Morning Breakout Session Options

1. “How to Start Your Day..."

How to Start Your Day, the Energizing, Anti-Cancer Way"

Come and learn the benefits of beginning your day with an energizing meal.  Learn which breakfast foods have the best anti-cancer properties and how you can easily incorporate them into your busy lives.  We will cover some anti-cancer science, discuss a variety of practical breakfast ideas that can help you meet your goals, and prepare several tasty recipes during our time together. 

Not sure if you want to share the recipes we will be creating - a smoothie recipe, an energy orb recipe, and a warm breakfast cereal option.  If time allows, I may be able to pop one more in there.

Heather Ferber is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, AADP who helps busy moms get fresh, focused and energized.  She is a detox specialist helping to rebuild gut health, balance hormones, and thrive.  She enjoys empowering moms to take back their health and feed their families better with simple, everyday advice and suggestions that can be easily integrated into today's modern family's hectic lives. You can find her on Fox 6 Real MKE once a month, speaking and teaching classes in the community, cooking in her kitchen for family and friends, playing her piano to relax, or out running with the family dog.

2. Parenting with Cancer

Parenting with Cancer

If you are living with children, and are dealing with a cancer diagnosis (current or in the past) this is a great opportunity to connect with other parents.  Here you have the opportunity to discuss the challenges, and your successes.

Jennifer Yessa-Kast is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice at Pathway Clinic in Prairie du Sac, WI since 1998.  Jennifer is also a group facilitator for Gilda’s Club of Madison.  Jennifer has lived in the area since attending college in Madison. Jennifer lost her husband to leukemia in 2007 when her children were 6 and 3 years old.  She has considerable insight into the challenges of raising children alone while managing her children’s grief as well as her own.  This experience has drawn Jennifer to helping other children and families facing a cancer diagnosis and/or the loss of a loved one.

3. Science-based Supplementation

Science-based Supplementation for the Pro-thriver

Have you ever searched the internet to figure out what you should take for cancer prevention or treatment?  If the 100's of options left your head spinning just a bit - then this talk is for you!  Naturopathic doctor's Aaron Henkel and Rebecca Georgia will lead you through the most science-based, clinically effective supplements that can be used for cancer.  Topics will include the 5 top supplements for cancer, how to use supplementation with conventional oncology like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, as well as novel approaches like intravenous Vitamin C therapy and mistletoe injections.


Rebecca Georgia, ND
As a Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Georgia utilizes a variety of research based complementary and alternative modalities such as nutritional supplements, vitamins, herbs, functional laboratory testing, and diet and lifestyle changes to find underlying causes of disease. Patients are actively listened to, treated as individuals, and treatment is tailored to their specific needs.
Passion and commitment surround Dr. Georgia's practice. Dr. Georgia was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis as a teenager. She was on multiple medications with many side effects, and felt hopeless, lost, and confused. This inspired her to take her health into her own hands. Presently, Dr. Georgia is not on any medications and does not experience any symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. She truly believes in the natural approach to health and wellness and wants to help others take control of their health too.  Her goals are to reverse the effects diseases chronic diseases and to encourage, educate, and inspire patients to become healthy.
Particular areas of interest for Dr. Georgia are women's health, autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, and mood concerns.

Aaron Henkel, ND
Dr. Aaron Henkel has been involved in the alternative medicine field for over 20 years. He specializes in comprehensive natural healthcare for the entire family using IV therapy,herbal remedies, nutritional supplements, homeopathy, physical medicine, bio-identical hormones, and diet/lifestyle counseling to address the underlying causes of most health complaints. His previous experience as a health-food store owner has greatly contributed to his knowledge in natural healing and fueled his passion for learning. Dr. Henkel remains current on the latest research surrounding vitamins, herbs, and nutritional products, with emphasis on drug/herb interactions and contraindications.
As a colon cancer "thriver" himself, Dr. Henkel enjoys helping patients receive cutting edge treatments for the prevention and care of cancer in the such areas as diet and supplementation, IV therapy, and mistletoe injections.

4. AYA Parents' Connection

AYA Parents' Connection

Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers - Supporting your adult child through a diagnosis is a unique experience. Connect with other parents. Trade ideas and support for each other.

5. MYACC – Community Canvas

MYACC – Community Canvas

Take time to relax and add your personal touch to our community of living with cancer mural. The theme for the mural will be 'Dancing in the Rain' from the quote "Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass but about learning to dance in the rain".
Art therapists Molly Linn-Miller and Lynn Genz have started the design process and invite all conference participants to make their mark. Acrylic paints, brushes provided. Stop in before or between sessions, or join us for the morning session.  

Lynn Genz, ATR, LPC is currently an art therapist living and working in Mayville, WI. She travels with her 'studio in a suitcase' to provide art therapy services for hospice patients. Lynn also works with the inpatient behavioral health unit patients at St Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. 

Molly Linn-Miller, MS-ATR is currently an art therapist in the Madison area. She provides therapeutic art workshops for older adults, adults with disabilities and children with autism.  She works as a teaching artist for VSA Wisconsin and provides family art workshops for The Family Support Resource Center in Madison.

