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Survivor Wellness Team

STAFF

JOHN LIBRETT, PhD, MPH // Cancer Survivor and Executive Director 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.

Read Dr. Librett's writing and learn more about his cancer journey here.

 

DANA LEVY, C-IAYT, MA // Program Director for Survivor Wellness, Yoga Therapist & Somatic Movement Educator

Dana Levy joined Survivor Wellness as Program Director in 2021, after having worked in the field of movement for many years as a practitioner and teacher, as well as having directed successful movement organizations in both the US and Japan, where she resided for 15 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 works with Huntsman Cancer Institute as a fitness instructor, offers movement classes and private movement/yoga therapy sessions at the Survivor Studio, and offers online yoga classes as Dana Levy Yoga. She is fluent in Japanese.

 

LAURA LANDWARD, LCSW // Clinical Supervisor

Laura coordinates the internship programs for Survivor Wellness; more details to be posted momentarily.

 

PROVIDERS

Mental Health Counselors: 

TAMMY WHITE // Mental Health Counselor

Tammy currently offers individual counseling with Survivor Wellness clients, facilitates the Grief Support Group, and runs the Community Garden Group. More profile info to come - stay tuned.

 

ABDULLAH EL-HATTAB // Mental Health Counselor

Abdullah offered individual counseling with Survivor Wellness clients and led the Community Garden Group in 2021-22.

Abdullah (they/them/he/him) is a first generation mid-western Egyptian-American. Growing up in Indiana, he spent his summers visiting family in Egypt and learning its language, culture, and cuisine in the process. He graduated from Indiana University in 2010 with a B.A. in Sociology and a focus on education and storytelling. His background includes working as an educator in the world’s largest children’s museum, as well as substitute teaching, financial counseling, community health education, and social-service focused farm management. Beginning in 2011 his work has primarily focused on refugee services and food justice. With a strong focus on social justice, equity, and equality, Abdullah is passionate about creating safe and inclusive spaces for clients of all ages. He is currently working on a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Utah, focusing on mental health. He is also the New Roots Youth Agriculture Coordinator at the International Rescue Committee, developing refugee-focused youth agriculture and leadership programming. In his limited free time, Abdullah rock climbs, cooks, gardens, trail runs, woodworks, reads, plays music, and blacksmiths.

 

 

MADELINE GLENN // Mental Health Counselor

Madeline facilitated two support groups and offered individual counseling with Survivor Wellness clients during 2021-22.

Madeline (she/her) is a second-year student at the University of Utah’s Masters of Social Work program. She previously received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in international development and women’s studies. She previously worked for the Rose Park Neighborhood Center as an intern and as a summer youth program director. Some of Madeline’s interests include art, good food, yoga, speaking Spanish, home renovation TV shows, and spending quality time with friends and family. Madeline’s is passionate about social equity, mental health, and integrative healthcare, and looks forward to working with the Survivor Wellness community.

  

Yoga & Movement Instructors:

DANA LEVY // Yoga Therapy & Somatic Movement Education

Dana teaches "Easy Sunday Morning Restorative Class"  twice monthly, facilitates "Mind Your Body" 30-minute mindful movement class each Thursday from 12-12:30pm, and leads "Coming Home to Your Body", a monthly 4-class movement series on Wednesdays, 4-5:15pm. 

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.

Certifications: Certified Yoga Therapist, Certification candidate in Laban Movement Analysis, Nidan (2nd-degree black belt) in Aikido and Jodo, Master of Arts in Dance Choreography and Performance, Embodied Peacemaking Facilitator, certified teacher of Embodied Yoga Principles. 

 

MAEVE WALL, RYT-200 // Yoga Instructor

Maeve is on sabbatical from teaching at Survivor Wellness, and we look forward to their future offerings! Stay tuned.

Maeve (she/her/they/them) found yoga almost 10 years ago, after moving to New York City from Columbus, Ohio. Overwhelmed with the pace of life in the city as well as the demands of work as a teacher in a struggling school, yoga became a shelter in the storm. Combining physical exercise and wellness with meditation and a connection to the divine presence in all of us, yoga gave Maeve just the balance they needed. 

