Survivor Wellness Staff

Dana Levy // Executive Director

Dana Levy (she/her) joined Survivor Wellness as Program Director in 2021 after a long career in the fields of dance, movement, martial arts and yoga, both in the U.S. and Japan.

In late 2022, Dana stepped in as Executive Director, taking the place of Dr. John Librett, cancer survivor and chief science officer of Survivor Healthcare, who piloted the organization from 2017-2022, and who now serves as the Board Chair. 

Dana is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), a certified Laban Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA), has a master's degree in modern dance, and a nidan (2nd degree black belt) in the Japanese martial art of aikido. She has 30+ years in the fields of choreography, performance, martial arts, and movement education.

While living in Tokyo, Dana directed FURLA yoga, a boutique yoga studio in Tokyo, Japan, from 2005-2017. 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 directorship responsibilities, Dana also works with the clients of Survivor Wellness, facilitating the Wednesday Evening Support Group, and occasionally offering movement classes, private movement/yoga therapy sessions, and retreats. 

Contact Dana with questions, or to book a session:


Megan Connelly // Development Director

Megan joined Survivor Wellness after more than a decade in higher education, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector. An attorney by background, she is passionate about helping nonprofits thrive and supporting community-driven solutions to pressing issues.

Megan's father was a cancer survivor and she is thrilled to be a part of the Survivor Wellness team.



 Oriah Knorr // Events Manager

Oriah (he/him) began as a social work intern in January, 2022, and continued to work with Survivor Wellness through the 2022 Survivors at the Summit. From September, 2022-May, 2023, he has served as Program & Events Manager, coordinating the Garden Group, Walking Group, community events, and filling in anywhere he can, including facilities upkeep and sponsorship opportunities. Oriah brings his meditation practice to the "Relax Your Mind" Mindfulness class, and his calm presence is welcome at Survivor Wellness. From May, 2023, he will enter the University of Utah's School of Social Work to pursue his MSW degree, and will continue working part-time with our organization.

Look for Oriah anytime you're at the center - he's usually outside somewhere!


Stephanie Stevers // Mental Health Counselor

Stephanie (she/her) joins Survivor Wellness as a social work intern from May, 2023 through December 2023 to serve the Survivor Wellness community. She will offer individual counseling, facilitate the Grief & Healing Group, and assist in client intake. Stephanie was a licensed counselor in her home state of Ohio and received her bachelor's in psychology from The Ohio State University. Stephanie started pursuing her MSW in 2022 at the Arizona State University School of Social Work, which she will complete in December 2024. 

Stephanie is an avid skier, rock climber and loves spending her time outdoors. The many outdoor activities available in Utah is what encouraged her to move here.  Contact us to make an appointment.   


Kristen Davis, RYT-500 // Yoga Therapy & Patient Advocacy

Kristen offers monthly private yoga therapy sessions and patient advocacy consultations at no cost for clients of Survivor Wellness. Contact us to book a session.
Kristen (she/her) is a 500 HR Registered Yoga Teacher working on completion of her yoga therapist certification (C-IAYT). She is a Board Certified Patient Advocate, educated in Internal Family Systems and holds a B.A. in Fine Arts.
As a body-based therapist, Kristen teaches people to unite body and mind using practices based in the wisdom of their own bodies and ancient cultures, but also in solid science. She has an interdisciplinary, holistic, results-oriented approach and a patient advocate perspective. In individualized sessions, clients can learn and feel how to build physical and psychological self-awareness--then act to regulate their systems, build new neural pathways, align lifestyle to biology and actions to values. Sessions may include movement, meditation, parts work, artistic creation or behavior protocols.
As a patient advocate, Kristen helps clients navigate healthcare systems effectively and with confidence while maintaining safety and autonomy--sometimes using a body-based approach.
In addition to her volunteer days at Survivor Wellness, Kristen also offers private, reduced-rate sessions for Survivor Wellness clients at her home studio in West Jordan. Learn more here!

Dana Levy, C-IAYT, CLMA // Yoga Therapy & Somatic Movement Education

Executive Director Dana Levy also offers private yoga/movement sessions for Survivor Wellness clients. For more information or to book a session, contact her:

Dana (she/her) joins Survivor Wellness as a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), certified Laban Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA) and somatic movement educator. Dana helps you find movement solutions to achieve better quality of life through intentional movement. 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. 


Meg Hansen // Reiki Master, Level III

Meg offers monthly 75-minute Reiki sessions at no cost to members of the cancer survivor community. Contact our office to book.

A certified Reiki Master, Meg (she/her) also brings sound work, breathwork and reflexology to her clients. In the mortgage industry for 10 years, Meg moved into the Holistic Wellness field after having a profound change in her personal life. Several years ago, Meg went into liver failure. As she investigated the reason for her sudden decline in health, she was introduced to Adrienne Shulze, who offered Reiki to Survivor Wellness clients from 2018-2023. After dedicating her efforts to both healing with and learning from Adrienne, Meg is happy to say she has completely normal liver functions. Through this experience, Meg has become a devoted advocate of the beneficial effects of Reiki.

