Who We Are
“Healing Images across America”
The career of Dr. Sandy Jost mirrors the progression of change in science as it has come to recognize the power of connection between body, mind, & spirit in healthcare and wellness.
With a BS in biology, MS in nutritional biochemistry, and PhD in psychology with a focus on psychoneuroimmunology, her aptitude took her initially from the research world where she published in recognized scientific journals, to commercial roles within the advancing areas of biotechnology, to her current role as educator, where she has now found her true calling.
A noted author, speaker, and educator on the body-mind connection, Jost founded ONE Health Institute to promote more medical training of the scientifically grounded integrative techniques, ONE Health Publishing to further published works that support the patient-focused complementary & alternative therapies, & serves in various consulting capacities.
Jost uses every avenue possible to spread this empowering message of the bodymind: that through “whole-body listening” we can maximize our psychological and physical health.
In 1992, Beverly Vote was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38. Her personal life and professional career were thrown into a distraught tailspin. She learned that she had no point of reference for healing and no role model specific for breast cancer. Her fears seemed to control her experiences until she learned there were ways she could indeed empower herself.
In 2006, Beverly created the Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine. The magazine is a quarterly, full color printed publication that goes directly to thousands of breast cancer patients and survivors in all 50 states as well as to several thousand mastectomy centers, breast cancer support groups, and breast cancer centers and events. In addition, the magazine is available online. The magazine was the 2007 recipient of the Don Ranly Publishers Award for Best Issue in its category and a contender for Best Article for the article “Service, Strength, and Survival.”
Beverly also produces Inspire!, the internet radio show for breast cancer survivors. Beverly is a contributing writer for Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul, Dancing with Fear: Tips and Wisdom from Breast Cancer Survivors and The Pink Prayer Book.
She was named 2007 Yoplait Champion, along with 24 other women and men from across the nation for their dedication in making a difference for breast cancer patients and survivors.
Prior to publishing, she owned and managed an insurance agency with the country’s third largest carrier that was awarded multiple regional and national awards throughout her insurance career. Beverly’s background includes event marketing and management.
Beverly is a Certified Healing Images Specialist. She and her husband David live near Lebanon, Missouri. They have two grown children and five granddaughters.
Dr. Bernie Siegel, MD
Dr. Siegel, who prefers to be called Bernie, not Dr. Siegel, was born in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Colgate University and Cornell University Medical College. He holds membership in two scholastic honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha and graduated with honors. His surgical training took place at Yale New Haven Hospital, West Haven Veteran’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He retired from practice as an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Yale of general and pediatric surgery in 1989 to speak to patients and their caregivers.
In 1978 he originated Exceptional Cancer Patients, a specific form of individual and group therapy utilizing patients’ drawings, dreams, images and feelings. ECaP is based on “carefrontation,” a safe, loving therapeutic confrontation, which facilitates personal lifestyle changes, personal empowerment and healing of the individual’s life. The physical, spiritual and psychological benefits which followed led to his desire to make everyone aware of his or her healing potential. He realized exceptional behavior is what we are all capable of.
Bernie, and his wife and coworker Bobbie, live in a suburb of New Haven, Connecticut. They have five children and eight grandchildren. Bernie and Bobbie have co-authored their children, books and articles. Their home with its many children, pets and interests resembled a cross between a family art gallery, museum, zoo and automobile repair shop. It still resembles these things, although the children are trying to improve its appearance in order to avoid embarrassment.
In 1986 his first book, Love. Medicine & Miracles was published. This event redirected his life. In 1989 Peace, Love & Healing and in 1993 How To Live Between Office Visits followed. He is currently working on other books with the goal of humanizing medical education and medical care, as well as, empowering patients and teaching survival behavior to enhance immune system competency. Bernie’s realization that we all need help dealing with the difficulties of life, not just the physical ones, led to Bernie writing his fourth book in 1998 Prescriptions for Living. It helps people to become aware of the eternal truths and wisdom of the sages through Bernie’s stories and insights rather than wait a personal disaster. He wants to help people fix their lives before they are broken, and thus not have to become strong at the broken places. Published in 2003 are Help Me To Heal to empower patients and their caregivers and 365 Prescriptions For The Soul, in 2004 a children’s book about how difficulties can become blessings, Smudge Bunny, in 2005 101 Exercises For The Soul and out in the Fall of 2006 a prescriptions for parenting book Love, Magic & Mud Pies. Published in 2008 Buddy’s Candle, for children of all ages, related to dealing with the loss of a loved one, be it a pet or parent, and to be published in 2009 Faith, Hope & Healing with survivor stories and my reflections about what they teach us.
