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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!.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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