You will be guided through each segment by caring, experienced healthcare professionals and facilitators extensively trained in their respective area of expertise. Their training, experience and specialties are outlined below.
Maria Martos, MS in Counseling, BCTMB, CNMT
Founder of CSEP. Extensive experience in Health and Wellness in various capacities.
Maria is the Executive Director and founder of the Cancer Support and Education Program, and has been owner of Sagewood Wellness Center for 20 years. She is a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist and specializes in the treatment of chronic, severe, or minor pain, as well as injury rehabilitation and prevention. She is Board Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Before changing course after her first cancer diagnosis at age 27, Maria had earned a Master of Science in Counseling. She subsequently served as Senior Therapist for two hospital-based in-patient chemical dependency programs, as Chief Therapist of an in-patient eating disorders program, and as Program Director for private and hospital-based outpatient chemical dependency programs. She also has a background in training and development, having developed, implemented and managed training and development programs for a major health maintenance organization. Maria’s interest in the field of holistic health and wellness stem from her own healing journey through five cancer diagnoses. She has a strong personal desire to use these experiences as a way to help others heal and experience greater health, joy and balance in their lives. Her passion and life’s calling is to help others not just survive, but thrive in the face of challenges.
Sue Bedrosian, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social WorkerExtensive experience treating emotional, physical, and spiritual impacts of illness.
Sue Bedrosian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who began working with adults in healthcare in 1994. Over the 22 years, she has developed a deep respect for her clients and their families as they face the emotional, physical and spiritual impact of disease and illness on their lives. Her knowledge of adjustment and transition allows her to compassionately walk alongside adults and provide counseling to them as they face and overcome many challenges. It is their great courage, grace and determination that inspires her.
Counseling available for interested participants on an individual basis. (Separate fee from CSEP)
Teri Brudnak, MFA, Artist
Experienced Art Instructor. Teaches art as a healing practice.
Teri knew from an early age she wanted to be an artist. From making props for her kindergarten class play to completing her Masters of Fine Arts from California State University Long Beach, she followed her passion and found great joy in creating drawings and paintings. She shared this joy while teaching art to high school and college students for 30 years. Even a serious ailment wasn’t allowed to completely disrupt her. She incorporated the pain and experience of illness into her art, and found strength and healing in mind-body supportive practices. Today Teri enjoys her retirement in good health, immersing herself in moment-by-moment opportunities to live serenely and creatively. Teri has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally in galleries and exhibitions in the US, Italy, Korea, Japan and Indonesia.
Denise Canellos, MS, Certified NutritionistSpecializes in oncology and chronic illness.
Denise Canellos is a Nutritionist specializing in oncology and chronic disease. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and is board certified by the American College of Nutrition. She teaches Human Nutrition and Medical Nutrition Therapy at Chapman University. She became a Nutritionist after losing her first husband to colon cancer. She has a love of food, science, and a strong desire to help people overcome cancer and other chronic illnesses. Denise believes healthy food should be delicious and simple to prepare. Often nutrition seems like a confusing jumble. When you are hit with a serious diagnosis, it is frightening and often you feel helpless. You can have some control in this situation by eating the best way possible. Denise can help you cut through the hype. The science tells us what helps the most, and what to leave behind. The sense of peace you can have when you know that you are making a positive impact on your health speeds healing for both body and mind.
Nutritional Counseling available for interested participants on an individual basis. (Separate fee from CSEP)
Donna Douglass, Registered NurseExperience in oncology and palliative care. Teaches the physiology of disease processes.
Donna Douglass began her career as a Registered Nurse in 1998. For the first 4 years, she worked with cancer patients who were undergoing chemotherapy in a hospital setting. This experience enlightened her to the emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of cancer patients. As a result, she was drawn to applying her gifts and talents towards working with adults in palliative care. For the past 14 years, she has been partnering with highly regarded oncologists and internists in Orange County, CA to provide palliative care for their patients. Because of Donna’s compassionate and caring nature, patients find it easy to relate to her, which facilitates provision of care. In addition to working with patients, Donna is also involved in teaching about the physiology of disease processes to licensed personnel working in skilled nursing facilities. Donna believes it is a privilege and an honor to work with patients and their families during this very challenging time.
Nora Martos-Perry, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, MA in LiteratureSeasoned practitioner and teacher; specialties include trauma, mindfulness, and transformational healing processes.
Nora is a Psychologist and Family Therapist in private practice in the Bay Area specializing in the treatment of trauma with a strong interest in Culture and Psychotherapy. A tenured faculty member at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, she has taught in a wide variety of settings, including McAuley Neuropsychiatric Institute and U.C. Berkeley Extension. Nora enjoys working closely with people of all ages. She integrates mindfulness and emotionally focused work with depth psychotherapy and relational approaches, to support patients dealing with a wide range of challenges in making life-enhancing changes. She deeply appreciates the strength and resilience of the human spirit, and loves teaching the use writing and journaling as an invaluable tool in the healing process.
Christy Miele, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT)Teaches yoga poses and simple movements to relieve tension and increase well-being.
Christy Miele’s love of yoga began in 1994 when she discovered a well of peace within from the simple act of practicing yoga to a VHS instructional video tape. Within a year, she had practiced with Patricia Walden and Erich Schiffman several hundred times, albeit virtually. Yoga had struck a deep chord that she continued to tune through her early career in investment banking and relocations to multiple cities. Christy’s practice provided inner peace both in her work and in her wrestling with life’s most meaningful questions. Now settled in Southern California, Christy continues to tune in to her practice. Yoga has been a conduit for self-discovery, better health, and service to others. Daily, she accepts the gift of Grace in her life and family. Christy is E-RYT 500 certified through Yoga Alliance and attended Piedmont Yoga Studio’s Advanced Studies 18 month program in Oakland, CA. She has studied twice in Pune, India and with the renowned Iyengar family. Formative teachers include Ramanand Patel, Rodney Yee, Geeta Iyengar, Abhay Shivanji, Jinsung, Patricia Sullivan, Richard Rosen, and Erich Schiffman. Her 20 years of teaching yoga have included guiding people of all ages to access curiosity and gratitude. She seeks to create experiences for her students to be enthralled with the simple acts of movement and to release stored tension. She has taught classes geared to the elderly and worked extensively with her parents, both cancer survivors.
