At CCLM, we understand that a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Our team of educated, compassionate professionals promise to bring our "human" to your "human."
Cindy Ness, PhD, EdD
Center Founder & Executive Director
Director of Social & Emotional Wellbeing
Dr. Ness brings an impassioned and informed determination to improving the care and experience of individuals diagnosed with cancer. Her training as a psychologist and an anthropologist - doctorates from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively - affords her a unique lens with which to understand the emotional world of individuals who are living with a physical illness and to interpret the organizational culture of the healthcare systems that are tasked with treating them.
Dr. Ness’ introduction to the world to cancer was an outgrowth of her own cancer diagnosis. After surgery and radiation, she did what she could to cobble together a regimen with the goal of lessening the likelihood of recurrence. Immersed in a sea of competing and conflicting health claims and with no unified guidance, she began to envision a program that she wished she could have found for herself – bringing together the care that she wanted all under one roof. This was to become The Center for Cancer Lifestyle Management.
Dr. Ness feels strongly that anyone who hears the words “you have cancer” deserves to be made aware of all data driven strategies that can improve their outcome. She is keenly interested in the growing scientific body of research that has documented the impact that lifestyle management can have on staving off cancer recurrence and reversing cancer progression. She envisions the inclusion of lifestyle management - social, emotional, and physical wellbeing, stress reduction, enhanced nutrition, and positive mindset - as becoming a part of Contemporary Cancer Care best practices - not “alternative” or “complementary”.
Dr. Ness has several publications to her name including two books: Why Girls Fight: Female Youth Violence in the Inner City (2010) and Female Terrorism and Militancy: Agency, Utility, and Organization (2007).
Director of Lifestyle Care
Theo Hanson brings to CCLM a highly unique perspective of the multifactorial forces that contribute to cancer formation and healing. He bears vast knowledge of Nutrigenomics, Mind/Body Medicine, Functional Testing, Ethnobotany, and Western medicine.
Theo first became interested in allopathic medicine at a young age and was on a fast-track to pursuing a medical degree, when his mother was diagnosed with cancer and he had to leave school. His wife’s diagnosis of breast cancer in 2014 left him with an unbridled desire to read everything written about cancer in both the realm of conventional and “alternative” medicine that was driven by data.
After 6 years of intensive self-study, Theo began coaching patients diagnosed with cancer with regard to diet and lifestyle interventions with great success. By nature, a collaborative person who retains a unique openness to new ideas, Theo’s greatest asset may be the empathy he exudes when sitting across from a patient who is overwhelmed and scared.
Theo lives with his wife who has been cancer-free for six years, has three sons, and five grandchildren with another on the way.
Director of Exercise & Movement
Sonia Satra is a mindset and fitness thought leader who specializes in personal transformation by integrating the mind, body, and emotion to create lasting change. She is the founder and CEO of Moticise, an award-winning wellness company that combines movement with mindset to help people reach their goals.
Sonia is a certified Life Coach, NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) Practitioner, holistic health coach and certified fitness instructor. Formerly the president of the National Speakers Association NYC, Sonia is also the founder of Women’s Empowerment Adventures, a company that combines a life coaching workshop with a physical challenge such as kayaking, trapeze, and rock-climbing.
Sonia now offers these Adventures through Moticise, as well as her sought-after keynote Mindset Reset, break-out sessions, and retreats worldwide. When she's not helping people transform their lives by tapping their inner courage and strength, she's spending time with her husband, two children, and their dog, Sadie, looking for their next adventure.
Program Advisor/Team Leader
Dr. Harold Brodsky's focus is on assisting patients with improving their internal health by correcting nutritional deficiencies that generate a higher risk of disease. Many cancers result from poor dietary selections; obesity; too many pollutants; lack of exercise; negative thinking with a high degree of stress. Dr. Brodsky shows patients how changes in nutrition can help to overcome disease and create a better way of life.
Dr. Brodsky is a graduate of New York University (1969); New York University College of Dentistry (1974); followed by 2 years of hospital based residency (Peninsula Hospital Center, Queens, N.Y.). He was in private practice for many years in Boca Raton, Florida, followed by 20 years of service to America's veterans through the VA Healthcare System in Providence, R.I., and subsequently in West Palm Beach, Florida, retiring from dentistry in June, 2019.
Pursuing her love of dance, Bobbie, a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School ventured from her native Toronto, to NYC in 2005. Though the equation of Professional Dancer to Yoga Teacher is a common one; it was the life-altering diagnosis of Cancer that tuned her in to the power of a daily, dedicated Yoga practice.
A sweet, soulful Teacher, Bobbie draws upon her diverse tool-kit to encourage students to foster a connection with their present, embodied experience. Sessions will both empower and calm; offering practices that nurture the body and develop skills to settle the mind and nervous system.
"As a Survivor, I know wholeheartedly that my experience would have been vastly different without these tools. From Yoga and Meditation to Bodywork and Nutrition, Complimentary Therapy was the way that I chose to educate and empower my journey. These techniques also assisted me in my ability to communicate by learning ways to move myself towards a sense of receptivity and peace, thus, away from suffering. This also had a profound impact on my interaction with others, helping me to create more open dialogue with my support system and medical team."
Center Office Manager
Dawn Capalbo can organize anything. She is an expert administrative professional who holds an M.A. in Corporate and Public Communication. Dawn’s passion for customer service and process improvement has made her an expert in delivering patient experience in hospital settings and driving patient experience score. She is known for being a great team player and brings great kindness to her interface with patients.