Survivor Wellness Team
JOHN LIBRETT, PhD, MPH // Cancer Survivor and Executive Chairman of Survivor Wellness
As a cancer survivor, Dr. Librett 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, the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as governments and corporations in Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the U.S.
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.
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 Founder of the First Ascent Fund, President/Founder of Behavioral Science International, Founder/CEO of Survivor Healthcare, Executive Chairman of the Survivor Wellness, Chair of the Utah Cancer Action Network, and Adjunct Professor with the University of Utah, College of Health.
DANA LEVY, C-IAYT, MA // Interim Executive Director & Program Director of Survivor Wellness
Dana Levy joined Survivor Wellness as Program Director in 2021, after having worked in the field of movement in both the US and in Japan, where she ran and directed FURLA yoga studio for 12 years. A certified yoga therapist and somatic movement educator, Dana works with all types of bodies through principles of yoga (Iyengar yoga), somatic movement, martial arts, Laban-Bartenieff Movement Analysis and Embodied Peacemaking. She has taught yoga in Salt Lake City since 2013, trained yoga teachers since 2017, and worked with Huntsman Cancer Institute since 2019. In addition to her administrative work in Survivor Wellness, Dana also offers movement classes and private movement/yoga therapy sessions for the clients.
Contact Dana with questions, or to book a session: firstname.lastname@example.org
LAURA LANDWARD, LCSW // Clinical Supervisor
Laura coordinates the social work internship programs for Survivor Wellness' educational component/incubator program, Survivor Institute.
Tammy White // Mental Health Counselor
Tammy offers individual counseling with Survivor Wellness clients, facilitates the Grief & Healing Support Group, and runs the Community Garden Group. For more information, or to book a session, contact her: email@example.com
Tammy (she/her) currently offers individual counseling with Survivor Wellness clients, facilitates the Grief & Healing Support Group, and helps facilitate the Community Garden Group. She is a graduate of the School of Social work, University of Washington, where she previously served clients in the Northwest for several years. She is currently an MSW student at the University of Denver. Tammy is passionate about helping to support and empower others on their path of healing and does so with great compassion. Tammy enjoys meditation, somatic movement, Pilates, cooking, and spending time with loved ones, including her two rescue dogs, Milo & Daisy.
YOGA & MOVEMENT:
Dana Levy // Yoga Therapy & Somatic Movement Education
Dana teaches "Coming Home to Your Body" joyful movement class, and offers private yoga/movement sessions for Survivor Wellness clients. For more information or to book a session, contact her: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dana (she/her) joins Survivor Wellness as a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and somatic movement educator, to provide mindbody programs for the community of cancer survivors and those affected by cancer.
Dana helps individuals find movement solutions to achieve better quality of life through intentional movement practices. She teaches with elegance, intelligence, humanity, humor, clarity and honesty, and encourages her clients to work with attention, intention, interest and enjoyment. A class or session with Dana may include standing, sitting, walking, rolling, reclining, or appropriate hands-on body education, and may also include use of props or other therapy tools. The difficulty level and type of movement depends on the client’s needs and abilities; sessions are engaging, educational, creative, collaborative, and moving. Learn more about Dana here.
Emily Lamberty, RYT-500 // Yoga Instructor
Emily (she/her) experienced her first yoga class at the Cosmic Cafe in Dallas in 2002 when she was an aspiring photographer, but her yoga journey really began while living in New York City healing from an extraordinary ankle sprain. After 7 years of character building (and studying macrobiotics, non-violent communication, and vital design) in NYC, she traded in her MetroCard for the high desert mountains and open spaces of Utah. Upon her arrival in Salt Lake City, she turned to yoga for community and felt it was time to pursue the path of yoga teacher. Certified as a Yoga Alliance RYT-500, Emily has also trained in therapeutic yoga, trauma sensitive yoga, and yoga for cancer (Y4C). Her yoga (and life) practice is rooted in compassion, and she incorporates feng shui and Taoist philosophy. Her mantra: "Life is full of surprises. Trust the process."
In her spare time, Emily enjoys making art, hiking, cooking, writing, reading true crime, and hanging out with her character-rich tabby cat, Oliver. Emily also produces malas and small batch, ethically sourced, vegan + cruelty free lifestyle products for her business, Ritual Relish. Learn more about Emily here.
Adrienne Shulze // Reiki Master
Adrienne (she/her) is a cancer survivor 17 years and counting, for which she is thankful. An experienced Reiki Master, intuitive bodyworker and and energy healer, she has been been healing bodies and souls since 2017, and working with Survivor Wellness clients since 2019.
An insurance agent for 15+ years, Adrienne became interested in healing the body after her cancer diagnosis. She shifted gears and worked as a nutritionist and personal trainer until 2016, when she learned reiki in order to heal the spirit in addition to the body.
