Meet Our Inspiring Speakers

The YSC Summit features world renowned speakers on topics like oncology/research, nutrition & wellness, mental health, intimacy & relationships, and more.
Deann Acton

Deann Acton

LMFT, ATR-BC

Board Certified Art Therapist, Austin Art Therapy Collective

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Leslie Appiah

Leslie Appiah

MD

Director of the Fertility Preservation and Reproductive Health Program, OSUCCC

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Banu Arun

Banu Arun

MD

Professor in Department of Breast Medical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Cynthia Besteman

Cynthia Besteman

Founder, Violets Are Blue

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Shonta Chambers

Shonta Chambers

MSW

Executive Vice President-Health Equity and Community Engagement, Patient Advocate Foundation

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Caroline Chen

Caroline Chen

MS

Health Care Reporter, ProPublica

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Don Dizon

Don Dizon

MD, FACP, FASCO

Director of Women’s Cancers, Lifespan Cancer Institute

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Catherine Guthrie

Catherine Guthrie

Women’s Health Journalist, Breast Cancer Activist

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Ralph Hicks

Ralph Hicks

Founder and Executive Director, Let Them Drum

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Ali Houshmand

Ali Houshmand

MA, LPC, LMFT

Child Life Staff, Wonders & Worries

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Kelly Inselmann

Kelly Inselmann

LCSW

Psychotherapist, Founder of JoyBoots

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Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones

PhD, MSW, FNAP

Josleen and Frances Lockhart Memorial Professor of Direct Practice in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work

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Sarah Kelly

Sarah Kelly

Co-Founder, SaltyGirl Beauty

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Julie Larson

Julie Larson

LCSW

Psychotherapist, Private Practice

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Rachel Layman

Rachel Layman

MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Destiny Lehew-Collins

Destiny Lehew-Collins

LMT, CMLDT

Oncology Massage Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist, MetroMassage

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Tambre Leighn

Tambre Leighn

MA, PCC, CWDS

Founder, Well Beyond Ordinary, Inc.

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Bora Lim

Bora Lim

MD

Breast Medical Oncologist, MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Susan M. Love

Susan M. Love

MD, MBA

Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

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Alka Mallik

Alka Mallik

MD

Medical Oncologist/Hematologist, Austin Cancer Center

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Julia Maues

Julia Maues

Breast Cancer Advocate

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Jenn McRobbie

Jenn McRobbie

Lifestyle and Fitness Coach, Speaker, Author

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Aditi Narayan

Aditi Narayan

MSSW

Director of Programs & Strategy, LIVESTRONG Foundation

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Josh Newby

Josh Newby

Co-Founder, Theresa’s Research Foundation and Community Project Coordinator, Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine

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Erin Price

Erin Price

MSW, LGSW

Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

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Ragene Rivera

Ragene Rivera

MD

Medical Oncologist, Texas Oncology

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Leah Robert

Leah Robert

Co-Founder, SaltyGirl Beauty

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Angel Rodriguez

Angel Rodriguez

MD

Board Certified Medical Oncologist, Austin Cancer Center

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Jean Rowe

Jean Rowe

LCSW, OSW-C, CJT

Associate Director, Support Services

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Maryam Nemati Shafaee

Maryam Nemati Shafaee

MD

Assistant Professor, Dan L Duncan Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine

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April Johnson Stearns

April Johnson Stearns

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, WILDFIRE Magazine

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Rhayne Thomas

Rhayne Thomas

Vocalist, Inspirational Humorist

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Janet Tuohy

Janet Tuohy

MSW, LCSW-S

Clinical Social Worker, Zen Hart Counseling & Consulting

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Kristin Westbrook

Kristin Westbrook

Founder, Calm City

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Doris Whitaker

Doris Whitaker

MDIV, BCC

Director of Chaplaincy, University of Mississippi Medical Center

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Krystle Zuniga

Krystle Zuniga

PhD, RD, LD

Owner, ZNutrition

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