Our Cancer Care Therapists

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The Healing Garden is fortunate to have a broadly skilled team of cancer care therapists who provide complementary care and use evidense based, best practices for treatments.

All therapy sessions are by appointment.. Please call Lana at 978-456-3532 for more information.

Acupuncture

Dorene Bowe-Shulman, Lic.Ac., M.Ac.

Dorene has been in practice since 2006 at Be Well and Beyond, an integrative wellness center in Acton. She uses a gentle, effective acupuncture technique to help prevent or mitigate cancer treatment sideaffects. She is a graduate of Cornell University, Heller Graduate School of Brandeis University, and the New England School of Acupuncture.

JoAnn Simon, RD, LAC, MS

Professionally trained in acupuncture, JoAnn has been in practice since 1983. She also maintains a private practice in Littleton and Wayland, where she offers her training in Chinese herbal medicine and nutrition.

Art

Sheri Kennedy, BFA, Ed.M

Sheri Kennedy holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Connecticut and a Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is the President and Founder of Art-Think, an organization that offers workshops in corporate and healthcare settings to help people reboot their creativity on a regular basis (http:www.art-think.com). Workshops draw upon visual art-making, the fine arts, expressive arts therapy, mind-body techniques, yoga, and business innovation tools to teach people how to be more productive, to contribute more innovative ideas to their workplace, and to improve their well-being at the same time.

Counseling

Susie Allen, MDIV

Rev. Susie Allen is a spiritual director, organizational and leadership consultant, and founding member of the Kairos Spiritual Life Center in Worcester, MA. She received her Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, and focused her studies in the areas of Faith, Health and Spirituality. She has been offering spiritual direction for 6 years, and was trained for her leadership through Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. www.SusieNAllen.com

Susanna E. Bedell, MD

Dr. Bedell is a gifted educator and wellness counselor.

Fran Booth, LICSW

Fran Booth LICSW teaches meditation to quiet the mind and discover personal strategies for growth and healing. In her Andover office she offers tools for decreasing anxiety, preparation for medical procedures, pain management, and counseling for coping with a cancer diagnosis. www.francesbooth.com

Karen Crain Cote, RN, MSN

Karen has over 35 years of experience in nursing, group facilitation and the delivery of integrative care. She spent many years of her nursing practice in oncology and hospice care. Karen is the former Director of Integrative Care at The Healing Garden, and has continued to run the Post Treatment Support Group. Karen brings a unique perspective as a woman who has had a diagnosis of breast cancer, and is committed to making the journey easier for those in her group. Currently, she is a nurse care manager for the NICU at Boston Children's Hospital. 

Blanche Dietz, LICSW, DCSW

Blanche is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who guides Healing Garden clients in regaining a sense of control in their lives; she provides individual psychotherapy and leads support groups. Her goal is improved client ability to cope with the treatment experience through practice of stress-reducing relaxation and meditation techniques. Blanche is also a trained couples therapist with many years' experience in working with clients who have relationship challenges.

Helene Gagliano, LICSW

Helene Gagliano is a seasoned Psychotherapist and Medical Counselor with a NASW Special Certification in Health Care, who offers her patients hope and compassion during their cancer journey. She offers encouragement and empowerment as you navigate treatment choices. She has a special interest in supporting the emotional healing needed for those with metastatic cancers or those who are post treatment. After serving for years on an Interdisciplinary Medical Team at Emerson Hospital, Helene has a breadth of knowledge related to the course of cancer treatment and how the medical system operates. Helene believes in a holistic and palliative care approach to medical treatment and has presented her therapeutic knowledge on a local and national level.

