Medical Advisory Board


Dr. Robert Ellis DO, PhD located to the Northwest after an Army career of 22 years. He is a second-generation osteopathic oncologist and holds a PhD in microbiology with a specialty in molecular immunology. He is trained and board certified in medical oncology, osteopathic medicine, and integrative medicine. He is a professionally trained plant based chef  in addition to training in culinary medicine. He has always been interested in the role of lifestyle factors in the prevention and treatment of disease. While on active duty, he secured funding and was awarded a national research award for his work on the training impact of smoking on army basic trainees at Fort Bliss. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. There he is co-founder and physician lead in the development of the Lifestyle medicine curriculum and longitudinal track. He serves as a member of the Tulane Consortium of Culinary Medicine. His current position is physician director of the Longview-Kelso Medical Oncology office and medical director of the Integrative Oncology Program of Northwest Permanente Medical Group. His personal lifestyle interests include, plant based cooking, mindfulness, and running.

Dianna Henson, MD Cancer Exercise Training InstituteDianna Henson, ND received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR. She is licensed as a primary care physician in Oregon, board-certified in Naturopathic Medicine. She has completed extensive post-doctoral work in the  field of intravenous orthomolecular medicine, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy/anti-aging medicine, integrative cancer therapeutics, infertility, gynecology, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological diseases, environmental medicine, and women’s health. She continues these modalities as her primary clinical focus.


Liz Almli Cancer Exercise Training Institute

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Almli was born and raised in the Tucson, Arizona where she attended the University of Arizona. She graduated from Medical School with honors and completed her Anesthesia Residency as the Chief Resident at University Medical Center. As a physician in private practice who has cared for cancer patients for over 25 years, never did Dr. Liz think she would one day be the one dealing with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

Diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at age 44, Liz underwent bilateral mastectomies with breast reconstruction and a year of chemotherapy. The frustrating feeling of “losing control” over her health prompted her to explore a proactive approach to her own recovery. Education, exercise, nutrition and stress reduction, empowered her to take control of her health both during and after cancer treatment.

Wanting to turn her experience into something positive that other cancer survivors could benefit from, she obtained her Personal Training Certification through the American College of Sports Medicine with advanced certification as a Cancer Exercise Trainer through the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. She now serves as the President and Fitness Director for The Tucson Cancer Conquerors, a comprehensive nonprofit healthy survivorship program centered around exercise, nutrition, education and peer support.

Denise Stewart Cancer Exercise Training Institute

Denise Stewart, B.S. in Occupational Therapy has worked with people experiencing breast cancer related Lymphedema; managing compression garments and guidance to reduce skin and soft tissue inflammation since 1981. Her training and work in hands-on massage for problematic soft tissue commenced in the 1990’s. Denise used her knowledge and skill to develop new methods for assessing and treating post-breast cancer scar tissue and shoulder girdle changes. Core stability and scapular stabilization/movement have been an integral part of her work. Denise has postgraduate training in courses by Pavel Kolar; Development Kinesiology (Prague). She has since developed post-graduate training workshops in Australia as well as online global-training programs for health professionals. Her expertise in assessment, intervention, and training remains focused on active scar tissue, postural changes, and chronic soft tissue pain. Her goal is to EMPOWER her clients to understand pain and dysfunction and learn how to self-manage through their own means. Her work with post-breast cancer cording has led to the development of a more comprehensive testing method. This information was published, and awarded a prize, at the 2014 Australasian Lymphology Conference. In 2016, at the same conference, she presented two others; a review of case studies from the Share Cording Protocols Project and Mastectomy Scar Assessment; a review of POSAS.

 Dr. Shawna WiAdvisory Board Member Shawna Willey Cancer Exercise Training Institutelley   M.D. Chief of Breast Surgery at the Georgetown University Medical Center – Dr. Willey has been an investigator on several clinical trials, including a study of the expanded use of ductal lavage for patients with previous breast cancer treated with breast-conserving surgery and radiation. She is interested in international health and education, and has conducted programs throughout the world, including Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Willey is an active member of the American Society for Breast Surgeons. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Surgery and a member of the Breast Cancer Program at the Lombardi Cancer Center.


 Dr. Advisory Board Cancer Exercise Training Institute Dr. Theodore TsangarisTheodore Tsangaris Jr.   M.D., F.A.C.S. is the Surgical Director  of the Breast  Cancer Center at Jefferson University Hospital. He was formerly the Chief of Breast Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and is a member of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project and American College of Surgeons Oncology Group.  Dr. Tsangaris has authored or co-authored numerous articles and abstracts in journals such as Pathology Case Reviews, Surgical Oncology, Radiology, and Breast Disease. His research interests include prevention of breast cancer, tumor markers, sentinel lymph node as well as other surgical procedures in the treatment of breast cancer.


Dr. LaGary Carter R.N.  – Associate Professor aAdvisory Board Member Cancer Exercise Training Institute Dr. LaGary Carternd coordinator of the Exercise Physiology program at Valdosta State University. LaGary is a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist by the Cancer Exercise Training Institute as well as a certified Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Clinical Exercise Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine. He is an Exercise Physiologist-Certified and Fellow of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists and a member of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association. LaGary is also a registered nurse at the Dasher Heart Center at South Georgia Medical Center.   


 LynnRosenzweig cancer exercise training instituteLynn Rosenzweig – was trained in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Witwatersrand with special interest in orthopedic and manual therapy. Lynn has spent the last 25 years in the health and fitness industry. Lynn is a runner and is passionate about running and exercising. Her focus is to raise awareness about the importance of exercise for cancer survivor-ship and to promote regular physical activity as an essential component for those diagnosed with cancer. She currently works with the Ulman Fund as a Cancer to 5K coach in Philadelphia. Lynn has expertise working with and training cancer patients. Her training includes course work on running injuries, kinesiotaping and exercise certification for cancer patients.

Dr. Claire AgrawalDr. Claire Agrawal’s interests lie in orthopedics with special focus on back pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, pre and post-partum pain, oncology, and lymphedema. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh where she sought out opportunities to work with diverse populations. She is currently pursuing post-graduate continuing education in the osteopathic technique of manual medicine and in advanced treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction for both men and women. As a physical therapist, Claire is grateful for the opportunity to help others achieve optimal health and wellbeing through movement. She especially enjoys her role as an educator to help others understand and appreciate their anatomy and the ways in which we can naturally assist our bodies toward pain-free function.

Advisory Board Member Dr. Glenn B. GeroDr. Glenn B. Gero  – N.D, R.N.C., M.H.Board-Certified doctor of naturopathy, master herbalist, registered nutritionist, cancer exercise specialist, certified fitness trainer, and lifestyle coach. Dr. Glenn Gero is a NJ naturopath who has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including NBC, PIX, Fox, NJTV, among others, and analyzes each individual’s health, behavioral and attitudinal profile to help achieve optimal wellness by referring each client to scientific, historical and anecdotal healing principles.

CETI Advisory Board members are actively involved in course development; assuring quality and content. Advisory Board members are all actively involved in cancer prevention, recovery, and cancer research.