar and a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and The Obesity Society. Dr. Harvey-Berino is Professor and Chair of the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department and a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Vermont. (Session 2.1)

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Curtiss HemmCurtiss Hemm

Chef Curtiss Hemm is the founder and ExecutiveDirector of Pink Ribbon Cooking, LLC. Chef Curtiss is the former Dean of Culinary Arts and Director of Online Programs at the New England Culinary Institute. Additionally Curtiss was an instructor and program coordinator at Paul Smith's College of Arts and Science. Specializing in the artistic presentation and preparation of food, Chef Curtiss is also the author of Garde Manger: The Cold Kitchen, a contemporary culinary textbook focused on the preparation and artistic expression of charcuterie, salads, sandwiches, buffets and decorative sculptures. Chef Curtiss currently sits on the Vermont Hope Lodge Advisory Committee Council 2013 and the Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer Quality of Life Work Group. Intimately touched by his wife's breast cancer diagnosis and the loss of her mother to lung cancer, Curtiss now channels his professional skills and time toward raising awareness and supporting organizations that are on the frontline in the fight against cancer. (Sessions 3.11, 4.12, 5.14, and 6.10)

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Lauren HierlLauren Hierl

Lauren Hierl, VPIRG’s Environmental Health Advocate, researches and advocates for policy solutions to help keep Vermont’s citizens and environment healthy, focusing primarily on toxic chemicals and recycling issues. Lauren has spent more than a decade working on environmental issues, including endangered species and land protections in California and Washington, DC, and climate change research in South Africa. Lauren received her BA from Dartmouth College in Environmental Studies and Biology, and Master of Public Policy and Master of Environmental Management degrees from Duke University. (Session 1.13)

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Sheila HollenderSheila Hollender

Sheila Hollender is a leading authority on women's issues, environmental health and sustainability. Following a career as a partner in her own New York law firm, she co-founded Seventh Generation with her husband Jeffrey, and helped it grow to become America's leading brand of natural consumer products. She served on the board of Seventh Generation from 1995 to 2011 and served as the company's Women's Environmental Health Advocate. Sheila sits on the boards of the Breast Cancer Fund and Sustainable Health Enterprises. She also serves on the advisory boards of Healthy Child Healthy World and Practically Green. (Session 3.1)

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Marieke Jackson, MPHMarieke Jackson, MPH

Marieke Jackson is a recent graduate of the New Mexico State University Master of Public Health program. She is particularly interested in developing creative ways of disseminating data to a broader audience. In her free time, she does exorbitant amounts of yoga and reading. (Sessions 2.3 and 6.14)

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Patti Johnson, RN, OCN, CBCNPatti Johnson, RN, OCN, CBCN

Patti Johnson is an oncology nurse and the Sexuality Resource Nurse at the FitzPatrick Cancer Center in Plattsburgh, NY.(Session 1.3)

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Jennifer Kachajian, MA, MPHJennifer Kachajian, MA, MPH

Jennifer Kachajian has been an Epidemiologist with the Vermont Department of Health Cancer Registry for approximately eight years. Jennifer graduated with a MA in geography, emphasizing medical geography and Geographic Information Systems in 1997 and a MPH emphasizing women’s health in 1999. After graduation Jennifer worked as a Research Analyst for Silent Spring Institute studying environmental links to breast cancer and as a GIS analyst for the Cape Cod Commission in Massachusetts before relocating to Vermont with her family in 2005. (Sessions 2.3 and 6.14)

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Janet Kahn, PhD, LMTJanet Kahn, PhD, LMT

A massage therapist and a research scientist, Janet has worked to bring the worlds of research and massage therapy together by serving as both the President of the Massage Therapy Foundation and Director of the Massage Research Consortium. She is on the faculty of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a Preceptor in the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative and General Medicine. In 2011, Dr. Kahn was appointed by President Obama to serve on the national Advisory Board on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (Session 1.9)

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Brendan Kelly, MAc, LAcBrendan Kelly, MAc, LAc

Brendan Kelly MAc, LAc, is an acupuncturist and herbalist at Jade Mountain Wellness in Burlington, VT and holds a master’s degree in Chinese medicine,. He is on the faculty at Johnson State College in VT, and at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Florida. He speaks on a wide range of natural medicine topics at school, universities and conferences nationwide. His clinical work includes working with patients to address the root causes of cancer, as well as helping with the side-effects of western treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. (Session 1.12)

