University of Vermont

The 19th Annual Women's Health and Cancer Conference




The 19th Annual Women's Health and Breast Cancer Conference will feature expert speakers from throughout the region. Speakers marked with an asterisk (*) are members of the University of Vermont (UVM) Cancer Center.


Lynne Balman, EdD

Allyson Bolduc, MD

Frances Carr, PhD*

Catherine Cerulli, M.Ed.

Laura Colello, MS, CGC

Bridget Conry, BA

Kim Dittus, MD, PhD*

Jennifer Dundee, MD

Elise Everett, MD*

Terry Farkas

Patricia Fontaine, MACP

Andrea Fossati, MD

Janet Franz

George Gentchos, MD*

Roz Grossman, MA*

Vicki Hart, PhD

Jean Harvey, PhD, RD*

Jessica Heath, MD*

Chef Curtiss Hemm

Sally Herschorn, MD*

Allison Hicks

Elise Hotaling, MD*

Ted James, MD, MS*

Kristi Johnson, PT, CLT-LANA

Janet Kahn, PhD

Clara Keegan, MD

David Krag, MD*

Amy Littlefield, ND, LAc, FABNO

Shayne Lynn, BA

Deb Malgeri

Susan Marx

Jill Mason

Jennifer May, RD

Kathy McBeth, MA

Wendy McKinnon, MS, CGC*

Pat McKittrick, RN

Nicole Messier, RN, BSN, OCN

Moira Mulligan, MS, CCC-SLP

Robert Nesbit, MD*

Patti O'Brien, MD, PT

Mary Stanley, MD*

Yujing Sun, PhD*

Erin Tsai, MD

Claire Verschraegen, MD*

Christine Weinberger, MD

Julia Wick, MS, LCMHC

Cheung Wong, MD*


Lynne Balman, EdDLynne Balman, EdD

Lynne has spent the better part of 46 years in Elementary Education; teaching all grades, training teachers at the college level, and providing administrative support in Vermont schools. She has been an avid member of Dragonheart Vermont, racing with the competitive SISTERS Team of Breast Cancer survivors at the Hong Kong World Cup Finals and Nationals. Currently, Lynne is overseeing programs and marketing for Survivorship NOW for all survivors of cancer, as part of the administrative team. (Session 4.7)

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Allyson Bolduc, MDAllyson Bolduc, MD

Dr. Bolduc is the co-chair of the 19th Annual Women's Health and Cancer Conference. She is also an Assistant Professor Emerita in the UVM Department of Family Medicine and has remained active in the medical community. She is the former President of the Vermont Academy of Family Physicians (VTAFP) and has served as a delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians. (Session 2.2)

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Frances Carr, PhDFrances Carr, PhD*

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, and 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 1.2)

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Laura Colello, MS, CGC

Laura is a board-certified genetic counselor, currently working for the Familial Cancer Program and the University of Vermont Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1996 with a BS in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. In 1999, she graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with a Master’s Degree in Genetics. (Sessions 2.4, 3.4)

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Catherine Cerulli, M.Ed.

Catherine is a professional educator and bodywork practitioner, is devoted to her clients and their caregivers. Her work, inspired by her experience as a family caregiver for a cancer patient, is informed by her research 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, Aroma-Acupoint Therapy, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, and Tai Chi Easy. (Sessions)

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Bridget Conry, BABridget Conry, BA

Bridget currently serves Champlain Valley Dispensary in the role of Operations Manager. She is responsible for the implementation of the organization’s mission statement and standard operating procedures across all departments from laboratory testing, infused products manufacturing, retail sales to community outreach. Bridget has twenty years of experience in the food industry. She began her career at The City Bakery in New York City. At the age of 22, she was promoted to General Manager, overseeing a multi-million dollar operation that included two retail outlets, a wholesale bakery and a full service catering company. From there, she became a PR coordinator for Greenmarket in New York City, a system of 23 farmers’ markets spread throughout the five boroughs, and on-site manager at the Union Square location, the largest in the organization. Her most recent position in the industry was as General Manager of Haven Cafe and Bakery, a thriving cafe and catering company located in Lenox, MA. (Session 2.11c)

