This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Kevin Mutschler

Grief Loss Mary Anne Cook Smith Center

This is an all levels introduction to the practice of Qigong. You will learn about the human energy system or subtle body. In the tradition of Qigong, we will learn practices to shape and sculpt this system for our highest good in 3 ways:

  • Purge or clear stagnant energy
  • Tone or nourish energy to replenish our internal resources
  • Regulate our energy system

This class will include discussion, movement and an energetic transmission and meditation.


Qigong will be hosted Bi-Monthly on Mondays from 7:00-8:00pm.

Upcoming Dates:

  • June 14 & 28

About Kevin Mutschler, L.AC.

Kevin is a board-certified acupuncturist (NCCAOM) and Qigong educator with over twenty-five years experience in healing arts practice, research and education, including work in medical anthropology, somatic therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Kevin has special interests in working with patients living with chronic illness, migraine, MS and cancer. He is a Smith Center fellow in Integrative Cancer Care Navigation and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Kiersten Gallagher

Creative expression has often been used in the healing process and it is at the core of Smith Center’s philosophy, but fear of judgment and “not being an artist” can often prevent us from tapping into its healing power. Join us for Outside the Lines, where a facilitator will help you reclaim art-making as a healing tool through guided creative projects. Participants who feel comfortable working on their own projects are also welcome to do so.


Outside the Lines is held Bi-Monthly on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm. 

Upcoming sessions:

  • June 16

Suggested donation: $10 per class

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.


About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Kevin Mutschler

Grief Loss Mary Anne Cook Smith Center

This is an all levels introduction to the practice of Qigong. You will learn about the human energy system or subtle body. In the tradition of Qigong, we will learn practices to shape and sculpt this system for our highest good in 3 ways:

  • Purge or clear stagnant energy
  • Tone or nourish energy to replenish our internal resources
  • Regulate our energy system

This class will include discussion, movement and an energetic transmission and meditation.


Qigong will be hosted Bi-Monthly on Mondays from 7:00-8:00pm.

Upcoming Dates:

  • June 14 & 28

About Kevin Mutschler, L.AC.

Kevin is a board-certified acupuncturist (NCCAOM) and Qigong educator with over twenty-five years experience in healing arts practice, research and education, including work in medical anthropology, somatic therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Kevin has special interests in working with patients living with chronic illness, migraine, MS and cancer. He is a Smith Center fellow in Integrative Cancer Care Navigation and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Kiersten Gallagher

Creative expression has often been used in the healing process and it is at the core of Smith Center’s philosophy, but fear of judgment and “not being an artist” can often prevent us from tapping into its healing power. Join us for Outside the Lines: Social Hour, where we will catch up as we reclaim art-making as a healing tool. Participants are welcome to work on their own creative projects as we socialize.


Outside the Lines is held Bi-Monthly on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm. 

Upcoming sessions:

  • June 2 (Social Hour)
  • June 16

Suggested donation: $10 per class

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.


About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Kevin Mutschler

Grief Loss Mary Anne Cook Smith Center

This is an all levels introduction to the practice of Qigong. You will learn about the human energy system or subtle body. In the tradition of Qigong, we will learn practices to shape and sculpt this system for our highest good in 3 ways:

  • Purge or clear stagnant energy
  • Tone or nourish energy to replenish our internal resources
  • Regulate our energy system

This class will include discussion, movement and an energetic transmission and meditation.


Qigong will be hosted Bi-Monthly on Mondays from 7:00-8:00pm.

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 10 & 24
  • June 14 & 28

About Kevin Mutschler, L.AC.

Kevin is a board-certified acupuncturist (NCCAOM) and Qigong educator with over twenty-five years experience in healing arts practice, research and education, including work in medical anthropology, somatic therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Kevin has special interests in working with patients living with chronic illness, migraine, MS and cancer. He is a Smith Center fellow in Integrative Cancer Care Navigation and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Christina Tian, DACM, CMD, MAOM, L.Ac., Dilp.O.M

Acupressure is an easy-to-use home therapy based on the traditional Chinese medicine practice of acupuncture. When performing acupressure, you put pressure on specific places on your body for different conditions and symptoms. Stimulating these points can help alleviate many common side effects of chemotherapy and cancer. These points may also be stimulated to increase blood circulation and decrease inflammation, muscle tension and pain. Acupressure may be performed at home using your fingers or other massage tools. Please join us to learn how to relieve common symptoms such as nausea, pain, headache, anxiety, insomnia and more.


