2019 Conference Speakers & Schedule

Speakers, schedule and topics are subject to change. Our speaker list and schedule are still growing. The schedule below represents about one-third of the sessions planned. Check back in the coming weeks as we confirm and post more sessions.


Registration & Breakfast
8:00 – 9:30 am

Breakout Session 1
9:00 – 10:00 am

Breakout Session 2
10:15 – 11:15 am

Lunch
11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Breakout Session 3
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Breakout Session 4
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.

Registration & Breakfast

8:00 - 9:30 am

Breakout Session 1

9:00 - 10:00 am

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Session overviews and presenter bios coming soon.

Overview

In this breakout session you can expect about 20 minutes of information and resources followed by about 20 minutes of interactive yoga instruction. You won’t need any special equipment and no experience is necessary. If you are recovering from recent surgery or have other physical limitations, modifications will be offered with every pose so you can still benefit. Yoga is for everyone, but if you’ve never done it, it’s hard to know where to start! You should leave this session feeling inspired and in possession of some yoga tools to take with you on your next stage of recovery.

 

Presenter Bio

Seleta is a 10 year breast cancer survivor who discovered yoga as an effective way to address many of the mental and physical issues that arose from her treatment. Recently certified with AFPA as a Yoga Instructor, her aim is to help you recover from mastectomy surgery, possibly stronger than you were B.C. (before cancer)!

She lives in Tacoma with her husband and empty nest, now that her youngest of 3 girls has gone off to college.

Overview

It has been scientifically established that diet matters in cancer development , and during treatment through recovery. Diet during cancer treatment can impact side effects, quality of life and also outcome.

However, all good diets are not equal.

Dr. Price will decipher why diet, particularly plant-based anti inflammatory diets, are important. Furthermore she will distinguish between Good, Great and Precise (individualized) diets. She will discuss how genetic raw data can be used to create individualized precise diets that can have a positive effect on cell-directed immunity.

The audience will leave with:

  • An understanding of why plant-based, anti inflammatory diets are important to quality of life and risk reduction (Good diets)
  • An understanding of how cancer therapy guides diet (Great diets)
  • An understanding of how personalized genetic information can help guide the creation of precise diets that can positively affect immune (cell directed)function (Precise diets)

 

Presenter Bio

Dr. Lisa Price is a license Naturopathic Physician with expertise in complementary cancer care, and culinary nutrition during cancer treatment to survivorship. She practices in Seattle, Tacoma, Redmond and has an online telehealth practice.
A National Institute of Research Fellow (NIH), she studied the clinical and basic science (laboratory) immunological effects of medicinal mushrooms from 2005 to 2011. She is also an author of three conventionally published published books (Demos Health Inc., NYC), a radio hot, lecturer, and adjunct faculty at Bastyr University.

As a undergraduate and Master of Science student she studied microbiology and biochemistry in New York. She graduated from the prestigious Bastyr University in 1998, with honors in counseling.

Dr. Price is a certified expert in OPUS23, a nutritigenomic system allowing for the analysis of raw genetic data. This information allows her to create individual precise diets for her patients with chronic diseases.

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Overview

Did you know that stress can contribute to tumor growth and metastasis? Did you know that cancer recurrence has been correlated with higher stress hormones circulating in the body? Did you know that stress hormones can increase the invasiveness of ovarian cancer cells by up to 198% and have been linked to accelerated tumor growth in breast cancer?

We’ve all heard that stress is bad for our health, but I believe that most of us have no idea just how bad it is, particularly where cancer is concerned. This presentation will help you understand the dangers of chronic stress, and more importantly, effective ways to lower your stress.

In this presentation, you will learn:

  • Definition and types of stress
  • Causes of stress
  • Effects of stress
  • Stress and your health: What the research says
  • How to manage stress

 

Presenter Bio

Sarah Taylor holds a Masters in Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Massachusetts, a Masters in Business Administration from Seattle University, a BA from the University of Washington and a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell. She has almost 20 years of experience in medical research, and has been published in multiple medical journals.

In 2017, Sarah began a new career in mental health counseling, and now has a private practice called Harbor Holistic Counseling. She specializes in existential issues using both traditional and holistic methods, and works primarily with cancer patients and their family members. In addition to utilizing traditional therapy methods, she also promotes a vegan diet, stress reduction, exercise, meditation and other methods shown to help improve mental health and cancer outcomes.

In her free time, Sarah is the author of “Vegan in 30 Days” and “Vegetarian to Vegan”, teaches Buddhist classes at the state Women’s Prison, and is the inventor of the Stackable Gourmet, as seen on the Home Shopping Network. She is happily married and lives in Gig Harbor, WA.

Overview

Understanding the basic documents of Advance Directives and how they help support your goals of care during a time of serious illness will be discussed.

This presentation will highlight how to complete your written wishes regarding your medical care and who would have the authority to make medical decisions for you if you are not able to make them for yourself.

Discussing the importance of completing Advance Directives and why the value of doing so cannot be underestimated.

 

Presenter Bio

David B Brecher, MD serves as the Hospice and Palliative Care physician at the Puget Sound Veterans Affairs American Lake Campus. He is Board Certified in both Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Additionally, he is a Fellow of both Academies. He is honored to serve our Veterans.

