Dr. Robert Ellis DO, PhD located to the Northwest after an Army career of 22 years. He is a second-generation osteopathic oncologist and holds a PhD in microbiology with a specialty in molecular immunology. He is trained and board certified in medical oncology, osteopathic medicine, and integrative medicine. He is a professionally trained plant based chef in addition to training in culinary medicine. He has always been interested in the role of lifestyle factors in the prevention and treatment of disease. While on active duty, he secured funding and was awarded a national research award for his work on the training impact of smoking on army basic trainees at Fort Bliss. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. There he is co-founder and physician lead in the development of the Lifestyle medicine curriculum and longitudinal track. He serves as a member of the Tulane Consortium of Culinary Medicine. His current position is physician director of the Longview-Kelso Medical Oncology office and medical director of the Integrative Oncology Program of Northwest Permanente Medical Group. His personal lifestyle interests include, plant based cooking, mindfulness, and running.
Dianna Henson, ND received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR. She is licensed as a primary care physician in Oregon, board-certified in Naturopathic Medicine. She has completed extensive post-doctoral work in the field of intravenous orthomolecular medicine, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy/anti-aging medicine, integrative cancer therapeutics, infertility, gynecology, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological diseases, environmental medicine, and women’s health. She continues these modalities as her primary clinical focus.
Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Almli was born and raised in the Tucson, Arizona where she attended the University of Arizona. She graduated from Medical School with honors and completed her Anesthesia Residency as the Chief Resident at University Medical Center. As a physician in private practice who has cared for cancer patients for over 25 years, never did Dr. Liz think she would one day be the one dealing with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.
Diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at age 44, Liz underwent bilateral mastectomies with breast reconstruction and a year of chemotherapy. The frustrating feeling of “losing control” over her health prompted her to explore a proactive approach to her own recovery. Education, exercise, nutrition and stress reduction, empowered her to take control of her health both during and after cancer treatment.
Wanting to turn her experience into something positive that other cancer survivors could benefit from, she obtained her Personal Training Certification through the American College of Sports Medicine with advanced certification as a Cancer Exercise Trainer through the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. She now serves as the President and Fitness Director for The Tucson Cancer Conquerors, a comprehensive nonprofit healthy survivorship program centered around exercise, nutrition, education and peer support.
Denise Stewart, B.S. in Occupational Therapy has worked with people experiencing breast cancer related Lymphedema; managing compression garments and guidance to reduce skin and soft tissue inflammation since 1981. Her training and work in hands-on massage for problematic soft tissue commenced in the 1990’s. Denise used her knowledge and skill to develop new methods for assessing and treating post-breast cancer scar tissue and shoulder girdle changes. Core stability and scapular stabilization/movement have been an integral part of her work. Denise has postgraduate training in courses by Pavel Kolar; Development Kinesiology (Prague). She has since developed post-graduate training workshops in Australia as well as online global-training programs for health professionals. Her expertise in assessment, intervention, and training remains focused on active scar tissue, postural changes, and chronic soft tissue pain. Her goal is to EMPOWER her clients to understand pain and dysfunction and learn how to self-manage through their own means. Her work with post-breast cancer cording has led to the development of a more comprehensive testing method. This information was published, and awarded a prize, at the 2014 Australasian Lymphology Conference. In 2016, at the same conference, she presented two others; a review of case studies from the Share Cording Protocols Project and Mastectomy Scar Assessment; a review of POSAS.
Dr. Shawna Willey M.D. Chief of Breast Surgery at the Georgetown University Medical Center – Dr. Willey has been an investigator on several clinical trials, including a study of the expanded use of ductal lavage for patients with previous breast cancer treated with breast-conserving surgery and radiation. She is interested in international health and education, and has conducted programs throughout the world, including Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Willey is an active member of the American Society for Breast Surgeons. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Surgery and a member of the Breast Cancer Program at the Lombardi Cancer Center.
Dr. Theodore Tsangaris Jr. M.D., F.A.C.S. is the Surgical Director of the Breast Cancer Center at Jefferson University Hospital. He was formerly the Chief of Breast Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and is a member of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project and American College of Surgeons Oncology Group. Dr. Tsangaris has authored or co-authored numerous articles and abstracts in journals such as Pathology Case Reviews, Surgical Oncology, Radiology, and Breast Disease. His research interests include prevention of breast cancer, tumor markers, sentinel lymph node as well as other surgical procedures in the treatment of breast cancer.
Dr. LaGary Carter R.N. – Associate Professor and coordinator of the Exercise Physiology program at Valdosta State University. LaGary is a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist by the Cancer Exercise Training Institute as well as a certified Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Clinical Exercise Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine. He is an Exercise Physiologist-Certified and Fellow of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists and a member of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association. LaGary is also a registered nurse at the Dasher Heart Center at South Georgia Medical Center.
Jacob Jones – is a doctor in physical therapy (DPT) and Cancer Exercise Specialist, specializing in oncology rehabilitation. In 2010 he experienced firsthand the physical impact cancer treatments have on the human body when he was diagnosed and treated for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He graduated from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and is currently working as a staff physical therapist at TIRR’s West University outpatient clinic that acts as a specialty clinic for limb loss and cancer rehabilitation. His primary clinical interest is cancer rehabilitation, working with a variety of oncology diagnoses and treating the physical impairments that arise both during and after cancer treatments.
Dr. Glenn B. Gero – N.D, R.N.C., M.H.Board-Certified doctor of naturopathy, master herbalist, registered nutritionist, cancer exercise specialist, certified fitness trainer, and lifestyle coach. Dr. Glenn Gero is a NJ naturopath who has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including NBC, PIX, Fox, NJTV, among others, and analyzes each individual’s health, behavioral and attitudinal profile to help achieve optimal wellness by referring each client to scientific, historical and anecdotal healing principles.
CETI Advisory Board members are actively involved in course development; assuring quality and content. Advisory Board members are all actively involved in cancer prevention, recovery, and cancer research.