2017 Conference Speakers & Schedule

Speakers, schedule and topics are subject to change.


Registration & Breakfast
8:00 – 10:00 am

Breakout Session 1
9:00 – 10:00 am

Breakout Session 2
10:15 – 11:15 am

Keynote Speaker
11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Lunch
12:30 – 2:00 pm

Breakout Session 3
2:15 – 3:15 pm

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Choosing Your Classes


Breakout Sessions are open to all, however, there are limitations to how many people can attend each class within a session. Classes are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once capacity is reached you will need to find another class.  Having a first, second and third choice for each Breakout Session is highly recommended.

My Journey: The Toughest Game of my LifeJoleen LaMay


As the keynote speaker I will share my story of survivorship and support from the people around me.

Joleen is a Physical Education Teacher at Sumner High School and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at University of Puget Sound and is 1.5 years cancer free! As an anthlete her entire life she had been through a lot of hard work, perseverance and pain. But being diagnosed with breast cancer made her have to prepare for the biggest game of her life. Her athletic mentality transfered to fight, never give up, stay positive and most importantly like she had so many times before………win!

Registration & Breakfast

8:00 - 10:00 am

Breakout Session 1

9:00 - 10:00 am

Overview

Developing Rhythms of Wellness in Cancer Survivorship [PDF]

 

Presenter Bio

screen-shot-2016-06-16-at-4-21-04-pmDr. Nicole Long was born in Davenport, Iowa while her Dad attended Palmer Chiropractic College. After which, her family moved to a small town in Missouri, where she grew up as one of seven children in the chiropractic lifestyle. She studied Art and Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, and then moved to Marietta, GA to attend Life University. Dr. Long graduated with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in September of 1999. She has practiced in the Tacoma area of Washington State since that time and has been raising four beautiful children. Dr. Long incorporates Thompson, Activator and Atlas Orthogonal techniques in the care of her patients. She has a passion for helping families reach their health goals.

Overview

Water Color Waves: Come join us for a session of artful search and discovery. This session is patterned after “Art Gig,” the Art Therapy Group that meets Tuesdays from noon to 2:30 at the Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center, Saint Anthony’s Gig Harbor. For the conference we will look at water color waves, surf, sand and hidden treasures in nature. As we enter the creative process we can find renewable resources to meet the unique challenges of artful search and expression. In art we see how each person’s story is entirely unique and a treasure to consider and share. Come join us for painting; bring home water color waves and some captured moments of artful reflection. Materials provided.

 

Presenter Bio

Gail is a painter. She studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She enjoys sharing art concepts to inspire insight and growth via creativity. This is her third year of sharing leadership with the Art Therapy group at the Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center in Gig Harbor. Photo submission is some painting by art therapy group class participants, that day looking at color seen in Van Gogh’s impressionist paintings.

Overview

Dr. Senecal will be talking about breast cancer targeted therapies. As researchers have learned more about cancer cell changes and growth patterns, they have been able to develop new types of drugs that target cell changes and block the growth and spread of cancer cells. These new targeted therapies act differently than chemotherapy drugs, which attack cells that are growing. Some targeted drugs can also help other treatment modalities work more effectively. Come hear him discuss the role of targeted breast cancer therapies.

 

Presenter Bio

Frank Senecal is one of Tacoma’s most respected doctors of oncology and hematology. He’s served as the Director of Oncology for CHI Franciscan, Medical Director of Hospice of Tacoma, Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Chief of Staff at St. Joseph and St. Francis Hospital. He is a Fellow of American College of Physicians, is active in cancer treatment research, has maintained his own practice and was one of the 2008 founders of the South Sound Care Foundation.

Overview

Could the causes and cures for many types of cancer be hidden in plain sight, right under our noses – perhaps right on our dinner plates? And is there anything we can do about cancer, or are we genetically destined to be victims?

Author Sarah Taylor will be speaking on the links between diet and cancer – referencing only high quality scientific research – and will explain why your genes don’t determine your health. You will leave inspired and armed with the knowledge of how you and your loved ones can take your health into your own hands.

Presenter Bio

Sarah Taylor has an MBA in Research Methodologies from Seattle University, as well as a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. Her first book, “Vegan in 30 Days“, has sold thousands of copies and is printed in multiple languages around the world. Her second book, “Vegetarian to Vegan”, was included in the “Top 10 Vegan Cookbooks of 2014,” and is the new and increasingly respected ‘go-to’ book for vegetarians who want to give up dairy and eggs, and finally go vegan for good. She has worked as a Motivational Trainer for Joel Fuhrman, MD, the NY Times best-selling author of “Eat to Live”, “The End of Dieting” and many other best-selling titles. Sarah has been a writer for Veg News magazine and Aloha Living magazine, and has been interviewed for countless radio and internet shows, including NPR, PBS and EarthSave Radio, among others.

