Complementary Cancer Care

Education – Videos


We are pleased to present a variety of educational videos!

Caregiver Conversation with Complementary Cancer Care

In this installment of Aging Matters in Brevard “Caregiver Conversations”, Beth Schibley, Sunflower House Program Director, speaks with a panel of community members about Cancer Caregiving.  Jul 29, 2020



Three Quick Tips for Caregivers: Cancer Caregiving with Complementary Cancer Care

Hosted by Aging Matters in Brevard.  Caregiving for a loved one is a challenge for anyone in any scenario. When you are caring for a loved one battling Cancer, the challenges can be ten-fold. But support is out there: join the team from Complementary Cancer Care for this Three Quick Tips for Caregivers and learn more about how to take the best care of your loved one – and yourself! – in these challenging times. Sep 6, 2020




Cancer Prevention & Survivorship

The following 4-part workshop series was held online via Zoom in February 2021.  If you missed the series, you can view the recordings below.

Feb 2nd ~ Let’s Talk: Food & Nutrition Basics (Part 1), with Nicole Santapola


Feb 9th ~ Let’s Cook: Food & Nutrition – Making it Happen (Part 2), with Nicole Santapola


Feb 16th ~ Let’s Remodel: Healing Mind, Body & Soul with Mindful Movement, with Lorien Neargarder


Feb 23rd ~ Let’s Relax: How Emotional Health and Social Support Contributes to Strength of Immune System and Well-Being, with Dr Nancy MacKay


Speaker Bios:

Nicole Santapola

Nicole Santapola is the Program Manager for Health Education and Cancer Prevention at Orlando Health Cancer Institute. She has a Bachelors in Health Administration from University of Central Florida and an avid Gator fan, where her college career began. For over 15 years, Nicole has been instrumental in bringing to the center, education for oncology professionals and in 2010, with the dare of her coworker to make a green smoothie, the idea of taking food to patients and staff via a roving Healthy Food cart began!  Nicole was promoted to Manager of Cancer Prevention and Outreach shortly thereafter (and not because of her smoothie!)  She has education in holistic nutrition and macrobiotics with a certificate in Culinary Nutrition from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, Canada. She has assisted FitLiving Eats Chef and Owner in many private and public cooking classes and currently prepares plant-based meals for a local family.

Her passion to help others in the area of prevention and wellness continues sharing many presentations, cooking demonstrations and smoothies to the Central Florida Community.  She has walked a journey for her own healing through the use of many tools mostly outside the role of conventional medicine and cares a great deal about the health and wellbeing of others. She is excited to impart some of her journey with you!

Nicole Santapola, BS, CNE
Cancer Prevention & Health Education
Integrative Medicine
Orlando Health Cancer Institute
1400 S. Orange Avenue | MP 705 | Orlando, FL 32806

Lorien Neargarder

Lorien Neargarder has worked with cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers in hospital, studio, and home settings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area of California and in Brevard County of Florida. She has several years’ experience teaching yoga in a pain management clinic as well as a psychiatric ward. She has been practicing yoga since 1999, began teaching in 2004, and continues to learn about mindful movement.

She holds one 500-hour certification from Breathe Together Yoga and another from Prajna Yoga, as well as certificates from Therapeutic Yoga, Y4C (Yoga for Cancer), is a Cancer Exercise Specialist and has completed a 200-hour Qigong course with Triloka. Lorien has also received training from the integrative oncology departments of both MD Anderson and Memorial-Sloan Kettering. In 2016, Lorien earned the title of Certified Yoga Therapist from the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Lorien Neargarder, C-IAYT, BSME
Yoga Therapist Specializing in Cancer,
Author of CANCER + YOGA For People Living with Cancer and Their Yoga Teachers, Healthcare Professionals and Caregivers

Dr Nancy MacKay

Dr Nancy MacKay is a licensed clinical psychologist. She graduated with a degree in psychology from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. She received a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Richmond in Virginia, where she was awarded a full assistantship. She earned a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. While at FIT she volunteered as a rape crisis counselor for the Sexual Assault Victims Services agency.

Dr MacKay was able to develop advanced expertise for individual therapy, psychodiagnostics, and psychological testing at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. Dr MacKay has continued to enrich her knowledge and professional development via extensive continuing education.  Dr MacKay has been presented with both the Victims Witness Services Star Award and the State Attorney’s Humanitarian Award.

In addition to her private practice, Dr MacKay has served as an Adjunct Professor at Barry University and at Brevard Community College. She spent several years as the facilitator for the Brevard County State Attorney’s Office Homicide Survivors Group. She consulted for Brevard Hospice as a grief group facilitator. She is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management and has provided consultation services for numerous local businesses and agencies after they have undergone traumatic experiences. Dr MacKay is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Register of Health Care Providers, and the Florida Psychological Association.

Dr Nancy McKay
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
1970 Michigan Avenue Suite J-2
Cocoa, Florida 32922


Progressive Relaxation with Dr. Elise Pearce, DPT

Seated gentle progressive relaxation techniques.  Apr 19, 2021




Breast Cancer Survivor Sunset River Cruise, 10-18-2022

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, 34 breast cancer survivors and family and friends enjoyed a picnic dinner on a relaxing 2-hr Sunset Cruise on the Banana River!