2014 Guest Speakers - SURVIVORville
77
page-template-default,page,page-id-77,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-child-theme-ver-1.0.0,qode-theme-ver-10.1.2,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-4.11.2.1,vc_responsive

giuliana_rancic

 

bill_rancic

 

One of America’s best-loved couples, Giuliana and Bill Rancic give audiences an enlightening and entertaining look at how to be successful in today’s fast-paced society. The’ll share how they navigate the tricky waters of balancing family and work, overcoming health-related obstacles and making their marriage work amid the fast pace of Hollywood.

They will also provide an insiders perspective on the latest news from Hollywood to Wall Street. Co-authors of the national best seller I Do, Now What, Giuliana and Bill’s unique combined perspective provides audiences with a stimulating, candid, provocative and inspiring conversation from both sides of the aisle.

“While we cannot control what life brings us, we can control how we react… and this is where we find the strength and power to persevere and succeed.” – Giuliana Rancic

Read More…

emmeEmme
Super Model, Self Image Expert
Cancer Survivor

With a career that spans more than two decades as a leading voice and face in the fashion industry, Emme is the iconic world’s first full figured supermodel. Committed to the conviction that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, Emme has paved the way giving women the platform to feel beautiful and empowered through her online community – EmmeNation.

A globally recognized TV personality, lecturer, model, author, brand spokesperson, creative director of her clothing lines, and advocate for positive body image and self-esteem, Emme’s message is clear –to awaken the inner magnificence inherent in each of us. She is the first model invited to speak before a Congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C. with a mission to increase public awareness of eating and body image disorders.

Read More…

jeralyn-lucas-100Geralyn Lucas
Author, Producer, Activist
Cancer Survivor

Diagnosed with breast cancer at the shockingly young age of 27, Lucas was forced to make the harrowing decision of whether or not to undergo a mastectomy. When she was diagnosed, Lucas had recently graduated from the Columbia Journalism School and was settling into her life as a producer for Lifetime Television with her husband, a doctor.

Lucas’s memoir, Why I Wore Lipstick (to My Mastectomy), details her internal struggle with womanhood after losing a key female-defining characteristic, and the soul searching she had to do to find her “inner cleavage” and feel sexy and whole once again. We are by her side at a strip club contemplating what it might be like to lose a breast; we are with her when she endures chemotherapy treatments; we cheer as she makes the courageous move to get a heart tattooed where her right nipple used to be, and we rejoice when she becomes pregnant with her daughter, Skye.

Read More…

Rebecca Cook smallDr. Rebecca Cook
Breast Cancer Scientist, Vanderbilt University
Cancer Survivor

Dr. Cook is a breast cancer scientist at Vanderbilt University whose research is funded by grants from Komen, NIH, and the DOD. She is working to end deaths due to breast cancer, and other cancers, through collaboration, innovation, and active communication between scientists, clinicians, and patients.

Read More…

jonny-imermanJonny Imerman
Founder of Imerman Angels
Cancer Survivor

Jonny Imerman is a young adult cancer survivor who strives to make sure no one fights cancer without the support of someone who has already triumphed over the disease. After being diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 26, Jonny decided to found Imerman Angels, a non-profit organization, which carefully matches a person touched by cancer (a cancer fighter or survivor) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel).

Imerman Angels now has more than 4,000 cancer survivors and more than 1,500 caregivers in its network, and has been featured by dozens of news organizations including The Wall Street Journal, Harpo Radio’s “Oprah and Friends” with Dr. Oz, CNN, TEDx, The Huffington Post, Men’s Health, National Public Radio (NPR), Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s “Doctor Radio” – Channel 81, NBC5 Chicago, CBS2 Chicago, ABC7 Chicago, ESPN Radio Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, Detroit Free Press, LIVESTRONG Quarterly, CancerToday, CURE Magazine, and Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

Read More…

barbara-musserBarbara Musser
Founder and CEO of Sexy After Cancer, Author and Speaker
Cancer Survivor

Barbara Musser is the author of Sexy After Cancer ~ Meeting Your Inner Aphrodite on the Breast Cancer Journey. A 25-year breast cancer survivor, speaker and educator, she teaches classes and retreats for women and couples about cancer, love, intimacy and sexuality.

