About Us

 
Don Rosenstein, MD 
Director, Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, Professor and Vice Chair, Division of Hospital Psychiatry

"A cancer diagnosis doesn't define a person. And the cancer experience isn't confined to chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Anyone whose life has been touched by cancer can tell you that there is so much more to it." Dr. Rosenstein is passionate about not only treating our patients with cancer but ensuring we address the physical, emotional, practical and financial challenges they face during treatment. 

Dr. Rosenstein is Director of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine. He also serves as Vice-Chair for the Division of Hospital Psychiatry. Dr. Rosenstein came to UNC from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he was Clinical Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Chief of the Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service. Dr. Rosenstein is a Past President of both the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.

Education and Training: 
B.A., Psychology, Wesleyan University
M.D., Northwestern University School of Medicine
Residency, Adult Psychiatry, Yale University

 
Gary Asher, MD, MPH 
Director of Integrative Medicine Services at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Assistant Professor, UNC Family Medicine, Associate Director, Emergency Medicine, Chatham Hospital

“Integrative Medicine attempts to combine the best of conventional and complementary therapies to address a patient’s physical, mental, and spiritual needs: Our job is to reach beyond symptoms to the whole person.”

Dr. Asher is Director of Integrative Medicine Services at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Assistant Director of the Chatham Hospital Emergency Department. He has been a practitioner, teacher, and researcher in the field of Integrative Medicine for over 20 years. 

Education and Training:
BA, Literature, SUNY Binghamton
MPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
MD, Columbia University-Ben Gurion University Medical School for International Health
Residency, Family Medicine, UNC/MAHEC Asheville
Fellowship, Clinical Pharmacology and Integrative Medicine Research, UNC Chapel Hill

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Yvonne Angwenyi, MSPH, RN
Oncology Patient Education Coordinator

"I work closely with staff, nurses, and doctors to make sure all the educational materials we give to patients are easy to understand. We do 'field-testing' to make sure the materials are helpful and clear, and that input from patients is so important."

Yvonne Angwenyi, MSPH, RN, is a patient education coordinator at our Patient and Family Resource Center. She's on a mission to make sure all the materials we provide are full of helpful and up-to-date information that helps our patients feel empowered.

 Education and Training:
Master of Science in Public Health, 2015, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2008, San Francisco State University
Board Certified in Public Health (CPH) in 2015 and Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) in 2018

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Carly Bailey, MA

Physical Activity and Wellness Coordinator
for the Cancer Center

Carly Bailey is the Physical Activity and Wellness Coordinator for the Cancer Center.  She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill’s curriculum in Exercise Physiology where she received an MA. After graduation, Carly gained experience as a research coordinator for exercise oncology studies at UNC and then as the research and program coordinator at Cedars-Sinai with the Cancer Survivorship program.  In her current position at UNC, Carly serves as the liaison between physical activity programs, like Get Real and Heel, the cancer center, and the community.  Carly is a Certified Exercise Physiologist. 


Education and Training:
BA., Exercise Science- The University of South Carolina
MA., Exercise Physiology- The University of North Carolina

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Resource Navigator

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Sharon M. Bigelow
RN, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCNP®
Patient and Family Resource Center Nurse Navigator 

 

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 Pamela Durham, MS 
Counselor, Comprehensive Cancer Support Program

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Education &Training:
BS, Business Administration, UNC-Greensboro
MS, Rehabilitation Psychology & Counseling, UNC-Chapel Hill

 
Amy Ford MA, MHS, PA-C Advanced Practice Provider, Clinical Instructor

 Amy L, Ford, PA-C, MA is a psychiatric advanced practice provider within UNC’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program and she provides  supportive counseling services to our current cancer outpatients, evaluation, and medication management.

She has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Before returning to school at Duke University to pursue a Master’s in Health Science, she ran research trials for patients with depression and anxiety. She worked for four years in primary care when she first became a physician assistant and she especially enjoys the integration between the physical and medical aspects of oncology and the behavioral and psychological aspects of psychiatry.

 Education &Training:

BA, Psychology
MA, Masters of Counseling and Community Psychology
MHS, Masters of Health Sciences (PA-C)

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Robin Haring

 Executive Assistant and Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Coordinator




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Mindy Gellin, RN, BSN
Integrative Medicine Program Coordinator, CCSP Project Manager

Mindy is the Integrative Medicine Coordinator and a Project Manager for CCSP. She received her BA from the University of Michigan, BSN UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, and graduate work in Public Health at Temple University and UNC Gillings School of Public Health.  She has worked in home health, rehabilitation, migrant health, women's health, developed the first researched pet-therapy program for homebound elderly and outpatient adolescent mental health facilities in the country, and for 8 years as program director for a local non-profit cancer support center prior to joining UNC. In 2007 she came to UNC to work in the Carolina Well program. Her current work includes project management, research, and culturally adapting programs and tools for the Latino population.

Education & Training:
B.A, University of Michigan
BSN, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
MPH Coursework, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Temple University-Philadelphia, PA

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Deborah K. Mayer, Ph.D., R.N.
Deborah K. Mayer, Ph.D., R.N., AOCN, FAAN Director of Cancer Survivorship Professor, Nursing

Deborah  K.  Mayer,  PhD,  RN,  AOCN,  FAAN  is  an  advanced  practice  oncology  nurse  who  has  consulted  with  organizations  on  issues  to  improve  cancer  care  and  has  over  40  years of  cancer  nursing  practice,  education,  research,  and  management  experience.  Dr.  Mayer  is  a  Professor  in  the  School  of  Nursing  and  the  UNC  Lineberger  Director  of  Cancer  Survivorship.  She  was  awarded  the Oncology Nursing Society’s  Lifetime  Achievement  Award  in  2015  and,  in  2016,  was  appointed  as  the  only  nurse  to  Vice  President  Biden’s  Cancer  Moonshot  Blue  Ribbon  Panel.  Her  program  of  research  focuses  on  the  issues  facing  cancer  survivors  and  improving  cancer  care.  She  has  a  clinical  practice  working  with  breast  cancer  survivors.

Education  & Training:
Diploma, Pennsylvania  Hospital  School  of  Nursing
BSN,  Excelsior  College
Nurse  Practitioner  Certificate,  University  of  Maryland
MSN, Yale University
PhD,  University  of  Utah

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Lauren Lux, LCSW 
Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program Director Clinical Instructor

“Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) living with cancer have unique medical and psychosocial needs. This time of life is one of transition. You gain independence, continue to develop your identity, build a network of friends, find partners, go to school, get jobs, start families and so much more. Cancer treatment affects all of these aspects of life and AYAs need a different kind of support than other patients. Our program's goal is to meet some of these unique needs and help AYAs being treated at UNC make cancer part of their story, not their whole story." 

 Lauren is a clinical social worker with a passion for working with adolescent and young adults living with cancer.  Lauren was hired as the AYA Program Director in October of 2015 and has been meeting patients and families and growing the program ever since.  Her work as Program Director focuses on direct patient care, psychosocial research, programming, education, and advocacy. She is also actively involved in the development of AYA provider education across the US.

 Education and Training: 
B.A. in Media Communications and Management, Webster University
M.A. in Social Work, University of Chicago
Post Master’s Certification in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Care, Coventry University

The Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Support Program (made possible by our friends at the Be Loud Sophie Foundation), works with patients age 13-30.  

 
Michelle Manning, MPH
CCSP Administrative Coordinator

Michelle Manning, MPH is the Center Coordinator for Comprehensive Cancer Center. Michelle is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill's School of Public Health where she obtained an MPH degree in Health Behavior and Health Education. After graduation, Michelle served as an intern for the National Cancer Institute before becoming Director of Patient Support Services for the  Washington Cancer Institute. In this position, Michelle had oversight of all cancer patient education, nutrition, counseling and community outreach services for the cancer center. Prior to joining CCSP, Michelle coordinated a UNC Chapel Hill health disparities grant funded by the National Institutes of Health.

