Meet the Survivorship Wellness Team
Jamie Alexis Cohen, PsyD
Attending Clinical Psychologist and Primary Group Facilitator
Dr. Jamie Cohen is a psychologist with UCSF's Psycho-Oncology Program, part of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her clinical interests include assisting patients and their families to cope with the challenges associated with cancer diagnosis, care, and survivorship. As a member of the psycho-oncology team, some of the services she offers include goal-setting and problem navigation in the context of cancer treatment, as well as cognitive, behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions for managing pain, insomnia, fatigue, stress and more.
Dianne Shumay, PhD
Attending Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Dianne Shumay is a clinical health psychologist, Health Sciences Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Psycho-Oncology Psychology Service at UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. In her 10 years at UCSF, Dr. Shumay has been committed to bringing all that psychology has to offer to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families. Dr. Shumay trained at Stanford University, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Florida, Oxford University in the U.K. and VA Palo Alto. Her specialized skills emphasize evidence-based approaches to assist oncology populations with symptom management, decision making strategies, emotional wellbeing, navigating treatment and survivorship, palliative care and much more. At UCSF, she has been very active in engaging Cancer Center leadership to enhance and provide supportive care to all patients and families. Her research focuses on longitudinal studies of distress and emotional functioning in breast cancer and other cancer patients. She is currently studying an Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) behavioral mindfulness intervention to reduce the impact of anxiety and fear in the lives of cancer survivors.
Anna O. Levin, PhD
Attending Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Anna O. Levin is a clinical psychologist at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. In her practice, Levin uses cognitive, behavioral and bio-behavioral (mind-body) techniques. Her aim is to support patients, their caregivers and families as they navigate the challenges of cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. These challenges may include making treatment decisions and communicating with medical providers, managing symptoms and side effects, and finding ways to enhance quality or meaning in life in the context of a cancer diagnosis.
Levin earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Ohio State University and completed American Psychological Association-approved internship and fellowship programs in the Palo Alto VA Healthcare System Behavioral Medicine service. Her research interests include the development, evaluation and dissemination of psycho-oncology interventions, with a particular focus on strategies for enhancing relationship and sexual functioning.
Naomi Hoffer, MA, MCHES
Cancer Resource Center
Naomi Hoffer holds a Master’s Degree in Integral Health Education and is a Masters Level Certified Health Education Specialist. She has been the Senior Program Manager at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Resource Center for the past 15 years, creating hundreds of programs and events designed to support and educate patients and families living with cancer. She also holds a certification as a Cancer Journey Coach and works with individuals and groups to support patients' well-being during cancer treatment and throughout survivorship. She is passionate about advancing health and healing through integrating patient-centered programs and services throughout the current medical model.
Theresa Abts, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Theresa Abts serves as the chief clinical social worker at the Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF Medical Center. Prior to joining UCSF, she was the director of Social Work Services at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, Calif. Abts has worked for many years in hospice care, cancer care, palliative care and geriatrics. She earned a master's degree in social work from California State University, Long Beach and is a licensed clinical social worker.
The Rev. Florentino “Jun” Caole, BCC
The Rev. Jun Caole is the Staff Chaplain serving UCSF Medical Center’s Mission Bay campus and is ordained as a United Methodist minister belonging to the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He received his M.Div. degree from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and also holds a B.A. degree in Christian education from Asbury College in the Philippines and a B.A. degree in divinity from Union Theological Seminary, also in the Philippines. Prior to coming to UCSF, Jun was a congregational pastor in Methodist churches in the Philippines and Iowa for 15 years, followed by over 15 years of service as a staff chaplain at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, CA. He is a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and certified as a grief facilitator by the American Academy of Bereavement.
The Rev. Susan P. Conrad, BCC
Staff Chaplain and Manager of Spiritual Care Services
The Rev. Susan P. Conrad returned to UCSF in January 2014 and is an ordained and fellowshipped minister with the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is a board certified chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains and a certified educator in ACPE (the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education), having completed her supervisory training and served as a chaplain at UCSF from 2007 to 2010. Susan holds a B.A. degree from Hampshire College, an M.A. degree in urban planning from UCLA, and a M.Div. degree from Harvard Divinity School. Susan is active in the Unitarian Universalist movement, having served as a chaplain and guest worship leader at her home church and as a mentor for UU chaplains in the fellowshipping process. Susan was named as an “Emerging Leader” in the ACPE Pacific Region, and currently chairs the region’s Development Committee. She has a special interest in conflict transformation, and has been trained in Conflict Mediation with the Community Boards of San Francisco.
