Janine E. Gauthier, PhD — Gauthier is an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush University. She is a licensed clinical health psychologist specializing in psychosocial oncology. She has training and expertise in psychosocial issues specifically in oncology settings. She completed a National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention and Control postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas, working in collaboration with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Her research interests include integrative medicine, emotional distress, mind-body medicine, health-related quality of life, spirituality and spiritual issues in cancer and coping in cancer patients.
Michelle Haugen, LMT, NCTMB, CLT — Haugen is a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist. As a massage therapist, her goal is to alleviate tension and restricted musculature and fascia and promote improved physiological function. She is dedicated to the art and science of massage therapy, which has the potential to improve physiological function and restore homeostasis so the body can function optimally. The bodywork is enhanced by receiving therapy in a calm, peaceful environment that enhances relaxation and results in a greater sense of well-being. She has a degree from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, Chicago's premier massage school. She has been trained in numerous massage techniques, including Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, clinical, trigger point therapy, manual lymph drainage, seated chair, pregnancy and sports/athletic enhancement. Additional certifications include myofascial release, massage for clients with cancer, lymphatic face lift massage, complete decongestive therapy for lymphedema, and precision neuromuscular therapy for the head and neck.
Angela M. Johnson, Dipl OM, LAc, MSTOM, MPH — Johnson has been in the field of integrative medicine for eight years. As a practitioner of Oriental medicine at Rush, Angela provides acupuncture and other Oriental medicine related techniques to help patients achieve optimal health and well-being. While she specializes in oncology, specifically helping patients through the side effects of their conventional cancer treatments, she also provides care for people with a wide range of chronic health conditions.
In addition to direct patient care, she is the PI of a pilot study. She is working in collaboration with pediatric hematology/oncology physicians to explore the use of acupuncture for pain management in pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients at Rush. In the area of pediatrics, she is also in the process of publishing a chapter in an acute-care pediatric textbook on the evidence-base role of integrative medicine in pediatric care.
Holding advanced training from the Center for MindBody Medicine, she has also been providing six-week mind/body courses for Rush employees and patients for the past four years. Knowing how important it is for her patients to be involved in their own healing, she will often provide practical tools such as meditation and visualization to further enhance healing.
In the College of Nursing, Johnson has an appointment as an assistant professor. In the past eight years, she has worked in close collaboration with several CON faculty members on two grants. The first was a $1.2 million dollar NCCAM funded grant to 1) integrate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) content into the baccalaureate and master's nursing programs, and 2) develop a CAM continuing education program for practicing nurses and other health care providers. The second grant, still under way, is exploring the role of mindfulness meditation training to reduce nursing errors in simulated nursing scenarios.
Anjali Shah — Shah is a certified yoga instructor at Rush University Medical Center. She completed her training in yoga and ayurvedic education in southern India. She is currently teaching private sessions and providing yoga therapy for the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program. The program offers one-on-one personalized sessions, regardless of ability and condition, that bring awareness to pranayama (control of breath), meditation, and gentle asanas (postures). Anjali wholeheartedly believes in complementary therapy and the tremendous healing power that resides within all of us and hopes to communicate this through her practice.
Cheryl Bacon, MS, RD, CNSD, LDN — Sullivan is a clinical dietitian and graduate faculty member at Rush University Medical Center. Bacon earned her undergraduate degree in food, nutrition and dietetics from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She then completed her dietetic internship and master of science in clinical nutrition here at Rush University. She is a nationally board-certified nutrition support dietitian with an emphasis in hematology and oncology. In addition to providing medical nutrition therapy to patients residing within the hospital, she also provides counseling to patients undergoing radiation therapy. Bacon counsels patients and their families in coping with nutrition-related side effects during treatment, and provides guidance for general healthy nutrition.
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