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Kim Dittus, MD, PhDKim Dittus, MD, PhD*

Dr. Dittus is an attending physician at the UVM Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine at UVM. She holds a PhD in nutrition, completed medical school and residency at East Tennessee State University, and a hematology/oncology fellowship at the UVMMedical Center. She is pursuing an academic medical career with a research focus on the health-related issues of cancer survivors. (Sessions 4.4, 6.3)

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Jennifer Dundee, MDJennifer Dundee, MD

Dr. Dundee is a reproductive endocrinologist/gynecologist at the UVM Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at the UVM College of Medicine. Her clinical interests include infertility and the transgender youth program. She is involved in a number of research projects within UVM's Department of Obstretrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services. (Session 2.5)

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Elise Everett, MDElise Everett, MD*

Dr. Everett is a gynecologic oncologist with UVM and the UVM Medical Center. 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. She is both a speaker and a co-chair for this year's Women's Health and Cancer Conference. (Session 3.6)

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Terry FarkasTerry Farkas

Terry Farkas has worked with the Vermont/New Hampshire Komen affiliate for over 4 years and has participated in the Komen races in New York and Vermont as long as she’s been a runner. With a background in accounting and business, she came on board as Executive Director the local affiliate in January of this 2015. (Session 5.6)

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Patricia Fontaine, MACPPatricia Fontaine, MACP

With masters in Counseling Psychology and Transformative Language Arts, Patricia Fontaine has been facilitating workshops for many years. As a cancer survivor, she is particularly interested in art and writing as refuge for those of us living with cancer. She recently self-published a book of cancer poems, Lifting My Shirt, and a collection of student work, Healing Art & Writing: Using Creativity To Meet Illness. (Session 2.2, 3.1, and 4.6)

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Andrea Fossati, MDAndrea Fossati, MD

Dr. Fossati provides integrative medicine and preventive health consultations to patients by referral. Previously a cardiologist, she became interested in helping her patients make lifestyle changes to promote their optimal health and well-being, leading her to adjust her career path. Her areas of expertise include integrative nutrition and lifestyle counseling, stress management and resiliency training, and the safe and effective use of herbal medicines and supplements to complement her patients' conventional medical care. (Session 6.5)

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Janet FranzJanet Franz

Janet Franz uses a combination of professional training and personal experience to motivate people to achieve optimal health and fitness levels. A professional group exercise instructor and personal trainer since 1993, Janet is certified by the American Council on Exercise, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and YMCA-USA. She trains clients at health clubs, worksites, and community spaces around Chittenden County, Vermont. Her specialty classes include muscle conditioning, strength training, traditional aerobics, mat and prop Pilates, senior fitness, children's exercise, and marathon training for novice runners. In addition to instructing exercise, Janet is a mother of two active boys and a professional freelance writer covering health and community news for print and online media. She serves as chairwoman for the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, appointed by Governor Jim Douglas in 2004 and currently serving under Governor Peter Shumlin. (Session 5.4)

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George Gentchos, MDGeorge Gentchos, MD*

Dr. Gentchos is an Associate Professor in the department of Radiology at the University of Vermont, and is director of Thoracic Radiology Division and Co-Director of the Lung Cancer Screening Program. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed radiology residency and thoracic radiology fellowship at the University of Vermont and cardiac MRI fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. (Session 4.5)

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Roz Grossman, MARoz Grossman, MA*

Roz provides a safe, caring atmosphere in her workshops and brings compassion from her own journey of healing from cancer. She has facilitated mindfulness workshops for over 100 cancer patients and caregivers at Tthe UVM Medical Center. She has received extensive training in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program taught in many cancer centers. Roz has a Master of Arts degree in Health Arts and Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies, and an Associates Degree in nursing. She offers meditation instruction and Reiki through her business, The Neshamah Center. (Sessions 2.10, 3.1, 5.10a)

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Vicki Hart, PhDVicki Hart, PhD

Dr. Hart is a cancer epidemiologist and biostatistician interested in using data analysis to support healthcare and other organizations in improving public health in our communities. Her academic research focused on risk factors associated with breast cancer development and on lifestyle factors associated with improved survival and quality of life after treatment for non-invasive breast cancer. (Session 5.1)