Greta Macaire, MA, RD, CSO
Ms. Greta Macaire is an Oncology Dietitian Nutritionist at University of California, San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Greta earned her B.S. and M.A. in Family and Consumer Sciences/Dietetics from San Francisco State University. She is also a Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (C.S.O.), the highest credential given to registered dietitians for expertise in oncology nutrition. Greta has specialized in oncology nutrition for over twelve years. She offers patients nutrition guidelines for specific cancers, supportive nutrition during treatment, optimizing healthy eating patterns to reduce the risk for recurrence and maximize quality of life.
Lisa Ploss, MPH, RD, CSO, CDE, FADA
Lisa Ploss is an oncology dietitian with the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. She helps patients with nutrition guidelines for specific cancers, supportive nutrition during treatment, and optimal healthy eating patterns to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and maximize quality of life. Ploss is a Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO), the highest credential given to registered dietitians for expertise in oncology nutrition.
Before joining UCSF, Ploss served as a dietitian on the oncology and gastroenterology teams at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Prior to that, she worked as an oncology dietitian at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center's Comprehensive Cancer Center in Berkeley. Ploss is also a certified diabetes educator and a fellow of the American Dietetic Association. Ploss received her M.P.H. in nutrition from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. She has a bachelor's degree in foods and nutrition from San Diego State University as well as a bachelor's in home economics from Humboldt State University.
Jane Clark, is a Coordinator for Sunflower Wellness at The San Francisco Bay Club, a Cancer Exercise Specialist, a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Since the early 1990’s, Jane has worked as a fitness professional in the Bay Area, serving as a Fitness Director for the Chevron Corporation, The University of California San Francisco and Western Athletic Clubs.
Jane is devoted to the field of cancer and exercise and has produced and presented continuing education workshops on the subject matter to other trainers and instructors. Jane was a co-creator of the IMPACT program (Integrating Medical Professionals and Certified Trainers) with Regan Fedric. Jane currently teaches cancer related classes at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF, and at The San Francisco Bay Club. She has taught and presented at The Survivorship Program at UCSF, The CARE program at San Francisco General and the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic.
Jane co-created the Exercise Counseling program at UCSF, introduced it to Stanford University and has worked on a pilot program at Kaiser Permanente. Jane and Regan are also training other individuals on the skills necessary to become an Exercise Counselor.
Jane is certified as a Health Fitness Instructor and CET (Cancer Exercise Trainer) by ACSM, the American College of Sports Medicine, and as a Personal Trainer and Continuing Education Provider by ACE, the American Council on Exercise. Jane also holds a certificate from The University of Northern Colorado Greeley as a Cancer Exercise Specialist and is certified in Pilates Mat & Equipment. She is also trained in Degriefing, a holistic approach to Grief & Loss. Jane was recognized by IHRSA (International Health & Racquet Sport Association) as an Emerging Woman in Leadership.
Jane’s work highlights laughter and play – she believes exercise should be fun!
Regan Fedric is a Cancer and Exercise Specialist. A gifted athlete, she was a Division I basketball recruit at the University of Memphis, where she earned a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and a Minor in Biology. Upon graduation, she was also the Director of Operations for the Lady Tiger basketball team at U of M. Regan’s hands-on work with individuals includes work as a PT Aide at the Campbell Clinic; the developer of the Eagle’s Circle at the Lebonheur Medical Center YMCA—-a program for children with asthma and or obesity; as well as work in a cardiac rehabilitation program at Lebonheur.
An opportunity at Western Athletic Clubs led Regan to California in 2000, and in 2002 she co-developed the IMPACT program (Integrating Medical Professionals and Certified Trainers), which was the predecessor to Sunflower Wellness. Regan has amassed thousands of clinical hours and is part of an integrative team that provides compassionate and progressive care to cancer patients at Smith Integrative, UCSF Helen Diller Cancer Center, Marin Cancer Institute, and Kaiser Permanente.
While known for her commitment to the cancer community, her reputation is that of a uniquely gentle and empathetic soul that clients truly want to be around.
Program Coordinator for Survivorship Wellness
Mikela Barulich is a Program Coordinator in the Psycho-Oncology Service at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Prior to joining UCSF, Mikela was a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist at Community Awareness and Treatment Services: A Woman’s Place Drop-In clinic. Mikela also worked at San Francisco State’s Disability Program and Resource Center as a Student Assistant. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Counseling from San Francisco State University. Her research interests include health psychology, gerontology, end-of-life issues, and palliative care. Mikela’s primary role for the Survivorship Wellness Program is to assist patients with administrative needs and program analysis.