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Farrah Khan, MDVCC Member

Dr. Kahn is an Attending Physician, Hematology and Oncology, and a Clinical Instructor, Medicine. (Session L.2)

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David Krag, MDDavid Krag, MD VCC Member

Dr. Krag has held an appointment at UVM since 1991, and has proven to be very valuable as both a professor and a researcher. Five of the students he taught received the President’s Undergraduate Fellowship Award. He is currently serving as the principle investigator on four research grants focusing on breast cancer, tumors, and prodrug therapy. Through his career with UVM, Dr. Krag has served an important part in over 30 different research studies, focusing on all variety of cancers. (Session 2.4)

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Susan G. Lakoski, MDSusan G. Lakoski, MD

Dr. Lakoski is a board-certified cardiologist who received her MD at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She obtained her specialty training in Cardiology and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Lakoski is an expert in cardiovascular prevention and exercise. She is currently the Director of Cardiovascular Prevention for Cancer Patients at the Vermont Cancer Center and the Assistant Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at the University of Vermont. Dr. Lakoski studies how exercise in clinical cancer setting prevents cardiovascular disease and cancer progression. While exercise training is a well-known intervention among cardiovascular patients, this strategy is not routinely taken among cancer patients who are exposed to therapies which can have deleterious consequences on cardiovascular health. As such, Dr. Lakoski’s focus is on exercise training as a therapeutic modality in the fight against cancer and the study of biological mechanisms of protection. (Sessions 1.2, Lunch Keynote, and 5.1)

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Alison LockwoodAlison Lockwood

Alison was born to dance, and loves all sorts of dance with every fiber of her being. Alison studied dance in grammar school (ballroom dance); high school (modern and African dance); university (modern dance); and community classes (bachata, merengue, cumbia, and salsa, zumba, jazzercise and more!). She has taught a variety of types of classes, but when she discovered Nia, she knew she wanted to become certified to teach this beautiful style of dance movement which incorporates body, mind, emotion, and spirit. The joy of movement has been her focus ever since! Alison earned her White Belt in 2011(100 hours of training) and just earned her Blue Belt (100 hours of training) in August, 2013. She has done additional training in choreography (40 hours of training) and the 52 Moves of Nia(40 hours of training). She has also begun to study tai chi to deepen her practice of Nia, which uses martial arts ( aikido, tai chi and tai kwan do) movement; dance arts (jazz, modern, and Duncan dance technique); and healing arts (yoga, Feldenkrais, and Alexander technique) in a holistic approach to health. (Session 1.12)

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Richard Lovett, MDRichard Lovett, MD

Dr. Lovett is an associate professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and sees patients at Radiation Medicine Affiliates, part of the Community Cancer Center at the Rutland Regional Medical Center. He received his MD from the University of Vermont. (Session 5.4)

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Martha LovingMartha Loving

Trained in The Netherlands, Martha Loving is one of six in the USA with a Diploma in Collot Painting Therapy, Medical Section, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland. Ms. Loving, also trained in Sound Balancing, offers sessions using tuning forks. Her private practice in this medical therapy is in the Burlington, VT area. She also teaches classes to people of all ages in visual arts, painting, and she is an astrologer. In her studio she creates Star Chart Talismans™ by commission for energy and protection. (Session 2.10)

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Robert Luebbers, MDRobert Luebbers, MD

Dr. Luebbers is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Vermont. He is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Vermont, and is the Medical Director at South Burlington Family Practice (Fletcher Allen Health Care). He maintains an active clinical practice, with interests in cancer screening and post cancer treatment care. (Session 2.7)

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Armand LundieArmand Lundie

Chef Lundie was raised in a restaurant family and has been in the industry for over 30 years. He began his Sodexo career at Waterman Manor in 2005 and has been the unit chef at University Marché since 2009. The University Marché is consistently voted one of the best dining halls on-campus. Prior to working at the University of Vermont, Lundie was executive chef at The Dog Team Tavern in Middlebury Vermont, where he catered many weddings and celebrities. Most notable customers include: Neil Diamond, Governor Douglas, Melissa Etheridge, James Taylor and the Grateful Dead.Chef Lundie enjoys working with student groups such as Campus Kitchens and assisting students with class projects. At the Annual Battle of the Campus Chef event, Chef Lundie has been a top contender for the past 4 years. (Session 3.12)

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Susan MacLennan, MDSusan MacLennan, MD

Susan E. MacLennan, MD is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at FAHC and UVM College of Medicine. Her practice encompasses a full range of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery with a focus on breast surgery. She has a special interest in breast reconstruction and has been treating women from Vermont and Northern New York for 13 years. (Session 4.5)

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Hannah MarlowHannah Marlow

Hannah Marlow was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer at the age of 29. After healing from chemo, two surgeries and radiation at Fletcher Allen, she took part in “The SCAR Project,” The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women. (Session 3.6)

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Susan Marx

Susan is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher (KYTA), AFAA Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, and is OM Yoga for Women Cancer Survivor certified. (Session 5.3)

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Kimberly Maynard, RN, MS, OCN

Kimberly Maynard is an interdisciplinary clinic nurse coordinator who serves with the Comprehensive Breast Program at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcok Medical Center in New Hampshire. (Session 1.10)

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Kathleen McBeth, MAKathleen McBeth, MA

Kathleen McBeth has been the full time coordinator with the Cancer Patient Support Program for the past seven years. She is a Licensed Psychologist, with a focus on health psychology and adjustment to illness. Kathleen is two-time cancer survivor and has been involved with the Breast Cancer Conference for a number of years, first as an attendee, then as a presenter. Kathleen is a member of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, on the steering committee for Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer, on the Nursing & Allied Health Professional Advisory Committee, and a board member of the Stowe Weekend of Hope. She has presented at the Vermont Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Conference, the Dartmouth Lymphoma Symposium, the Stowe Weekend of Hope, and at the Northern New England Oncology Society annual conference. (Session 4.8)

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Wendy McKinnonWendy McKinnon, MS

Wendy McKinnon is a certified genetic counselor who specializes in genetic counseling and testing for familial cancer. Ms. McKinnon is the genetic counselor for the Familial Cancer Program at the Vermont Cancer Center and Fletcher Allen, a multidisciplinary program for individuals and families at risk for hereditary cancer. (Session 2.6, 3.4, and 4.6)

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Ursula McVeigh, MDUrsula McVeigh, MD

Ursula McVeigh is a palliative care physician and director of the Fletcher Allen Palliative Care Service and Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Vermont College of Medicine. She teaches on various palliative care subjects including communication skills, pain and symptom management and understanding coping and psychological impact of illness. She lives in South Burlington, Vermont. (Session 1.6)

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Kathleen MurphyKathleen Murphy

Kathleen is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. She also serves as a board member for the Vermont-New Hampshire affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She has 25 years of experience in the areas of public service and higher eductaion. (Sessions 1.7 and 2.2)

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Patti O'Brien, MDPatti O'Brien, MD VCC member

Dr. O’Brien provides lymphedema consultations at the Vermont Cancer Center at Fletcher Allen Health Care. She serves as co-chair of the Annual Breast Cancer Conference and has also volunteered with many local nonprofits. Dr. O’Brien is a 14-year breast cancer survivor who has participated in multiple national cancer research studies, including those at the Vermont Cancer Center. She is interested in the long term medical needs of cancer survivors. (Session 2.10, 5.1, and 6.4)

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Rober Oppenheimer, MDRobert Oppenheimer, MD

Robert Oppenheimer, MD, is clinical professor of radiology at the University of Vermont and is an attending radiologist at Fletcher Allen. He spent the beginning of his 20-plus years with Fletcher Allen developing the multidisciplinary Breast Care Center with his colleagues in surgical oncology, pathology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology. (Session 6.13)

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Matthew Perchemlides, ND, FABNO, MSN, BSNMatthew Perchemlides, ND, FABNO, MSN, BSN

Dr. Perchemlides is a Licensed Naturopathic Physician and a specialist in naturopathic oncology. He completed his medical training at theUniversity of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM) , a four-year CNME accredited Naturopathic Medical School, where he graduated first in his class. While at UBCNM, Dr. Perchemlides also earned a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition. Dr. Perchemlides went on to complete his integrative oncology training in a nationally recognized and CNME certified residency program at The Cancer Treatment Centers of America through Bastyr University.(Session 2.11)

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Charlotte PhillipsCharlotte Phillips

Charlotte Phillips has been a clinical massage therapist since 2005, and is currently practicing in Burlington. She specializes in oncology massage, prenatal and relaxation massage. She uses manual lymph drainage, myofascial release, and other massage techniques, as well as her own experience as a cancer survivor to help clients find peace in their bodies. (Session 2.11)

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Sheila ReidSheila Reid

Sheila Reid, Casting for Recovery's (CFR) Vermont/New Hampshire Program Coordinator has been volunteering with CFR for about 8 years and fishing for about 15. She loves to teach casting, especially to women, and is enthusiastic about introducing others to fly fishing. When she is not teaching or fishing, Sheila works as physical therapist at Fletcher Allen in Burlington, Vermont. Other casting session leaders this year will include Susan and Sarah Carter and Rhey Plumley - all volunteers with CFR. (Sessions 2.13, 3.13, and 4.13)

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Kari Rosenkranz, MDKari Rosenkranz, MD

Dr. Rosenkranz is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and the Director of the Comprehensive Breast Program at Dartmouth University's Geisel School of Medicine in New Hampshire. Her practice focus includes breast surgery and melanoma. (Session 4.3)

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Joanna Schwartz, PharmD, BCOPJoanna Schwartz, PharmD, BCOP

Joanna Schwartz is a board certified oncology pharmacist. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Vermont Campus, with a clinical practice site at the Vermont Cancer Center at Fletcher Allen Health Care and UVM College of Medicine. She graduated from Drake University College of Pharmacy, Des Moines, Iowa and completed pharmacy practice and oncology residencies at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. (Session 2.2)

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Maggi Shadroui, PT, CLT-LANA, MedMaggi Shadroui, PT, CLT-LANA, Med

Maggi has been a practicing physical therapist for many years. She graduated from UVM with a BS in PT and from St Michael’s College with a Master’s Degree in education with an emphasis on adult education. She has practiced in many settings and currently works where her interest lie with patients with edema issues in addition to covering Lymphedema Clinic with Dr Patt O’Brien. (Session 3.7)

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Rebecca Singer, RN, NDRebecca Singer, RN, ND

Rebecca Singer is a registered nurse and nursing doctorate with over a decade of experience in humanitarian assistance and development work. Dr. Singer was instrumental in the development of sexual and family violence response programs for the humanitarian organization Doctors without Borders in Africa, including in Liberia, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe, and in Papua New Guinea. In that capacity, she managed the provision of direct service to survivors and developed curriculum and trained health care providers, community leaders, law enforcement officers, lawyers and judges in how to develop sexual and family violence response programs. Domestically, Dr. Singer was the director of health services for a torture treatment center in Denver, Colorado where she provided case management to survivors of torture, as well as training to local health care providers in the provision of culturally appropriate care to recent immigrants to the United States. She has also worked as a gynecological teaching model for the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Singer is proficient in Spanish, French and Hebrew. (Session 1.12)

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Angela SmithAngela Smith

Angela Smith is the Founder of Bright Pink Vermont, a chapter of the only national non profit with an exclusive focus on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. As an education ambassador for Bright Pink, Angela is passionate about educating women (and men!) about the importance of being self-aware and proactive with their health. Angela carries the BRCA1 mutation, and has been a sought-after speaker and writer on the topic of breast and ovarian health, and the issues related to being a high risk young woman. (Session 2.8)

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Michelle SowdenMichelle Sowden, DO VCC member

Dr. Sowden joined the UVM College of Medicine in 2011. Her recent research experience includes a study regarding accelerated partial breast irradiation, as well as a previous study regarding acute hepatic failure and hemorrhage following radiofrequency ablation for liver metastasis. Dr. Sowden has been an invited lecturer for multiple centers and was the recipient of a Breast Cancer Achievment Award at the 12th Annual Lynn Sage Conference. She also received an American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) award for her presentation, “Who Provides Follow Up Care for Breast Cancer Survivors and Does it Make a Difference?” (Session 3.5)

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Brian Sprague, PhDBrian Sprague, PhD

Dr. Brian Sprague, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Vermont. As a cancer epidemiologist he conducts population-level research on breast cancer incidence, detection, and survival. He leads the Vermont Breast Cancer Surveillance System, a member of the national Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, which studies risk-based breast cancer screening strategies. He is currently co-Principal Investigator of the Vermont PROSPR Research Center, which seeks to evaluate the breast cancer screening process and identify factors associated with recurrence after an early stage breast cancer diagnosis. (Session 1.8)

