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- Katherine Taromina, MS. Katherine has been with the Integrative Therapies Program/Center for Comprehensive Wellness (ITP/CCW) at Columbia University Medical Center for more than 10 years, first as an acupuncturist and now as the Program Manager. She has extensive teaching experience, having been appointed faculty (both full-time and adjunct) at several colleges. Katherine provides continuing education for acupuncturists on the role of Chinese medicine in supportive care in oncology. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Society of Integrative Oncology and as a Commissioner and Treasurer for the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Katherine remains actively engaged in research related to the use of acupuncture and Oriental medicine and other integrative therapies with adult and children cancer patients.
Andrea Radossi, MS, RYT. Andrea Radossi, MS is the Program and Clinical Research Coordinator for the Integrative Therapies Program (ITP) in the Herbert Irving Cancer Center. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training earlier this year and leads meditation and yoga sessions with both adult and pediatric patients in various settings within the cancer center. Andrea received her master's degree in Physiology, Biophysics and Complementary and Alternative Medicine from Georgetown University and her yoga teaching certification from Kula Yoga Project in New York City.
- Kathy Shea, MS, CPNP. Kathy is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Center for Survivor Wellness. She provides health care services to survivors of pediatric cancer, with an emphasis on educating patients and their families on their treatment history, potential long-term effects of treatment, recommended screenings and lifestyle choices. She is co-investigator on the Transition Program, which aims to assess the needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families as they transition off therapy and provide necessary services that enrich quality of life. She is also piloting a program for inpatient nurses on fertility preservation. Kathy has over twenty-five years of experience providing primary care services to infants, children and adolescents in a variety of settings primarily to underserved communities. Her past experience also includes care of children with human immunodeficiency virus, lactation counselor and medical champion for the Reach Out and Read program. Kathy has served on the executive board of the Greater New York chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and as preceptor to Columbia University School of Nursing students. She completed her BS degree at Villanova University and MS at Columbia University School of Nursing.
- Caitlin McCaffrey, BA. Caitlin McCaffrey is the Educational Liaison for the Center for Comprehensive Wellness. She graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. Prior to joining the CUMC team, Caitlin spent five years teaching hospitalized students in grades K-12 on both pediatric oncology and behavioral health units, collaborating with various school districts in the tri-state area. Caitlin is an education advocate and serves as a liaison between patients and their families, schools, and multidisciplinary treatment teams. She has been working to educate school communities on our patients’ medical diagnoses and how treatment directly impacts school functioning and development, focusing on the appropriate school accommodations required for patients to achieve academic success. Her goal is to educate families on their legal rights and to teach parents how to effectively advocate for their children.
- Douglas McDaniel, MTOM, LAc. Douglas is an acupuncturist at the Center for Comprehensive Wellness and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of New York Chiropractic College. He holds a BA from Fordham University at and a Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. Previously, he was a faculty member at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City and the Mercy College Graduate Program in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine where he also served as Associate Program Director and a member of the Institutional Review Board. Douglas has contributed to the development of integrative clinical training programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, and the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Canandaigua, NY. He has also written many journal articles on the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Raquel Similio, MS, LAc, LMT, CLT. Raquel works with both adult and pediatric patients at the Center for Comprehensive Wellness. She is a New York State Licensed Acupuncturist and Medical Massage Therapist with an Associates degree in Applied Science in Massage Therapy from the Healing Arts Program at the City University of New York and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture, one of the oldest acupuncture colleges in the nation. Raquel began her career with a comprehensive wellness center in Manhasset, NY, then worked with one of the largest orthopedic practices on Long Island. In 2006, she started specializing in palliative care and oncology patients. She is also certified in lymphedema therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, reflexology and pre- and post-operative massage technique.
- Betsy Ginn, RD. Betsy is a research nutritionist and clinical research coordinator at the Center for Comprehensive Wellness. Her focus is on integrative nutrition and helping patients relieve treatment-related symptoms with diet. She also advises on general healthy eating and exercise. Prior to joining CUMC, Betsy taught nutrition, cooking, wellness, and movement to elementary school children. She is finishing her masters in nutrition education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and has a strong interest in sustainable nutrition and how our food choices impact the environment.
- Mirko Savone, MPH. Mirko is a Consortium Research Manager at the Center for Comprehensive Wellness. His work focuses on the social and neuropsychological effects of cancer and its treatment in children, especially those in ethnic and racial minorities. Fluent in four languages (English, Italian, Spanish and Turkish), Mirko holds a BA in Psychology (cum laude) from Hunter College, where he has done extensive graduate work in Experimental and Applied Psychology on health interventions and he also holds an MPH in Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Before joining the CCW team, Mirko researched the needs of HIV and cancer patients within the LGBT community, exploring physiological and psychological causes of pain, disease prevention and disease control.
- Sonia Lugo, MS. Sonia is a Child Life specialist at the Center for Comprehensive Wellness. She has been trained to help children and families overcome life's most challenging events. With a background in child development and family systems, she shows the families how to cope through play and self-expression. Her goal is to provide emotional support for families while encouraging the optimum development of children facing health issues. She received her MS from Bank Street College of Education.
- Karen Turi, MSW and Candida Batista, MSW. Karen and Candida are outpatient Social Workers at the Center for Comprehensive Wellness. Together they have over 20 years experience in counseling, helping children and their families identify their strengths, deal with the consequences of illness and hospitalization, and plan for continuity of care. They assess each family's needs then offer emotional support, advocacy, crisis intervention, and assistance with discharge planning. As expert listeners and problem-solvers, they also field questions about benefits, grants and entitlements, providing families with an essential safety net. Karen received her MSW from Barry University and Candida received hers from Columbia University.