Marilyn Brine Gilmour, LICSW, MSW

Marilyn Brine Gilmour, MSW, LICSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 40 years of experience in the field. In addition to her work as a psychotherapist, Marilyn has practiced Reiki since 1998. She has trained in EMDR, hypnotherapy, and several mind/body modalities. Marilyn has a special interest in the area of psychological trauma and experience in hospice as well as crisis intervention. She is a long time support group facilitator for women living with metastatic breast cancer. Natick Counseling and Holistic Therapies www.transforming-trauma.com

Marcia Lewin Berlin, LICSW

Marcia is a psychotherapist specializing in loss and bereavement issues for individuals and their families. She is a home based Hospice Social Worker with an advanced certificaiton in Hospice and Palliative Care. For over twenty five years, she has run a private practice and been a group facilitator with training in dreamwork, mindfulness, EMDR, Reiki and family systems work. She currently runs a Post Treatment Support Group at The Garden.

Elaine Olmstead, RN, CS, MS

Elaine is a psychiatric nurse clinical specialist, with more than 30 years of experience, who also maintains a private practice with Streff Associates in Acton, Massachusetts. She has worked with people with a wide variety of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, and has expertise in the emotional and psychosocial aspects of medical illness. Elaine uses relaxation techniques, hypnosis, guided visualization, and cognitive therapy, and promotes integration of mind, body, and spirit. She provides individual and family counseling, and leads a metastatic support group at The Healing Garden.

Joan Scialo Rubin, RN, BSN, HWNC-BC

Joan is a board certified Health and Wellness Nurse Coach and a practitioner of Reiki, Healing Touch, and Cranial Sacral Therapy. Theses modalities work through light touch with a focus on relaxation, pain management, and promotion of self healing. She is also a Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education facilitator. Joan has more than 25 years experience helping families with behavioral health challenges. She is passionate about assisting people through education and wellness practices to become more aware of their health care needs, and empowering them to achieve optimal health. www.nursecoachjoan.com

Jane Shustin, LICSW, MSW

Jane embraces an alternative, progressive approach integrating psychotherapy with clinical hypnosis, biofeedback, stress management, and relaxation training. Practicing privately at a holistic health center in Groton, she has been helping people make wanted changes in their lives for more than 25 years. In individual and group contexts, her methods help calm the nervous system, reduce anxiety and worry, and restore balance to the mind and body. Jane is certified as an Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. www.janeshustin.com

Dana Snyder-Grant, LICSW

Dana is a freelance writer and clinical social worker, specializing in chronic illness and disability. She worked for many years as a psychotherapist at The Eliot Center in Concord, Massachusetts, helping individuals and groups cope with medical illness and its challenges. Dana has brought her skills to The Garden where she runs our Journaling Support Group and counsels individuals facing a diagnosis of cancer or other serious illness. Dana uses writing, relaxation and meditation for healing in her work. She has also facilitated groups and workshops for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is the co-author of Women with Chronic Illness: Overcoming Disconnection and author of Just Like Life, Only More So and Other Stories of Illness. www.Snyder-Grant.org/Dana

Exercise

Katherine W. Lee, LMT, RPP

Katherine is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered Polarity Practitioner, and certified yoga instructor. She offers healing bodywork sessions using polarity energy balancing and therapeutic massage to deepen relaxation and expand inner awareness and harmony. Her weekly yoga classes recognize the need for individualized attention, and provide space for each student to open up her body and breath in a loving, safe, and mindful way.

Carol Mielo Swerzenski

Carol is a professor of psychology, a consultant in Complementary Care, and a daily practitioner of Qi Gong for more than 20 years. www.transformativepractices.org

Pam Turci, CMT, CLM

Pam is a certified Muscular Therapist, in practice since 2005, who practices Swedish relaxation massage, as well as Core Integration Movement Massage (CIMM) and Positional Release Therapy (PRT). The latter two are very gentle techniques for relaxing tight, contracted tissues in the body. CIMM has been developed from the work of Moshe Feldenkrais; it enables clients to learn new movement patterns that will alleviate habitual contraction of muscles that are currently being strained in daily activities; it can also improve posture and flexibility. Pam, who lives in Harvard, has also been trained in Tracy Walton’s method of Caring for Clients with Cancer.