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Jean Harvey, PhD, RDJean Harvey, PhD, RD*

Dr. Harvey is a renowned expert on behavioral weight management programs, particularly Internet-based interventions for weight loss and weight maintenance. She is currently collaborating with colleagues at the University of Arkansas to investigate the efficacy of her online behavior weight loss on a larger, more diverse sample. (Session 2.3)

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Jessica Heath, MDJessica Heath, MD*

Dr. Heath is an Assistant Professor the the departments of Pediatrics and Biochemistry at the UVM College of Medicine. She also serves as an attending physician in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology division at the UVM Children's Hospital. She has been a part of UVM since 2015 and is also a member of the UVM Cancer Center. (Session 1.6)

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Chef Curtiss HemmChef Curtiss Hemm

Chef Curtiss Hemm is the founder and Executive Director 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 1.3, 3.11)

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Sally Herschorn, MDSally Herschorn, MD*

Dr. Herschorn is the Division Chief and Medical Director of Breast Imaging at the University of Vermont Medical Center. An Associate Professor of Radiology at UVM’s College of Medicine and member of the Vermont Cancer Center, she has a longstanding interest and involvement in providing high quality breast imaging care and in empowering women to be proactive in their health care. (Session 4.2)

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Allison HicksAllison Hicks

Allison Hicks is a cervical cancer survivor and the president and founder of the Hicks Foundation. She has focused on educating young women about sex and intimacy after cancer and the importance of the HPV vaccine as a cancer prevention tool. She has traveled the world to educate people on these issues, including giving talks in Washington, DC, Salzburg, Austria, and more. (Session 2.2)

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Elise Hotaling, MDElise Hotaling, MD*

Dr. Elise Hotaling is a radiologist in Burlington, Vermont. She received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 6 years. Dr. Hotaling has an appointment as an assistant professor at the University of Vermont. (Session 5.2)

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Ted James, MD, MS, FACSTed James, MD, MS*

Dr. James is a member of the UVM Cancer Center and Division of Surgical Oncology where he serves as Director of Skin and Soft Tissue Surgical Oncology. He manages the surgical care of patients with breast cancer, melanoma and extremity sarcoma. Dr. James is active in cancer research and is also engaged in promoting quality standards in cancer care. He employs a team-based approach to cancer care and believes in involving patients as key members of the treatment decision-making process; making certain to educate patients about their diagnosis and address their treatment priorities. (Session 1.1)

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Kristi Johnson, PT, CLT-LANAKristi Johnson, PT, CLT-LANA

Kristi has practiced physical therapy in Vermont for 20 years and is a certified lymphedema specialist at PT360 in Shelburne, Vermont. She is a certified lymphedema therapist as well as an orthopedic therapist with a second master’s degree in research focused in the field of lymphedema. (Session 2.11a)

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Clara Keegan, MDClara Keegan, MD

Dr. Keegan has been a member of the South Burlington Family Practice since 2011. She handles primary care for all ages. An Assistant Professor at the UVM College of Medicine, Dr. Keegan was named the 2012 recipient of the UVM Faculty Gold Star Award. She has also been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. (Sessions 1.5, 2.9)

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Janet KhanJanet Khan, PhD

Janet is a massage therapist, educator, research scientist and co-developer of the Touch, Caring and Cancer program. She loves to watch families and communities blossom as they discover the power of touch and healing presence within themselves. In 1994she founded Peace Village Projects, a non-profit through which she has offered instruction in these and other mind-body skills to civilians, veterans and active duty military, in the United States, Palestine and Israel. Janet holds appointments at the University of Vermont in the College of Medicine, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. (Session)

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David Krag, MDDavid Krag, MD*

Dr. Krag is a Professor of Medicine at the UVM College of Medicine, where he has held an appointment since 1991. He is a recipient of both the J. Walter Juckett Scholar Award and the SD Ireland Family Professorship in Surgical Oncology. Dr. Krag has dozens of peer-reviewed publications to his name and is a leader in cancer research. (Session 2.1)

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Amy Littlefield, NA, LAc, FABNOAmy Littlefield, NA, LAc, FABNO

