Portfolio of Educational Programs

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Portfolio of Educational Programs Available On-Demand


Presenter: Jennifer Montes, MD

Headshot of Dr. MontesDr. Jennifer Montes is a breast surgeon at Hunterdon Breast Surgery Center and believes in treating the patient as a whole body, mind, and spirit and is a strong proponent of integrating Eastern holistic medicine modalities with traditional Western medicine to do so.  This program provides a look at women’s breast care and support for those affected by breast cancer.

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Presenter: Manisha Abeysinghe, MD

Headshot of Dr. AbeysingheDr. Abeysinghe is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist with an additional board certification in anti-aging and regenerative medicine practicing at Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology, LLC.  In this program, Dr. Abeysinghe discusses what to expect during a gynecology exam, cervical health,  female anatomy, risk factors for HPV and cervical cancer.

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Presenter: Ellen Gantner
, PsyD

Headshot of Ellen GantnerDr. Gantner, formerly the Director of Out-Patient Clinical Services at Hunterdon Behavioral Health, since retired, holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology. Her work involved a full range of services supporting mental and emotional health. Emotional wellness inspires self-care, relaxation, stress reduction, and the development of inner strength. It provides a positive sense of well-being that enables us to be able to function in society, adapt to change, and meet the demands of everyday life – especially in difficult times. This program discusses interventions to better cope with stressors such as using breathing techniques.

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Presenter: L. Jeanne Gee, RDN, CSO, CDE

Headshot of Jeanne GeeJeanne is a dietitian specializing in Oncology Nutrition Services at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Virginia Tech University and completed her dietetic internship program through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is a Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition, a credential held by less than 2% of dietitians in the country. Lifestyle choices can create an environment in our body that tips the scale either toward chronic disease or optimal health. Her presentation entitled, “What is the Environment of Your Body,” addresses lifestyle choices that contribute to an optimal nutritional state.

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Shauna Alvarez

Shauna Alvarex cutting vegetables in kitchenShauna is Executive Chef & Program Lead at America’s Grow-a-Row, an organization that grows, gleans and delivers fresh produce at no cost to the food insecure. Shauna earned a bachelor of arts degree from Brown University and a Baking and Pastry Certificate from The Culinary School at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. She served as a Nutrition Educator before shifting her focus to public health. Shauna oversees the culinary and nutrition education programs and partnerships. In this program, she discusses nutrition guidelines including the Healthy Eating Plan developed by Harvard School of Public Health, reading food labels, and a cooking demonstration that provides easy-to-follow steps to creating balanced meals.

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Presenter: Ruth Kolody, PT, CLT

Headshot of Ruth KolodyRuth is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncology Physical Therapy at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy and is a member of the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Cancer-related fatigue is overwhelming tiredness or lack of energy and decreased focus related to cancer and/or treatment. This program explores the causes of cancer-related fatigue, the resources available, and the interventions to consider that can help to reduce fatigue and minimize debilitating fatigue.

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Presenters: Varun Doddapaneni, MD and 
Gabrielle Winther, MSW, LCSW

Headshot of Dr. Varun Doddapaneni Head shot of Gabrielle Winther Dr. Doddapaneni is a Palliative Care specialist and Medical Director for Hunterdon Palliative Care and the Center for Healthy Aging at Hunterdon Medical Center. Gabrielle is a licensed clinical social worker at Hunterdon Palliative Care at Hunterdon Medical Center with experience in hospice and oncology.  Their presentation reviews the physical origins of pain as well as psychological pain and interventions that can be helpful in improving quality of life.

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Presenter: Carolyn Geiger, RYT

Headshot of Carolyn GeigerCarolyn is a registered yoga trainer, certified personal trainer, and certified group fitness instructor at the Hunterdon Health & Wellness Center in Clinton, NJ. Through her personal experience with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, she understands the many benefits complementary therapies such as yoga, breathing, and meditation can have on the recovery process and achieving optimal health. Her approach to wellness includes weight training, indoor cycling, eating a healthy diet, and getting plenty of rest.  In this presentation, Carolyn focuses on easy-to-follow movements that can be done while sitting, as well as, breathing and meditation.

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Presenter: Brian Sperling
, DO

Headshot of Dr. SperlingDr. Sperling is a board-certified urologist for Hunterdon Urological Associates and the Medical Director for Bridgewater Ambulatory Surgery Center.  Dr. Sperling focuses on all areas of urology care and specializes in men’s health and incontinence concerns. His presentation provides an overview of men’s anatomy and in particular, prostate health.

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Presenter: Howard Garson, MD

Head shot of Dr. Howard GarsonDr. Garson is a gastroenterologist for Advanced Gastroenterology & Nutrition and specializes in gastroenterology and internal medicine. He earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, completed his residency at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and his Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Albany Medical College.