In addition to using the healing modality of Reiki in her sessions, Adrienne also works with the 7 chakras, the meridians and acupressure points on the body, with sound therapy with tuning forks, and with crystals, all to help move your energy and create an environment of health, wellness, and peace within the body. We "store our issues in our tissues", therefore, she believes sickness and disease come from energy becoming stagnant or stuck. Energy is meant to flow, like water, so Adrienne's goal is to recalibrate your body by moving stuck energy, to produce a feeling of greater aliveness and health.
Adrienne also offers private, reduced-rate reiki sessions for Survivor Wellness clients at 57 House. Contact us to find out how to book with her.
MASSAGE & CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY:
Tami Harris, LMT, CLC // Licensed Massage Therapist
Tami (she/her) is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Utah and is certified in advanced sports and medical massage. She has also studied with and received her life coaching certification through the Life Purpose Institute in San Diego, CA.
Tami believes in the approach and theory that the mind, body, spirit, and emotions are all related and inter-connected to and with each other. When the mental and emotional mind are suffering from previous life experience or personal trauma, physical pain and dis-ease can manifest within the body. She believes that healing can take place by developing awareness of the mind-body connection and using modalities of massage, light touch therapy (including Cranial Sacral Therapy, acupressure, and Reiki) and life coaching (which allows external processing through conversation). Whether used alone or combined, they can release tension, discomfort, and even pain within body. Tami’s goal is to assist the client to become more body-centered and body-balanced, which she believes can facilitate healing and greater physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
Tami also offers private, reduced-rate massage therapy sessions for Survivor Wellness clients at 57 House. Contact us to find out how to book with her.
Holly Taylor, BSN, RN, HNB-BC // Craniosacral Therapist
As a Board Certified Holistic Nurse and Craniosacral Therapy practitioner, Holly combines her background in nursing with integrative tools to assist clients. Her Craniosacral Therapy sessions may also include Acupressure and Reiki. This approach includes the totality of a person's mind, body, emotion and spirit. In a world of extremes we are all striving for more balance and a greater sense of peace. Specifically, in our health care system, there is a gap between 'modern medicine' and 'holistic care'; while many people believe that you must choose one or another, holistic nursing care demonstrates that there is room for both and that they complement each other. Through embracing both, we can achieve balance in our approach to wellness. Holly enjoys hiking with her husband and dogs, and planning their next hiking adventure!
Colette Ruff //Licensed Oncology Esthetician
Colette (she/her) is a licensed esthetician specializing in oncology facials and oncology-specific skincare treatment. Nourishing the skin - the first layer of the body - during and after treatment for cancer can provide relief from side effects of treatment, and requires individualized care from a trained practitioner. Colette also focuses on nourishing the digestive system through attention to nutrition. She is trained in reflexology, Reiki and sound therapy, and recognizes that human touch is essential for healing.
An oncology facial (Deep Healing Skincare Treatment) with Colette includes deep skin hydration with hands-on treatment for the face, head, neck, hands, and arms, and may also include reflexology, Reiki, and sound therapy. She uses organic products that keep the skin hydrated, counteracting the drying effects of cancer treatment and environmental stress. Learn more about oncology esthetics here.
Colette is passionate about breast health, educating individuals on how to take care of theirs, as well as creating and selling handmade breast and body oils. She is also a Pranashakti dance instructor, using its dance-like movement to improve energy flow through the body.
Colette grew up in Utah, and spent 25 years in Austin, TX raising her sons and sharpening her skills. She recently moved back to Salt Lake City, and is happy to be back in the mountains. She enjoys live music, dance, hiking, yoga, meditation and is an avid writer and gardener.
MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION:
Oriah Knorr // Assistant Health Counselor, Mindfulness Facilitator
Oriah (he/him) comes to Survivor Wellness from the University of Utah, where he is a graduate of the College of Social Work. His many years of experience in movement (rock climbing, yoga) and meditation brought him to teach the "Relax Your Mind" classes. Oriah also serves as the event coordinator for Survivor Wellness, and anticipates entering the MSW program at the University of Utah in 2023.
Carlos Justiniano // Qigong Instructor
Shelley Mehr // Wim Hof Breathing Instructor
Shelley leads workshops in the Wim Hof Method for Survivor Wellness clients and community members several times per year. Join our mailing list to hear about upcoming events and workshops.
As a somatic healer, Shelley guides you on a journey to an exquisite internal space where you balance out your central nervous system with fierce expansion and compassion in a way that is instant and complete.
Shelley’s focus is to inspire and co-create with people who are ready for happiness, health and strength. When Shelley is supporting someone through their inner world of evolution and growth she is passionate about the true essence of each unique individual she comes into contact with. Shelley believes in consciously breathing, facing fear and using stress to balance out the internal systems in a way that trusts the body’s wisdom through feeling fully, letting go of what doesn’t serve and moving into an empowered state with whatever you are facing in life. Shelley has been a bodyworker for 11 years. Through her passion of studying the body, she received her certification as a Wim Hof Method instructor in 2018. She has led many people through conscious breathwork and ice baths to gain a better awareness of the mind-body connection. Learn more about Shelley here!
Acupuncture and Tai Chi Practitioners to be announced in 2022.