Nancy Webber, BA, RYT

Nancy is a certified teacher for the popular Strong Women Program (an exercise and nutrition wellness program developed at Tufts University), as well as a member of the ASFA (American Senior Fitness Association) and an RYT200. Nancy teaches for the Council on Aging in Harvard, and is a professional fitness instructor and former Healing Garden client.

Healing sound therapy

Bernadette Yao

Bernadette is a Mind-Body Music & Reiki Therapist, who trained for four years at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. She offers individualized energy healing sessions and group workshops. As a musician for over 30 years, Bernadette combines her unique blend of energy healing through music (vocals, crystal singing bowls, guitar, harmonium, keyboards, percussion) to create a soothing sound healing experience. www.bernadetteyao.com

Horticultural therapy

Kerry Lewis, ASLA

Kerry is the principal of a landscape design firm, Kerry Lewis Landscape Architects, providing complete design services from site analysis and master planning through construction administration. Kerry is certified in Healing Garden Design and Horticultural Therapy. She works with private clients and organizations, providing an exceptional form of therapy that improves relaxation, decreases depression, relieves pain and uniquely enhances sense of worth and purpose. www.klla.com

Integrative bodywork

Catherine Collins, RN, MS, CHES, QTTP, CR

Catherine is a Registered Nurse, Health Educator, and practitioner of Therapeutic Touch and Reflexology. Therapeutic touch is an intentionally directed process of energy exchange during which the practitioner uses the hands as a focus to facilitate the healing process. The technique promotes relaxation, alters perceptions of pain, and mobilizes an individual’s own healing energies to restore health, balance, and order. Catherine also provides Integrative Imagery in her work.

Julie Fowler

Julie is a Certified Practitioner of Eden Energy Medicine as well as an Authorized Eden Energy Medicine 101/102 Class Instructor. She also has Advanced Energy Medicine training in working with cancer and other immune system issues. Julie has completed course work through the National Institute of Whole Health. There she had the opportunity to learn about looking at health and wellness from a physical, nutritional, emotional, spiritual and environmental perspective. Julie is also trained in, and uses other energy healing modalities including ART (Allergy Release Technique), Homeopathic First Aid and Reiki Jin Kei Do. www.innersource.net

Katherine W. Lee, LMT, RPP

Katherine is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered Polarity Practitioner, and certified yoga instructor. She offers healing bodywork sessions using polarity energy balancing and therapeutic massage to deepen relaxation and expand inner awareness and harmony. Her weekly yoga classes recognize the need for individualized attention, and provide space for each student to open up her body and breath in a loving, safe, and mindful way.

Maria Loring, LMT, NCTMB, CLL

Maria is a member of the Society for Oncology Massage, and is dedicated to serving people with cancer. Her wide range of personal experiences informs her massage practice; she has cared for a daughter with cancer, and has pursued a rich path of self-discovery and wellness that includes psychotherapy, macrobiotics, yoga, Pilates, homeopathic medicine, acupuncture, and co-counseling. She has enjoyed being an avid and active athlete, engaging in tennis, cross-country cycling, and figure skating.

Joan Scialo Rubin, RN, BSN, HWNC-BC

Joan is a board certified Health and Wellness Nurse Coach and a practitioner of Reiki, Healing Touch, and Cranial Sacral Therapy. Theses modalities work through light touch with a focus on relaxation, pain management, and promotion of self healing. She is also a Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education facilitator. Joan has more than 25 years experience helping families with behavioral health challenges. She is passionate about assisting people through education and wellness practices to become more aware of their health care needs, and empowering them to achieve optimal health. www.nursecoachjoan.com

Kate Smyers, RN,BSN, Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner

Kate Smyers is a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing with over thirty years of experience in health care. She has seen the power of combining Eastern and Western medicine to treat the whole person, partcularly through the ancient Japanese healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, sometimes called acupuncture without needles. Her healing technique reduces the effects of stress, facilitates clients' own healing capacity, and promotes optimal health. www.katesmyers.com