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Afternoon Breakout Session Options

1. Another appointment?...An Introduction to Palli

Another appointment?...An Introduction to Palliative Care

Although it is a relatively new field of medicine, Palliative Care can play an important role in your cancer care.  With its primary aim to support you through your journey through difficult illness, a Palliative Care team can be another layer of health care in addition to your existing team to prevent and minimize suffering.  They  do not take over from your Hem/Onc doctors , but complement them.   Amongst all the disciplines, they  recognize the toll that cancer (and other conditions) can have on the mind, the spirit and on loved ones, too.  Areas of expertise include managing difficult-to-control symptoms, navigating the often overly-complicated medical system, and helping you make the hardest of decisions.
Frequently, they  work closely with hospice, but we are not the same.  Palliative Care is not “just for dying patients” and may become involved right at diagnosis and follow along for years.   Though many patients die, Palliative Care would argue they help people live the highest quality of life regardless of their medical situation. Not only do patient’s needs get better addressed, but several studies have shown adding Palliative Care to standard Oncology care prolongs survival.

Dr. Jeffrey Kowaleski is currently specializing in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital’s fellowship program.  New to the Midwest this year, he completed his education and medical training throughout New England: Internal Medicine residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, NH) and Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, MA).  His interests in the field include patient empowerment, whole-body integrative pain management, and the intricate theory of patient-doctor communication.  He lives with his Pediatrician wife of 8 years and their 10 year-old mix breed dog, Bruschi.

2. Healing Touch

Healing Touch

Healing Touch is a non-invasive technique that, like Reiki or Therapeutic Touch, works with an individual's energy field. Illness causes disruptions to a person's own energy. Bringing that energy into balance can help a person heal. Come, learn about it, and experience some of the practice.

Beth Chier Bright, RN is a Healing Touch practitioner and instructor. She works at Carbone Cancer Center.

3. Conquering Cancer and Preserving Fertility

Conquering Cancer and Preserving Fertility  
It is extremely fortunate that nowadays many cancer patients are cured of cancer because of improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Cancer and cancer treatment, however, have been shown to lead to subsequent long-term complications such as ovarian and testicular failure.  This can lead to infertility and inability to have genetically related offspring. Infertility often requires complicated treatments, such as egg or embryo donation, to have biological children. These treatment modalities are expensive, have a modest success rate, and may expose both the donor and recipient to considerable medical risks. Additionally, ovarian and testicular failure leads to hormonal abnormalities, failure of pubertal developments and osteoporosis. Unfortunately, loss of reproductive function has been considered an expected trade-off for the cancer cure. In this panel, faculty from UW-health will discuss new developments in female and male fertility preservation. 

Dr. Daniel Williams, IV, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health in Madison, WI and is also the Residency Training Program Director. 

Dr. Jeffrey M. Jones is an associate professor in the Department of Ob/Gyn and Laboratory Director at Generations Fertility Care.  He is a board certified High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD) and has been working with cancer patients to preserve their fertility for more than 20 years.

Dr. Sana Salih is an assistant professor and the oncofertility program director at UW comprehensive Cancer Canter.  She is a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist and a member of the oncofertility consortium. 

4. Late Effects of Therapy

Late Effects of Therapy

Curative therapy for pediatric malignancies has produced a growing population of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) formerly treated for childhood cancer.  AYAs can develop “Late Effects” of therapy that are unique to that individual.  The effects span a wide array of physical, intellectual and emotional problems. Some may be apparent while others are subtle.  It is important for the AYAs to develop a wellness strategy which includes knowledge of and access to their medical history. They also need to be aware of their potential health risks due to therapy and how to monitor for the occurrence of any problems. AYAs should seek out resources to keep updated on survivorship issues and the evolving research on late effects.

Dr. Diane Puccetti earned her medical degree at Medical College of Ohio. She completed a residency at Medical College of Ohio and a fellowship at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children.  Dr. Puccetti leads the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology clinical research program at American Family Children’s Hospital where she cares for children with brain or spinal tumors. She is also interested in childhood cancer survivorship, as Director of the Caring for Life clinic, and leads the late effects clinical research program.

Sharon Frierdich has been a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner for over 30 years.  She serves as co-provider in the “American Family Children’s Hospital Caring for Life” Childhood Cancer Survivor Clinic. She has given professional presentations and has published on survivorship issues. She has also participated in research in this area.  Sharon also assists in the organization of AFCH Survivor Reunion every 5 years.

Christine Mathiowetz, with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, serves as the Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellow at UW Health. She is part of the multidisciplinary team for the Neuro-Oncology and Caring for Life Clinics. Her role as a consultant in these clinics is to screen for additional assessment of neuropsychological and psychological needs, such as late-effects of cancer treatments including learning difficulties, adjustment, and mood disturbance.

Wendy Prihoda Stewart is a Pediatric Physical Therapist specializing in Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Gait Analysis and Orthotic Management in the Neuro-orthopedic Patient. Currently, she is part of the multidisciplinary teams for the Caring for Life Clinic Survivorship Clinic- and the General Pediatric Surgery Chest Wall Deformity Clinic at the UW American Family Children's Hospital. Her role as a consultant in the Caring for Life Survivorship Clinic is to screen for musculoskeletal, neuro-orthopedic and functional mobility issues, such as late-effects of cancer treatments including peripheral neuropathy, postural and lower extremity dysfunction and compromised fitness. In addition to her clinical roles, she has an outpatient practice at the UW Middleton Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic focused on work with the pediatric oncology population and is currently serving as a clinical mentor to a Biomedical Design Team at the University of Wisconsin working on the development of a variable resistance orthosis for children.

Bethany Severson, RN, CPON has been working with the pediatric population for almost 15 years in the inpatient and outpatient setting. She works with patients who are actively receiving treatment as well as those recently done with therapy.  Her 2 subspecialties are the Bone Marrow Transplant Population and the Caring for Life population- patients who have been off therapy for about 5 years and come to clinic about once a year to learn about the transition from being a pediatric cancer patient to a young adult cancer survivor.

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