Keynote Speakers

Dr. Ro, America's Nutrition Coach
TV Host, Medical Advisory Board Member of Dr. Oz Show
Author, Dr. Ro's Final 15: 15 Servings, 15 Pounds, 15 Days

Rovenia M. Brock, MS, PhD is an award-winning health journalist and TV personality known for her easy-to-apply diet, fitness, and health advice for women and families. Her latest book, Dr. Ro’s Final 15:  Eat 15 Servings, Lose 15 Pounds at a Time is due out by the end of 2016. 
Dr. Ro has been a leading nutrition coach for over two decades, and named by More and Shop Smart magazines as one of the nation’s top five nutritionists. She penned a health Column America’s Nutrition Coach, for the National Newspaper Publishers Association, which was distributed to 200 African American newspapers nationwide. Dr. Ro has served as the resident nutritionist and blogger for iVillage.com, the leading online health source for women and families, and is on the Ebony Power 100 List of the Most Influential African Americans in the U.S. (2010 and 2011). She is the Dr. Oz Show Nutrition Coach who helped over a half-million Americans lose more than 5 million pounds and serves on the medical  advisory board for the Dr. Oz Show. 

Having lost her mother to stomach cancer at age 9, Dr. Ro has researched and written extensively about ways to break bad health habits—from eating high-calorie comfort foods and resisting exercise to giving up on health goals and taking on the negativity of saboteurs. 

Dr. Ro has contributed to national news outlets such as NBC’s Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, CNN, HLN, and National Public Radio, where she also had a weekly segment. As the go-to nutrition coach to real people and celebrities nationwide, Dr. Ro has been featured in O Magazine, Quick & Simple, Self, Ebony, Essence and numerous national publications. Her book is recommended by USA Today & New York Daily News as a “must-have” to slim down. 

Pallav K. Mehta, MD
Director of Integrative Oncology
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Pallav K. Mehta, MD, is an attending physician in the division of hematology/oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. He is a medical oncologist/hematologist with expertise in breast cancer and integrative oncology practicing in the Philadelphia area. He is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, hematology and integrative medicine, and has been the cancer liaison physician to the Commission on Cancer (COC).

Dr. Mehta has served as a local principal investigator and developed a broad integrative medicine initiative aimed at people with cancer. He recently co-authored a book, After Cancer Care, on the topics of exercise, nutrition and stress modification in people with cancer.  Pallav K. Mehta, MD, is a member of Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Board of Directors. 


Joni Miller, PT, DPT, CLT
Physical Therapist
Oncology Rehab

Joni Miller's main focus is leading the oncology-based exercise program for Oncology Rehab in Denver, Colorado. Through her exercise therapies she addresses many symptoms experienced by cancer patients with all diagnoses. She is also well versed in treating people with breast cancer and lymphedema in the legs. Her passion for oncology rehabilitation stems from her personal experience with her family members’ fight with the disease. Ms. Miller is a certified lymphedema therapist.


Brianna Obert, MSPT, CLT, RYT
Physical Therapist, Oncology Rehab
Certified Yoga instructor

Brianna Obert, MSPT, CLT, RYT  offers therapeutic yoga group classes with a focus on stress-relief at Oncology Rehab. She also offers one-on-one treatment sessions using yoga therapy with a focus on emotional and spiritual healing for those who need more than just physical care during or after the cancer process.



Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, PhD, LCSW, CST
Professor, Psychotherapist and Sex Therapist
Associate Professor Center for Human Sexuality Studies
Widener University

Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, PhD, LCSW, CST has been a psychotherapist for nearly 20 years and has a wealth of experience working with individuals and couples in all stages of the life cycle. She is an assistant professor in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Dr. Pillai-Friedman is a highly competent and compassionate psychotherapist. Her areas of specialty include couples communication, sex therapy, post-partum adjustment of couples, aging, dual-career relationships, cross-cultural and interfaith relationships. She works effectively with heterosexual and gay couples.

Dr. Pillai-Friedman has specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), guided imagery and mindfulness. She uses these alternative therapies, in addition to traditional therapies, to treat various emotional issues, trauma and sexual difficulties. Dr. Pillai-Friedman is a licensed clinical social worker. She is also an AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists) certified sex therapist and an AASECT approved supervisor.

Breakout Session Speakers

Jennifer L. Armstrong, MD
Paoli Hematology/ Oncology Associates

R. Brannon Claytor, MD, FACS
Plastic Surgeon
Claytor/Noone Plastic Surgery Institute

Elizabeth Comen, MD
Medical Oncologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Joanna L. Fawzy Morales, Esq.
Triage Cancer

Gregory D. Garber, MSW, LCSW
Director of Oncology Support Services
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University

Marisa Gefen, MD
Medical Director
CityLife Neighborhood Clinics

Kara N. Maxwell, MD, PhD
Instructor of Medicine
Univeristy of Pennsylvania

Allison Nilsen, MSW, LCSW
Medical Social Worker
Celtic Healthcare

Caroline Peterson, ATR-BC, LPC
Director, Springboard Studio
Supportive Care Team, Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital/Penn Medicine

Lori Ranallo, RN, MSN, ARNP-BC, CBCN
Breast Oncology Nurse Practitioner
University of Kansas Cancer Center

Joe Reynolds, PhD
Clinical Science and Drug Development

William L. Scarlett, DO, FACS, FACOS, FAACS
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Bucks County Aesthetic Center

Melinda Telli, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine

Jacci Thompson-Dodd, MA, MSSS, LASW, OSW-C
Founder & CEO
WeSpeakLoudly, LLC

Nicholas K. Tonks, PhD, FRS
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory