Medical Exercise Review Board – Purpose:
Section 1: The Board of Cancer Exercise Specialists is a governance board to provide certified Cancer Exercise Professionals with representation; to create a democratic policy-making process for Cancer Exercise services, professional standards in education, qualification, continuing education, scope, ethics, and practice.
Section 2: The Board is an affiliation of, and a pooling of, mutual interests by Cancer Exercise Professionals to:
(a) provide a medium of conference and interchange of ideas, principles, practices, education, and ethics in cancer exercise.
(b) provide a means of testing for cancer exercise training certifications and advanced qualifications.
(c) enforce any actions in revocation of advanced qualification for the regulation of the cancer exercise profession or any major portion thereof.
Section3: The Board in all of its activities will be a bipartisan and non-sectarian body.
Section 4: The Board is an independent subsidiary division of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute (hereafter designated CETI). The Board of Cancer Exercise Specialists is not authorized to take any action that is not allowed by the code for such an organization.
Medical Exercise Review Board Members:
Karen Marchelletta, MS, ACSM RCEP, CET – has her B.A in Exercise Physiology from Temple University and her M.S. in Applied Health Science from University of Miami. Karen is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Clinical Exercise Specialist (CCES) through the American College of Sports Medicine, Cancer Exercise Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and American Cancer Society, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) through the American Heart Association and American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Since 2008, Karen has been the owner of Medical Fitness Concierge in Palm Beach, FL.
Randy Hight is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified oncology social worker with 10 years’ experience working with cancer survivors and their families. She received her Masters of Social Work from Adelphi University and her certification as an oncology social worker from The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW). She is the Director of the Nancy Marx Cancer Wellness Center at Sid Jacobson JCC in Roslyn, NY. The Cancer Wellness Center provides complimentary care to the medical care people with a cancer diagnosis receive through a holistic program offering exercise, aquatics, workshops and lectures, a full-day retreat, social activities and supportive conversations, short-term individual counseling, access to information and referrals. Over 300 unduplicated individuals with over 32 different cancers have participated in one or more of our programs. By being part of the program, members have gained strength, both mentally and physically, reduced anxiety and have become part of a supportive community. Through the Nancy Marx Cancer Wellness Center, Randy has worked closely with doctors, social workers and nurses in many of the hospitals in the surrounding area including Northwell Health Cancer Institute, St. Francis Cancer Institute and Winthrop Hospital. She has also worked collaboratively with many of the organizations that support people with cancer such as the Manhasset Women’s Coalition against Breast Cancer, The Lustgarten Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the SASS Foundation for Medical Research where she received the Lisa Cowan Memorial Award.
Jennifer Christophel has professionally instructed and TAUGHT Pilates, Fitness and Dance for over 18 years. She is the founder and director of The Balanced Body Studio and Wellness Center, located in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland and Cumberland, Maryland. She is Comprehensively Certified and a Nationally PMA Pilates Certified Teacher. She carries Pilates Teaching Certificates from nationally recognized programs of Core Dynamics Pilates, under the tutelage of Michele Larsson, STOTT Pilates, PHI and Pilates for Golf, with accreditations through ISSA as Certified Exercise Therapist authorizing her work in a post-rehabilitative, special populations and sports medicine capacity and through AFPA as a Certified Sports Conditioning Specialist. She is a Master Pilates Teacher Trainer and Professional Presenter for Balanced Body Educators and carries many other group fitness certifications including PiYo, Yoga, Barre, Zumba, LaBlast and TRX as well as being a Certified Herbalist/Wellness Consultant. She is the Senior Pilates Teacher and Pilates Program Director at Restore Motion – Physical Therapy in Rockville, Maryland. Jennifer’s background also includes extensive training teaching experience in ballet and ballroom dancing. She is a NDCA registered Professional Ballroom Teacher and Competitor and is an adjunct professor in the Dance Department of Frostburg State University. Jennifer is a Master Trainer for the Cancer Exercise Training Institute.
Shira Litwack – has her degree in Psychology & Chemistry. Personal and Corporate Health and Fitness Coach, BSC. Shira is a Certified Nutritional Symptomatologist in holistic nutrition, and holds certifications in addiction recovery. Shira proudly brought the online webinar to the Cancer Exercise Training Institute certifications – making the Cancer Exercise Specialist accessible to health and fitness professionals worldwide. She holds numerous exercise designations including Personal Trainer, Health Coach, Advanced Health & Fitness Professional, Athletic Performance, Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach, and of course Cancer Exercise Specialist. She is regarded as an industry expert on cancer exercise, and in her home town of Toronto, she is setting up the first “fitness club” cancer survivorship program in the Greater Toronto Area. Shira hosts her own radio show that is dedicated to fadless health and medical fitness, and is regularly interviewed by the media on medical fitness & specialized exercise training.
Lisa Daugherty – is both a Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach through the American Council on Exercises in 1999. Lisa founded Whole Body Fitness in 1999
to provide top-caliber personal training services to clients of all ages and fitness levels. Inspired by her late father, a four-time cancer patient, Lisa founded the Medical Fitness Network. The Medical Fitness Network (MFN) is a free online resource directory for consumers to locate fitness & healthcare professionals interested in working with those with medical conditions. The MFN donates their services as a national database management company to medical, health organizations & consumer publications that do not offer resources to find fitness & allied healthcare professionals interested in working with their populations. They help market on their behalf to create and maintain a registry for the following professionals: acupuncturists, chiropractors, dietitians, fitness/yoga, health & wellness coaches, massage therapists, mental health professionals, and physical therapists.