Woody Allen once said, “If I had one wish it would be to be somebody else.” Bernie’s wish was to be a few inches taller. His work has been such a growth experience that he is now a few inches taller. His prediction is that in the next decade the role of consciousness, spirituality, non-local healing, body memory and heart energy will all be explored as scientific subjects.
For many, Bernie needs no introduction. He has touched many lives all over our planet. In 1978 he began talking about patient empowerment and the choice to live fully and die in peace. As a physician, who has cared for and counseled innumerable people who’s mortality has been threatened by an illness, Bernie embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands at the forefront of the medical ethics and spiritual issues our society grapples with today. He continues to assist in the breaking of new ground in the field of healing and personally struggling to live the message of kindness and love. His web site is www.BernieSiegelMD.com.
Amy P. Abernethy, MD
Dr. Abernethy is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology at Duke University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Duke University School of Nursing, and adjunct Associate Lecturer at Flinders University, South Australia. An NIH-funded investigator, she co-directs both the Duke Quality Cancer Care Initiative and the Duke Integrative Oncology Program; she holds affiliations with the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Control Program, and Duke Center for Clinical Health Policy Research.
Dr. Abernethy’s research program – the Duke Cancer Care Research Program (DCCRP) – handles all aspects of high-quality clinical trials that generate evidence-based solutions for common problems in supportive oncology. DCCRP studies investigate novel agents and approaches to alleviate common cancer-related symptoms such as pain, dyspnea, mucositis, and insomnia, and new health service delivery models to optimize patients’ symptoms, experience of illness and care, and quality of life. DCCRP trials incorporate and test new methods to increase the feasibility of clinical research in supportive oncology and palliative care.
Clinically, Dr. Abernethy provides expert care for patients with melanoma, in conjunction with the surgeons and radiation oncologists of the Duke Melanoma Clinic. She has longstanding clinical experience in melanoma, is Principal Investigator on several novel drug trials for metastatic melanoma, and has published in areas pertinent to the epidemiology of melanoma, longitudinal care patterns, and improving the melanoma patient experience. Dr. Abernethy also attends on Duke’s inpatient oncology services, with special focus in medically intensive areas such as hematological malignancies and melanoma.
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out
Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul 1 & 2
Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul 1 & 2
Chicken Soup for the Single’s Soul
Chicken Soup for Every Mom’s Soul
Marci Shimoff is the woman’s face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her six bestselling titles in the series, including Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, have met with stunning success, selling more than 13 million copies worldwide in 33 languages and have been on the New York Times bestseller list for a total of 108 weeks. Marci is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time. In addition, she’s a featured teacher in the international film and book phenomenon, The Secret. Her new book, HAPPY FOR NO REASON: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out, offers a revolutionary approach to experiencing deep and lasting happiness.
A celebrated transformational leader and one of the nation’s leading experts on happiness, success, and the law of attraction, Marci has inspired millions of people around the world, sharing her breakthrough methods for personal fulfillment and professional success. President and co-founder of the Esteem Group, she delivers keynote addresses and seminars on self-esteem, self-empowerment, and peak performance to corporations, professional and non-profit organizations, and women’s associations. She has been a top-rated trainer for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, General Motors, Sears, Kaiser Permanente, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
As an acclaimed authority on success and happiness, Marci is often approached by media for her insights and advice. She has been on more than 500 national and regional television and radio shows and has been interviewed for over 100 newspaper articles nationwide. Her writing has appeared in national women’s magazines, including Ladies Home Journal and Woman’s World.
Marci earned her MBA from UCLA and holds an advanced certificate as a stress management consultant. She is a founding member and on the board of directors of the Transformational Leadership Council, a group of 100 top leaders serving over ten million people in the self-development market.
Through her books and her presentations, Marci’s message has touched the hearts and rekindled the spirits of millions of people throughout the world. She is dedicated to fulfilling her life’s purpose of helping people live more empowered and joy-filled lives.
“Somehow, not only for Christmas
But all the long year through
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.”
