Alexandra (she/her) is a passionate and dedicated professional health coach with a degree from the NY Institute and School IIN. Alexandra was raised and educated in Gothenburg, Sweden, and later moved to London where she was employed by British Airways as and international Flight attendant for 7 Years. This experience introduced her the many different people, cultures, and approaches to health and complementary medicine throughout the world. Alexandra is a devoted mother of two boys and currently lives in London, and Vero Beach, Florida. She is the founder of ScandiLabs.
Having lost both parents to cancer, Alexandra is especially motivated to assist Survivor Wellness clients lead their lives in the most vibrant and fulfilling way.
Dr. Jackson (he/him) went to medical school with the simple idea of helping people.
"My mom died from cancer when I was nine years old. I remember visiting her in the hospital and seeing the worry in her eyes. As a nine year old I didn’t feel suddenly “called” to a career in medicine but the experience broadened my empathy towards those who are suffering. Ultimately these feelings nudged me towards becoming a physician."
Dr. Jackson chose family medicine because he fell in love with the idea of working with people from all walks of life.
"There are so many people with chronic and debilitating medical conditions like cancer, diabetes, fatigue, depression, anxiety, arthritis, and insomnia. Many struggle with several of these problems at the same time."
To better serve his patients, Dr. Jackson extended his training by completing a two year fellowship with the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
"I am convinced that everyone can prevent or reverse any chronic condition, symptom or concern. The body has a wonderful innate capacity for self-healing. My passion is to help people activate and enhance the healing process."
Read Dr. Jackson's article, "Caring for Cancer Survivors: An Opportunity for Holistic Practitioners" here.
MELISSA SMITH // Board Secretary, Events Committee
Melissa (she/her) has served with several nonprofit organizations in Utah including the Salt Lake Chapter of the National Charity League and the Utah Blues Society and earned her certificate of Professional Volunteer Management from the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism.
Melissa is interested in community, connectedness and paying forward all the love and support she received during her cancer journey in 2022-2023. While searching for support, she found the Survivor Wellness website but was afraid to attend her first event until a good friend agreed to go with her.
“I am here to be a friend to anyone who is interested in Survivor Wellness events and offerings and remove any fear or stigma that is associated with walking in the door.”
Photo credit: Klaus Kunigk, Survivor Wellness member for 6+ years, taken at the April 22 "Jazzed About Spring" garden party.
DAVE FUHRMAN //Board Member
David (he/him) has been involved in Clinical Translational Research since the early
2000's. David started his career as a software engineer in the early 1980’s. In the
1990's, he became a Research Associate for the NIH ‘Big Science’ Genome
Mapping Project at the University of Utah. This began his education in Genetics,
Proteomics, Metabolomics and Cellular Biology.
David’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to couple his background in these domains with his computer science background to launch two very successful software companies in the Life Sciences.
His second company, purchased by Exact Sciences, produced Cologuard, a colon cancer screening and cancer diagnostic service. While working for them, David assisted in growing Exact’s test portfolio. The mission of Exact Sciences, to eradicate cancer through early detection, aligned with the goal of making a difference in healthcare by bringing new technologies out of R&D and to the clinical bench as fast as possible.
Following his career with Exact, David worked with another startup company developing a cellular based cancer diagnostics with the promise that cancer can be cured using immunotherapies. This company's goal is to introduce the latest gains in cancer diagnostics and therapies to the clinic and make a positive difference in patient outcomes.
"I believe this approach will lead to us curing cancer within my lifetime.“David is honored to have been asked to join the board of Survivor Wellness and support this remarkable organization and its mission.
EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS
JOHN LIBRETT, MPH
As a cancer survivor, Dr. Librett (he/him) is a past member of the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Public Health Advisory Board, Clinical Director of the American Medical Athletic Association's Clinical Advisory Board and past chair of a White House Federal Interagency Health Council. Dr. Librett is a former health scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Institute Clinical Conference Series in Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Librett is recognized for his leadership in preventive medicine, clinical translation and health policy. On these issues, John has worked with the White House, the US Department of Health and Human Services; and the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as governments and corporations in Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the U.S.
In addition to his business development, Dr. Librett's health policy research has appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, World News Tonight, and NPR's Morning Edition, to name a few. Dr. Librett is a Founder of the First Ascent Fund, President and Founder of Behavioral Science International, and Adjunct Professor with the University of Utah, College of Health.
Dr. Librett is the founder and chief scientific officer of Survivor Healthcare, which offers cutting-edge, value-based virtual primary cancer care.
While in medical school, studying epidemiology and evidence-based medicine, Dr. Librett was diagnosed with cancer. During his cancer diagnosis, John developed a deep interest in integrative medicine; including meditation and mindfulness; later attending the Soto and Rinzai Schools and becoming a member of the White Plum lineage.
Read Dr. Librett's writing, learn more about his cancer journey, and read about "The Four Pillars" here.
BEA HAMMOND, L.Ac.
Bea Hammond (she/her) is a third-generation healthcare provider. She grew up in Berlin, Germany. She received her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz in 2001. After practicing acupuncture in California for seven years, she opened the Harmony Acupuncture Clinic here in Salt Lake City in 2008. She treats a variety of health problems, including mental and physical disorders related to stress, hormone imbalance, infertility, post-surgical recovery, migraine headaches, digestive disorders, immune deficiencies and various pain syndromes, as well as side-effects from cancer treatments. She has also worked as an Acupuncture Detox Specialist, providing ear acupuncture to youth in the juvenile justice system to reduce their withdrawal symptoms, cravings and stress. She does a lot of volunteer work with cancer survivors. Survivor Wellness is grateful to Bea for helping start the free treatment program at The Cancer Wellness House.