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Our Zakim Center Team

  • Zakim Center Team as a Group


    Our experienced team of physicians, therapists, nurses, and other health care professionals offers individual treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and Reiki; group programs for movement, meditation, and creative arts; and exercise and nutritional consultations.

  • Jennifer Ligibel, MD


    Jennifer Ligibel, MD, is director of the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and a breast oncologist in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Ligibel does extensive research into the benefits of exercise for cancer patients and survivors.

    Administration

    Victoria Kennedy, MA
    Administrative Director

    Acupuncture

    Weidong Lu, MB, MPH, PhD, LicAc
    Weidong Lu is the Lead Oncology Acupuncturist in the Zakim Center and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Weidong has led several research studies examining oncology acupuncture and symptom management in patients. He has practiced oncology acupuncture at the Zakim Center since 2000.

    Anne Drogin, MDiv, MAc, LicAc
    Anne Drogin has practiced acupuncture since 1997 throughout the Boston area. Prior to working at the Zakim Center, Anne worked as a clinical supervisor, teaching and training the next generation of acupuncturists in hospitals and health centers across Boston. She brings great experience to her work at Dana-Farber.

    Dongyan Yu, MB, MS, LicAc
    Dongyan Yu joined the acupuncture team at the Zakim Center in 2014. She is a co-investigator on various research studies examining oncology acupuncture. Dongyan has practiced acupuncture in the U.S. for over 20 years. She has Bachelor of Medicine and Master of Medicine degrees from Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in China.

    Xiaoqin “Sabrina” Zhao, MB, MS, LicAc
    Sabrina Zhao brings extensive knowledge and experience to her work at the Zakim Center. In addition to 10 years of medical research experience, she has over 10 years of clinical experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Sabrina brings her background in Chinese and western medicine to her work here at the Zakim Center.

    Massage

    Maria “Bambi” Mathay, LMT, BCTMB, RMT
    Bambi Mathay graduated from medical school in the Philippines in 1986. Since 2003, she has specialized in oncology massage therapy, reiki, and reflexology. With 15 years of experience at the Zakim Center, Bambi has a depth of knowledge in caring for oncology patients through massage and other touch services. She is experienced with working with both adult and pediatric patients.

    Erika R. Slocum, LMT
    Erika Slocum has practiced massage therapy since 2005 and has been working with the oncology population since 2007. Since 2011, Erika has been teaching professional massage therapists across the country how to work safely with oncology patients.

    Theresa Ochenkoski, LMT, BCTMB, RM, NBCR
    Theresa Ochenkoski is a board-certified massage therapist who began her career in 1988. She became a Certified Usui Reiki Master in 2007 and in 2011 became a board-certified foot reflexologist. She has provided oncology massage at the Zakim Center since 2006. Theresa works together with her patients to promote healing through these modalities and services.

    Group Movement, Meditation, Creative Arts

    Patricia Martin Arcari, PhD, RN, AHN-BC
    Patricia Arcari is the Program Manager for Meditation and Mindfulness at the Zakim Center and a Visiting Scholar at Boston College, where she has created novel meditation, mindfulness, and mind/body resilience programming for patients, staff, and students. Patty is board-certified as an Advanced Holistic Nurse, a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Integrative Nursing, and has been involved in practicing holistic nursing for over 20 years in clinical, training, and research capacities.

    Nancy Campbell, MS
    Nancy Campbell is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist in the Zakim Center, is a Certified ACE Personal Trainer, and has the American College of Sports Medicine Cancer Exercise Trainer certification. She provides personalized exercise consultations for patients. Nancy also teaches several strength training-based exercise classes for patients and survivors.

    Juliana G. Berfield, PhD
    Juliana Berfield joined the Zakim Center in 2017 as a Movement Instructor. Since 2000, she has taught various movement classes including Aerobics, Step, Kick Boxing, Core, Muscle Conditioning, and different Resist-a-Ball ® class styles. Juliana has certifications in Personal Training, Mat Pilates, Yoga for Cancer, and as a Cancer Exercise Specialist.

    Heather Woods, MT-BC
    Heather Woods is a board-certified Music Therapist. She earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Therapy at Berklee College of Music, with a focus in psychology, integrative therapies, research, and songwriting. Heather utilizes a mindfulness-based approach through songwriting, active music making, improvisation, and music-supported meditation to promote stress reduction, relaxation, safe and empowered expression, and increased coping skills for symptom and side-effect management.

    Ramel “Rami” Rones
    Rami Rones is a gold medalist, award-winning martial artist in both the U.S. and China. With 16 years of experience leading Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation classes, he focuses on helping individuals with conditions such as cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, aging, injuries, and stress. Rami is a consultant on mind/body therapies at Harvard and Tufts Medical Schools, and is the co-author of numerous publications. In addition to his work at the Zakim Center, Rami also lectures and instructs in the techniques of the Tai Chi, Qigong and meditation philosophies in hospitals, institutions, and schools around the world.

    Integrative Consults

    Anne Kelly, RN, MS, NP-C, AOCNP
    Anne Kelly has been an Oncology Nurse Practitioner since 2003. Throughout her experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, she has always had an interest in integrative therapies. She enjoys meeting with patients to discuss their treatment goals and how she can empower them to participate in their own care. Anne strives to make sure patients are knowledgeable and able to access the beneficial programs at the Zakim Center.

    Emily Biever, MS, RD, LDN
    Emily Biever received a Master’s degree in Nutrition Science from Colorado State University, and completed her dietetic internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has worked as a registered dietitian for eight years, specializing in integrative nutrition since the opening of the new Zakim Center in 2017. Emily explores with patients their relationships with food, as well as their sleep, levels of stress, and physical activity, to provide the most comprehensive nutrition recommendations.