Wellness Wednesday

Welcome to Wellness Wednesday!

You asked, and we answered: Wellness Wednesdays are back! Join us on the first Wednesday of each month where we'll focus on wellness tools and techniques! We’re partnering with an amazing group of wellness experts to talk about the topics that are important to patients, survivors, and caretakers alike.

From nutrition and stress management, to the power of music and exercise, we’ll bring our community together virtually to stay connected and receive the continued support each of us needs right now. We can’t wait to see you there!

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November 11th - 6:00PM CDT - Register Now (click here)!

Ask the Experts Symposium: Pain Management, Nutrition and Exercise
Featuring Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple, Medical Director, Integrative Medicine Program, NorthShore University HealthSystem; Lori Bumbaco, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, Oncology Dietitian, Cancer Wellness Center; Barbara Shapiro, CPT, CES, The National Academy of Sports Medicine

For November’s Pancreatic Awareness Month, we’re partnering with Cancer Wellness Center to bring you a special panel of experts for a live presentation and discussion on pain management, nutrition and exercise. Get your questions, ready and tune in to hear:

Pain Management

Pain can have a major impact for those with pancreatic cancer since the cancer often affects the nerves around the pancreas. Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple, Medical Director, Integrative Medicine Program, NorthShore University HealthSystem, will share insights on how to best keep pain under control. She’ll discuss:

  • How Integrative therapies can promote wellness and reduce side effects from pancreatic cancer treatments.
  • Why medical cannabis may or may not fit in with a treatment regimen.
  • Strategies to improve immune function in light of COVID and flu season upon us.


From the beginning of diagnosis, choosing nutritious food plays a vital role to foster wellbeing during treatment. Lori Bumbaco, Oncology Dietitian, at Cancer Wellness Center, will talk about the nourishing essentials for cancer treatment. Proper nutrition can minimize the impact of side effects, support optimal immune function, and foster recovery from treatment. Lori will review:

  • Essential tips for survivors to harness the nourishing potential of food. 
  • Hot topics in cancer nutrition.
  • How to gain confidence to empower your healthy eating habits. 


Although it may seem counter-intuitive, exercising when you have cancer can have great benefits to your mental and physical health. The key is to develop a regime that works best for you and your body. Barbara Shapiro, a certified personal trainer at The National Academy of Sports Medicine and a cancer exercise specialist, will provide practical tips on:

  • Cancer-related fatigue.
  • How to manage fatigue through exercise.
  • Types of exercises that work for a variety of abilities.

About the Speakers: 

Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple serves as Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at NorthShore University HealthSystem. She is a board-certified Family Practitioner who cares for adults, children, pregnant mothers, and infants with a wide variety of conditions and preventive health needs. Dr. Mendoza Temple combines conventional Western medicine with safe, evidence-based complementary medicine therapies to improve the health of her patients. She leads a large team of talented, dedicated practitioners who work together to integrate some of the best of the world's medicine.

Lori Bumbaco joined the Cancer Wellness Center team in 2015 and is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. In addition to individual nutrition counseling, Lori co-facilitates Weight Loss for Wellness and Mindful Kitchen.  She also works part time at Kellogg Cancer Center, is a professional speaker for Lilly Oncology, and a co-founder of Cancer Nutrition Care team. Lori’s areas of interest include empowering survivors with reputable information, building confidence in the kitchen, and exploring how food is more than just nutrition.

Barbara Shapiro, CPT, CES is a certified personal trainer with The National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist who assists individuals going through the cancer process with appropriate exercise recommendations and motivation for a positive lifestyle.


October 7th - 1:00PM CDT - Catch the Replay!

Ergonomically Correct: Tips and Tricks to Keep You Safe and Prevent Injuries
Featuring Brittany Korman, DPT, PT -  Traci Heller Physical Therapy Group and fitness instructor at Cancer Wellness Center

When home suddenly became the office, many of us were not set up for that change. Kitchen tables became make-shift offices, and sitting in front of the computer on Zoom calls all day are the new normal. So how can we make sure that we're keeping our bodies safe and injury free?

