A Refreshing Taste of Complementary Therapies


With Laura Pole, Susan Beilby Magee, Kevin Mutschler

- Thursday, June 19, 6:30-8:30pm

Complementary Approaches for Cancer Care and integrative treatment

Let’s move from our heads and into our bodies! In this free session you will not only learn about the benefits of complementary therapies, but experience them yourself. Starting with the most fundamental – healthy eating – Smith Center’s own Laura Pole will share the Eight Principles of Food Selection with you while preparing her delicious “Wholly Guacamole” for all to sample. Laura will be followed by Susan Beilby Magee, a hypnotherapist, meditation teacher and author, who will discuss the benefits of meditation for those facing health challenges around cancer. She will lead a guided visualization, taking us into our bodies to connect with our intuitive higher self, address our fears and invite wellbeing and wholeness. We’ll conclude by getting in touch with our qi (energy) as Kevin Mutschler leads participants through a series of acupressure and qigong exercises. We think you’ll end the evening feeling refreshed and energized and with a greater understanding of how complementary therapies may work for you

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. 

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About Laura Pole
Laura Pole, RN, MSN, has served as Smith Center’s head chef and integrative oncology nurse consultant since 1997. She is an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Cancer Guide with 25 years experience caring for people with serious illness. She is also a Certified Health Supportive Chef, professional musician and Nia body-mind fitness instructor. Her popular cooking class, Eating for a Lifetime: Cooking for People with Cancer, introduces participants to the Eight Principles of Food Selection, along with truly tasty and healthy recipes. Laura is the founder of “Eating for a Lifetime,” a consulting business dedicated to teaching individuals and professionals about health supportive eating and food preparation. In addition to Laura's work with nourishment, she is the co-coordinator of Smith Center's Patient Navigation Training in Integrative Cancer Care. Laura also serves as coordinator of the "Media Watch Cancer News That You Can Use" listserv.

About Susan Beilby Magee
Susan Beilby Magee has spent the last 28 years practicing the healing arts. She is the founder of the Washington Circle of Master Healers and participates in the healing ministry at the Washington National Cathedral. Susan has led meditation circles for decades, helping people access their inner fears, wisdom, strength and courage. Her book – INTO THE LIGHT: The Healing Art of Kalman Aron – is a story of an artist’s journey of personal alchemy, out of the darkness into the light, seen on canvas over a lifetime.

About Kevin Mutschler
Kevin Mutschler, MA, RPP, RPE, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., is a board certified Acupuncturist, Qigong educator, board certified Polarity Practitioner and Polarity Therapy educator, specializing in the care of patients with life-challenging illnesses such as cancer and life-long challenges such as MS. He has over twenty-five years experience in healing arts practice, research and education and has over those years taught in the fields of medical anthropology, traditional Chinese medicine and holistic somatic therapy. For many years, Kevin has led groups focusing on learning and practicing healing support skills such as breath-focused meditation, simple qigong/t’ai chi movement, guided imagery, and group energy. He is an advocate of self-healing skills practices of all kinds and regularly teaches ongoing qigong classes year-round in downtown Silver Spring.

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