– John Greenleaf Whittier
When I was a small child, it was a family tradition for my Uncle John to hand out the family presents on Christmas Eve with me standing next to him assisting as much as possible wearing my red Santa hat. After Uncle John passed away, I was given the task of handing the family gifts out on Christmas Eve. I would put on some red sweatpants and red sweatshirt and give my best impersonation of Santa. The tradition continues today if I am available for the family gathering.
In 1990, I became a police officer with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in MD. A request was made through the Sunshine Foundation to help a family in need to make Christmas special for a young lady who was in need. It was decided that I would portray Santa for this home visit for the young lady. I was told by the supervisors that I had the right demeanor, size and attitude. After that experience, I took on the role as Santa as a volunteer for the next 22 years making home visits, school visits, community events, visits to children with special needs family events and any other requests that I could fulfill. In the beginning I used a hand-me down suit. As time passed, I purchased my own suit which is still used today for special occasions.
The transition to becoming Santa Tony really kicked in when I was injured at work and began to grow my beard and bleached it on my own. This is when I conducted research into Santa and where I could go with the Santa spirit. I found several websites about Santa schools and found a conference in Santa Claus, Indiana. I attended both events and my eyes were opened to a whole new world about Santa Claus. I continued to grow my beard and purchased a nice custom made suit. I worked my first “true” professional photo event as Santa in my new suit and loved every minute of it.
In 2012 I worked as a mall Santa at two different malls in MD. What a great experience. You never knew what to expect or who would be the next person or family to visit with you. I would say one of my favorite visitors was Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens with his son. Oh, did I tell you he was the winning quarterback of the Super Bowl Champions? HoHoHo!
In March 2013 I met Pam Weaver in Santa Claus, IN. She and I hit it off right away and began to chat about my portrayal of Santa. During this discussion, our “fate” was sealed. We both were going on a cruise to the Caribbean on the same ship at the same time. I told her that there was a group of Santas who were going on the cruise and we were holding a Santa school while on board. She told me that she was going to be on the cruise with the “Breast Cancer Wellness” group and she indicated that she wanted a Santa to help them with handing out their awards and hang out with the ladies while on board. I had to calm down from my excitement and told her I was in. I would be their Santa! We hugged to seal the deal. Then I asked her if she would like Santa in a pink suit. I told her that my Mrs. Claus, Kim, and I had purchased some pink shears and pink material and were looking for a good reason to make a pink Santa suit. Pam asked if we could get it done in time. I stepped away and called Mrs. Claus and asked if she could make a Santa suit and a Mrs. Claus outfit in time for the cruise. Her reply was “I will try”. To her credit, Mrs. Claus worked hard and fast and successfully made the most beautiful suits for both of us.
The first night of the cruise we put our special pink home-made suits on and presented them in public for the first time at the opening event of the 7th Annual Breast Cancer Thrivers Cruise. They were well received. And during their Pink Celebration Party and awards ceremony, we put them on one more time with great pride.
I am always asked about why I portray Santa. One simple answer, it’s the magic of the character. I can walk into a room and no matter who is in the audience, whether it is a group of children or a room filled with adults such as the “Breast Cancer Wellness” event, I can see in everyone’s eyes that no matter what is going on in their lives, that magical moment takes all of that away and helps them know that everything will be okay.
Kim has attended many events with me and has been my right hand Mrs. Claus. She makes my suits, mends them when needed (carries the duct tape just in case for the pants) and makes sure I have candy and the gifts straight. She takes photographs and any other behind the scene issues that need to be taken care of. Kim wears a Mrs. Claus outfit and/or an elf outfit to many of my events. She has been a crucial part of my success as Santa for the past 23 years. To her I give a big “THANK YOU”!
Besides the support of many friends and family members including my parents Hugh and Nancy Mills, there have been two important “elves” that have made me such a successful Santa. They are Ashleigh and Jonathon Mills, our children. Both have attended many Santa functions as elves, photographers and support crew handing out gifts, candy canes, necklaces and other give a ways. Jonathon says that I “sort of ruined Christmas for him because when he found out I was portraying Santa, the magic of Christmas was different. Both, to this day still get excited about waiting to see what is under the tree even though they are 19 and 23 years old. Yes they both know the true meaning of CHRISTmas! Without the generous support of everyone, I doubt I wouldhave as much fun as I do!
Kim and I are very proud that we have been selected to represent BCW as Santa and Mrs. Claus. We are very happy to be part of the Breast Cancer Wellness family.
Frustrated by the limitations of conventional medicine and spurred by the sophisticated questions from her patients, Dr Kim Dalzell sought out the power of nature to provide some answers. Since then, Kim has turned thousands of cancer survivors onto the healing potential of natural medicine. Many say they would not be here without integrating her strategies into their cancer treatment plans.
As a respected holistic professional, Kim developed a nutrition course for the first U S Government-funded complementary medical residency program in Illinois. She was selected as a medical advisor for Lifetime Televisions’s Walgreens Health Corner TV Show, served as spokesperson for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and was invited to colloborate with Dr John LaPuma (ChefMD) and Dr Andrew Weil.
Known amoung health care professionals in Japan, Kim was honored to write the foreward for The Recipe for Breast Cancer – a first-of-its-kind nutrition and cancer book in Japan.
Her award winning book, Challenge Cancer and Win! has been translated into Japanese and adapted into a distance learning course.
Sherry Lebed Davis is one of the foremost authorities, trainers and presenters on the use of movement and therapeutic exercise for the healing and quality of life issues after breast cancer, all cancers, Lymphedema and all chronic illness.
She is the co-founder with Dr. Marc Lebed and Dr. Joel Lebed of Healthy-Steps moving you to better health with THE LEBED METHOD, a worldwide organization providing unique wellness programs for special populations. Sherry has been seen in People Magazine, Health Magazine, Oxygen, Spa Magazine, MAMM, Coping, CURE, NY Times, Seattle Times, LA Times, and more. She has appeared on the Today Show, Life Time Live, Nightly News, BBC and many more.
Sherry has authored a book, ‘Thriving after Breast Cancer, Essential Healing Exercises for Body and Mind’ has produced two DVDS and a music CD. Her program has been published in several Medical Publications with more studies under way. Sherry presents across the United States and Internationally.
She was awarded Seattle’s most inspiring Breast Cancer Survivor, received the Governor’s award for working with Children and Dance, her work with Breast Cancer Survivors has been recommended by Dr. Susan Love, author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, and many others.
Nationally acclaimed speaker, workshop facilitator, and best-selling author Beverly Kirkhart delivers to her audience a profound message, giving listeners courage and inspiration to triumph over adversity in all areas of their lives.
Beverly knows what it means to make every day count. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, she overcame the loss of a business, bankruptcy and divorce. She now shares the wisdom of her experience through her How to Turn Setbacks Into Comebacks speaking engagements and her popular Empowering Yourself Through Words© series, which includes strategy-packed sessions from her book, My Healing Companion.
JoAnne Lenart-Weary believes in helping women empower themselves by creating beautiful and personal enviroments.
She is known as “The Queen of Decorating.” JoAnne has been a successful interior decorator for almost 30 years and now focuses on helping others to follow their passion by teaching others her System for Success.
JoAnne has had a passion for decorating since she was a little girl and considers herself blessed that she is doing what she loves still at age 50+! She was fortunate to have a talented mother that let her develop her skills by allowing her to rearrange the furniture almost every Saturday from the time she was 10 years old. In the 70’s, JoAnne started a wallpapering business and found her clients were far more interested in her creative decorating ideas. Shortly thereafter she began her decorating business and has never looked back. She offers all facets of decorating services and specializes in the redesign or “One Day Decorating” aspect of the decorating industry, which focuses on working with what you have to transform your room. JoAnne is also the founder of One Day Decorating and the ODDAA organization.
JoAnne is a well-respected industry leader and has trained designers, decorators, stagers, interior redesigners, and wanna-be decorators from all over the country. In fact, she has trained individuals from Canada, Australia, and Scotland. She has appeared on HGTV’s “Decorating Cents”, and is a weekly guest on WJET-TV, an ABC affiliate which has dubbed her the “Queen of Decorating.” She has also appeared on “Good Day Atlanta” and a variety of other morning news programs across the country.
JoAnne has also been a guest on a variety of radio shows. She is a frequent speaker for a variety of national conventions including , O.D.D.A.A., and the National Flower Show. She is a contributing editor to a variety of Internet sites and is a much requested speaker for women’s groups and retail stores such as Kirkland’s and Stein Mart.
Professional affiliations include ODDAA (One Day Decorating Alumni Association), An affiliate member of IDS (The Interior Design Society), and ASP (Accredited Staging Professional)