Speakers Bureau

Through Triage Cancer’s Speakers Bureau, cancer centers, hospitals, cancer organizations, and other groups that are coordinating educational events can be connected with expert speakers on various cancer survivorship issues.

Triage Cancer’s Speakers Bureau also includes cancer survivors and caregivers who have experience sharing their cancer journey with a variety of audiences. If you are planning an event, it is a good idea to request speakers as early as possible. Some of our speakers are often booked months in advance.

Triage Cancer can also assist in the comprehensive coordination of educational events, in addition to providing speakers on specific topics.

Below you can learn more about each speaker, sort speakers by particular areas of expertise, and read about potential topics that you may want to include in your next event!

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Karen Wonders Ph.D.

Biography

Karen Wonders, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, and Professor of Exercise Physiology at Wright State University, where she serves as Program Director for the Sports Science major. She began her work in the field of exercise and cancer recovery in 2003, while earning her doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado. Here, she became certified as a Clinical Cancer Exercise Specialist and had the opportunity to witness, first hand, the positive impact exercise had in the life of someone battling cancer. Thus, her passion is to advocate for exercise as part of the standard of care for cancer.

Maple Tree provides free exercise training, nutrition counseling, and emotional support to hundreds of cancer survivors every month at several locations across Ohio. Dr. Wonders was recently recognized for her work by the Dayton Business Journal “Forty under 40” award. In addition, Maple Tree has been awarded “Best in Dayton” for Health and Fitness four years in a row. Dr. Wonders is committed to evidence-based practice in her facilities, and has a robust research program that has published two text books, four book chapters, and more than 30 peer reviewed manuscripts on the topic of exercise and cancer recovery.

Dr. Wonders is also in her final year of course work at Cedarville University, studying in their Master’s of Ministry program. She hopes to use this degree to bridge the gap between the medical field and churches, to provide hope and Christ-centered support to cancer patients. She is author of the devotional, Beauty from Ashes, which speaks hope into the world of cancer and encourages readers to embrace a healthy lifestyle as part of their cancer recovery.

A gifted communicator, Dr. Wonders has given more than 100 professional presentations on the national, state, and local levels, including a talk at TEDxDayton 2017 on Exercising through Cancer Care. Dr. Wonders is married to her college sweetheart, Andrew, and together they have seven (yes, seven!) children. If you think her hands are full, you should see her heart!

Topics: Compassion Fatigue; Complementary Therapies; Health & Online/Social Media; Nutrition; Pain & Palliative Care; Spirituality; Stress Management; Survivorship Care Planning; and Work & Cancer.