Marilyn Strong, RN

A Registered Nurse, Reiki Master and Vice President of Solar Design Associates, LLC for over 30 years, Marilyn Strong has worked in a variety of clinical and complementary therapy settings. Active in many initiatives for the health and safety for all, she is also an apitherapist she has studied several years with the American Apitherapy Society. She has been a volunteer hospital clown, volunteered with the Nature Connection, and been a launch partner for Beyond Nuclear. In her spare time, she likes to dance to the heart and soul of connection. www.marilynstronghealth.com

Jacqueline Sullivan Wyco, LMT, RMT

Jacqueline Sullivan Wyco LMT, RMT is a licensed massage therapist with a degree from the John Winslow Institute of Massage Therapy and is also a Reiki Master/ Teacher. Jacqueline is trained in oncology massage and Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapy. She offers presentations on the benefits of massage and Reiki to cancer patients, oncology medical students and support groups. Jacqueline has operated her business on educating and empowering her clients to make the best decisions for improving and maintaining their own health. www.jswtherapies.com

In addition to her career as a bodywork therapist, Jacqueline is also a professional chef with more than 25 years of experience. She is a strong believer in the role food plays in nourishing, nurturing and replenishing the soul.

Pam Turci, CMT, CLM

Pam is a certified Muscular Therapist, in practice since 2005, who practices Swedish relaxation massage, as well as Core Integration Movement Massage (CIMM) and Positional Release Therapy (PRT). The latter two are very gentle techniques for relaxing tight, contracted tissues in the body. CIMM has been developed from the work of Moshe Feldenkrais; it enables clients to learn new movement patterns that will alleviate habitual contraction of muscles that are currently being strained in daily activities; it can also improve posture and flexibility. Pam, who lives in Harvard, has also been trained in Tracy Walton’s method of Caring for Clients with Cancer.

Dona Villandry, RE

Dona has 25 years' experience providing facial massage therapy, which is designed to relax your body and calm your mind. Using organic products, this extensive massage of your face, neck, and shoulders deeply nourishes your skin, eliminates toxins, and stimulates collagen production. Feel the love as warm towels scented with aromatic oils are gently wrapped around your head and neck, and a hand and arm massage is added to this truly amazing experience. According to studies at the Touch Research Institute in Miami, touch in the form of massage during aesthetic treatments helps to reduce pain, mood disturbance (anxiety, anger, depression, confusion), and fatigue in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Lisa W. MacDonnell, M.T.

Lisa is a licensed body and energy worker who has had a private practice in Concord since 1990. She currently brings together her years of study and experience under one body-centered therapy called, Guided Self Healing (GSH). GSH effectively integrates body-centered psychotherapies, energy healing and spirituality to enable clients to open to their natural healing abilities to feel more empowered, present and alive. Lisa also assists clients in preparing for surgery holistically to achieve optimal results. Lisa is certified in oncology bodywork, reflexology, Reiki Master, and Spiritual Psychology. Lisa is a Oneness Blessing Giver. www.lisawmacdonnell.com

Page Wasson, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), CLL

Page is a certified Shiatsu therapist who has had a private practice in Lincoln since 1997. She “listens” with her fingers and responds with sensitivity to the varied needs of each individual. Her gentle touch along the body's energy meridians facilitates deep relaxation and restores a sense of ease and well-being to body, mind, and spirit. In addition to her education and experience in Oriental Medicine, Page brings to her practice in-depth backgrounds in yoga, anatomy, dance, meditation, and competitive swimming. www.pagewasson.com

Music therapy

Nutrition

Sandra Peck, RD, EdM

Sandra is a Registered Dietitian with over 25 years of experience in the nutrition field. Sandra has worked as a clinical nutritionist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a community nutritionist with New England Dairy & Food Council. She is a graduate of Montclair State University in New Jersey, MGH Dietetic Internship in Boston, and Harvard School of Education. www.inbalance-nutrition.com

You are a person, not a disease, and you can live well with cancer, and beyond. We are here to help you.

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