Cancer Wellness House

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RIA SANDHU

Ashly Dean is a 1st year MSW Intern from the University of Utah.  She is passionate about helping people with chronic illness accept their present challenges and find ways to enjoy life.  Ashly has struggled with a rare sciatic nerve injury in her hip for the last five years.  She understands not only the physical, but emotional burdens that accompany illness.  Through much trial and error, she has found success in improving her health by practicing yoga and meditation.  She loves that the Cancer Wellness House offers these services to clients and believes mental and physical health are strongly intertwined.  Her goal as a Wellness Counselor is to help others navigate this journey to find what works for them.  Ashly has taught art and English for the last nine years.  Before teaching, she worked in a rural hospital doing health promotion, grant writing, and non-profit work.   Ashly is from Idaho and has a blended family of four kids.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, traveling, skiing, photography, nature, hot springs, and home improvement.

Katie is a licensed massage therapist, specialized in medical massage, and as a Certified Yoga Instructor trained in Thai Partner Yoga Therapy, who sees the vital connection between the body and the mind. Katie works as an executive assistant in a startup company and owns her own massage and yoga business. She has specialized in yoga for adolescence girls and believes the relationship a girl has with her body affects every area of a her life."When a girls sees her body as a “best friend for life,” she can be the leader she was born to be!"  Being a “whirlwind” of energy and personality, Katie keeps herself channeled by reading, writing, dancing, and running. She is a “mother” to many green and growing plants and loves starting the morning off with a cup of warm herbal tea. She truly love life, people, and the experience of living!.

Program Director

KATIE MCFARLAND

As a cancer survivor, John is a past member of the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Public Health Advisory Board, Clinical Director of the American Medical Athletic Association's Clinical Advisory Board and past chair of a White House Federal Interagency Health Council. John is a former health scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and a Co-chair of the Cooper Institute Clinical Conference Series in Preventive Medicine. John is recognized for his leadership in preventive medicine, clinical translation, and health policy. On these issues, John has worked with the White House, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as governments and corporations in Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the U.S. In addition to his business development, John's health policy research has appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, World News Tonight, and NPR's Morning Edition, to name a few. John is a Founder of the First Ascent Fund, President and Founder of Behavioral Science International, and Adjunct Professor with the University of Utah, College of Health. John's additional interests include cyclocross racing, traveling, and exploring with his family Allison, Sophie, and Nick.

Alyssa grew up in the small, mountain town of McCall, Idaho where she learned to love skiing, hiking, trail running, and spending time in the outdoors with her friends and family. She got her 200 Hour RYT certificate her senior year of high school, right before graduating and moving to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah. She is now a second year student studying Nursing with a minor in Nutrition. She has a passion for teaching yoga at the Cancer Wellness House because her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago. She is now cancer free! However, throughout her treatment they attended gentle yoga classes together & she witnessed directly how healing yoga is for the human body physically, mentally, and emotionally - especially for those going through or recovering from cancer. "It is my goal to graduate with a BS in Nursing and further integrate yoga as a part of the human healing process."

consultant

Cami Gillett, LAc., is a Utah licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She graduated with her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2012 from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota, where she was born and raised. She is board certified in Acupuncture by the National Certification Committee of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Growing up, Cami suffered with chronic anxiety and sleep issues. However, her first experience with acupuncture was for sinus congestion! Her initial acupuncture treatments were so success that she continued care with more focus on chronic conditions. The amazing improvement she had in her own health motivated her to pursue a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cami has a passion for helping others find their health. She has worked in a wide variety of settings from hospital trauma wards, assisted living, chiropractic offices, as well as multiple gyms. She enjoys spending time outdoors, doing yoga, hiking and spending time with her family.

Wellness Counselor

Jin shin jyutsu team

LIZ FREEMAN, msw inTERN

WELLNESS COUNSELOR


Ria is currently an undergraduate junior studying bioengineering at the University of Utah. She is Yoga Alliance approved 200-Hr teacher training program certified. She started volunteering with the Cancer Wellness House in the Summer of 2016. She likes to oil paint, draw, hike, ski, and of course teach yoga! 

CAMI GILLETT

Bea Hammond is a third generation healthcare provider. She was born and raised in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to California in 1984. She volunteered in the Bay Area for numerous cancer organizations. She sat on the steering committee of the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic and worked for them first as a massage therapist and later as an acupuncturist. She also organized the "Women and Cancer Walk" in San Francisco. Bea received her master's degree in Chinese Medicine in 2001 from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz. Her wife and their son moved to Salt Lake City in 2008 where she opened Harmony Acupuncture Clinic in the Sugarhouse neighborhood. She was instrumental in setting up the acupuncture program at the Cancer Wellness House and has been volunteering here ever since. Listening, supporting and helping her patients feel better has been her passion.

