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Drumming Circle Program for Wellthcare in Cancer Survivorship

Why Should a Cancer Survivor Consider Participation in a Drumming Circle? Drum circles have been part of healing ceremonies in many cultures throughout the world since ancient times. While drum circles are gaining increased interest as an integrative approach, very limited scientific data detailing biological benefits associated with drumming activity exists, especially where cancer survivors have been research … Read Full Article


Music Therapy for Children and Young Adult Cancer Survivors

Why Should Parents Consider Music Therapy for Their Pediatric Oncology Patient? Young children make up a significant part of the pediatric cancer population. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 12,400 children and adolescents under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer each year. Forty-nine percent of reported cases occur in children nine years of age or younger. Music therapy is the clinical use of … Read Full Article


Dawn Emrick: Music Therapy and Pediatric Cancer

Dawn Emrick Heads ACEF's Music Therapy and Pediatric Cancer Program Dawn Emrick, MT-BC, graduated from Michigan State University, with a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree after completing a 9-month internship with Detroit Public Schools. Upon earning board certification in 2003, she opened Lakeshore Music Therapy Services in Holland, Michigan. Ms. Emrick primarily contracts with schools, providing music therapy to … Read Full Article


Karri Absenger Brings Yoga Therapy to ACEF

  About Karri Karri currently works for Comfort Keepers, a leading provider of in-home care services, in West Michigan. Karri also served as a yoga teacher and instructor for Certified Nurse Assistant courses (CNA) at Muskegon Community College. She teaches Senior Chair Yoga at Four Points Center for Successful Aging, Gentle yoga at the local YMCA, and Hatha yoga at Lakeshore Yoga Center. About Yoga Therapy Yoga, … Read Full Article


Nancy Arbuckle-Hinks: Senior Counseling Associate

Nancy Arbuckle-Hinks: Senior Counseling Associate Hi, my name is Nancy and I came to counseling and social work in a roundabout way. I was raised in northeast Ohio and my father and grandfather were both physicians. As long as I could remember, I had wanted to be a doctor. I read every book I could find about female physicians. When I began high school however, chemistry hit me like a ton of bricks, and I quickly assumed … Read Full Article


Alex Baker: Intimacy and Sexual Wellness Counseling

Alexzandria's Biography As a professional coach, Alexzandria Baker specializes in sexual wellness, relationship, and intimacy issues. She integrates mind-body skills and spirituality into her work with people, couples, and groups to form a more holistic base for healthy relationships, intimate human connection, sexual healing and sexuality education. Alexzandria has spoken to groups and written guest blogs on topics … Read Full Article


Music Therapy: Lisa Ziemelis Joined Absenger Cancer Education Foundation

Music Therapy News: Please Help us Welcome Lisa Ziemelis, MT-BC, NMT to the Absenger Cancer Education Foundation! I was raised in Muskegon, MI, and from an early age was strongly influenced by music. Each of my family members either played an instrument or sang, and it wasn’t long before I was begging to be allowed to take piano lessons like my older siblings. Finally, at the age of seven, my parents conceded, and thus … Read Full Article


Women with Cancer Thwart Vaginal Dryness Using Personal Lubricants

Last month, I had the honor of speaking to a wonderful group of women with cancer at Gibbs Cancer Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. During that talk, an interesting question came up: What is the difference between vaginal lubrication, moisturizer, and estrogen cream? When and why would each be used? This is an important question for women with cancer because different types of cancer or cancer treatments can cause … Read Full Article


Homeopathy: A Little Poison is Good for You?

How does Dr. Steven's "The Healing Paradox" fit in the realm of cancer patients and oncology? Before delving into the book review, I want to reiterate that patients with cancer are increasingly opting to be treated with CAM therapeutic regimens. Cancer patients' use of "...herbs, minerals, vitamins, homeopathic remedies and other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is on the rise worldwide (Frenkel et al., 2009, … Read Full Article


Stress Management for Hospitality Employees at GVSU Hospitality Summit

Today I lead a breakout session at Grand Valley State University's 2014 Hospitality Summit. The title of the presentation was "Stress Management for Hospitality Employees." As of now, research on stress in the hospitality industry remains an utterly unstudied topic. We really don’t have a very good grip on the type and size of hospitality employees’ stressors. The subject presents much potential for research to … Read Full Article