Complementary Cancer Care

Complementary Cancer Care

Complementary Cancer Care began with one idea in mind:



In this context, HEAL does not necessarily mean CURE, but instead refers to a state where someone experiences less suffering and feels more  whole, no matter their diagnosis or prognosis.

Our programs complement medical treatment and fill the gaps between patient and person:

~  Weekly movement classes address body changes

~  Monthly support groups and creative expression classes address changes in relationships

~  Seasonal educational talks and our library of resources empower through information and new ideas on the road to healing



Board of Directors
Lorien Neargarder, President and Secretary

Lorien holds a degree in mechanical engineering and is a certified yoga therapist who specializes in working with chronic pain and cancer. She developed a thriving program in California that partnered yoga studios with the nonprofit organization Cancer CAREpoint. In support of this organization, she ran three annual fundraisers that donated $35,000 to fund non-medical complementary services to anyone dealing with cancer in the Silicon Valley.

Christina Tecson, Vice President

Christina, a therapist holding a Master’s Degree in social work, has volunteered with Complementary Cancer Care since 2019. Her experience as a breast cancer survivor and also previous volunteer at several cancer organizations aid her to facilitate support groups and develop a variety of social support and creative expression programs for Complementary Cancer Care. She was selected as a “Hero of Hope” motivational speaker for American Cancer Society and an advocate for Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s national advocacy program for women diagnosed with breast cancer before age 45. Her career prior to social work encompassed 20 years in marketing and public relations, including several years working in the nonprofit sector.

Dylan Barton, Treasurer

Dylan holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Florida State College, and is the owner of HB Bookkeeping Service. His firm specializes in working with individuals and small businesses across his home in Brevard County, Florida. HB Bookkeeping Service was originally started in 1975 by his grandfather, Hugh Barton, who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2007 and passed away in 2018. While completing his degree, Dylan worked alongside his Grandfather to learn from his many years of experience. Being on the board of Complementary Cancer Care gives Dylan the opportunity to combine his skills in accounting, along with supporting an organization that provides resources to other families and patients affected by cancer.

Advisory Board Members

Cecelia Avitabile – herbalist, certified nutrition consultant

Valentina Boonstra – massage therapist, patient advocate

Vicki Buckley – “The Bone Lady” fitness instructor

Gail Dunbar, LCSW – social worker

John R Kerstiens, MBA, CPA – Executive Director of Cancer Care Centers of Brevard, Florida Cancer Affiliates

Robin Krasny, LMT, BS, Psychology – massage therapist, yoga instructor, Reiki practitioner, life coach

Jane H. Naylor, MA, LCSW, CPCC – psychotherapist & certified life coach


Get Involved >>