Cancer Wellness House

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RIA SANDHU

massage therapist

bonnie allen

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.

Jin shin jyutsu team

Hannah Barker recently graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor's degree in Social Work and a minor in Psychology. She interned with CWH and was hired on after her internship. She is currently working on her Master's degree in Social Work at the University of Utah with a concentration in mental health to complete her LCSW. She has several years of experience working with older adults in chronic illness and aging, and also with children who have disabilities. She enjoys playing the piano, soccer, and basketball, writing, and watching some good University of Utah football with her family. 


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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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.

MARY DEWALL

acupuncturist 

CARLY SNOW

massage therapist

​​DR. JOHN LIBRETT, PhD, MPH 

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.  

Bonnie Allen is a Licensed Massage therapist.  She graduated from Eagle Gate College and has had additional training in Manual Lymph Drainage and Oncology Massage.  In addition to traditional Swedish massage, she also offers Craniosacral Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy and Acupressure.  Prior to pursuing her dream of becoming a massage therapist, she was a mom and real estate investor.  She and her husband, Steve have 10 children and 2 grandchildren.  She enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking, SCUBA diving and doing anything with family.  She loves the clients she works with at Cancer Wellness House and enjoys being part of the healing process.

wELLNESS cOUNSELing team

megan mapes

MEDIA / PROGRAM COORDINATOR

jin shin jyutsu practioner

acupuncturist 

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."

Program Manager / yoga instructor

Tansy crane

ADMINISTRATION

HANNAH BARKER 

yoga instructor

CHANON HOMDEE

bEA hAMMOND

gentle yoga team

esther ewell, LCSW

acupuncturist 

acupuncturist 


DIRECTOR​

massage therapy team

wellness counselor

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​

Acupuncture team