In her free time, Sarah is getting a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling, enjoys reading, and is the inventor of the Stackable Gourmet, as seen on the Home Shopping Network. She is happily married with many pets, and lives in Gig Harbor, WA.

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Denise Frakes, Certified: Transformation life coach, Healthy Home Specialist, Master Energy EFT practitioner. 25 years experience owning a restoration cleaning company and helping her clients create healthy homes

Denise Frakes is a coach, consultant and curious writer. She uses both coaching and clutter clearing as tools to help her clients let go of what depletes them and create spaces and lives in which they can thrive.

For 25 years she has owned and operated a restoration cleaning company: Blue Sky Services. Denise is a certified transformation life coach, healthy home specialist and a master EFT Practitioner. She is also you’re your enthusiastic residue free living guide. 253-278-1082; dfbluesky@yahoo.com Lighten up live residue free blog: www.dfbluesky.com

Overview

The presentation is an exploration of Living Wholehearted with a terminal illness and the truths we carry.

 

Presenter Bio

dscf0140J. Fields is a psychotherapist and Tai Chi instructor. For the past 14 years he has been a facilitator of Cancer Groups at Harmony Hill Retreat Center. His own experience with Bladder cancer occurred in 2003 and he was a companion to his father on his journey in 2008. He has worked extensively with Trauma, including returning combat Veterans, domestic violence and child abuse.

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Gae Dougherty is the Senior Director of Health and Well-being at the Mel Korum YMCA. She is the Program Manager for the Pierce and Kitsap Counties LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. She is dedicated to supporting cancer survivors on the journey to mind, body and spirit wellness.

Breakout Session 2

10:15 - 11:15 am

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Presenter Bio

555f6d5e1b40d3860bbb9e46_paulreilly_cc-300x300Dr. Reilly has been in practice for 30 years, specializing in integrative oncology for the past 20 years. He co-authored the book “How to Prevent and Treat Cancer With Natural Medicine, and wrote the chapter on oncology care for “The Textbook of Natural Medicine”. Dr Reilly was formerly the National Director of Naturopathic Medicine for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and now works at Salish Cancer Center in Fife He fully believes that patients can most successfully treat cancer and stay cancer free when they utilize the best tools from conventional care paired with natural therapies. “When we identify and correct drivers of cancer, we improve outcomes. It is my biggest joy to see so-called “hopeless” cases respond to this integrated approach. It is what makes each day fulfilling.” He says.

Overview

Water Color Waves: Come join us for a session of artful search and discovery. This session is patterned after “Art Gig,” the Art Therapy Group that meets Tuesdays from noon to 2:30 at the Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center, Saint Anthony’s Gig Harbor. For the conference we will look at water color waves, surf, sand and hidden treasures in nature. As we enter the creative process we can find renewable resources to meet the unique challenges of artful search and expression. In art we see how each person’s story is entirely unique and a treasure to consider and share. Come join us for painting; bring home water color waves and some captured moments of artful reflection. Materials provided.

 

Presenter Bio

Gail is a painter. She studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She enjoys sharing art concepts to inspire insight and growth via creativity. This is her third year of sharing leadership with the Art Therapy group at the Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center in Gig Harbor. Photo submission is some painting by art therapy group class participants, that day looking at color seen in Van Gogh’s impressionist paintings.

Overview

Clinical Research for Cancer Patients [PDF]

 

Presenter Bio

sibel_blauDr. Blau has been in clinical private practice since 2001 where she has taken roles as a leader in developing a breast cancer program of excellence, establishing multi-disciplinary clinics, participating in research advisory boards in national organizations including Cancer Clinics of Excellence and Catholic Health Initiatives, heading the personalized clinical oncology research track at Northwest Medical Specialties and being the Medical Director of the Rainier Hematology Oncology division. She has also participated in community oncology research in the Sound region of the state of Washington and has been one of the highest recruiters to the studies at the state level many years in a row. She also played a major role in Northwest Medical Specialties’ receipt of the ASCO award for community oncology research in 2012. As a busy clinician, Dr. Blau has focused on developing a clinical program and advancing their research program. She has been involved in the development of The Center for Cancer Innovation since its inception. Dr. Blau was involved in writing and implementing a unique feasibility clinical trial for intense omic testing and data collection of advanced triple negative breast cancer patients under the Center for Cancer Innovation, and has been a Principal Investigator and Sub Investigator on over 100 clinical trials.