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Z Health/ Restorative Yoga

Karena Luttmer earned her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from Southwest Acupuncture College in August 2012. This three-year program consists of 3,000 hours of didactic and clinical education. She was certified as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in August 2012, which includes certification in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Clean Needle Technique. After graduation, Karena completed an internship at the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China, receiving advanced certification in clinical Chinese Herbology. Karena’s training includes adjunctive therapies such as moxibustion, tuina, shiatsu, acupressure, cupping, auriclotherapy, electrical stimulation (e-stim), and dietary/lifestyle recommendations. She is a native of Utah growing up in Salt Lake City and Park City areas. She graduated from of the University of Utah in Psychology and has continued studies in Sociology and Behavioral Sciences. Additionally, she enjoys outdoor activities as well as taking part in community events.

Carly Snow is a New Jersey native. She lives in SLC with her husband and two dogs. She spent her undergraduate studies at Indiana University Bloomington, where she graduated with a B.A. in Arts and Sciences. During the lapse of time between graduating with her undergraduate degree and taking on graduate school, she has invested a lot of time in personal work and meditating on who she is and fostering a constant relationship with her soul’s language. She has attended countless trainings for yoga and pilates guidance, and has had the pleasure to hold space throughout the globe in various pockets of the country. She believes in the power of movement and integrating physical health with emotional, spiritual, and mental wellness. She is currently obtaining her Masters degree in Counseling and In Depth Psychotherapy through Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Carpentaria, CA. In the near future, after accumulating many hours in supervision and practicum facilities, she will be licensed as an L.M.F.T. She intends to help many individuals find their souls calling while embracing the symptomatic experiences of being and living as a human on this earth. When not working with patients, or teaching, she spends a good amount of time tending to self-care and receiving her own personalized care through massage, psychotherapy, hiking, and when life allows floating among the ocean and river beds.

MARY DEWALL

acupuncturist 

CARLY SNOW, MFT Intern

​​JOHN LIBRETT, PhD, MPH 

Wellness Counselor


 Liz Freedman is a 2nd year MSW intern from the University of Utah.  She has a bachelor’s degree in health promotion & education, an early childhood teaching certificate, and now finishing up her Masters degree in social work. Before moving to Utah for graduate school, she was teaching kindergarten internationally. During her childhood, her family also moved around a lot. She has lived all over the world. People will often ask, “ Where are you from?” She considers herself to be a global citizen.She is passionate about traveling, volunteering, learning about cultures, trying new things and connecting with people. During Liz's free time, she enjoys trail running, hiking, yoga, biking, cooking, books, spending time with friends and family, and writing. 


Katy Smith recently graduated from the Utah State University with her Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She interned with CWH and was hired on after her internship. Her passion is Social Work. She wants to make a difference in the community and help as many people as she can along the way. Both her mother and brother were diagnosed with cancer when she was younger. This led her to CWH. Outside of work she loves to travel, play tennis, go to the gym, watch movies and spend time with her family.  

Ashly Dean

wELLNESS cOUNSELing team

jin shin jyutsu practioner

acupuncturist 

Kiera Lucich

I started the Masters of Social Work program fall 2017 at the University of Utah and I am interested in spending time one on one with anyone seeking psycho-emotional support here at the Cancer Wellness House. I am currently interested in mindfulness and meditation as a therapeutic intervention. I want to alleviate the psychological, emotional and spiritual distress surrounding diagnosis, prognosis, terminal illness and survival. My theoretical perspective in mental health therapy is eclectic and variable. I believe that Evidence Based Practice combined with a respect for the beliefs of my clients is paramount in achieving positive outcomes. I am starting a meditation group and I invite you to contact me if you are interested in attending. I am bilingual if you prefer speaking in Spanish with me.  

I currently spend time between Salt Lake City and New York City as my wife pursues a career on Broadway. I try to maintain a light atmosphere through laughs and smiles at work and at home. If you have a favorite film or director please tell me about them because I am always seeking to discover good cinema. I enjoy playing indoor and outdoor games and I seek healthy but friendly competition. I love to discuss philosophy and I invite you to disagree with me so that I can understand life and death from new perspectives. My favorite philosophers at this time include Søren Kierkegaard, William James, C.S. Lewis, Carl Rogers, Alan Watts, and Jon Kabat Zinn.

