Medical Advisory Board

CETI’s Medical Advisory Board (M.A.B.)

The M.A.B. was established to guide the company by representing the voices of our expanding international network of medical professionals and caregivers.

Our Medical Advisory Board members are physicians, physical and occupational therapists, researchers, naturopathic physicians, and lymphatic drainage specialists, who bring their unique perspectives and expertise to inform the strategic direction and success of the organization and it’s coursework.

The roles of board members include functioning as consultants on new processes, providing insight on scientific and medical content, and serving as healthcare thought leaders and advocates of the cancer patient and survivor.

Our Medical Advisory Board members champion CETI’s mission to provide ‘gold-standard’ education to health and fitness professionals in order to EMPOWER cancer patients and survivors during all stages of their journey.

Dr. Jay Harness – is the CETI Medical Director and a past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and Breast Surgery International. He is a full-time breast surgeon at the St. Joseph Hospital Center For Cancer Prevention & Treatment in Orange, California. Practicing surgery for 40 years, Dr. Harness specializes in breast surgery and surgical oncology.

After graduating from medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducted his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Dr. Harness then remained on the faculty at the University of Michigan and developed one of the nation’s first multidisciplinary breast center in 1985. He left the University of Michigan in 1989 and spent two years at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston where he also established a multidisciplinary breast center at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Subsequently, he came to Oakland, California in 1991 to join the University of California-East Bay Department of Surgery where he was a Professor and Chief of Surgical Oncology at Highland General Hospital.

The opportunity to direct his third multidisciplinary breast center in Southern California came in the summer of 2003. Dr. Harness spent 28 years in academic general surgery at the University of Michigan, Tufts University School of Medicine, the University of California, Davis, and the University of California, San Francisco. He is currently a clinical professor of surgery at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Harness has been recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery.

He is a member of several national and international surgical societies and associations. He has served as Secretary-Treasurer, and President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and Chair, Board of Directors, of The American Society of Breast Surgeons. He has authored over 80 scientific articles and book chapters and has been the lead editor of 2 textbooks.

Dr. Shawna Willey, MD, FACS – was recently named the Peterson Chair of Breast Cancer Research at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. She is a Professor of Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center, where prior to coming to Inova, she served as the Chief of the Department of Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, President of the Medical Staff and Director of MedStar’s Regional Breast Health Program. She is a former President and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.  A native of Iowa, she received her MD from the University of Iowa and completed her residency in surgery at the George Washington University Medical Center.

Dr. Willey has a particular interest in the surgical management and surveillance of patients who are gene mutation carriers, especially those who undergo prophylactic mastectomy. She is a pioneer in the field of nipple-sparing mastectomy and has authored several publications and is co-editor of Operative Approaches to Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy. Dr. Willey has co-chaired four BC3 conferences (Breast Cancer Coordinated Care) that address local and regional control of breast cancer. In addition, she co-edited the second and third editions of Surgery of the Breast. She was awarded the Scott L. Spear MD Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Willey has spent her entire career in the Washington, DC, area, mentoring multiple students, residents and breast surgery fellows. Dr. Willey is recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership and expertise.  She was recently selected as a recipient of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Alumna Award for Service.

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.

Kathryn H. Schmitz, PhD, MPH, FACSM –  is a Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine. She is clinical trialist who has led many exercise trials.  Dr. Schmitz has also translated her work into clinical practice.  She has also served as president of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Dr Schmitz chairs the Global Exercise Is Medicine Governing Committee and she is the founder of the Moving Through Cancer Initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Schmitz has published over 250 peer reviewed scientific papers and has had $25 million dollars in funding for her research since 2001.  She was the lead author of the first ACSM Roundtable on Exercise for Cancer Survivors.  In March 2018 Dr. Schmitz co-chaired an International Multidisciplinary ACSM Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer Prevention and Control.  The physicians, outpatient rehabilitation specialists, researchers, and exercise professionals in the room broadly agreed it is time for exercise oncology to go prime time.  The question is how.  Dr. Schmitz’ professional mission is to answer that question.