Barbara is a contributor to 10 to Thrive, a comprehensive, easy-to-read guide to life after cancer for young adults, and Breast Cancer Survivor Secrets ~ 21 Inspirational Survivors Share Secrets for Empowerment Through Diagnosis, Managing Your Life and Treatment and Strategies for a Vibrant Life.

Read More…

eric-wisotzkyDr. Eric Wisotzky
Associate Director of Oncology Rehabilitation at MedStar NRH

Dr. Wisotzky graduated from medical school at Albany Medical College and completed a transitional internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He trained at the Navy Aerospace Medicine Institute in Pensacola, FL, and graduated as a flight surgeon. He was then stationed for the next three years at Point Mugu, CA, as a flight surgeon.

Dr. Wisotzky was selected to be the team physician for the U.S. military triathlon team at the World Military Games in Mumbai, India. He received a Navy Commendation Medal for his military service.

Read More…

susan-bratton-100Susan Bratton
Founder and CEO of Meals To Heal

Susan Bratton’s Meals to Heal is a patient- and caregiver-focused cancer nutrition service providing a comprehensive range of services including home delivery of fresh, customized meals, curated evidence-based cancer nutrition information and telephonic nutritional counseling. Susan started Meals to Heal after losing a close friend to a brain tumor and, through her friend’s illness, learning of the unmet, yet essential, nutritional needs of cancer patients. She started Meals to Heal in 2011 after a 20-year career on Wall Street working in health care finance.

Since that time, Susan has become an outspoken and tireless advocate for cancer patients receiving proper nutrition and nutrition support during treatment and for the healthcare system to make proper nutrition an integral part of cancer care delivery in the United States. In developing Meals to Heal, Susan spent one year conducting research and interviews with oncologists, nurses, registered dietitians, cancer patients and cancer caregivers to ensure that every patient receives the customized, wholesome and appetizing meals and nutrition support services they need.

Read More…

morales-bryantJoanna Morales and Monica Bryant
Cancer Rights Attorneys, Speakers, and Authors

Joanna Morales and Monica Bryant co-founded Triage Cancer, a national, nonprofit organization connecting people to cancer survivorship information and resources through a national speakers bureau, educational events, and online tools.

Throughout their careers, Joanna and Monica have individually provided hundreds of educational seminars, written articles and blogs, and appeared on television and radio shows discussing employment, insurance, finances, and other practical concerns after a cancer diagnosis.

jan-ping-100Jan Ping
Emmy Winning Make Up Artist
Cancer Survivor

Over twenty five years in show business, Jan Ping has worked on some of the most famous faces in the world. The most memorable? That’s tough, Jan says. There was Sean Connery, so charming, he took my breath away.” Howard Stern – believe it or not – is “very, very nice.” She adored Betty White: “She’s so colorful, delightful, and silly. When I left her I said, ‘Is there any way I can come live with you?'”

But Ping, a former actress and print model, says it took breast cancer to deeply understand the meaning of beauty. That experience, which she describes as “endlessly profound” has changed her life forever.

“The emphasis on what we physically look like is so huge,” she reflects. “Beauty is what I did for a living. I had defined myself by what I do, and what I look like. Having that all stripped away was a very empowering experience.”

Read More…

rose-gerberRose Gerber
Director of Communications and Patient Advocacy for the Community Oncology Alliance
Cancer Survivor

Rose Gerber, a 10-year breast cancer survivor, an invited member of the National Cancer Survivors Day speaker roster, has been a speaker for multiple audiences, including cancer conferences, state oncology societies, hospitals, and cancer centers. She was a guest on MSNBC’s All In program with Chris Hayes speaking on national oncology issues. Rose has met with legislators in Washington, DC, has served as a consumer reviewer on Congressionally Directed Department of Defense Breast Cancer research panels, and has been an advocate reviewer for the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC).

Read More…

JpriceJulie R. Price, Psy.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University
Psy.D., Nova Southeastern University
M.S., Nova Southeastern University
B.S., Florida State University

Dr. Julie Price joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2013. Dr. Price is a Licensed Medical Psychologist specializing in psycho-oncology, hospice/palliative care, organ transplantation, chronic pain management, pre-surgical behavioral medicine evaluations for implantable devices, biofeedback, sleep medicine, and coping with chronic medical conditions. Dr. Price currently works at the Vanderbilt Center for Integrated Health and with Vanderbilt Pain Medicine. In addition, Dr. Price is currently completing her M.S. in psychopharmacology.

 

Ali ShafferAli Schaffer, LCSW, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC)
Patient and Family Resource Center

Ali Schaffer, LCSW, is the program coordinator of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) Patient and Family Resource Center.  In this role, she oversees the management of the Resource Center and collaborates with the oncology teams to plan and implement programs for patients and caregivers. Ali graduated with a BA in Psychology from Emory University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia.   Prior to her current role, she worked as the social worker in the REACH for Survivorship Clinic at Vanderbilt providing psychosocial support to both pediatric and adult cancer survivors and their families.  Additional past experiences include working in both inpatient and outpatient oncology care settings as well as in community-based oncology support.  Her special interests include increasing patient and caregiver education within the healthcare setting and addressing the psychosocial needs of people living with cancer through creative and interactive programming.

 

Sara GoldbergSara Goldberger, MSW
Cancer Support Community

Sara received her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, where she received the Dean’s Award for excellence in academic and clinical performance. Sara is currently the Senior Director of Program at the Cancer Support Community Headquarters (a partnership of Gilda’s Club and The Wellness Community). She is responsible for the development and delivery oversight of clinical services across CSC’s 150 local sites, online and over the phone. An oncology social worker for over 20 years,  she was the founding Program Director of Gilda’s Club Westchester and then moved to Gilda’s Club Worldwide.  Sara is a member of several advisory boards in the oncology community and serves in both formal and informal mentorship programs for oncology social workers. Sara has been a board member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers and is the recipient of several national awards for her work in the field.

Kim RandolfKim Randolph, MSN, FNP-BC
Integrative Medicine Nurse Practitioner
Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Southeastern Regional Medical Center

Kim Randolph has been a nurse practitioner since 1998, providing care for a diverse population, from chronically ill patients of all ages to college students and their families. Randolph has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which she received from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1995. She worked as registered nurse at hospitals in Tennessee between 1995 and 1999 while completing her Master of Science in Nursing at the Vanderbilt University in Nashville in 1998. Randolph was a nurse practitioner in Tennessee, South Carolina and Texas from 1998 until joining CTCA. At CTCA, Randolph works in the Quality of Life Department, where she cares for patients with a range of conditions. Her goal is to treat the medical symptoms of her patients while making them as comfortable as possible. Randolph is board-certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Daniel KellmenDaniel Kellman, ND, FABNO
Clinical Director of Naturopathic Medicine
Cancer Treatment Centers of American/Southeastern Regional Medical Center

Dr. Daniel Kellman is committed to helping patients fight cancer by strengthening the body’s ability to heal itself and supporting the whole person. Kellman is Clinical Director of Naturopathic Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Newnan, Georgia. A graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, Kellman has been in practice since 1998. His experience includes general naturopathic family practice, pain management, advanced immunology and integrative cancer care. He also has experience with herbals, homeopathic medicine, nutritional supplements and pharmaceuticals. In addition, Kellman has lectured on a variety of health topics and has mentored naturopathic medical students. Kellman has been a naturopathic oncology provider at CTCA since 2006, first at our hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then at our Newnan hospital in 2012. He works alongside medical oncologists, nutritionists, psychologists and other naturopathic oncology providers as a vital part of the integrative medicine model. Kellman is past President of the Oklahoma Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He is also a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Georgia Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Society for Integrative Oncology.

 

CrystalCrystal Langlois, RD, CSO, LD
Clinical Oncology Dietitian
Cancer Treatment Center of America/Southeastern Regional Medical Center

Board certified in oncology nutrition, Crystal Langlois has been working in the field for more than a decade. A clinical oncology dietitian with CTCA at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Langlois’s interest in nutrition therapy for patients fighting cancer began during an internship, where one of her rotations included working with oncology patients. Crystal Langlois earned a bachelor of science degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Prior to joining CTCA, she was a registered dietitian at various hospitals throughout Mississippi, and also worked as a consulting dietitian at a community living center. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), Mississippi Dietetic Association and Oncology Dietetic Practice Group.

A resident of Newnan, GA, since 1995, Karen Barber, PT, knew she wanted to be a part of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) as soon as she learned that Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern) was coming to her hometown.

 

Karen BarberKaren Barber, PT
Director of Oncology Rehabilitation
Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Southeastern Regional Medical Center

Karen Barber earned a bachelor of science in recreational therapy from West Georgia College and a bachelor of science in physical therapy from Georgia State University. With over 17 years of clinical rehabilitation experience, Barber has worked in a variety of settings. She served as a physical therapist in the Fayette County School System, was the Director of Rehabilitation and Fitness at Fayette Community Hospital and also opened her own private practice. Most recently, she was the Clinical Coordinator/Manager Outpatient Rehabilitation Services for a hospital.

 

Elaine SmithElaine Smith, MS, LMFT
Mind Body Therapist
Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Southeastern Regional Medical Center

With over 30 years of experience as a licensed marital and family therapist, Elaine Smith, a mind-body specialist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern), truly believes that there is more to healing than traditional medicine. Smith holds a master’s degree in marriage/family therapy from Purdue University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Throughout her career, Smith has worked in both private practices and hospital settings. Using a systems approach to therapy, she focuses on interpersonal relationships, whether that means a family, a couple or a patient’s interaction with a friend or caregiver. Most recently, Smith managed a clinical private practice focusing on individual, marriage and family therapy, as well as crisis intervention and individual therapy. Prior to that, she was the director of a mental health counseling center at a community-based hospital in Indiana. In that position, Smith worked collaboratively with the medical staff to provide therapeutic support and wellness-interventions for cancer patients and caregivers. In her role with CTCA, Smith sees herself as a listener, as well as a generator of ideas, behaviors and attitudes that can help augment the medical process. She aims to provide CTCA patients with positive energy and guide them to treatments that may help them feel physically, spiritually and emotionally better.

 

Diane SchaabDiane Schaab, MS, LPC
Mind Body Therapist
Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Southeastern Regional Medical Center

A mind-body therapist with Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southeastern, Diane Schaab, MS, LPC began her career working as a teacher. However, her strong desire to help others led her to volunteer her time at CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) in Zion, Illinois. Having lost a family member to cancer, Schaab felt a strong connection to working with the patients and caregivers at Midwestern.  Schaab earned a MSEd in school counseling from Northern Illinois University, and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prior to joining CTCA, she worked as a math teacher and as an agency counselor, where she proved individual and group counseling for adult and adolescent victims of domestic violence. At Southeastern, Schaab will lead individual and group counseling sessions, run support groups, and conduct relaxation and guided imagery sessions. She will also host introductory Qigong and Reiki classes, and head the laughter club.

 

Melanie PalmaresMelanie. R. Palomares, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology and Population Sciences

Staff Physician in the City of Hope Cancer Screening & Prevention Program


Dr. Palomares earned her bachelor degree in mathematics at Boston University, and doctorate in medicine at Emory University. She did an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, followed by fellowships in Hematology at Harbor-UCLA, and Medical Oncology and Clinical Cancer Genetics at University of Washington.  In addition to being board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology, Dr. Palomares has a masters degree in Epidemiology, pursued during a postdoctoral fellowship in the Cancer Prevention Research Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. This unique multidisciplinary training has led to her specialization in the care of both patients who are at increased risk for cancer (primary cancer prevention and screening) and cancer survivors (secondary cancer prevention and surveillance). Her research focus is in breast cancer prevention and early detection, and she has particular expertise breast cancer chemoprevention trials, including trials using natural products.  Dr. Palomares is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO), the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO), the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG). She is an active member in the SWOG Cancer Control Research Committee, Committee on Special Populations, and Breast Committee.

mainDr. Sherian Anderson
Tennessee Oncology

Dr. Sherian Anderson is a Board Certified Psychologist.  Dr. Anderson studied at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and currently works with Tennessee Oncology.  Tennessee Oncology is owned by physicians who are committed to the pursuit of excellence in community-based medical care. Each member of our medical staff is credentialed as a cancer specialist who offers you and your patients, extensive knowledge and experience gained in some of the most prestigious medical schools and cancer care centers in the nation.