Erika Roth, DPT, Doctorate in Physical TherapySpecialties include optimizing well-being and function through therapeutic exercise.
Erika Roth earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2000. As a physical therapist, she has worked in Southern California in a variety of clinical settings, including skilled nursing, inpatient acute hospitals, outpatient clinics, chronic pain management, acute rehab facilities and home health. Over the past 6 years, she has presented to various medical professionals (including MDs, RNs, MSW, and therapists) on topics related to exercise, rehabilitations, outcomes, and best practices in various cities across the United States. Her extensive and broad clinical experience as a physical therapist has resulted in a holistic approach to rehabilitation and health promotion in her clinical practice and personal lifestyle. Erika presently serves as a Senior Clinical Manager providing consultative healthcare services for a large managed care company. Using outcomes research, evidence-based practice, and professional experience she ensures that efficient and effective outcomes are achieved by patients across the care continuum (hospital, inpatient rehab, home and outpatient settings). Erika has also provided independent consultative services, including QA and therapy documentation audits, for home health nursing agencies in Southern California. Additionally, she has performed audits of multiple therapy departments at both the home health and skilled nursing facility level directed at improving the provision of patient care and documentation of skilled therapy services. Serving in roles as a practicing physical therapist, educator, consultant, and auditor in various patient care settings for the past 16 years has driven her passion and dedication to facilitating the provision of excellent patient care services through education, training and use of evidence-based practice.
Cheryl Takeda, MSOM, Licensed Acupuncturist, Clinical HerbalistSpecialties include pain management, symptom relief, and overall well-being.
Cheryl Takeda is a Licensed Acupuncturist and clinical herbalist with a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Her work stems from a deep desire to help people overcome physical as well as emotional challenges to improve their health and wellbeing and feel better. Cheryl is passionate about health and being a part of the healing process with her clients. Her mission is to provide her clients with the best quality of care along with practical strategies that may lead to greater wisdom to improve their health, and to make better choices in their daily lives. Cheryl has been treating clients in her private practice for the past 8 years. Her specialties include: The treatment of fertility, palliative care for cancer patients, pain management and symptom relief, sports therapy, emotional issues, and overall wellbeing. Cheryl has clinical experience treating individuals at various senior citizens’ clinics, UCSD RIMAC Sports Clinic, and Hospice settings. Cheryl also enjoys speaking to small groups in medical settings to discuss how the integration of acupuncture can provide a more comprehensive health benefit for patients. She is honored to be a part of the healing process for her clients.
Acupuncture available for interested participants on an individual basis. (Separate fee from CSEP)
Jennifer Wong, Certified Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness InstructorCombines hypnotherapy and mindfulness for relaxation, stress relief, and well-being.
In 2006, Jennifer experienced an unexpected health crisis that quickly lead to deep inner questioning and finding a healing path that was not so “conventional”. Being diagnosed with a “probable stroke” and given a protocol that didn’t feel intrinsically right, she sought out a more holistic path. She experienced acupuncture, chiropractic, reiki, and hypnotherapy as her primary sources for healing. Within three months of her diagnosis, she was back to driving and walking without a cane. A follow-up MRI showed her brain had “healed” from the original inclusions. Although she lived with some symptoms of the “probable stroke” it was not until 2014 that she was accurately diagnosed with Lyme disease. Hypnotherapy and meditation were her most powerful tools and she continues to practice them for herself and others to this day. In 2006, Jennifer completed Hypnotherapy and NLP Certification training through the Society of Applied Hypnotists. She continued advanced hypnotherapy training with Cal Banyan in the UK and has maintained hypnosis certification with the National Guild of Hypnotists. Beginning in 2011 Jennifer has been studying with Mindful Schools to teach Mindfulness to children and adults. In 2012, she trained in Usui Reiki to receive her Reiki Master Certificate, and in November 2016 completed her two-year Shamanic Training and Apprenticeship Program. Over the last 10 years Jennifer has been seeing clients in private and group settings, teaching meditation classes at treatment centers and speaking to support groups in hospital settings regarding the health benefits of meditation. As her healing journey continues, she is deeply moved by the miracles she has experienced in her own health and recovery and the healing and wellness she has witnessed in her clients. It is her joy to assist others in finding their path to peace and freedom.
Hypnotherapy and Energy Wellness services available for interested participants on an individual basis. (Separate fee from CSEP)
Greg M. Young, MS, Licensed Marriage and Family TherapistExtensive experience with group facilitation, stress management, trauma, grief, and recovery.
Greg is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose specialties include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and phase of life transitions. He believes in providing a safe and supportive environment utilizing a collaborative approach and evidenced based methods to foster healing and resolution to life’s challenges. Greg has more than 15 years’ experience in the field of addiction recovery. In Greg’s own words: “Life can be challenging, and for some, asking for help may be difficult. Talking to friends, family and those we trust may provide temporary relief, but the underlying feelings and difficulties persist. My passion is to help others navigate through life’s challenges and develop effective coping skills and tools necessary for healing”.
Counseling services available for interested participants and their families on an individual basis. (Separate fee from CSEP)
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