2018 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 – 12:30 pm

Lunch
12:45 – 2:00 pm

Breakout Session 3
2:15 – 3:15 pm

Exhibitors Area, Massage, and Henna
8:00 am – 2:30 pm

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.

Keynote: Laren Watson

Holistic Health Coach, Speaker, Author of WTF?! I Have Cancer?, and Founder of The Permanent Remission


Sometimes being a cancer survivor can be as hard as being a patient, for the fear of recurrence can be constant and overwhelming. After five years as a Holistic Health Coach, Lauren was betrayed by her super healthy lifestyle and diagnosed with two back-to-back aggressive cancers, Mantle Cell Lymphoma and Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Fear was a constant companion through the four year journey back to health. In her address, Laren will share her inspiring story and the tools she developed in mind, body, and spirit to keep fear at bay and live her life with strength and optimism.

Registration & Breakfast

8:00 - 10:00 am

Breakout Session 1

9:00 - 10:00 am

Overview

Brain Fitness is a fun, interactive, and informative session where you will learn more about the pillars to your strongest brain health. Interactive activities that you can do at home will help increase neural pathways, The benefits will be stronger focus, better memory and quicker thinking speed.

Ways to Boost Your Brain Health [PDF]

 

Presenter Bio

Linda Terry is a Brain Health Learning Coach that has helped people of all age’s fine tune their cognitive skills of memory, focus, and processing speed. She is a certified Geriatric Specialist, a cognitive trainer who has worked with JBLM soldiers returning from war, a public speaker, and the founder of the award winning intergenerational volunteer program STEP (Sharing Teens and Elders Project) which pairs youth and elders to break down age barriers to develop a stronger community and STEP TWO – The Women Only – a women’s intergeneration program founding common ground through inspired conversation.

Aside from the private coaching sessions she offers through her Olympia office, Linda conducts classes and workshops for diverse professional and private groups. Her workshops feature fun, interactive brain exercises that help participants fine-tune their thinking skills and raise their brain awareness.

Overview

Enjoyable and gentle seated-chair session using the Feldenkrais Method® of movement to help you rediscover comfortable, self-reliant movement. Especially valuable where surgery, cancer treatment, stroke and neurological injuries like traumatic brain injury, brain tumors and multiple sclerosis have cause restricted or poorly coordinated movements.

Join us in an Awareness Through Movement® lesson to learn about the Feldenkrais Method® and how it can help ‘reconnect you from the inside out.’ Feldenkrais principles are simple, but the results are extraordinary.

Feldenkrais Method® – Improve How You Move [PDF]

 

Presenter Bio

Terri Rossi is author, educator and pain relief specialist at her Best Body Moves clinic in Gig Harbor, WA. She has over 30 years of experience in adult education and healing therapies. She offers gentle kinesthetic (movement-sensing) techniques in individual and group format to harness the power of the brain to help the body recover from illness, injury and trauma.

She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Nationally Certified Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork practitioner and Board Certified Massage Therapist.

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Presenter Bio

Dr. Yarrow McConnell is a Board Certified Surgical Oncologist and General Surgeon with specialized expertise in the treatment of breast cancer, melanoma and other skin cancers, colon and rectal cancer, stomach cancer, and sarcoma, as well as other cancers.

She received her medical degree and General Surgery training at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and then became Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery. She completed Surgical Oncology fellowship and graduate research work at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada before going into practice in Vancouver, British Columbia. With appointments at Vancouver General Hospital, the BC Cancer Agency, and the University of British Columbia, she developed a high-volume practice with a reputation for compassionate care with excellent outcomes. She has been recruited to PSC/Proliance to continue and expand our expert cancer surgery services for the patients of southern Washington.