Meg grew up in Salt Lake City before moving to Portland, Oregon, to raise her two children. After 12 years in Oregon, she decided to move closer to her family and has been back home ever since. She loves Utah and its year-round outdoor activities.

Meg is truly honored to be able to donate time to the cancer survivor community at Survivor Wellness, and is excited to meet and work with you!

In addition to her volunteer days at Survivor Wellness, Meg also offers private, reduced-rate reiki sessions for Survivor Wellness clients at 57 House through her startup business, Balanced Soul Healing


Mandy Newman // Reiki Master

Mandy (she/her) is a certified Master Reiki practitioner, certified Sound Healer and Yoga instructor, specializing in power flow and yin/restorative yoga. She has a deep connection with all of the modalities that have assisted her on her healing journey. Mandy currently works in the insurance industry, and teaches yoga at a local studio. She loves to be in nature and spending time with Fritz (her dog). She spends a lot of time creating playlist, yoga flows and creating sound Journeys with her colleague, (and fellow Survivor Wellness provider) Meg Hansen.
Mandy is passionate about cultivating relationships and empowering people to be the best versions of themselves as they step inward to unfold the many layers of who they are. She feels truly blessed to be working with the Survivor Wellness community. 
In addition to her volunteer days at Survivor Wellness, Mandy also offers private, reduced-rate reiki sessions for Survivor Wellness clients at 57 House through her startup business. Contact her directly to book a reduced-rate private session.


Tami Harris, LMT, CLC // Licensed Massage Therapist

Tami offers monthly 75-minute Massage Therapy Sessions at no cost to members of the cancer survivor community. Contact our office to book.

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.

In addition to her volunteer days at Survivor Wellness, Tami also offers private, reduced-rate massage therapy sessions for Survivor Wellness clients at 57 House through her startup business, Tami Harris Inspired Massage and Bodywork. Contact her directly to book a reduced-rate private session.


Holly Taylor, BSN, RN, HNB-BC // Craniosacral Therapist

Holly offers monthly 60-minute Craniosacral Therapy sessions at no cost to members of the cancer survivor community. Contact our office to book.

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!

In addition to her volunteer days at Survivor Wellness, Holly also offers private, reduced-rate craniosacral therapy sessions for Survivor Wellness clients at 57 House. Contact us to find out how to book with her.


Colette Ruff //Licensed Oncology Esthetician

Colette offers monthly 75-minute Deep Healing Skincare Treatment (Oncology Esthetics) sessions at no cost to members of the cancer survivor community. Contact our office to book.

Colette also teaches "Flow & Release" class each Tuesday evening from 5:30-6:45. Contact us to RSVP by 24 hours in advance!

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.

In addition to her volunteer days at Survivor Wellness, Colette also offers private, reduced-rate sessions for Survivor Wellness clients at 57 House through her startup business, CNB Skincare. Contact her directly to book your reduced-rate session.



Oriah Knorr // Program Manager, Assistant Health Counselor, Mindfulness Facilitator

Oriah facilitates "Relax Your Mind", midweek, midday 30-minute virtual mindfulness practice, resuming from June.

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.  


Carlos Justiniano // Qigong Instructor

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!
In addition to his volunteer Qigong classes at Survivor Wellness, Carlos also teaches at local mindfulness centers in Salt Lake City. Visit his website for more information!


Shelley Mehr // Certified Wim Hof Method 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 (she/her) 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!


Jamie Covington // Art Wellness Instructor

Jamie (she/her) has a BS in psychology and is a landscape artist (oil/ plein aire) by hobby. She has worked in art wellness since 2017, starting at Siteman Cancer at Washington University Hospital in St. Louis, MO. After moving to SLC she helped build the Art To Go program at Huntsman Cancer Institute, so patients could participate in art wellness while receiving treatment. She is currently volunteering her time to run the program one day a week for patients and caregivers. Jamie believes healing comes in art, the creation of it, the process of it, and the spark that awaits while gathering the courage to give it a try. 

Jamie is honored to donate her time to Survivor Wellness and hopes that you will find joy and healing from art and its processes. 

In her free time Jamie is a dedicated skier, rock climber and community service advocate/participant. She loves being outdoors and spending time with her family and dog. 


Karen Bayard // Whole Body Laughter

Karen Bayard (she/her) wrote the curriculum and taught the first ever semester-long, for-credit, college-level Laughter Yoga course in the United States at Salt Lake Community College. Karen has created playshops and fun-infused training programs internationally for Trinity College, Huntsman Cancer Institute, ProBar, University of Utah, Western Governors University & Valley Mental Health. Karen also writes, produces & performs as a stand-up and improv comedian. As a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, Holistic Health Coach, and former Board Member of the Association of Applied & Therapeutic Humor, Karen is passionate about the use of humor & play as tools for vibrant, inspired, and purposeful living.


Acupuncture and Tai Chi Practitioners to be announced soon.


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...

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