Taking STEPS Together

Thembi Conner-Garcia, MD, MPH, FACP
Taking S.T.E.P.S. Together
Central Illinois Links, Incorporated | Health and Human Services Facet

Thembi Conner-Garcia, MD, MPH, FACP
Taking S.T.E.P.S. Together
Central Illinois Links, Incorporated
Health and Human Services Facet

Wanda Holloway, LCSW
Spiritual Uplift
Health and Human Services Facet

Gail Young, Director,
Susan G. Komen Memorial Affiliate

Jaunita Smith, Chair,
Health and Human Services Facet

Wanda Holloway, LCSW
Spiritual Uplift
Health and Human Services Facet

Gail Young, Director
Susan G. Komen Memorial Affiliate

Jaunita Smith, Chair
Health and Human Services Facet

A Discussion on Breast Cancer Awareness:
Screening, Treatment, and Education
Central Illinois Links, Incorporated

A Discussion on Breast Cancer Awareness: Screening, Treatment, and Education

Central Illinois Chapter  –  The Links, Incorporated

Breast Self Exams
Good Body Awareness

Vaishali M. Patel, DO

Dr. Patel grew up in New York City and did her general surgery residency in Detroit, Michigan. It was there that she became interested in oncology and chose to pursue further training in the field of breast surgery, which she completed at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and toddler son.
Vaishali M. Patel, DO

Breast Self Exams
Good Body Awareness

Vaishali M. Patel, DO

Dr. Patel grew up in New York City and did her general surgery residency in Detroit, Michigan. It was there that she became interested in oncology and chose to pursue further training in the field of breast surgery, which she completed at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and toddler son.
Vaishali M. Patel, DO

Double Mastectomy

Dr. Denise Mammolitos, MD
Breast Surgery, Surgical Oncology

Dr. Mammolito found a love of the health care field at a young age when she volunteered for an ambulance corp. She went on to complete her medical degree, general surgery residency, and surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, N.J.

While the multidisciplinary approach to cancer patients is what attracted Dr. Mammolito to surgical oncology during her residency, it wasn’t until she started her practice that she discovered a passion for breast surgery. “I really enjoy taking care of the breast cancer patients,” she says. “I felt that I was going to have the biggest effect on patients there.”

Double Mastectomy

Dr. Denise Mammolitos, MD
Breast Surgery, Surgical Oncology

Dr. Mammolito found a love of the health care field at a young age when she volunteered for an ambulance corp. She went on to complete her medical degree, general surgery residency, and surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, N.J.

While the multidisciplinary approach to cancer patients is what attracted Dr. Mammolito to surgical oncology during her residency, it wasn’t until she started her practice that she discovered a passion for breast surgery. “I really enjoy taking care of the breast cancer patients,” she says. “I felt that I was going to have the biggest effect on patients there.”

Move More, Let’s Get Loose

Sabrina, Exercise Physiologist
OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center

Exercise physiology is the physiology of physical exercise. It is one of the allied health professions that involves the study of the acute responses and chronic adaptations to exercise. Exercise Physiologists are the highest qualified exercise professionals and utilize education, lifestyle intervention, and specific forms of exercise to rehabilitate and manage acute and chronic injuries and conditions. Exercise physiologists study the effect of exercise on pathology, and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce or reverse disease progression.

Move More, Let’s Get Loose

Sabrina, Exercise Physiologist
OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center

Exercise physiology is the physiology of physical exercise. It is one of the allied health professions that involves the study of the acute responses and chronic adaptations to exercise. Exercise Physiologists are the highest qualified exercise professionals and utilize education, lifestyle intervention, and specific forms of exercise to rehabilitate and manage acute and chronic injuries and conditions. Exercise physiologists study the effect of exercise on pathology, and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce or reverse disease progression.

Danita Brown Young, MA, PhD
Kidney Awareness and Resources Education (K.A.R.E.)
Central Illinois Links, Incorporated  | 
Health and Human Services Facet

Danita Brown Young, MA, PhD
Kidney Awareness and Resources Education (K.A.R.E.)
Central Illinois Links, Incorporated  |  Health and Human Services Facet

Breast Cancer Awareness

Vaishali M. Patel, DO

Dr. Patel grew up in New York City and did her general surgery residency in Detroit, Michigan. It was there that she became interested in oncology and chose to pursue further training in the field of breast surgery, which she completed at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and toddler son.
Vaishali M. Patel, DO

Breast Cancer Awareness

Vaishali M. Patel, DO

Dr. Patel grew up in New York City and did her general surgery residency in Detroit, Michigan. It was there that she became interested in oncology and chose to pursue further training in the field of breast surgery, which she completed at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and toddler son.
Vaishali M. Patel, DO

Mediterranean Diet & Healthy Lifestyle

Kim McClintic, MS, RD, LDN

Kim McClintic serves as the dietitian for the Center for Healthy Lifestyles at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Central Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Healthy Eating, Active Living Coalition, and the Unit 5 School District’s Wellness Committee. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics/nutrition from Iowa State University, as well as a master’s degree in public health administration from Drake University.

Erin Kennedy, MS, Exercise Physiologist

Erin Kennedy is the manager of the Center for Healthy Lifestyles at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. With 20+ years of experience in the healthcare field, Erin’s focus has been on improving the health and well-being of the community through education, prevention, and chronic disease management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Illinois State University.

Mediterranean Diet & Healthy Lifestyle

Kim McClintic, MS, RD, LDN

Kim McClintic serves as the dietitian for the Center for Healthy Lifestyles at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Central Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Healthy Eating, Active Living Coalition, and the Unit 5 School District’s Wellness Committee. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics/nutrition from Iowa State University, as well as a master’s degree in public health administration from Drake University.

Erin Kennedy, MS, Exercise Physiologist

Erin Kennedy is the manager of the Center for Healthy Lifestyles at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. With 20+ years of experience in the healthcare field, Erin’s focus has been on improving the health and well-being of the community through education, prevention, and chronic disease management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Illinois State University.

“Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service”

“Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service”