Integrative Medicine at Sylvester educates cancer patients about holistic measures that can complement traditional treatment. Led by Dr. Ashwin Mehta, our team includes physicians, registered dieticians, exercise physiologists, and an acupuncturist.
Integrative Medicine at Sylvester is committed to enhancing the quality of life and treatment outcomes by addressing the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of cancer patients and their caregivers through research, education, and delivery of quality, evidence-based integrative medicine across the continuum of cancer care.
Because no two patients are exactly alike, doctors and health care professionals from a range of specialties collaborate to create a multidisciplinary program tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Oncologists, pain specialists, surgeons, cancer rehabilitation specialists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and palliative care specialists work together to provide comprehensive care.
We offer the following integrative medicine services:
- Herbal medicine consultation
- