Kiersten Gallagher (RYT 200, YCAT, CLIMB, CCT) has served as the Cancer Support Program Director for Smith Center since 2014. Before coming to Smith Center, she had the privilege to serve individuals and families living with cancer at Wellness House of Annapolis. She is a certified yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance and also has her YCAT (Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness) Professional Certification through the Integral Yoga Academy. She has completed Patient Navigation training through Smith Center’s Institute for Integrative Oncology Navigation and has also completed the Commonweal Healing Circles: Advanced Cancer Support Training. Kiersten is also certified in CLIMB®(Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery) a program that aims to build upon the strengths of children and increase his/her ability to cope with stress associated with a parent’s illness. Kiersten has also completed the Compassion Cultivation Training – CCT™ an 8-week program, developed at Stanford University, with insights and techniques from psychology, neuroscience, and contemplative practice.
Dr. Lois Steinberg (CIYT, Advanced 2, C-IAYT) has four decades of extensive studentship with Iyengar at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune. She is the director of Iyengar Yoga Champaign-Urbana in Illinois and the author of numerous books and articles. She served on the IYNAUS board and the Certification Committee and continues to serve as an assessor.
Smitha G. Mallaiah (C-IAYT, MSc) works as a Sr. Mind-Body Intervention Specialist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine program. She has been practicing yoga therapy for specific aliments for over 18 years at various hospitals and clinics and brings rich and diverse experience as a yoga therapist working with different populations. She has spent the last decade working with hundreds of cancer patients, and is also involved in developing and teaching yoga research interventions for different cancer populations. In addition, Smitha works with couples/caregivers going through cancer journeys using Yoga Therapy and mentors many yoga therapists. She has co-authored yoga publications and presented her work on the efficacy of yoga in cacer. case at national and international conferences.
Tari Prinster (E-RYT 200, YACEP) is a cancer survivor, master yoga teacher, author, speaker, and founder of yoga4cancer (y4c), an organization bringing oncology yoga to cancer survivors worldwide.
After her cancer diagnosis in 2000, she used yoga to aid her own recovery. Tari wanted to help other survivors find strength, side effect relief, and long-term health. In 2003 yoga4cancer methodology was developed, which is based on published research, well known physical, physiological and emotional principles of yoga, and Tari’s work with students and survivors. Today y4c offers an online certificate program to give students the conceptual and clinical expertise to ensure that yoga professionals can safely and effectively support the cancer community. Tari’s 2014 book, Yoga for Cancer: A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity, and Improving Recovery for Cancer Survivors is an illustrated guide for cancer survivors, which has been translated into Spanish and Japanese. Tari’s work was featured in the film YogaWoman and she was awarded Yoga Journal’s first Seva Leadership Award. Tari’s mantra is “Cancer steals your breath. Yoga gives it back.”