Karen Wonders, Ph.D., FACSM is the Founder and Director of Maple Tree Cancer Alliance. She first became interested in Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation in 2003, while earning her doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Northern Colorado. There, she became certified as a Cancer Exercise Specialist and worked at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute as a cancer exercise trainer. It was through this work experience that she was able to witness first-hand the positive effect that supervised exercise and proper nutrition can have on the life of an individual being treated with cancer.
In 2006, Dr. Wonders moved with her family to Dayton, Ohio. Currently, Dr. Wonders works as a Professor of Exercise Science at Wright State University, and serves as the Director of the Sports Science program. Dr. Wonders remains an active researcher in the area of exercise and cancer treatment-related pain and neuropathy and has given over 100 presentations on the national, state, and local levels as well as authored several professional manuscripts, books, and book chapters on this topic.
Jane Key, RD, LD, CC is a Registered Dietitian and chef, with more than 25 years of experience and a passion for teaching others how to choose foods that enhance their health and well-being. Registered and licensed, Jane earned her BS in Dietetics from the University of Kentucky, and her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts at Sinclair Community College.
Jane works with people of all ages and backgrounds, with the goal of helping them to eat nutritious foods. She teaches practical nutrition and lifestyle adjustments to improve their health and lessen their risk of further disease. Whether teaching nutrition in schools, counseling individual clients, giving corporate lectures, or discussing nutrition casually with friends, she has a passion for food and helping people enjoy optimal health by eating well.
Dr. Melissa Faulkner earned her Ph.D. in composition and rhetoric from Miami University of Ohio in 2006 with a specialty in the qualitative research methods of story and discourse analysis. She has used her research to improve education for working-class and first generation college educated students, but in 2009 God used the death of her brother from cancer to turn her attention to the healing powers of writing, journaling, and storytelling on the human body, mind, and spirit. Dr. Faulkner is currently an Associate Professor of English at Cedarville University in Ohio, serves as the facilitator of the Journaling Your Way Through Cancer classes at Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, and records Life Celebration Stories for patients through Hospice of Dayton. She is the author of many presentations and articles and is currently working on a book analyzing the stories of the gravely ill to highlight more useful ways of communicating with them.
Rev. Anthony Sobocinski is available to offer Christian-based spiritual support and counseling to patients and their families as they walk this difficult road. Pastor Sobocinski has been the pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Oakwood, Ohio since 2001. He majored in Psychology at Wayne State University and received his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has served as a church planter and pastor in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada for 12 years as well as serving churches in Michigan.
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Karen Wonders, Ph.D., FACSM
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