Dr. McConnell is a member of numerous professional and learned societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the American and Canadian Societies of Surgical Oncology, and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

40 minute session  |  9:00 – 9:40 am

Overview

 

 

Presenter Bio

sibel_blauDr. Sibel Blau is a Medical Oncologist who has been in clinical practice since 2001 after completion of her Stem Cell fellowship at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. In addition to her work as a breast oncologist, Dr. Blau has taken leadership roles in developing breast cancer program of excellence in her region. She is very involved with clinical research programs as a PI and sub PI on many clinical trials at Northwest Medical Specialties where she is the Medical Director for Hematology-Oncology division and is the head of the Precision Medicine program. She is one of the founding members and the Chairperson of the Quality Cancer Care Alliance (QCCA) that is a national organization for value based oncology care bringing quality care to the patients. She is also the current President of Washington State Medical Oncology Society (WSMOS), and a member of All4cure as a Clinical Oncologist.

Overview

In this Session, we will look at the importance of sleep on our health, the benefits of meditation, as well as other relaxation practices , and provide lots of tips and tricks in order for you to get a good night’s sleep.

I will teach a very simple form of meditation and you will feel first hand how meditation can reduce stress and create more calm in every day life.

 

Presenter Bio

A Board Certified Integrative Health Coach since 2010, Laren Rusch Watson has been passionate about health and nutrition for years. Living what she thought was the quintessential healthy lifestyle and doing everything “right”, in August of 2013 she suddenly found herself diagnosed with not one, but two rare and hard to treat cancers, and facing the challenge of her life: finding a way to combine her natural organic lifestyle with the harsh chemotherapy required to save her life. Along the two year journey, she learned invaluable life lessons, expanding what she knew about the body, mind and spirit. She lives with her husband of 20 years, her two teenage kids and her loyal dog just outside of Seattle, Washington.

Overview

Evidence suggests that eating a diet rich in a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans, low in red meat and very little processed meat can help curb cancer at several stages. Along with an active lifestyle, the food you eat can be one of the most powerful daily choices you can make to decrease your risk of cancer recurrence while achieving a healthy weight. Nancy will also include the latest research on the gut microbiome, and its impact on immunity and inflammation.

 

Presenter Bio

Nancy has worked as a clinical dietitian for 31 years at CHI Franciscan. She is currently the Regional Oncology Dietitian Specialist. In addition to private diet counseling, Nancy teaches a free monthly class entitled “Fitting Food into You Fight Against Cancer” for cancer patients starting treatment. She also is a guest speaker at the YMCA Livestrong program for cancer survivors. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology, and specializes in nutrition support. Nancy loves to prepare and share meals with family and friends, and recently attended a Mediterranean cooking class in Tuscany.

Overview

During this session we will be introduced to the philosophy of mindfulness, as well as experiencing activities which promote mindfulness in our everyday lives.

 

Presenter Bio

Linda has been a practicing pediatric nurse for 49 years. In addition, she has been passionate about cancer care including having been a pediatric hospice nurse, serving as a facilitator for Cancer Retreats at Harmony Hill in Union Washington, and facilitating Cancer Wellness programs for both Virginia Mason and Swedish Hospitals in Seattle. She has also been meeting the needs of the professionals who serve patients through Nurse Renewal Retreats, Healing Circles for Nurses, Social Work Renewal Retreats, and has participated in Mind Body Medicine group and training for Professionals treating cancer patients. She believes that mindfulness is a basic tenet for self care, healing and the ability to live in the moment, in the most vibrant way possible.

Overview

Cannabis has a long history of medical use – dating back to ancient Egypt and 1st century China. In Washington state, cannabis has been legal for medical use since 1998. Many people hear about the potential benefits of using cannabis during and after cancer treatment. Knowledge is the key to making wise and informed decisions about using medical cannabis. Are you well informed? Come and learn what you need to know about using cannabis medicine including potential benefits, adverse effects, pros and cons of modes of use (i.e. smoking, vaping, ingestion) and other important considerations.

 

Presenter Bio

Kelay Trentham is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. She has spent the last 14 of her 20 years as a dietitian working as an oncology nutrition specialist, starting with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in 2004. In 2007, she came to MultiCare and began developing outpatient nutrition services for MultiCare Regional Cancer Center’s four clinics. She has authored chapters on palliative care nutrition for two textbooks and has lectured for the University of Washington’s graduate nutrition program. In addition, Kelay has been lecturing and writing about the use of cannabis for cancer symptom management since 2015. Kelay is also a past-chair of the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Overview

T’ai Chi Chih is a series of gentle movements that stimulate, circulate and balance internal energy (Chi). The benefits of stress reduction and improved balance can be obtained regardless of age, physical condition or agility.   Consisting of just 19 movements and one pose, it is quite easy to learn and fun to do.  TCC can be practiced while sitting with equal benefits.

Tai Chi – ‘It’s a Matter of Balance [PDF]

 

Presenter Bio

Donna Jungbluth, PTA, is an accredited T’ai Chi Chih instructor.  Donna has practiced this moving meditation for more than 10 years and has been an instructor in a variety of health settings as well as teaching individual students.  Donna currently teaches a T’ai Chi Chih class at the Richard C. Ostenson Cancer Center in Puyallup on Tuesday mornings.

Breakout Session 2

10:15 - 11:15 am

Overview

Ms. Bean will give an easy-to-understand overview of estate and long-term care planning. She will go over the most important estate planning documents everyone needs and will also discuss the importance of Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney. She will then discuss probate and when it may be necessary. Ms. Bean will also discuss Medicaid and Medicare in the context of long-term care planning. Be sure to bring your questions!

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

 

Presenter Bio

prof-portrait-1-198x300Bryana Cross Bean is an attorney who practices primarily in the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Probate. She also does some Business and Real Estate Law. She has been practicing law since 2013 and has offices in Tacoma and Gig Harbor and makes home visits for elderly clients. She earned her undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington and her law degree from Seattle University. Bryana currently lives in Bonney Lake with her husband and son.

Check back regularly. More info coming soon

Overview

An overview of the history of plastic surgery with emphasis on breast reconstruction, review of current techniques, and future advances.

 

Presenter Bio

Dr. Lynn Chung is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is excited to provide cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery care in the Puget Sound region after seven years in private practice in San Francisco, CA. She received her surgical education in San Francisco, California and New York, NY with world renowned plastic surgeons. She is affiliated with numerous state and national medical and plastic surgery societies and associations.

Dr. Chung specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, body, and face. She has special interests in breast reconstruction. As the only female plastic surgeon in the South Sound, she is known for her compassionate and personalized care.

Overview

Hearing “You have got Cancer” makes everyone feel like the Bell has just rung on their last lap. It may not be the last but it feels like it! UNCERTAINTY starts to color every day, thought , dream & relationship. Whatever its length this lap can be run well once it is understood, planned and fully engaged. And if it is long or extra laps are added they will all be better for having started running at the sound of the Bell.

Beating cancer takes more than good luck and a good doctor, a high-tech medical center and exotic drugs. It takes a savvy patient capable of enduring the unexpected and making critical decisions under stress. But every patient is caught off guard: few are acquainted with the foreign terrain of medicine and fewer still understand all the issues and elements of making critical medical decisions.

If you know what’s coming you can get better prepared, make wiser decisions, suffer less anxiety and enjoy more of life as well as help your doctors help you – and have a better outcome. You have to get involved. It is not an easy path, but it is a better path.

These resources and this talk will walk you from diagnosis to treatment, remission to possible relapse, through the rest of life with cure or without – and beyond. It will teach you how to under stand and engage the medical community, how to relate to family and friends, how to find and cultivate hope – and how to take care of yourself and prosper in spite of cancer.

 

 

Presenter Bio

I have been a medical oncologist for over 30 years. Now retired, I can spend time with cancer patients in our community helping them understand what their doctors have said, what their doctors left out and what it all means. Then I help them make decisions that respect their bodies, their families and the life they want to lead.

Early on I did research on how to control the side effects of cancer chemotherapy and later how to diagnose breast and prostate cancer in the least invasive way then to treat it in a boutique fashion tailored to each patient’s unique cancer and circumstances. For years I worked with national cooperative cancer groups: NSABP, SWOG, and P SOC doing clinical research on the characterization and treatment of different cancers.

I played a leadership role in conceiving, implementing and then directing a community cancer center in Seattle, then a hospice and then a multidisciplinary breast center.

I presently live on an island in Puget Sound where I love taking care of the land and the beach when not sailing, climbing, or playing with one with my kids and sibs. I savor fireside reading with my wife and therapist, Suzanne (she is a Marriage and Family Therapist who practices on me regularly). Together we cherish our blended family of nine children and 22 grandchildren. We have started to run our own bell laps although the cancer bell hasn’t rung for either of us yet.

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 necessarily 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.

Cancer and a Plant Based Diet [PDF]

 

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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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.

30 minute session  |  10:15 – 10:45 am

Overview

Many women experience a variety of symptoms after menopause, whether menopause comes naturally or is induced due to gynecological cancer. These symptoms may be urinary (urgency, frequency, incontinence, pain with urination) and/or sexual in nature (pain with intercourse, vaginal pain, vaginal dryness). There are long-standing surgical and hormonal treatments for these conditions, but new in-office procedures are showing great promise to get patients back to feeling like they did prior to menopause without side effects. Learning why these changes occur and how to deal with them are the first steps in regaining a sense of femininity lost due to cancer.

 

Presenter Bio

Dr. Street was raised in Oregon and attended medical school at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He completed a Urology residency at Oklahoma University before coming back to the Northwest to practice. While Dr. Street practices broadly in the field of Urology, he has taken a special consideration in women’s health after menopause. A frequently ignored topic, Dr. Street has a keen interest in new treatment and technology to help women regain sexual and urinary confidence in this portion of their lives.

Overview

Creating a healthy home is both an art and a science. Healthy homes and cleaning are not found in a bottle. Learn tips on minimizing germs, improving your IAQ and creating a nourishing space to thrive. Denise will show you simple steps in prevention and easy actions that will add fresh energy to your home and life.

 

Presenter Bio

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Denise is a coach specializing in creating nourishing spaces and thriving habits. She has over 26 years’ experience in residue free living, healthy homes and clutter/space clearing. Denise knows firsthand how the spaces and environments we surround ourselves with can either nourish us or deplete us, inspire us or weigh us down. Life is precious. What we surround ourselves with does matter. Denise is the owner of Blue Sky Services To visit her blogs go to: www.denisefrakes.com

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Presenter Bio

Becky Kuehn,Licensed Master Esthetician, Hope Coach, Founder & Director of Education Oncology Spa Solutions

Becky is a 39-year cancer survivor that has a passion and made it her life’s work to make the way easier for those on the cancer journey. She has two local locations within Franciscan Health (St. Francis in Federal Way and St. Anthony’s in Gig Harbor) where complimentary skin care and wig services are provided for patients. She has also created a training company that shares the Life Changing Esthetics(T) program to spa professionals all over the US. Her goal is to spread the healing hands and increase the circle of care! She is an invited speaker, coach and mentor, wife and mother.

Keynote Speaker

Laren Watson  |  11:45 - 12:30 pm

Lunch

12:45 - 2:00 pm

Breakout Session 3

2:15 - 3:15 pm

Overview

Ms. Bean will give an easy-to-understand overview of estate and long-term care planning. She will go over the most important estate planning documents everyone needs and will also discuss the importance of Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney. She will then discuss probate and when it may be necessary. Ms. Bean will also discuss Medicaid and Medicare in the context of long-term care planning. Be sure to bring your questions!

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

 

Presenter Bio

prof-portrait-1-198x300Bryana Cross Bean is an attorney who practices primarily in the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Probate. She also does some Business and Real Estate Law. She has been practicing law since 2013 and has offices in Tacoma and Gig Harbor and makes home visits for elderly clients. She earned her undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington and her law degree from Seattle University. Bryana currently lives in Bonney Lake with her husband and son.

Overview

A brief history of acupuncture, physiological effects of acupuncture, and benefits of acupuncture in support of cancer care and in support of overall well being.

Acupuncture for Well Being [PDF]

 

Presenter Bio

Ho Lim is an integrative health care practitioner with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine from the Bastyr University and a diplomate of National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is a compassionate and competent practitioner who integrates acupuncture, herbal medicine with nutrition, Western medicine and lifestyle coaching into medical practice.

Overview

Historical, current and future perspectives of cancer immunotherapy.

Cancer Immunotherapy [PDF]

 

Presenter Bio

John A Keech Jr., DO, FACOI, Medical Director, Hematology & Medical Oncology, MultiCare Regional Cancer Center; Principle Investigator, National Cancer Institute North West Community Oncology Research Program

  • BS, Animal Behavior, Bucknell University
  • DO, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Residency in Internal Medicine, Metropolitan Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • Fellowship in Hematology & Medical Oncology, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology & Medical Oncology
  • Principle Investigator of over 100 clinical trials over 35 years of clinical practice.

Overview

Join MultiCare Sports/Wellness dietitian Lisa Lovejoy for a discussion on how to use the foods you eat to help you meet your health and fitness goals. Specific topics will include how to set meaningful goals and how to wisely choose foods to effectively reach these goals. Be sure to bring your nutrition questions for the Q&A session at the end of the presentation!

 

Presenter Bio

Lisa is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with over 20 years experience. Her education includes degrees in both Nutrition Science and Exercise Physiology as well as a dietetic internship with the US Air Force. She has worked as a clinical dietitian, personal trainer, fitness instructor, and wellness program dietitian. Lisa is nationally board certified in Sports Nutrition and has earned a certificate of training in Adult Weight Management.

Currently, Lisa is the Sports/Wellness Dietitian for MultiCare, where she combines her expertise in both fitness and nutrition to conduct metabolic rate testing and body composition assessments as well as provide private nutrition counseling for individuals, sports teams, and other groups. She specializes in helping clients use wholesome foods to help them achieve their goals related to sports performance, weight management, and preventive health.
Lisa is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Washington State Academy, and the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Practice Group (SCAN).

When she isn’t working, Lisa enjoys watching her children play sports, experimenting in the kitchen, and being active in the Pacific Northwest!

Overview

Most caregivers land in the role more by accident than by design. The training is minimal and every day is a new challenge. Knowing how to connect with the right resources can make the caregiving task easier and the care recipient’s life better. The discussion will focus on practical resources, services and options for respite, legal (just resources, not advice), Medicaid options, socialization activities, support groups, in-home care assistance, caregiver self-care and more. Learn about the most effective caregiving resources that can keep the proverbial wheels on your caregiving wagon.

 

Presenter Bio

Lindsay Hotchkiss is a case manager with the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource center, primarily working with Seniors and adults with disabilities. As a case manager, she assists clients with various needs such as long term care planning and accessing needed resources. Lindsay also assists caregivers in self care and communication techniques.

Jessica Girard, Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources Case Manager

Overview

Dr. Reilly will continue his popular series of lectures on simple things that cancer survivors can do to improve their health and their resistance to cancer recurrence. His talk will review some of the newest information on diet and recurrence risk, but will also cover herbal medicines this year. The goal is to have enough information for those who have not attended previous lectures, while still building in new information for those wanting to take more steps towards health. Come to learn simple tips on foods, herbs, and lifestyle to prevent recurrence and maintain health and vitality

 

Presenter Bio

Dr. Reilly is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist with over 30 years clinical experience. For the last 25 years his clinical focus has increasingly been integrative support of patients with cancer. He is board certified as a specialist in naturopathic oncology and has written the Chapter on Integrative Oncology Care for the last two editions of the Textbook of Natural Medicine, considered the clinical bible of science-based natural medicine. He also co-authored the book “How to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Natural Medicine” with Michael Murray, Joe Pizzorno and Tim Birdsall.

He has taught in both the ND and DAOM programs at Bastyr University and has served on the boards for both the WANP (Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians) and the AANP (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians). He currently serves on the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, Board of Medical Examiners.

Dr. Reilly was the first naturopathic physician to work for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and eventually served as the national director of naturopathic medicine, supervising up to 50 ND’s and acupuncturists at 6 sites throughout the nation.

He was pleased to move to Salish Cancer Center and work in a setting that allows more personalized contact with all his patients. His goal is to improve outcomes and quality of life for all cancer patients. He believes in the healing power of nature, food, herbs, acupuncture, laughter and joy to support healing, immunity and well-being, and is always seeking new ways to integrate the science of oncology with the art of medicine.

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Presenter Bio

Dr. 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.

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Presenter Bio

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.