Maeve began teaching yoga to elementary students and then became certified in May of 2018 with Breathe for Change in New York City. Maeve's classes are modified to the needs of the individuals in the room. They are passionate about cultivating an inclusive, safe, and empowering yoga practice for a diverse range of students. Maeve's teaching prioritizes using positive, permission-based language, honoring the cultural and historical lineage of the yogic tradition, and emphasizes the mental and emotional aspects of yoga

Maeve previously offered classes at Survivor Wellness and is excited to be back! Maeve firmly believes in the healing powers of yoga and hopes to help her students feel more empowered, calm, and mindful on and off of the mat. 

Certifications: RYT 200, Masters in Childhood Education, PhD Student in Education, Culture and Society at the University of Utah studying anti-racist discipline.

 

Emily Lamberty, RYT-500 // Yoga and Feng Shui Educator

Emily teaches Easy Sunday Morning Restorative Yoga twice monthly (on Tuesdays from June), and substitutes for other mindful movement classes. 

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.

 

Reiki Practitioners:

ADRIENNE SHULZE // Reiki Master

Adrienne offers Reiki sessions one Saturday per month.

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.

 

ANGELA CORTESE // Reiki Master

Angela will resume offering reiki sessions in 2022.

Originally from New Jersey, Angela now resides in Utah. Working as an IT software project manager, she was always drawn to nature and helping others. She found at a young age that she had a natural ability to heal animals and has grown that love of healing into her own Angelic Crystal Reiki business. She is an Advanced Angelic Healing Practitioner, Certified Angelic Reiki Master, USUI Reiki Master, Crystal Reiki Master & Pet and Animal Reiki Master. She uses a combination of natural Crystals, Crystal Grids, Angel and Reiki energy, combined with Tibetan and Crystal singing bowls to help heal. Angela's goal is to share her gifts to help as many people, their pets, and other living creatures as possible.

 

Massage Therapist: 

TAMI HARRIS, LMT, CLC // Licensed Massage Therapist

Tami offers 60-minute Massage Therapy Sessions two Saturdays per month.

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.

  

Mindfulness / Meditation Facilitator:

ORIAH KNORR // Assistant Health Counselor, Mindfulness Facilitator

Oriah facilitates "Relax Your Mind" 30-minute virtual mindfulness sessions each Tuesday at noon and each Wednesday at 8am from May 11-July 29.

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" twice-weekly virtual mindfulness/meditation classes. 

 

Qigong Instructor:

CARLOS JUSTINIANO // Qigong Instructor

Carlos offers Qigong classes each Friday from 4-5pm in the studio.
Carlos (he/him) first encountered Qigong as a young teen in New York's Washington Square Park while waiting for his opponent to make his next move in a speed chess game. However, it wasn't for several decades later that Carlos began formally studying Qigong. Carlos grew up surrounded by both east and west schools of thought. His dad was a science and sci-fi buff, and his favorite uncle was a flower child in the 60s and a yoga and transcendental meditation practitioner. As well, his grandmother was a well-known psychic healer in the New York metropolitan area. Carlos is a 200-hr. certified Qigong instructor.
By profession, Carlos is a Senior Technology Executive at an NYSE-listed public fitness company. However, he likes to think that the energetic healing power of Qigong is what powers his tech career and what allows him to lead a global engineering team from "heart center." Learn more about Carlos here!

Arthur Morais // Qigong  

Arthur teaches the healing art of Qigong on the first Sunday of each month, 3:30-5pm in the studio, starting from June 5!

Arthur has been involved with Qigong since 2014 and is passionate about it, and about life!

Arthur joins Survivor Wellness as a volunteer Qigong instructor, helping to strengthen and heal the bodies and minds through moving meditation. Practicing Qigong gives you the skills to help your body feel well, to have more energy, and to gain mobility and flexibility.  All can participate; Qigong can be practiced sitting or standing.

Arthur is from Mozambique, Africa, has lived in the Utah for 25 years, loves skiing and mountain biking, and loves learning languages. His motto: “Two things (are) important in life: health and helping others.” (from Master Lu, Tai Chi instructor)

Breath Work Practitioner:

SHELLEY MEHR // Wim Hof Breathing Instructor

Shelley will resume teaching in 2022. Stay tuned!

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.

 

Acupuncture and Tai Chi Practitioners to be announced in 2022.

 

Are you a provider or practitioner in one of the above fields who is interested in working with the Survivor Wellness Community as a Provider?  We welcome you...

Visit this page to learn more, and reach out to us at: helpdesk@survivorwellness.org