 

WassermanLinda Wasserman, M.D., Ph.D.
Pathway Genomics
Laboratory Director

Prior to joining the Pathway Genomics team, Dr. Wasserman was a clinical professor of medicine at UC San Diego. For many years, she was the medical and laboratory director of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory, a clinical genetic testing laboratory, at UC San Diego. In addition, she established and directed the DNA Sequencing and Molecular Pathology laboratories within the Rebecca and John Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego. Dr. Wasserman’s research interests have included genetic predictors of outcome in prostate and breast cancer as well as genetic predictors of risk for development of breast cancer. She has served as a scientific reviewer for the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program as well as for the Innovative Technologies for the Molecular Analysis of Cancer Program of the National Cancer Institute. Additionally, she served on the CAP/ACMG Biochemical and Molecular Genetics Resource Committee. Dr. Wasserman received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University, a doctorate in psychology from UCLA and a medical doctorate from UC San Diego. Prior to joining the faculty at UC San Diego, she completed a residency in anatomic pathology and a post-doctoral fellowship in genetics and molecular oncology at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, both at UC San Diego. She is board-certified in anatomic pathology and molecular genetic pathology.

Suzanne Lindly

Suzanne Lindley
Co-Founder of YES! BeatLiverTumors.org

Suzanne Lindley is a long time survivor of advanced colorectal cancer and the co-founder of YES (www.beatlivertumors.org).  She has been married to her husband Ronnie for twenty-seven years and has three daughters. Suzanne has survived colon cancer for the past fifteen years undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, SIR-Spheres, radiation, radiofrequency ablation, cyberknife, and three clinical trials.

Suzanne has appeared on the Today Show, Hardball, and The Economic Report, and has been featured in New You Magazine, Coping, Cure Today, All You, New York Magazine, and numerous newsletters.  She has been guest speaker for numerous medical events and symposiums throughout the United States, as well as internationally in Ireland, Spain, Belgium, and Germany.

From local events and rodeos to the red carpet of the Emmys, the Grammys and the Oscars, Suzanne’s voice has carried her constant and passionate message of hope. Her enthusiasm for patient options, access to multidisciplinary care, and survivor communication, especially for those living with metastatic or end-stage disease, is strong and evident in her personal life and advocacy endeavors.

Suzanne exemplifies how one person can inspire others to create change, defy dismal odds, and always find hope.

Skillen Head ShotSara Skillen
Founder SkillSet Organizing

Sara S. Skillen, founder of Nashville-based SkillSet Organizing, is a former educator, musician, and paralegal with experience in a variety of vocational settings – from education to the legal world, from large corporations to solo-preneur home offices.

Specializing in “situational disorganization” – when major life events or transitions result in surroundings getting out of control – she loves to share her knowledge of organizing principals to creatively help people from all walks of life get control of their clutter and reduce their stress.

Sara’s organizing tips and ideas have been featured in a variety of media such as Entrepreneur, rewireme.com, Blog Talk Radio’s Changing Direction with Michele Rosenthal, and her own blog “Sorting Through the Haystack.”  Additionally, she is honored to be a regular contributor to the WSA’s The Plum.

Sara is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, and currently serves as Secretary of the Nashville chapter.

Donnie Hill

Donell Hill
Co-founder CancerClick International

Donell imagines living in a world that is cancer free. He imagines a world where people have both peace of mind and peace of heart and no longer struggle unnecessarily. He has been blessed to begin fulfilling part of this vision through his company, The CancerClick International, which he co-founded with his dear friend and business partner, Dr. Madlena Kantsceff.

In 2012, Donell decided to look for a new career, and after working with his mentor, he applied to The Cancer Journey’s Panic to Powerful Cancer Coach training program. One week later, he received a call from his nonsmoker mom who shared with him that she had been diagnosed with Stage 1B Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.

Now, Donell is fulfilling what he calls his Divine Purpose and sacred responsibility through combining his academic and actor training from Stanford University, his Panic to Powerful Cancer Coach training, his experience as a health educator and personal trainer, and his presentation skills training to share his expertise and message with the world. He teaches the spouses of cancer patients that they matter and show them how to make the cancer journey easier for themselves and for their loved ones.

Claire Whitlock

Clare Whitlock
Chaplain

“I enjoy working in such a positive environment,” says Clare Schade Whitlock, Chaplain at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). “A positive, hopeful attitude gives people the desire to fight and fulfill the purposes of their individual lives.”