Joshua Greep, MSW Intern

​​YOGA AND MASSAGE INSTRUCTOR

KATY SMITH 


Chanon moved from Khon Kaen, Thailand, to Salt Lake City in 2011 to attend the Business School at the University of Utah. He graduated in 2016 with a degree in Accounting, and I is currently working as an analyst at a commercial bank. He got his Yoga Teacher Training (RYT-200) Certification through the University of Utah. Growing up in Thailand, he had some exposure with the Buddhist culture and their practice of meditation. He found the integration of physical movement and meditation, like in Vinyasa Yoga, to be powerful resources for anyone to strengthen their mental and physical well-being. "There is always something new to be gained from practicing yoga - regardless of who we are and where we are in our journey in life. I personally want to share this experience with you and everyone around me in this community."

yoga instructor

Angela Capizzo

Tansy crane

ADMINISTRATION

Angela Davenport is a licensed massage therapist.  She received her massage education from Eagle Gate College and earned her Utah LMT license in 2017. In addition to the time that she volunteers at Cancer Wellness House, she also works at Healing Hands in Salt Lake City. Angela is originally from San Diego, CA.  She is  married and has 2 beautiful children.  She enjoys spending time with her family and changing lives through massage.

Emily Yeates has a Masters degree in Health Promotion and Education, is a certified health education specialist (CHES), and a yoga alliance approved 200-Hr instructor. Her masters research focused on mind-body strengths based approaches to behavior change such as: resilience training; positive psychology; cognitive behavioral therapy; and mindfulness. These approaches take the opposite approach from traditionally based public health interventions, that focus on eliminating risks associated with the disease. Emily is passionate about implementing health interventions that embrace a more positive approach that can bring about hope, courage and optimism, which provides strength in achieving  greater health and well-being.

yoga instructor

CHANON HOMDEE

Acupuncturist

Dr Carmel Ferreira is a Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Acupuncturist practicing out of Elevation Health in Taylorsville, UT.  Dr Ferreira received her Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in her home state. Her search to become a holistic practitioner lead her to simultaneously attend naturopathic medical school at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) and her Masters at the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA) in Arizona. With much dedication in attending two professional programs simultaneously, she was able to obtain her professional Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at SCNM and her Masters of Science in Acupuncture at PIHMA. During her down time Dr. Ferreira enjoys being outdoors; hiking, trail running, snowboarding and practicing the art of fire poi are a few of the activities she loves. Her greatest passion has been in the kitchen, creating nutritious dense foods that are packed with flavor.  She is also enjoys practicing spiritual meditation and is an active member in her church and congregation where she also volunteers in various affiliated activities.

bEA hAMMOND

Emily Yeates 

gentle yoga team

esther ewell, LCSW

acupuncturist 

acupuncturist 


DIRECTOR​

massage therapy team

wellness counselor

Dr. Ferreira

yoga instructor

Mary is a licensed massage therapist and Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner.  She has offered Jin Shin Jyutsu at the Cancer Wellness House for over three years and has met some amazing people. She works in the Wellness Center at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital and has a private practice, Inner Journey Bodywork, in Salt Lake City. Mary is passionate about helping those with cancer and their caregivers to regain balance in the body's energy system which enhances the body's own innate ability to heal. When she is not working she enjoys being in nature, at home, or in the mountains.

Tansy Crane, M.S., Lic.Ac. earned her Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at The East West College of Natural Medicine, Sarasota, Florida in 2007. Tansy is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the states of Utah and Massachusetts and is certified by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She  is Clean Needle Technique certified. She is certified and has trained with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), Bronx, New York. She is a certified and trained member of Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB). In 2012, she traveled to China to further her studies at multiple hospitals in Hangzhou, ZheJiang province. She owns a traveling acupuncture clinic, Salt Lake Mobile Acupuncture and specializes in helping home-bound individuals.

kARENA LUTTMER


Esther Ewell is a licensed clinical social worker. She began her work as an intern at the Road Home. She has worked in substance abuse treatment for over 10 years at Volunteers of America, Utah and the House of Hope. She has extensive experience in trauma work. She is currently working with children who have trauma, providing Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. She is trained in EMDR. Esther went on a study abroad in 1998 to Jerusalem. This changed the course of her life and helped her gain a passion for helping oppressed people and those who didn't have a voice to speak for themselves. 

alyssa tomevi

office/volunteer coordinator

Massage Therapist

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona Kiera Lucich traded the heat for the Utah mountains in 2013. Kiera has been a dance teacher for 12 years but has recently shifted into teaching movement as method of reducing pain and increasing vitality, mobility and happiness! Kiera is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher and Z-Health certified trainer and is thrilled to be volunteering her skills for the Cancer Wellness House and all of their amazing community members. Kiera believes that no one should live in bodily pain and that it is her dharma to help people move well to feel well.

Acupuncture team