Amy Littlefield is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Her residency at Clifton Springs Hospital in New York helped her to cultivate her gift for bridging the gap between high quality conventional medical care and naturopathic medicine. She is board certified through the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. Her passion is working holistically with patients being treated for cancer and their oncology team to provide integrative oncology care. (Sessions 2.7, 3.3)

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Shayne Lynn, BAShayne Lynn, BA

Shayne Lynn is the executive director of the non-profit Champlain Valley Dispensary (CVD), Inc., which he founded in 2011. To accomplish this, Shayne assembled a network of local government representatives and business leaders to help position and finance CVD. The State of Vermont awarded its first medical marijuana license to CVD in 2012. Shayne designed, sourced, and managed the construction of CVD’s cultivation facility and has provided recommendations and public testimony to state regulators in Vermont over the past five years. He now serves as both executive director and cultivation director for CVD. Under his leadership, CVD was awarded a second license for the fourth and final dispensary within the State of Vermont in 2013 and opened Southern Vermont Wellness, Inc. in Brattleboro February 2014. Shayne is a graduate of the University of Vermont. (Session 2.11c)

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Deb MalgeriDeb Malgeri

Deb completed her Yoga Alliance 200-hour Ashtanga certification with Kath McNames at Yoga Vermont in 2011. Focusing on an alignment-based Iyengar style practice building from a strong base to find balance, strength and flexibility. She has practiced, without interruption, since 1992 and attended many workshops and trainings. Her long time practice and continuing education provides a class which allows you to practice a safe and efficient asanas instituting props and modifications (or not) allowing you to leave the class feeling fulfilled and challenged. Class begins with breath work moves to stretching then heats up with postures to strengthen and lengthen, twists to help detoxify and balance the body followed by a deep relaxation with meditation. (Session 1.11)

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Susan MarxSusan Marx

Susan is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher (KYTA). She is also a personal training and group fitness instructor with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She is OM Yoga for Women Cancer Survivor certified and has provided yoga sessions at the Women's Health and Cancer Conference for many years. (Session 6.7)

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Jill MasonJill Mason

Jill Mason ( is a Kripalu yoga teacher with a 500-hour certification. She started practicing yoga in 2009, at age 65, fell in love with it, and soon realized she wanted to teach. She is also a former long-time student of modern, jazz, and West African dance. She teaches Slow Yoga at Laughing River Yoga in Burlington and at Yoga Roots in Shelburne and offers private classes in her home. She also offers her expertise to cancer survivors at Survivorship NOW in Williston. (Session 1.11)

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Jennifer May, RDJennifer May, RD

Jennifer May is a clinical nutritionist with the UVM Medical Center. She is also a part of the Cancer Patient Support Foundation, where she helps patients and their families identify nutritional needs, cope with treatment-related side effects, and provide information on healthy eating throughout the treatment process. (Sessions 1.3, 2.11)

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Kathy McBeth, MAKathy McBeth, MA

Kathy 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. Kathy is two-time cancer survivor and has been involved with the Women's Health and Cancer Conference for a number of years, first as an attendee, then as a presenter. She 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. (Sessions 4.8, 5.12)

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Wendy McKinnon, MS, CGCWendy McKinnon, MS, CGC*

Wendy is a certified genetic counselor who specializes in genetic counseling and testing for familial cancer. She is the genetic counselor for the Familial Cancer Program at the UVM Cancer Center and the UVM Medical Center, a multidisciplinary program for individuals and families at risk for hereditary cancer. (Session 3.4)

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Pat McKittrick, RNPat McKittrick, RN

Pat is a registered nurse who has been employed at the UVM Medical Center for 22 years in Community Health Improvement. Her main role is as a Community Health Coordinator in community outreach. She believes that humor is essential to the healing process, as it adds balance to our lives and reduces stress. (Session 1.7)

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Nicole Messier, RN, BSN, OCNNicole Messier, RN, BSN, OCN