Karen Wonders, PH.D., FACSM – is the Founder and CEO of Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, and Professor of Exercise Physiology at Wright State University. Her passion is to advocate for exercise to become a part of the national standard of care for cancer. Maple Tree provides free exercise training, nutrition counseling, and emotional support to thousands of cancer survivors every month at several locations across the US. Dr. Wonders is committed to evidence-based practice in her facilities, and has a robust research program that has more than 100 published peer-reviewed manuscripts on the topic of exercise and cancer recovery. A gifted communicator, Dr. Wonders has given numerous professional presentations on the national, state, and local levels, including a talk at TEDxDayton on Exercising through Cancer Care.

Dr. Brian Kunakom – is a Naturopathic Doctor at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. He did his undergraduate training at UC Santa Barbara and completed his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine training at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He is a physician who focuses on mitochondria health through his leveraging know especially  with advanced skills in Natural, Holistic, Physical and Complementary Alternative Medical Practice. His reputation includes extensive understanding of mitochondria health amongst the cancer population. He is distinguished by advanced knowledge of subject matter in integrative oncology medicine treatments. During his years as a medical student, he had an interests in exercise medicine, which made him complete 2 full marathons along with receiving training with the Kinesio Taping Association for his certification as CKTP.  Until today, he continues to volunteer at marathon events in Bangkok as part of the medical team.

Denise Stewart Cancer Exercise Training Institute

Denise Stewart, OT – 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.

Len Framson, PT Cancer Exercise Training InstituteLeonard Framson, PT – is an orthopedic and sports physical therapist an personal trainer in Long Island, NY. He has many years of experience and expertise in the field working with individuals from youth to adult, amateur to professional and have been involved in international sports rehabilitation at the youth and adult levels from the North East Regional Youth Games to the Maccabiah World Games to the Olympics as well as many other competitions and sports disciplines.

He provides comprehensive and passionate wellness oriented care for anyone seeking wellness including people with suspected or diagnosed cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. He has 18 years of experience in medicine, dermatology, rheumatology, and pain medicine. Master of PT and BS in PT from Sargent College of Allied Health Professions Boston University and Master of Fitness Science Certification ISSA.

Theresa Courter, CLT, OTR, Cancer Rehab Specialist – earned her OTR/L from Eastern University and has worked as an Occupational Therapist for more than 25 years.  During that time, she has become a leader in the field of rehabilitation of upper quarter related injuries (shoulder, elbow, hand), neurological diagnoses, and is certified in the management of lymphedema through Klose Training, and Cancer rehabilitation under the STAR program. In February of 2020, she also became certified as a cancer exercise trainer per CETI.  In recent years, Theresa has had experience with treating a specialized population of patients having Graft versus Host Disease (GVHD).She is a resident educator in the universities’ occupational therapy hand residency program as well as their cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema residency program.

Her interest first became directed to the cancer population several years prior, after seeing the ramifications in functional degradation as well as seeing impairments of the musculoskeletal system in patients with breast cancer. Understanding that if the referral could be sooner during the process, that some of these side effects could potentially be avoided and at least minimized.   Theresa has used this knowledge to educate a comprehensive care team including doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to develop early intervention plans and programs for cancer survivors undergoing treatment at Michigan Medicine.

Theresa has been a speaker at two of the University of Michigan’s sponsored national hand conferences on the topics of lymphedema and breast cancer rehabilitation, and specific modern modalities for the treatment and improved healing rates of several conditions, including those related to cancer treatments.

Exploring knowledge in the areas of functional medicine and nutrition as they relate to the cancer population are some of her goals, as well as the pursuance of an improved holistic approach to the rehabilitation of the cancer patient through a prospective surveillance model.