 Education and Training:
B.S. in Biology,  Chemistry minor , UNC-Chapel Hill
MPH in  Health Behavior and Health Education,  UNC Chapel Hill's School of Public Health

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Meredith Moyers, MS, RD, CSO, LDN
Oncology Dietitian

Meredith has been a Registered Dietitian since 2008 earning experiencing in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.  Meredith began her career in Ohio at an affiliate hospital of the Cleveland Clinic before moving to North Carolina.  Once in North Carolina, she worked inpatient at Duke University with the Cardiothoracic Transplant teams before moving outpatient to the Duke Cancer Center.  In 2016, Meredith joined UNC’s Cancer Hospital and became a board certified specialist in oncology nutrition.  Meredith has a particular interest in how gardening helps our cancer patients consume a plant based diet and established Zeny’s Garden at the SECU Family House.   Meredith also holds a certificate of training in adult weight management. 

Education and Training: 
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Akron (Akron, Ohio) Masters of Science in Human Nutrition from Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI)
Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition, Commission on Dietetic Registration
Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Loretta Muss 
N.C. Cancer Hospital Patient & Family Advisory Council Coordinator

"I want women to feel like they're still spectacularly beautiful during cancer treatment. Women leave our boutique walking straighter, they feel better about themselves, and for a brief period of time, cancer is put to the back of their minds."

 Loretta Muss is not only the coordinator of the N.C. Cancer Hospital Patient & Family Advisory Council, but she's passionate about helping all our patients feel beautiful. Whether she's lending a hand to the team in the Patient and Family Resource Center boutique or helping to develop new programs, she's always focused on supporting our patients.

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Neda Padilla, CHES 
Community Outreach Coordinator, Research Assistant

Neda Rosaura Padilla graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Public Health Education with a concentration in Community Health. Last year, she finished her graduate certificate in Public Health Leadership. She started working for the Carolina Well Program in July 2008 as the Community Outreach Coordinator in the Greensboro AHEC region. The project is now part of the UNC Linebarger Comprehensive Cancer Support Program. Currently, she continues to collaborate with local community organizations such as the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative in addition to leading efforts in other outreach projects, specifically with culturally adapting programs and tools for the Latino population.

Education and Training:
B.A., in Public Health Education, concentration in Community Health-UNC Greensboro

  
Eliza “Leeza” Park, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry , Comprehensive Cancer Support Program Psychiatrist

“I love my job because I have the unique opportunity to know and help patients and families during one of the most frightening periods in their lives. The hope that I can help them during such intense periods of uncertainty is deeply rewarding to me."

 Dr. Eliza “Leeza” Park is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Clinically, she serves as a psychiatrist for the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program where she specializes in treatment of patients with cancer, particularly those with advanced illness.  Her  research focuses on the intersection of psychiatry, palliative medicine and oncology and specifically, how advanced cancer in patients with dependent children influences parental end-of-life and mental health outcomes and bereavement in their families.  She has conducted research examining psychological distress in parents with advanced cancer, depression in bereaved caregivers, and pharmacologic treatment of depression in patients with cancer.  She is currently supported by a KL2 career development award to study the treatment decision-making and psychological distress of parents with advanced cancer.

Education and Training:
B.A.,  History, Yale University
M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Residency, Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Fellowship, Psychosomatic Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

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Cindy Rogers, JD.
Patient Assistance Coordinator

"People often experience an interruption in their income, may lose a job, or may have to take unpaid time off work while they go through active cancer treatment. These non-medical financial needs can be devastating. Through generous donations to our program, we’re able to help with some of these expenses so our patients can focus on their health."

 Cindy Rogers, JD, patient assistance coordinator at our Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, manages a charitable fund that assists patients with non-medical financial needs. During active treatment, she can assist patients with household bills, rent, mortgage payments and transportation costs.  Also, with the goal of reducing barriers to care, Cindy is partnering with our legal community to help patients prepare advance care planning documents and provides referrals for other legal needs such as disability appeals and guardianship.  