About Christina Tian, DACM, CMD, MAOM, L.Ac., Dilp.O.M

Dr. Christina Tian is a second generation doctor of Chinese medicine specializing in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She grew up watching her father, a physician and Chinese medical doctor, care for his patients as if they were his own family. Her unofficial education in Chinese medicine started with orthopedics and pain management at age eight.

She has advanced oncology training and clinical experience which she shares with patients and medical professionals through national and international speaking engagements. Dr. Tian has over ten years of clinical experience in treating olympic and professional athletes. Her clinical interest spans adolescent, adult and geriatric medicine. She employs a range of acupuncture techniques including gentle acupuncture methods, which all patients young and old appreciate.

Dr. Tian was recruited by Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, as Chief Acupuncturist to pioneer acupuncture services in 2015.  During her five year tenure, she provided Traditional Chinese Medicine services such as acupuncture to oncology patients. In 2018, Dr. Tian expanded acupuncture services into the newly established Sibley Integrative Medicine department.  She treated patients for a variety of complex and challenging conditions associated with women’s health, palliative care, pain management, and neurological disorders. 

In 2020, she founded Bethesda Acupuncture & Wellness Medicine. Here, she shares her integrative knowledge and experience with the community she was raised in. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she was able to advance her knowledge and clinical experience of treating infectious diseases with Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

As an avid meditator, gardener and cook, Dr. Tian is passionate about self-care and regularly teaches patients the benefits of meditation and the medicinal properties of foods and spices. She travels to further develop her understanding of various medical systems. She works and volunteers for various acupuncture societies in both the United States and China and participates in international Chinese Medicine conferences to ensure she bridges cutting edge findings with the ancient wisdom of this medical system.  Enjoying her close work with oncology patients, Dr. Tian remains a volunteer for several oncology organizations. 

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Charity Sade

Coping Through Comedy’s comedy writing workshop is offered to cancer patients/survivors. The intention of the workshop is to provide a safe and creative environment for those touched by cancer to be able to express themselves and find the humor surrounding the difficulties in life and cancer. No previous comedy writing experience is necessary.


Coping Through Comedy: Comedy Writing Workshop is held Bi-Monthly on Wednesdays.

Participants can attend on a drop-in basis, but prior registration is required.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • May 5 & 19
  • June 2, 16 & 30

This program is sponsored by the Livestrong Foundation. Additional donations are always welcome.


About Charity Sade

Charity Sad​e​ is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. ​Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. ​On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

This program series is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must have attended the first session in the series.

with Leslie Lass, PhD, MFA, MSW Candidate

Sustainable Journaling

In the forward to Sandra Marinella’s book The Story You Need to Tell: Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss, author Christina Baldwin writes, “When things happen that are unexpected, unwelcome, challenging, disorienting, or traumatic, we survive, but the storyline we were following is shattered. Untold stories don’t go away.”

In this three-part workshop series, we will explore our own “untold stories” – ones that have forever changed the storylines of our lives – by capturing one moment in time that can convey meaning about a larger experience, bring needed healing, and offer powerful insights about our shared humanity.

Using the micro-memoir, also called the flash memoir, as a vehicle for telling our untold stories, we will discuss techniques for distilling them to their essence (750 words or fewer) and for crafting them in ways that powerfully communicate what we intend.

Activities include:

  • learning about the essential elements of a micro-memoir
  • reading and discussing examples of published micro-memoirs
  • participating in writing activities
  • completing at-home assignments
  • talking about what it means to share our writing with a larger audience

By the end of the third session, you will have written a micro-memoir that tells the story you need to tell.

Reading your work aloud is voluntary. If you choose to do so, you will have an opportunity to read what you have written to the group, and you will have a chance to hear others read their “small stories” as well. After each reading, generous, positive feedback will be encouraged.

You do not have to consider yourself a writer to participate in this workshop. The only requirement is a willingness to tell your story as open-heartedly as you can and to compassionately support the efforts of others in the workshop who wish to do the same. The program is open to any adults who have been impacted by cancer as a patient or as a caregiver of any kind.