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Mary Stanley, MD VCC member

Mary Stanley, MDMary Stanley is a breast surgeon now in private practice in South Burlington. She specializes in the surgical care of all breast diseases. Mary has lived in the Burlington area with her family since 1998. (Session L.2)

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Phil Trabulsy, MDPhil Trabulsy, MD

Philip P. Trabulsy MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Vermont. He is the Clinical Lead of the Program in Integrative Health at the UVM College of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Program in Integrative Medicine from the University of Arizona having studied under one of the pioneers of Integrative Health, Dr. Andrew Weil. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. His clinical interests include the non-operative approach to musculoskeletal pain using approaches form both the complementary and allopathic disciplines. He has a particular interest in Oncology and Supportive Cancer Care providing guidance in nutritional, lifestyle, mind-body, and acupuncture approaches to enhance the conventional treatments of his patients. (Session 4.1)

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Paul Unger, MDPaul Unger, MD VCC member

Dr. Unger is a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Vermont, co-founder of the Breast Care Center, a hematologist and a medical oncologist on Fletcher Allen’s medical staff. He cares for patients at the Vermont Center for Cancer Medicine & Blood Disorders and at the breast care center at Fletcher Allen. (Session 1.1)

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Ali Waltien, CCLSAli Waltien, CCLS

Ali Waltien is a certified Child Life Specialist funded by the Mahana Magic Foundation to work as part of the Cancer Patient Support Program in Fletcher Allen Health Care. Ali started her Child Life career working with pediatric patients facing a wide range of medical interventions at Vermont Children’s Hospital, before evolving her role to fit the needs of adult patients with children. Ali provides developmentally appropriate education to children to help them prepare for changes in the family, as well as providing opportunities for self-expression through a range of therapeutic activities. (Session 6.3)

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Julia Wick, MS, LCMHCJulia Wick, MS, LCMHC

Julia Wick is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor whose work focuses primarily on health and wellness, with a particular emphasis on emotional issues related to cancer and medical challenges. Julia is a clinician on staff at the Cancer Patient Support Program in Fletcher Allen Health Care and sees individuals facing cancer as well as families and loved ones who are in the vital role of caregiver. Julia has extensive experience in the counseling field and finds her work with those affected by cancer especially meaningful. (Session 6.3 and 3.14)

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Martin WolfMartin Wolf

Martin is responsible for assuring the sustainable design of products at Seventh Generation, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of ecological household and personal care products. Martin brings over 40 years of experience in industrial and environmental chemistry to his work. Working at Seventh Generation, Martin has developed frameworks for environmental product design, helped educate his coworkers, customers, and consumers about the environmental impacts of consumer products and the industries that produce them, successfully lobbied for passage of phosphate bans in a number of states, and brought change to the cleaning products industry through more sustainable product designs. (Session 5.10)

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Cheung Wond, MDCheung Wong, MD VCC member

Dr. Wong is the Director of Gynecologic Oncology at University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care. Dr. Wong received his Bachelors of Arts degree from New York University in 1988 and his Doctorate of Medicine from the New York University School of Medicine in 1992. He completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City in 1996, and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York in 1999. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. In 2000, Dr. Wong moved to Vermont and has been an active faculty member at the University of Vermont, College of Medicine, Division of Gynecologic Oncology and The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Dr. Wong’s clinical practice includes evaluating and treating women with pre-invasive and invasive gynecologic malignancies. Dr. Wong’s research interests include studying the biology (i.e., angiogenesis) of ovarian cancer and possible molecular markers to identify ovarian cancer. Dr. Wong actively organizes and lectures in education programs directed to patients and medical care providers. (Session 1.4)

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Erica Zimmer

Erica Zimmer is a native Vermonter, born and raised in Brandon, VT. She is a teacher who loves to travel and experience new cultures having lived in Chile and most recently the Philippines while serving in the Peace Corps until she discovered a tumor in her breast. That tumor turned out to be an aggressive breast cancer, diagnosed at the age of 34 in September of 2012. Even though she is the first person in her family to be diagnosed with breast cancer, she is BRCA 2 positive. Erica decided to return to Vermont to be close to friends and family while she she underwent treatment. She has used this difficult phase in her life to learn about her disease and genetic mutation so that she can reach out to other cancer patients. Erica has been involved with the Bright Pink chapter in Vermont and also partnered with Rutland Regional Medical Center to create a Young Adult Cancer Survivor support group. (Session 2.8)

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