Asher Beckwitt, Ph.D., Founder
My goal is to help as many people as possible, as much as possible. Cancer has deeply touched me in my personal and professional life. As a child and young adult, I witnessed the difficult realities of what it is like to have cancer and undergo cancer treatment with my Mom who was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer twice. I suffered a devastating and paralyzing loss of a man who was like a father to me who passed away from a malignant brain tumor during my senior year of high school. In the years since, many people I am close to have experienced cancer. I am also at high risk for cancer and underwent 5 biopsies over the course of 6 months. These experiences have left a permanent imprint on me and continues to fuel my passion and dedication to help people dealing with cancer and those who want to reduce their risk of cancer.
As a Medical Anthropologist, I have spent the past 17 years researching cancer prevention and peoples' experiences living through, surviving, and caring for someone with cancer. My career started with researching children with cancers experiences. I explored adult survivors of childhood cancers experiences in my dissertation and subsequent work. As a professional researcher, I have had wonderful opportunities to collaborate with researchers from hospitals and leading cancer organizations on projects regarding cancer prevention, dealing with cancer, surviving cancer, and caring for someone with cancer for both adults and children.
While I will continue to do cancer research, I have reached a point in my life where I want to do more. Throughout my career as a researcher, I found that people's holistic needs (physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, and environmental) are not being addressed by the traditional medical system. My goal in starting Cancer Coach for YOU (CCFY) is to address these needs by putting the knowledge I gained from my personal and professional experiences into practice to enhance people's well-being and improve their quality of life.
Stacy Lang, Ph.D., LCSW-C
My clinical expertise includes helping people face medical illnesses, trauma, bereavement, as well as mood disorders and relationship and family issues. I am trained in Cognitive, Behavioral, Trauma Work and EMDR. I have experience working with individuals, couples, and groups, as well as with adolescents, adults, and seniors.
I am an LCSW-C (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) in Maryland and Virginia, and I hold an ACSW (Academy of Certified Social Workers) from the National Association of Social Workers. I received my Masters of Social Work from Tulane University, and my Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Denver.
Jennifer Reuter, RN, Integrative Health Coach
Integrative Health Coaching is not what I do, it is who I am! I feel strongly about helping people see the potential that lies beneath their fears and failures. We all fail but we are not destined to be failures!
I help people embrace who they truly are. We were all created with value and my goal is to help people see that strength within them and encourage them towards the greatness that lays dormant until it is encouraged.
I graduated Sum Cum laude in 1997 with my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Emory University. In my career as a Registered Nurse, I have had many opportunities to work with people who want to prevent cancer, cancer patients, cancer survivors and caregivers. Caring for the sick has led to my desire to help people prevent illness through holistic care and to assist those who are ill or surviving illness live a better quality of life. My passion for Health and Wellness led me to begin my coaching career in 2010. After coaching in the Nutrition and Fitness arena, I pursued and received a Certificate in Health Coaching from Vanderbilt University.
Jessica Ahlum, MA, Integrative Health Coach
My passion is to help people see beyond the shadows that disturb their peace. Maintaining balance requires consistent effort. My goal is to lift you up and help you make the changes you want for yourself and your life.
I have over 20 years of experience in the field of human behavior, and specialize in behavior change. I hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. My passion for working with people led me to pursue my certification as an Integrative Health Coach through Duke Integrative Medicine. Resulting from my education and professional experience, I have developed a keen understand of the connections between the mind-body-spirit, health, and disease. I feel strongly about supporting my clients and providing them with the partnership they need to shift their lives into greater harmony.
Throughout my years of education and professional practice, I have witnessed the limitations in the current model of mainstream care. The focus is on diagnosis and treatment of disease, rather than supporting the wholeness of a person. My mission is to fill in that missing piece by helping people connect with what is important to them and do all they can to live their best lives.