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Leslie Heron portrait taken April 29, 2015 at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Leslie Heron has provided healthcare to patients in the Seattle area for over 30 years. Formerly in primary care, she has worked in the area of cancer survivorship since 2012 at Fred Hutch and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Leslie sees people who have completed their cancer treatment and assists them with many aspects of cancer survivorship and moving forward after cancer treatment.

 

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Keynote Speaker

Joleen LaMay  |  11:45 - 12:15 pm

Lunch

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Breakout Session 3

2:15 - 3:15 pm

Overview

Attorney Bryana Cross Bean will lead a discussion about the essential facts everyone needs to know about estate planning, probate, and long-term care planning. Topics covered will include:

  • The most important documents everyone should have no matter their situation and how often they should be updated;
  • Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Trusts, and other documents;
  • What probate is and ways to avoid it; and
  • Planning and paying for long-term care.

This will be an interactive presentation, so bring your questions!

Estate Planning, Probate and Long-Term Care [PDF]
Essential Facts: Estate Planning, Probate and Long-Term Care Planning [PDF]

 

Presenter Bio

prof-portrait-1-198x300Bryana practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate, Real Estate Contracts and Deeds, and Business Formation. Helping people protect their future is her passion. Her goal is to anticipate problems before they start, and she strives to keep her clients out of court. Bryana very much enjoys sitting down with a client and helping make their lives better.

Bryana is currently a licensed attorney in Washington in good standing. She earned her law degree from Seattle University, and studied biology, history, and public health as an undergraduate at the University of Washington.

She currently holds memberships through the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA), American Bar Association (ABA), National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and Aging Smart Educational Network. She is currently serving on the Legislative Committee of the Washington chapter of NAELA and is an active board member of Aging Smart.

She enjoys giving back to the community and frequently gives free estate and long-term care planning presentations to seniors at a variety of senior centers and assisted-living facilities in Pierce County. Bryana lives in Bonney Lake with her husband and 3 pets. In her spare time, she enjoys, hiking, jewelry-making, nature photography, and archery.

Overview

This will be a panel of cancer survivors discussing how having a support system helped them in their cancer journey.

 

Presenter Bio

Bob Freeborn, Cancer Survivor and Leader of Tacoma Prostate Cancer Support Group

Bob Freeborn has been actively involved with several prostate cancer support groups since 2004. He was diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer in May 2004 and underwent a radical prostatectomy in July 2004. He started attending a support group immediately after treatment and recognized the value of this group to post treatment men as well as to those men who were newly diagnosed and seeking information on various treatment forms. Bob initiated and facilitated a support group closer to home the following year and this group eventually merged with the Tacoma Prostate Cancer Support Group (TPCSG) in 2007. He is a member of the TPCSG steering committee and is a co-facilitator for the group. Bob is a 22 year Air Force veteran, flying a variety of aircraft throughout his career and then spent 16 years in commercial aviation, retiring in 2006. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Police Administration and an MBA from Regis University.

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Presenter Bio

Leslie Heron portrait taken April 29, 2015 at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Leslie Heron has provided healthcare to patients in the Seattle area for over 30 years. Formerly in primary care, she has worked in the area of cancer survivorship since 2012 at Fred Hutch and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Leslie sees people who have completed their cancer treatment and assists them with many aspects of cancer survivorship and moving forward after cancer treatment.

 

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Overview

I will discuss about the class how it is designed for any fitness level, talk about the benefits of each segment of the class, aerobic–weather permitting we will take a walk outside, light weights for arms, core work, and stretching, ending the class with a few minutes to relax. The class idea is to get people started with some physical fitness and allow opportunities for friendship and support. It is available for family members, friends and caregivers as well.

We will do a few stretches for participants to try.

Note:  This class is offered on Tuesday at 10AM at the Dr. Richard C. Ostenson Cancer Center in Puyallup.

 

Presenter Bio

1-240x300Davida has been active teaching in the field of physical fitness since 2006. Registered with Yoga Alliance, she has earned 500ERYT certification. While Yoga is her true passion, she is an ACE Personal Trainer and a Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

Diversity is what Davida is all about. Davida provides encouragement and guidance to individuals in a challenging and nurturing environment.
Davida is the founder and director of Bloszum Yoga located in Pierce County. www.yogabloszum.com

Her vision is to “help others find contentment & peace in their mind, comfort, strength & flexibility in their body and a healthy way of living”