Breast Cancer Symposium, Embracing Life: Enhancing Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Strength

Posted on Oct 7, 2013

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Please come to our next Breast Cancer Forum at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, and learn how to enhance your commitment to personal well-being, stress management and balance in your life.

Our panel of experts will present techniques you can use to build physical, emotional and spiritual strength to help you embrace life and survive breast cancer.

What: Breast Cancer Symposium, Embracing Life (please see agenda below)

When: Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Bechtel Hall, 400 Hawthorne St., Oakland, CA

To reserve your space, please call 510-204-5656.


5:30–6:00 p.m.: Registration & Refreshments

6:00–8:00 p.m.: Presentations & Q&A

–Spirituality & Stress Reduction
Maura Singer Williams, M.A., Spiritual Care Services, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

–Nutrition Tips for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors
Dominique Parker, Registered Dietitian, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

–Physical & Emotional Well Being
Bidyut K. Bose, PhD., Executive Director, Niroga Institute

–Coping through Music
Cristina deLeon, Music Therapist

–Panel Q&A

Information on our Panelists:
Maura Singer Williams, M.A.: An interfaith minister and the chaplain in Spiritual Care Services at the Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center, she provides spiritual and pastoral care counseling for patients, their friends and family. Maura teaches classes, workshops and retreats in stress reduction, mindfulness, dreamwork, spirituality and creativity at the Cancer Center and around the Bay Area.

Dominique Parker, R.D.: A board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, she received her Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and completed her internship at San Francisco State. She continues to be inspired to share her knowledge of nutritional healing as a means to live beyond a cancer diagnosis.

BK Bose, Ph.D., Executive Director Niroga Institute: Having learned yoga and meditation from his father since he was a child and later with monks in the Himalayas, he longed for greater integration of his personal and professional life. Inspired since childhood by the twin ideals of self-realization and selfless service, he founded Niroga Institute in 2005.

Cristina deLeon, MT-BC: A practicing board certified music therapist, Christina received her Bachelor of Music in music therapy and Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. She completed her music therapy internship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She is currently practicing music therapy at Morton Bakar Center. She also continues to promote music therapy services for clients of all backgrounds to promote quality of life, health, and wellness.



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