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Spanish Language Programs

(Both English & Spanish narrative is listed)

WOMEN’S HEALTH: ¿Cuáles Son las Pruebas del Cuello Uterino Y Su Importancia?
Presenter: Jimena Rivas, MD

Head shot of Dr. Jimena RivasLa Dra. Rivas es una ginecóloga y obstetra certificada en la oficina médica de Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology, LLC, con oficinas en Lebanon, Branchburg, y en Flemington, Nueva Jersey. Ella tiene un interés especial en obstetricia general y de altos riesgos,  manejo de menopausia, sangramiento uterino anormal, disfunción sexual y anticonceptivos. La Dra. Rivas es egresada de la Universidad de Caldas en Manizales, Colombia. Sus residencias médicas fueron realizadas en el Centro Medico de Rita Arango Álvarez del Pino en Colombia, en el Morristown Medical Center y Overlook Medical Center en Morristown, Nueva Jersey. Durante su residencia en el Morristown Medical Center fue nombrada Jefe Residente, gano un premio de excelencia en obstetricia, y recibió el  premio de Finn and Kim Wentworth por residente del año.

Dr. Rivas is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist at Advanced OB/GYN, LLC. She takes special interest in general obstetrics, high-risk obstetrics, menopause management, abnormal uterine bleeding, sexual dysfunction, and contraception. This presentation reviews cervical cancer symptoms and signs, risk factors, screenings, and diagnostic tools to identify and treat precancer, and prevention factors.

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WOMEN’S HEALTH:  Aprenda a Cuidar de Sus Senos
Presenter: Cecilia Perez, DO

Headshot of Dr. Cecilia PerezLa Dra. Pérez recibió su grado médico en el Colegio de Medicina y Osteopatía- Georgia Campus de Filadelfia. La Dra. Pérez se encuentra en su último año de residencia médica en el Hunterdon Medical Center.  Ella disfruta de medicina de familia porque le da la oportunidad de cuidar y causar un impacto positivo en individuos de todas las generaciones. Ella aboga por la medicina preventiva y conservadora, tales como la medicina manipulativa osteopática y modificaciones de estilo de vida. Otros intereses en este campo incluye la ginecología, geriatría, comunidades en riesgos, y procedimientos.

Dr. Perez received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine- Georgia Campus. She is in her last year of medical residency at Hunterdon Medical Center. She is an advocate for conservative and preventative medicine such as osteopathic manipulative medicine and lifestyle modifications. Other interests include gynecology, geriatrics, and working with medically underserved communities. Her presentation focuses on breast cancer signs, risk factors, evaluations and screenings, prevention methods, and healthy lifestyles.

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MEN’S HEALTH – COLORECTAL HEALTH/GASTROENTEROLOGY:  ¿Cuáles son las Pruebas del  Colon y Recto y su Importancia?
Presenter: Gilbert Cardoso, DO

Head shot of Dr. Gilbert CardosoEl Dr. Cardoso recibió su grado médico en Michigan State University y completó su  Residencia en Medicina Interna y  su Mérito Doctoral en Gastroenterología en Genesys Regional Medical Center en Grand Blanc, Michigan. Él está certificado en Gastroenterología y Hepatología y es miembro del Colegio Americano en  Gastroenterología, la Asociación Americana Gastroenterológica, y la Sociedad Americana de Endoscopia Gastrointestinal. El. Dr. Cardoso ejerce su práctica en el Hunterdon Gastroenterology en Flemington.

Dr. Cardoso is board certified gastroenterologist for Hunterdon Gastroenterology Associates. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Gastroenterology Fellowship at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, MI. He is board-certified in Gastroenterology and Hepatology and is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. His presentation is focused on colorectal cancer symptoms and signs, screenings, and diagnostic testing, with an emphasis on a healthy gastrointestinal system.

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MEN’S HEALTH:  ¿Qué es la Prueba de  la Próstata y su Importancia?
Presenter: Dario Lecusay, MD

Headshot of Dario Lecusay, MDEl Dr. Lecusay está certificado en práctica de medicina de familia y actualmente ejerce como médico en el Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley.  El recibió su grado medico en State University of New York Health Science Center en Syracuse College of Medicine, Nueva York. El Dr. Lecusay es un miembro de la facultad del Programa de Residencia de Medicina del Hunterdon Family Medicine.

Dr. Lecusay is a board-certified family practice physician and currently practices at Hunterdon Family Medicine at Delaware Valley. He received his medical degree from the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse College of Medicine. Dr. Lecusay is also a faculty member of the Hunterdon Family Medicine Residency program. This presentation addresses the importance of informed decisions in prostate cancer screenings, such as the DRE and PSA annual screenings in men above 50, cancer prevention factors, and healthy lifestyles.

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