Physical therapist, Dr. Brittany Korman will share insights on:

  • Creating the best set-up for your workspace for proper form and maximum comfort
  • Simple and effective stretches to alleviate stress from head to toe
  • Tips and tricks on how to incorporate these into your day

Dr. Brittany Korman is a doctor of physical therapy with Traci Heller Physical Therapy Group in Highland Park. She graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman's University in Dallas, and received her Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Texas in Austin. Brittany has completed her certification in dry needling. In addition to orthopedics and sports experience, Brittany has advanced education in Women's Health, and vestibular conditions, including treatment of BPPV and pelvic floor dysfunction. Outside of the clinic, Brittany teaches group fitness classes for the Cancer Wellness Center.

September 2nd - 6:30PM CDT - Catch the Replay!

Step Up to the Bar (Method): A Versatile Workout
Featuring Becky Goldberg, Bar Method Chicago - Lakeview

While it may seem counter-intuitive, exercising during cancer treatment is not only recommended, it's encouraged. After all, exercise can improve your physical and mental health whether you're going through treatment, caring for someone who is, or simply trying to manage these chaotic times. The key is in finding exercises or a program that meets your specific needs to help get you moving, safely.

Harness your Strength

Bar Method instructor, Becky Goldberg, will help put you on the road to success with a targeted and tailored Barre Class for those ages 5-95! The Bar Method’s signature technique is the fastest and most efficient way to reshape the entire body. Ready to sweat with us? Here's what you'll need:

  • Sturdy Support: Chair, kitchen counter, back of a couch 
  • Weights: 1 lighter set and 1 heavier, feel free to use wine bottles or soup cans
  • Pillows for Support in the Curl Section: Couch cushions, folded towels, and folded yoga mats also work
  • Stretching Strap: Bathrobe belt is perfect

Becky Goldberg is a Barre Instructor at The Bar Method Chicago-Lakeview studio. During the day, Becky serves as a non-profit program manager at the Illinois Science and Technology Institute. She holds her undergraduate degree in Environmental Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Between STEM education and barre, Becky has an affinity for teaching and working with others. 

August 5th - 12PM CDT - Catch the replay!

The Genetics of Pancreatic Cancer: What do you need to know?
Featuring Dena Goldberg, DenaDNA

Did you know that one of the biggest secret weapons in the war on pancreatic cancer is our genetic code? The recent influx of people getting tested has led to this information becoming an integral part of pancreatic cancer treatment and prevention. It is no longer a one-size-fits-all approach.

Knowledge is Power

Genetic counselor, Dena Goldberg, will provide you with the knowledge of how you and your relatives can use genetics as a tool in getting ahead of pancreatic and other cancers. With her visual approach to genetic education, she will make it easy to understand:

  • Basic cancer genetics
  • Hereditary pancreatic cancer syndromes
  • Why everyone with pancreatic cancer should be tested
  • Who needs to get testing, and how
  • Personalized treatments and family prevention

Dena Goldberg is a licensed and board certified Genetic Counselor located in Los Angeles. She was the Gordon and Betty Moore Endowed Counselor of Hereditary GI Cancer Prevention at the University of California, San Francisco where she specialized in gastrointestinal cancer, polyposis, and pancreatitis syndromes. Dena was also part of the UC Pancreas Consortium and is a member of the Collaborative group of the Americas for inherited Gastrointestinal Cancers (CGA-IGC).  Dena recently left her clinical role to work full-time on DenaDNA to spread awareness of medical genetics through media and marketing techniques not typically used by the medical community.

July 1st - 6PM CDT - Catch the replay!

Coping with Cancer During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Featuring Roz Turner, LCSW (Facebook Live)

Navigating the cancer experience is challenging enough to now add a worldwide pandemic into the mix. That said, cancer patients, the immunocompromised and their families have already been living with some of the sacrifices that the rest of the world is experiencing now. Whether you’re currently in treatment, survivorship or a caregiver for a loved one, Rolfe Board Member and licensed clinical social worker Roz Turner will provide practical tips and coping mechanisms to take advantage of what you can do now for your physical and mental health.  

Roz Turner is a licensed clinical social worker at Illness Navigation, and an oncology social worker at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, working in their Development Therapeutics Institute with patients enrolled in Phase I and Phase II clinical trials. While her specialization is working with patients and their families dealing with a cancer diagnosis, she is passionate about helping all individuals facing medical challenges and more general life stressors and transitions. In addition to helping individuals and caregivers navigate the complex practical and emotional concerns that come with a medical diagnosis, Roz has extensive knowledge of oncology resources for patients and families, and vast experience facilitating oncology support groups.

May 27th - 1PM CDT - Catch the replay!

Managing Relationships, Stress, Wellness and Sleep
Q&A with Grounded Wellness LLC experts: (Facebook Live)

Dr. Rebecca Hubbard (Licensed Clinical Psychologist): Tips for Taking Care of Relationships
Dana Medlin (Health Coach): Managing Stress to Promote Wellness
Lisa Trogdon (Health Coach): Tips for Better Sleep 

Self-care needs to be a habit, not an exception. In the best of times, it is an important priority that often gets overlooked. In dire times there's an even greater need to focus on how to handle the challenges we're facing. The team from Grounded Wellness, known for being a community resource for mental health providing holistic support to the well-being of their clients, is here to show you how. Whether you're in treatment, in remission or caring for a loved one, it's time to focus on you! 

Grounded Wellness started as a solo psychotherapy practice in 2015 and has grown into a community resource for mental health that provides holistic support to the wellbeing of our clients. All of the services we offer are designed to contribute to people working towards being their best selves, while finding the balance of strength and humility. We offer individual, couples and group psychotherapy with a strong foundation in how identities and relationships impact our emotional experiences. We also provide sport and performance psychology consultations for athletic performance, performing arts professionals, and other performance situations (e.g., test taking and public speaking). Our self-care workshops emphasize the importance of making self-care a habit, not an exception! We believe in the mind-body connection, which has led to including virtual health coaches to support you in reaching your goals related to your physical health. Grounded Wellness is here to help you be your best.

May 20th - 4PM CDT - No recorded replay!

Workout with Shred415! (Zoom)
Did you know that exercise has so many more benefits than physical health? It can also make you happy. Not to mention that a growing amount of research shows that regular exercise can greatly improve physical and mental health during every phase of treatment. What better time to find ways to be happy, relaxed and rested? Grab the family and join us tomorrow as Sara Goldberg with Shred415 virtually lead us through a 30 minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout. Grab a towel and water bottle, and let's come together and get ready to sweat!

Shred415 is more than a workout. For more information about Shred415 contact info@shred415.com

May 13th - 9AM CDT - Catch the replay!

Family Music & Movement Class with Bubbles Academy (Facebook Live)
Music can lift our spirits, lower levels of stress-related hormones, ease pain and fight depression. Music brings us together, which is especially important during a time when we’re all apart. So let's connect! Let's bring together children, parents and grandparents—patients, survivors and caregivers—through the power of music and dance. *Recommended for ages 0-5 years, but older siblings—and grown ups—are sure to have fun too! 

Bubbles Academy is Chicago's premier early childhood arts enrichment center and preschool located in Lincoln Park. Get movin' & groovin' with us in a Virtual Family Music & Movement class.

May 6th - 11AM CDT - Catch the replay!

Stress and Nutrition Management with Robin Goldberg Nutrition + Wellness (Facebook Live)
Robin is an experienced nutrition and wellness consultant who creates customized programs that best fits your individual needs and lifestyle. She provides the education, accountability and skills needed to make a lifestyle change that betters your overall health and wellness for the long term.

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