Dr. Dan Mikeska, DHSc Cancer Exercise Training Institute Dr. Dan Mikeska, DHSc – owns NOVA Medical Exercise, a fitness business in Northern Virginia that specializes in training clients who are experiencing, or have experienced, one or more chronic disease.  Dan earned his doctorate in Health Science and his master’s degree in Human Movement from A.T. Still University, and has certifications and specializations in Cancer Exercise, Medical Exercise, Corrective Exercise, and Performance Enhancement. Dan started training clients in 1997 because he felt it was time someone offered individualized, evidenced-based, fitness programs, rather than hype or fad, and his mission is to make a healthier society, by improving the quality of life one client at a time.  His philosophy centers on the fact that human movement is a complicated and coordinated effort between your muscles, skeleton, and metabolism, and everyone is different. Knowing how each of the systems of the body work, independently and in concert, is essential in the development of an effective fitness training program. Dan has worked with notable organizations such as Life with Cancer and 2Unstoppable, and has taught fitness and wellness classes at Northern Virginia Community College and A.T. Still University to ensure the next generation is well prepared to deal with the growing prevalence of chronic disease.  Additionally, he is a continuing education provider for the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America.

Ken Germano, Ph.D., Dr. PH  – Over the past decade and within start-up Solera Health, Ken facilitated the launch and ongoing implementation of a nationwide delivery network for the national diabetes prevention program, NDPP, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Including major health plans such as Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and Aetna with a broad focus on Medicare populations and advantage plans nationwide, a potential network of 30,000 community-based organizations evolved. The network, including Physician ACOs and digital partners, was constructed to deliver healthy lifestyle behavior programs also including where possible, social determinants of health, SDOH, within the communities served.

The past President and CEO of the non-profit Medical Fitness Association, Ken drove a global mission to educate and develop physician supervised, medically integrated centers for health and wellbeing. As the first President of the American Council on Exercise, Ken positioned, assembled it’s current executive team, and lead ACE as a global leader for professional exercise certification and wellness, fitness, continuing education.

Through a lifetime of leading social change and informing policy through his work, Ken pioneered OPERATION FitKids®, a non-profit organization, enhancing physical education opportunities for children in US schools. Raising $7 million, FitKids establish more than 400 centers before merging this fundable program within the American Council on Exercise.

Ken holds the Ph.D., Dr. PH, from Walden University, MPH from Adelphi University where he also taught as adjunct professor in the College of Nursing and Public Health through 2017.

Ted Tsangaris Chief of Breast Surgery Cancer Exercise Training InstituteDr. Theodore Tsangaris Jr.M.D., F.A.C.S. – Calvert Health System in Prince Frederick, MD., named Theodore Tsangaris, MD, program director for the cancer center and CMO.

Dr. Tsangaris previously served as chief of breast surgery at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and surgical director of Jefferson Breast Care Center, both located in Philadelphia. He has 30 years of clinical expertise in oncology.

He has also served as director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center and chief of breast surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore.

Dr. Tsangaris has co-authored more than 50 peer reviewed research articles and is an author of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice’s “Guidelines in Oncology: Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis.”

Pochang Chen, M.D – has been treating cancer patients for 10 years. He is a General Surgeon, Specialist of Breast Surgery, Oncoplastic Breast Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery.

Hi is passionate about sports and has run over 10 marathons. He has found that exercise has been a critical component in treating his cancer patients. Although Taiwan has not adopted exercise as part of cancer recovery, he is encouraging his patients to exercise.

LynnRosenzweig cancer exercise training instituteLynn Rosenzweig, PT – 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 coaches the Unite for Her team of breast cancer survivors to complete a 5K. Lynn has expertise working with and training cancer patients. Her training includes course work on running injuries, kinesiotaping, osteoporosis and exercise certification for cancer patients.

LaGary Carter, R.N. –  is the Associate Professor and 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.   

Dr. Glenn B. Gero, N.D, R.N.C., M.H. – is a 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.