After working for several years as an ophthalmic technician, Whitlock became a preschool teacher at a church in Rome, Georgia. Gradually, she became increasingly focused on theology for her life’s work. After transitioning from preschool teacher to administrative assistant at First Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia, she became Minister to Women in 1998, also working closely with new community members.

In 2003, Whitlock began her academic theological training. She completed her Bachelor of Christian Ministry, with a minor in Psychology and Women’s Ministry, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisiana in 2012. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care at the same seminary.

Whitlock joined CTCA in 2013. She provides spiritual care for patients, caregivers, and staff members in a manner that is consistent with pastoral care and each individual’s belief system. She meets with patients and caregivers during their initial stay at CTCA, and stays in close contact during treatment. She remains on-call for patients and families, ensuring her availability during times of need. She provides counseling, conducts worship services, and facilitates education as needed.

“Patients may be fearful of what the future holds,” says Whitlock. “In pastoral care, we emphasize the importance of living today, and living each day to the fullest.”

During her free time, Whitlock enjoys entertaining family and friends, and taking quiet retreats to strengthen her spirituality.

Chiqeeta Jameson

Chiqeeta Jameson
Director of Women’s Health Advocacy, SonoCiné, Inc.

Chiqeeta felt a lump.  She had two mammograms (seven months apart) and her cancerous “lump” was declared benign by two radiologists, two gynecologists and one breast surgeon. Chiqeeta persevered and eight months later, discovered a radiologist who specializes in breast ultrasound. In two minutes he educated her about her dense-breast tissue then performed an ultrasound examination and clearly saw her cancer. Today, Chiqeeta is on a mission to educate as many women as possible. She is one of this country’s leading breast density education advocates, traveling coast to coast giving a fun, educational and clinically based presentation, “Know Your Density.” Chiqeeta is the Director of Women’s Health Advocacy for SonoCiné, Inc., on the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Survivors Alliance, and is a member of Each One Tell One and The Dangerous Boobs Tour.

Heather ReimerHeather Reimer
Each One Tell One

Eight months after receiving a clear mammogram, Heather Reimer had an Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (AWBUS) examination that detected, in her dense-breast tissue (DBT), a 1.8cm Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (Triple Negative). Heather feels that her life was saved by this exam. Today she is a DBT Breast Cancer advocate who created a foundation to support the cost of a SonoCiné AWBUS exam for women in her hometown of Reno, NV. Heather is a founding member of the Dangerous Boobs Tour and founder of Each One Tell One, a movement to tell each woman that mammography may not be enough of an examination if she has DBT.

KevinCasual_200Kevin Kelly, MD

Dr. Kevin Kelly is one of this country’s leading authorities on using ultrasound to detect cancer in women with dense-breast tissue (DBT) and/or implants. He is also a pioneer who is changing the standard of breast care for women with DBT. Dr. Kelly is a Breast Imaging Radiologist and the inventor of SonoCiné Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (AWBUS) a supplemental examination to the mammogram. His technology is designed to detect invasive cancers at least 5mm in diameter. In his published multi-center study of over 6,400 exams he found a 100% increase in breast cancer detection over mammography in women with DBT. Dr. Kelly believes that ultrasound, if used correctly, should find what mammography misses.  His goal is to find breast cancer when it is small and easy to treat. Dr. Kelly is the Director of the Breast Ultrasound Center in Pasadena, CA and previously was the Director of the Huntington-Hill Breast Center for 20 years.

Wendy DamonteWendy Damonte
CBS News Anchor, Health Reporter

Wendy Damonte is the evening news anchor and health reporter for the CBS affiliate in Reno, Nevada.  In 2011, she turned the cameras on her own family and chronicled her mother’s battle with breast cancer.  Her mom lost that battle.  Wendy lost her best friend.  But through her research, Wendy discovered her mom didn’t die from breast cancer; she died because she had dense breast tissue and no one ever told her.  Through her involvement with Each One Tell One, public speaking engagements and with the Dangerous Boobs Tour, Wendy is now working tirelessly to inform women about the dangers of dense breast tissue.  She believes a senseless death only remains senseless if the survivors do nothing to promote change. Wendy’s work is her mom’s legacy.