Cancer House of Hope Profiles

Cancer House of Hope Practitioners:

Relaxation Group


R. Brad Alm, C.A.S., M.S., L.M.H.C. has 25 years’ experience providing mental health services, specializing in brief therapy, hypnosis, Thought Field Therapy, stress management, and mind-body interventions. In addition to working at Cancer House of Hope, Brad is a Clinician with Behavioral Health Network at the Oakdale Clinic in Holyoke, MA, and an Adjunct Professor at Springfield College. Brad has family members, friends and co-workers who have had cancer and he sees a number of cancer survivors in his clinical practice. In his spare time, he enjoys music and running. Brad runs Relaxation Groups.

Certified Oncology Massage Therapy


Beth Brett has been practicing massage therapy as a means of relieving the anxiety and fear a cancer patient might experience. The fight against cancer is a tough, time-consuming, emotional and exhausting experience. Massage therapy is one way to greatly ease the suffering, tension and stress.

Practitioner Profile on Beth Brett 

Support Group

 Cindy Sheridan Murphy holds dual certifications. A Certified Empowerment Life Coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. A graduate of the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching, accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) Her background includes extensive experience with health and athletic coaching, and working as a Dental Hygienist.  Cindy is a keynote speaker, an author and a cancer survivor. Her years of empowerment coaching service have led her to specialize in empowering other cancer survivors to live a more purposeful life after cancer.

Click here to read Cindy’s book, 10 Steps to Nourish Yourself so You Can Thrive!


Nancy-Greenwood-BioNancy Greenwood is a Reiki Master/ Teacher at the Cancer House of Hope in West Springfield. She began her healing work at the house in 1995 and has found a wonderful journey through the years making many dear friends along the way. In 1998 she became certified with the National Guild of Hypnotists in New Hampshire and in 2014 she completed a class with the Do Terra Aro Ma Touch Technique of essential oil application, another very relaxing technique. Her years at The Cancer House of Hope have been very rewarding. Nancy is proud to be a part of the great healing work that has been and still is being done there.

Annie-Knox-BioAnnie Knox is a Reiki Master /Teacher with a lifelong interest in healing and spirituality. She is a certified Theta Practitioner and Instructor, and a Silva graduate. Annie also has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Philosophy with minors in both Religious Studies and Business Management from the University of New Hampshire. In addition to being a Reiki practitioner at the Cancer House of Hope, Annie owns and operates her own private alternative healing practice. “The Spirit of Healing” is located within an integrative medical practice, at 175 Dwight Road, Suite 203A in Longmeadow, MA. An avid animal lover, and lifelong equestrian, Annie also treats horses and other animals. Annie does Reiki Therapy.


Patti Hermitage has been  a Reiki Master/ Teacher since 1997. She has been working within the clinical environment for the past 10 years, making home, hospital, and nursing home visits for recovery support , as well as hospice visits for end of life care. With training in end of life spiritual care, music thanatology, and aromatherapy for relaxation, Patti’s  goal is to bring comfort and calm, meeting clients where ever they are on their journey. Patti also offers group relaxation sessions at several nursing facilities, and private sessions by appointment. Call 413-241-0561


Patricia “Niti” S. Martin, BA Health Psychology, University of Massachusetts, E-RYT-500, is a specialist in Mind-Body Yoga, fitness staff member at the Spa at Cranwell, and an outstanding guest service award winner at Canyon Ranch Resort. Though her self-owned business Doing Well: Yoga and Wellness, Niti presents yoga-based wellness classes and workshops, including employee wellness classes sponsored by Berkshire Health Systems. She is founder/leader of the Healing Art of Yoga for Ongoing Cancer Recovery® at CHD Cancer House of Hope since 2001, and Yoga and Walking: A Soul to Earth® at Kripalu Center since 2014. For more information call 413.204.1179 and see

Practitioner Profile on Niti Martin 

Lee Callagher, Yoga Specialist, Lee completed the Yoga for Cancer (Y4C) training with Tari Prinster at Kripalu and is an Occupational Therapist who has taught in rehab centers, hospitals, schools and homecare settings for 27 years in the USA and UK.

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Wig Boutique

Joan Quinn came to the Cancer House Of Hope to volunteer and to redesign and bring renewed energy to the free Wigs & Accessories Boutique program. Before retirement, Joan worked in the cosmetology field for 50 years, 26 of them as a Licensed Cosmetology Instructor at Springfield Technical Community College.