Meet the Experts
Nora M. Hansen, MD is a national leader in breast cancer research and treatment. She is the Director of the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center at Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital where she has a key role in the development and growth of the center and increasing clinical research. Dr. Hansen’s primary clinical focus is in the management of both benign and malignant breast disease. She is active in direct patient care, research and administration. Dr. Hansen is also an Associate Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.
Elesa Commerse, MBA, CMT is the creator, Executive Producer and Director of Finding Your Way and is the Founding President of Forever Whole, the non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating suffering, that supports this work. A Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Smith College, Elesa earned an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the Temple of Kriya Yoga Meditation Teacher Training Program.
The Founder of National Meditation Month, Elesa teaches meditation at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Wellness Institute, Mercy Hospital’s Whole Women, Whole Health Program for breast cancer patients and Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Galter Life Center. Elesa is part of the core teacher-training faculty at Moksha Yoga, in Chicago and is the Director of Wisdom Training for Tias and Surya Little’s Prajna Yoga, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. To learn about upcoming workshops and how you can bring Elesa to your setting, please visit: www.thedeepcalm.com
Rachelle Meade, RD, LDN — Rachelle Meade is a Holistic Clinical Dietitian and Manager of Mercy Hospital and Medical Center’s Integrative Medicine and Wellness Program, located in Chicago. Rachelle has been a Dietitian since 1995. She works extensively with breast cancer patients and specializes in Functional Medicine, a new field of science, which serves to support biochemical pathways innate to our ability to heal and repair. Rachelle is certified in adult and pediatric weight management and provides private and group sessions, corporate wellness programming, community seminars and cooking demonstrations. You can reach Rachelle at: 312.922.3011, extension 227.
Adrienne Felder, MA, LCPC, is a professional chef and psychotherapist. As a professional chef, she focuses on whole foods and health-supportive cuisine, with a specialty in cooking for cancer prevention and survival. Adrienne trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts in New York and Lula Café in Chicago. She has cooked at retreats, including the Smith Farm Center for the Healing Arts in Washington, DC. She created her business, The Whole Bite, to share her passion for cooking, nutrition, and wellness through her cooking instruction and consulting services. Adrienne is also an instructor for The Cancer Project.
Maria Mulcahy, L.Ac., MSOM, Dipl.Ac. holds a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine and is both licensed in the state of Illinois and nationally certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Using gentle, Japanese-style acupuncture, Maria strives to care for her patients holistically by addressing body, mind, and spirit together. She has also received specialized training in the areas of women’s health, cancer care, and immunology. Maria is Director of Whole Women, Whole Health, a complementary and alternative medicine program for breast cancer survivors at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, in Chicago. She also practices privately at the Andersonville Wellness Center on Chicago’s North side. You can reach Maria at: 773.655.1478, or email@example.com
Megan Driscoll, MSPT, CLT-LANA obtained her Bachelors in
Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois and her advanced Masters from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Vodder Training through the Klose-Norton School of Lymphatic Studies and received Advanced Techniques at the world renowned Foldi Clinic, in Germany. Megan’s work experience includes community hospitals, University settings and private practice in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Charlottesville. As Director of Physical Therapy at Magee-Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh, Megan developed the Lymphedema & Women’s Health programs for the University and the surrounding area. The program grew to include seven therapists who treated as well as provided community awareness and support programs for Lymphedema patients. Presently Megan resides in Charlottesville, VA, where she continues to offer her specialized treatments. Megan teaches locally/nationally in the realm of Lymphedema certification as well as preparatory courses for the LANA exam.
Barbara Meyer, PhD — A health educator and movement instructor for over 25 years, Barbara Meyer holds a PhD in Health Education from the University of Texas and a MS in Exercise Science from Northeastern Illinois University. After years of working in an industry which focuses on external measures of health and celebrates a particular “look of fitness,” Barbara now embraces a philosophy of compassionate self-care. Her passion is to help individuals find a path to health that is meaningful to them, one that is guided by their heart, honors their body, and trusts their internal wisdom. She leads workshops and classes for women to facilitate reconnection to the body through attuned eating, mindful movement and body acceptance. For individuals with cancer, she teaches movement classes and workshops and speaks on the health benefits of movement throughout the cancer journey. You can learn more about Barbara’s work at www.yourbodyhome.com.
Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, RN, RYT has been working in the Healing Arts for over 30 years as an Oncology Nurse, Health and Lifestyle Coach, Workshop Leader, Yoga Teacher Trainer, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Therapist.
Sudha is a senior faculty member at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Lenox, Massachusetts. Alive and well, even after three rounds of treatment for breast cancer, Sudha continues a morning practice that begins with the statement, “Today, I am fortunate to have woken up. I have a precious life. I am not going to waste it.” You can reach Sudha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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