Writing a Micro-Memoir: The Stories that Don’t Go Away will be hosted in three parts. Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions. Upon completion of the three parts, participants will have developed a working micro-memoir. Program limited to 8 participants.
Program dates:
  • May 5
  • May 12
  • May 19

Suggested Donation: $10/session or $25/series


About Leslie Lass, PhD, MFA, MSW Candidate

Leslie Lass, PhD, MFA, MSW candidate, has taught writing for more than 20 years at universities and community colleges on the east and west coasts, including Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and The Evergreen State College. Her doctoral work focused on writing creative nonfiction and on Latin American testimonial literature. She is an author of a novel, a memoir, short stories, and poetry, and for the past nine years she has maintained a blog, where she writes “small stories” she hopes will point towards more universal themes that will resonate with her readers.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Barbara Andersen, PhD (Ohio State University) and Susan Lutgendorf, PhD (University of Iowa)

Did You Know?

Smith Center is pleased to announce the launch of a special series of talks designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the center. Each of the talks will highlight one of eight healing practices that research and practice tell us is important to the health and well-being of cancer patients/survivors, and their loved ones.

The topics include: Eating Well, Moving More, Managing Stress, Sleeping Well, Creating a Healing Environment, Sharing Love and Support, Exploring What Matters Now, and Expressing Oneself.

For each topic, we will have two expert speakers. One will provide a clear and concise review of the science behind the given topic: what we do and do not know about the topic, the impact of this practice on cancer-related quality of life and mortality specifically, and national recommendations for action. The second speaker will “translate” this information into an action plan (e.g., provide user-friendly tips about how to integrate this aspect of healing into your daily life). At the end, there will be time for a question and answer period.


Did You Know? will be hosted Monthly on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • May 19 – Finding Social Support
    • with Barbara Andersen, PhD (Ohio State University) and Susan Lutgendorf, PhD (University of Iowa)
  • June 16 – Expressing Oneself

In honor of our 25th Anniversary in 2021, we are suggesting donations for this series in fractions or multiples of the number “25.” E.G. $2.50, $12.50, $25, etc.


About Barbara Andersen, PhD

Dr. Barbara L. Andersen, a member of the Ohio State University (OSU) faculty since 1989, holds the position of Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology, with a joint appointment in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Andersen is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center, and was instrumental in the development of the Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource which she directed from 2003-2005. She also served as Director of the OSU Livestrong Survivorship Center of Excellence (2009-11). Dr. Andersen, whose work has been funded since 1983, has published 3 books and written over 170 research articles in clinical psychology and cancer. Recipient of multiple honors for her extensive contributions to the field of psycho- and behavioral oncology, she is widely recognized for her research on the biobehavioral aspects of cancer and their implications for health and disease progression. A randomized clinical trial in collaboration with surgical oncologists William Farrar and William Carson showed a psychological intervention reduced stress, improved quality of life, health behaviors, and adherence for patients with breast cancer in addition to lowering the risk for breast cancer recurrence. Based on a group-delivery format, sharing social support was a key component of this intervention.

About Susan Lutgendorf, PhD

Dr. Susan Lutgendorf is a Clinical Health Psychologist and a Professor in the Clinical Science Training Area in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa. She also has faculty appointments in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology, and is a member of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.  She is the Program Director of the NIGMS-funded T32 Mechanisms of Health and Disease at the Behavioral and Biomedical Interface Training Program. She recently served as the President of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, and as President of the American Psychosomatic Society, and is widely recognized for her outstanding contributions to our understanding of the biobehavioral pathways in cancer. Her current research examines how factors such as stress, depression, and social support are linked to biological processes involved in tumor progression and chemo-resistance.  She has recently been funded by NCI to study a novel web-based psychosocial intervention for ovarian cancer patients.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Kiersten Gallagher

Creative expression has often been used in the healing process and it is at the core of Smith Center’s philosophy, but fear of judgment and “not being an artist” can often prevent us from tapping into its healing power. Join us for Outside the Lines, where a facilitator will help you reclaim art-making as a healing tool through guided creative projects. Participants who feel comfortable working on their own projects are also welcome to do so.


Outside the Lines is held Bi-Monthly on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm. 

Upcoming sessions:

  • May 19
  • June 2 (Social Hour)
  • June 16

Suggested donation: $10 per class

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.


About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.