 Education & Training:
B.A., Humanities, English and Religious Studies, California State University, Chico
J.D., Whittier College School of Law



Tina Shaban, RN, BSN, OCN 
Manager, Patient and Family Resource Center, CCSP


Tina Shaban, coordinator of the Patient and Family Resource Center since 2002, knows so many UNC patients and families that it’s hard for her to get anywhere quickly. A

By listening to our families regarding their life issues surrounding their cancer treatment, we have been able to institute programs that address their concerns and provide education, support, and encouragement throughout the process. Through the generous support of our North Carolina communities, we have been able to offer all programs and services at no charge to our patients and families.”

 “My background in oncology nursing, as well as my personal family experience, give me the tools to serve as a strong patient advocate for our families – going to bat for the support and care they need and deserve.”

Shaban, a certified oncology nurse, began her nursing career in pediatric oncology and was immediately inspired by the tremendous strength, courage and resiliency of her young patients. “I felt drawn to a profession that allowed me to care for others,” she explains, “and nursing was the answer. Ask most oncology nurses and they will tell you they would not want to do anything else.”

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Jennifer Spring, RD, CSO, LDN

 Oncology Dietitian, Outpatient Oncology Nutrition Program

Jennifer Spring is a registered dietitian, licensed in North Carolina, and is a Certified Specialist in Oncology nutrition. She has practiced as a clinical dietitian for over 14 years and has specialized as an oncology dietitian for the past 11 years. She currently practices at UNC Healthcare as a team member of the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program at the NC Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill.

 “I enjoy working closely with my patients providing comprehensive nutritional evaluations and evidence-based dietary recommendations. I strive to help my patients improve or maintain their nutrition status and strength to better tolerate treatment, and to avoid treatment interruptions so that they may receive the full benefits of their intended treatment.”

 

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Kathy Therber 
CCSP Yoga Teacher

Kathy, an E-RYT 500, Registered Yoga Therapist,has 20 years of a personal practice, 10 years of yoga teaching, a cancer diagnosis with subsequent treatment and recovery, and recovery from chronic low back pain. She has experience working with cancer survivors and caregivers, medical studies, military, wellness organizations, and fitness centers, including the UNC Get Real and Heel program. She is known for exceptional approachability and an understanding of adapting classes to meet the abilities of participants. Kathy will embrace you where you are.


  
Rose Wilson, MSW
Counselor, Comprehensive Cancer Support Program

Rose is a clinical social worker who is dedicated to supporting patients and their families receiving care through the UNC Cancer Hospital. Rose provides individual counseling in English and Spanish, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Rose works from a multicultural, relational and psychodynamic foundation. Areas of interest include trauma informed care, mind-body wellness, resiliency, and grief/bereavement. Rose came to UNC from Duke, where she worked with families in the Intensive Care Nursery. Prior to working in medical settings, Rose worked in university counseling centers, providing therapy to undergraduate and graduate students.

 Education & Training:
B.A., Guilford College, Elementary Education and Spanish
M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work


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Justin Yopp, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Clinical psychologist at CCSP

Dr. Yopp is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC.  He is a member of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital where he provides inpatient as well as outpatient assessment and therapeutic services for children and adolescents with cancer.  He also works with children whose parents have serious medical illnesses such as cancer.  His research is in the area of children's adaptation to cancer. Dr. Yopp came to UNC from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, where he served as a clinical psychologist and coordinator of the inpatient consultation-liaison service.  Prior to working at St. Jude, Dr. Yopp completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  He earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University and completed a pediatric psychology externship at Children's Hospital of Michigan.  He is a native of Raleigh.

Education and Training:
B.S., Appalachian State University
Ph.D., Central Michigan University
Pediatric Psychology Internship, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
Psycho-oncology Fellowship, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio