Integrative Medicine incorporates multiple approaches to healing and involves collaboration between conventional and complementary medicine practitioners. It offers a personal approach to health by combining complementary therapies that have been proven safe and effective with conventional medical approaches.

Many people going through cancer find that Integrative Medicine can relieve symptoms or side effects, ease pain, and enhance their lives during treatment. The Integrative Medicine Services provided at UNC Cancer Care are intended to complement traditional cancer care. Our Integrative Medicine program, which currently includes Acupuncture, Integrative Medicine Consults, Massage, Wellness Programs and Yoga can help lead you to improved well-being during cancer treatment and after its completion.

Many of our Integrative Medicine program’s services are also offered at offsite locations, with easy access and parking for your convenience. Please contact Mindy Gellin at 919-966-9519 for more information. See below for more information on our current offerings: Integrative Medicine Consults, Massage Therapy, & Yoga.

Integrative Medicine Consults

The Integrative Medicine Consult Service is designed to help cancer patients and
survivors distinguish between the various forms of complementary medicine and decide which approaches are right for their individual needs. Consults often include a review of dietary supplements and referral for appropriate integrative therapies, but can include discussion of any factors related to integrative medicine and cancer care. To make an appointment for an Integrative Medicine Consultation with Dr. Asher or Denise Spector, call 919-966-3494. Integrative Medicine Consults are typically covered by insurance as a medical visit.

Learn About Our New Yoga For Cancer Teacher Training

Yoga Class Weather Policy

Inclement Weather Class Cancellation policy for Yoga: Any weather-related cancellation will follow the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Systems. Please see Yoga Class Description for Holiday Schedule.

The Integrative Medicine Consult Service Can Help You

Decide if and which complementary therapies and nutritional supplements are best for you. To schedule an appointment for an Integrative Medicine Consultation call (919) 966-3494.

Online Option to Pay for Yoga Classes!

Click here to pay for yoga online or bring payment to class. The fund name is Patient Family Resource Fund 378557 and just add yoga to “What’s your inspiration to give?”

NCI Talking About Complementary and Alternative Medicine with Health Care Providers

Take a look at the National Cancer Institute’s “Talking about Complementary and Alternative Medicine with Health Care Providers.” Click here to read online. Hard copies are available at the Patient and Family Resource Center.

Gary Asher, MD, MPH,
is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and Director of Integrative Medicine Services, Assistant Director of the Chatham Hospital Emergency Department and Associate Professor in the UNC Department of Family Medicine. He has been a practitioner, teacher, and researcher in the field of Integrative Medicine for over 20 years.
Denise Spector, PhD, MPH, ANP, RYT
Denise Spector will be working with Dr. Gary Asher and the Integrative Medicine consult service on Wednesday afternoons from 1-5 pm. Denise recently joined the faculty in the Department of Family Medicine as a nurse practitioner. Denise has been an oncology nurse for over 30 years and in 2018 completed a 2-year clinical fellowship through the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. Several years ago she trained as an integrative health coach through the Duke Integrative Medicine program.



More research is being done on how the practice of yoga can have positive health effects for people living with cancer, cancer survivors and their caregivers. Studies of the effects of yoga on quality of life in people with cancer have shown encouraging results. Yoga has been shown to improve insomnia, decrease fatigue, and reduce stress as well as the side effects of cancer treatment.

Practitioner: Kathy Therber, CCSP Yoga Teacher
Kathy is a trusted and respected professional with a robust and successful career as yoga teacher for 13 years. 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 at and has years of experience, including working with cancer survivors.

All classes at Wholistic Health Studio, 1000 Hackberry Ln, Durham

  • Mondays: 10:00am-11:30am (NOTE TIME CHANGE)
  • Wednesdays: 2:00-3:30
  • Fridays: 10:00am-11:30am

Drop-in-fee: $5/Passes: $50 for 12 classes
Please call either 984-974-8100 or 919-966-9519 for more information.
If you are new to the yoga classes please arrive 15 minutes early

Notes on Yoga Payment, Holiday Schedule, & Weather Policy:

  • Pay here for yoga or bring payment to class. The fund name is Patient Family Resource Fund 378557 and just add yoga to “What’s your inspiration to give?”
  • Yoga Holiday Schedule: Yoga classes will NOT be held New Years, New year’s day, MLK, Jr Holiday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving , the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the week between Christmas and New Years Day.
  • Yoga Inclement Weather Class Cancellation Policy: Any weather-related cancellation will follow the Durham School Systems closings

Massage Therapy

Relax with a soothing massage that can relieve muscular tension, provide relief from temporary or chronic muscular discomfort, reduce pain and swelling, assist the body in achieving greater flexibility, increase circulation, and stimulate healing. Practitioners are licensed massage therapists experienced in treating patients with cancer. Currently, the massage therapist is available for oncology patients staying in the hospital. Visits are free. Call 984-974-8100 for more information.


The term “acupuncture” describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques-such as sound waves, tiny electrical charges, and/or very thin needles. Acupuncture, a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, originated more than 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture is being used in the care of cancer patients to help alleviate pain, fatigue, hot flashes and dry mouth after radiation as well as post-operative chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. For more information visit

Practitioner: Wunian Chen, MD
Dr. Wunian Chen completed his training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Medicine at Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He practiced Internal Medicine as a kidney specialist and acupuncturist at the Wuhan First Hospital in Hubei from 1983-1990. In 2002, he helped establish the UNC Family Medicine Acupuncture Clinic.

To make an appointment for acupuncture with Dr. Chen, call the UNC Family Medicine at 984-974-0210 and ask to make an acupuncture appointment with Dr. Chen.
Fee: $105 first visit
$80 return visits.
File on own for reimbursement.

For information on our Wellness/Exercise Programs click here.

For more information about these services and other classes and presentations offered by the CCSP, view the Cancer Support Calendar. For more information about Integrative Medicine and Complementary therapies (CAM) and related resources, check out these recommended websites.