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Breakout Session 2

10:15 - 11:15 am

Overview

The presentation will provide an overview of modern radiation treatments for both breast and prostate cancer. It will discuss the modern planning, logistics, and side effects of radiation therapy with a focus on the risk of long-term complications and how we minimize these risks.

 

Presenter Bio

I attended the University of California Davis for undergrad where I received a bachelor of science with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology in 2005. I then attended the Uniformed Services University in Maryland for medical school and graduated in 2011. Following medical school I completed my residency training in radiation oncology at Walter Reed/National Capital Consortium in Maryland between 2011-2016. I am currently an active duty Army board-certified radiation oncologist at Madigan Army Medical Center. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors exploring the Pacific Northwest with my family.

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.

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Session overviews and presenter bios coming soon.

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Session overviews and presenter bios coming soon.

Overview

Did you know that stress can contribute to tumor growth and metastasis? Did you know that cancer recurrence has been correlated with higher stress hormones circulating in the body? Did you know that stress hormones can increase the invasiveness of ovarian cancer cells by up to 198% and have been linked to accelerated tumor growth in breast cancer?

We’ve all heard that stress is bad for our health, but I believe that most of us have no idea just how bad it is, particularly where cancer is concerned. This presentation will help you understand the dangers of chronic stress, and more importantly, effective ways to lower your stress.

In this presentation, you will learn:

  • Definition and types of stress
  • Causes of stress
  • Effects of stress
  • Stress and your health: What the research says
  • How to manage stress

 

Presenter Bio

Sarah Taylor holds a Masters in Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Massachusetts, a Masters in Business Administration from Seattle University, a BA from the University of Washington and a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell. She has almost 20 years of experience in medical research, and has been published in multiple medical journals.

In 2017, Sarah began a new career in mental health counseling, and now has a private practice called Harbor Holistic Counseling. She specializes in existential issues using both traditional and holistic methods, and works primarily with cancer patients and their family members. In addition to utilizing traditional therapy methods, she also promotes a vegan diet, stress reduction, exercise, meditation and other methods shown to help improve mental health and cancer outcomes.

In her free time, Sarah is the author of “Vegan in 30 Days” and “Vegetarian to Vegan”, teaches Buddhist classes at the state Women’s Prison, and is the inventor of the Stackable Gourmet, as seen on the Home Shopping Network. She is happily married and lives in Gig Harbor, WA.

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.

Lunch

11:30 - 12:45 pm

Breakout Session 3

1:00 - 2:00 pm

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.

Medical Cannabis: What You Need to Know [PDF]

 

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

Brief overview of what we are going to do. Warm up, get the hearts pumping, cool down.

 

Presenter Bio

By day, this Zumba/Low Impact Dance enthusiast works with Special Education students. By night, she shakes her hips, waves her arms and dances to any beat she’s given. I have been teaching Zumba for over 8 years and Cardio Dance for the past 3 years. I love to see the smiles on my participants faces and the sweat on their brow. Most important, I love to burn calories while I’m dancing until I can dance no more….which is never!

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Breakout Session 4

2:15 - 3:15 pm

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.

Medical Cannabis: What You Need to Know [PDF]

 

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

Brief overview of what we are going to do. Warm up, get the hearts pumping, cool down.

 

Presenter Bio

By day, this Zumba/Low Impact Dance enthusiast works with Special Education students. By night, she shakes her hips, waves her arms and dances to any beat she’s given. I have been teaching Zumba for over 8 years and Cardio Dance for the past 3 years. I love to see the smiles on my participants faces and the sweat on their brow. Most important, I love to burn calories while I’m dancing until I can dance no more….which is never!

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Overview

Ms. Bean will give an easy-to-understand overview of estate planning, probate, and long-term care planning. She will go over the most important estate planning documents everyone needs, including Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Trusts. She will then discuss probate and when it may be necessary. Ms. Bean will also discuss Medicaid, Medicare, and veteran’s benefits 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

Attorney Bryana Cross Bean’s primary practice areas are estate planning, long-term care planning, elder law, and probate. She also does adult guardianships, small business formation, and real estate contracts. She has been a practicing attorney in Washington since 2013 and has had her own practice since 2014. She holds memberships in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), and Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA). She is also an active participant in events in the elder care community in Pierce County and is a VA accredited attorney.

Bryana was originally interested in becoming a physician and started down the pre-med track in college. She later realized that while she loved helping people, she did not love the science involved. After taking a number of public health classes, Ms. Bean became interested in health policy. That interest in health policy lead her into the legal field. After graduating the University of Washington with degrees in biology and history, she attended law school at Seattle University. There Bryana discovered that she was more interested in keeping clients out of court than doing to battle in court.

In her final year of law school, Bryana had the pleasure of working with an elderly couple who needed both estate planning and long-term care planning. She enjoyed sitting down with them and helping them make their lives better. This wonderful couple ended up being a significant influence in Ms. Bean’s career, and she has gone on to represent many people in similar situations.

At the time Ms. Bean graduated law school and passed the bar, the job market was terrible for attorneys due to the Great Recession. Bryana decided to forge her own path and opened Law Offices of Bryana M. Cross in early 2014; later changing it to Law Offices of Bryana Cross Bean after her marriage in late 2015. She enjoys being her own boss and working to make the lives of her clients better.

Bryana currently lives in Bonney Lake with her husband, son, and pets. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and chasing her toddler son around.