Nicole is the Clinical Program Coordinator/Nurse Navigator for the Upper and Lower Gastrointestinal (GI) and Genitourinary (GU) Multidisciplinary Care Cancer Clinics at The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT. She graduated from UVM in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing and since then has worked as an oncology nurse at the UVM Medical Center in a variety of roles, including staff nurse on the in-patient oncology unit and as a primary nurse in the Department of Surgical Oncology. She has been in her current role as a Nurse Navigator since 2007. She has previously served as a Leadership Council member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN) and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society (NNECOS) and serves as co-chair for NNECOS’s Nursing & Allied Health Professional Advisory Committee (NAHPAC). (Session 1.10)

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Moira Mulligan, MS, CCC-SLP

Moira Mulligan is the manager of rehabilitation therapist at the University of Vermont Medical Center, where she oversees the daily operations of the Rehabilitation Therapy and Physical and Occupational Therapy sites. She also holds an associate professor position with the University of Vermont. She obtained her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Session 4.1)

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Robert Nesbit, MDRobert Nesbit, MD*

Dr. Nesbit is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the UVM Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia, completed residencies at Erlanger Hospital and the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, and finished a fellowship in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery at Charlotte Plastic Surgery. He has been with the UVM College of Medicine since 2005. (Session 5.9)

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Patti O'Brien, MD, PTPatti O'Brien, MD, PT*

Dr. O’Brien provides lymphedema consultations at the UVM Cancer Center at the UVM Medical Center. She serves as an advisor for the Women's Health and 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 UVM Cancer Center. She is interested in the long term medical needs of cancer survivors. (Session L.6)

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Mary Stanley, MDMary Stanley, MD*

Dr. Stanley is a breast surgeon who previously practiced at the UVM Medical Center and who is now in private practice in South Burlington. She specializes in the surgical care of all breast diseases and has lived in the Burlington area with her family since 1998. (Session 4.4)

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Yujing Sun, PhDYujing Sun, PhD*

Dr. Yujing Sun is a cancer researcher working as Assistant Professor in the department of Surgery, School of Medicine, UVM. She graduated from medical school in China in 1996, earned her PhD in Pathology and Physiology in 2005. She has extensive research experience in cancer pathology, cancer immunology, cancer specific antibody generation and currently works on a project designed to create customized anti-cancer immunotherapy strategy. She is also a yoga and mindfulness meditation practitioner, and is currently working on becoming a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and yoga teacher. She just finished a 9 days intensive MBSR practicum training course in Center of Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School in January 2014. (Session 2.10)

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Erin Tsai, MD

Dr. Tsai was born and raised in Springfield, VT. She graduated with honors in biology from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, and worked in nursing on the Oncology Unit at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro prior to returning to Vermont to attend the UVM College of Medicine. She graduated in 2002, and went on to complete radiology residency at The University of Vermont Medical Center with board certification in 2008. Dr. Tsai was fellowship trained at The University of Vermont Medical Center in General Radiology and Breast Imaging, and has worked as a General Radiologist with a focus in breast imaging at The University of Vermont Medical Center since 2008. (Sessions L.4, 4.4)

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Claire Verschraegen, MDClaire Verschraegen, MD*

Dr. Verschraegen is a Professor of Medicine at the UVM College of Medicine and the Deputy Director of the UVM Cancer Center. Certified in both internal medicine and medical oncology, she serves as the Medical Director of Hematology/Oncology at the UVM Medical Center. Dr. Verschraegen is also the primary investigator on numerous clinical trials focused on many different aspects of cancer treatment. (Session 1.8)

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Christine Weinberger, MDChristine Weinberger, MD

Dr. Weinberger is an Assistant Professor in the Dermatology Medicine division of the UVM Department of Medicine. Her research interests include dermatologic surgery, high-risk squamous cell carcinoma, and skin cancer. She also serves as a dermatologist with the UVM Medical Center. (Session 1.9)

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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 University of Vermont Cancer Center and sees individuals facing cancer as well as families and loved ones who are in the vital role of caregiver. She has extensive experience in the counseling field and finds her work with those affected by cancer especially meaningful. (Session 1.1)

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Cheung Wong, MDCheung Wong, MD*

Dr. Wong is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of UVM's Gynecologic Oncology Division. He also has an appintment in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services and is the Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education at UVM. He serves as the Medical Director for Gynecologic Oncology at the UVM Medical Center. He is currently studying molecular markers in ovarian tissue from women with ovarian cancer. (Session 2.6)

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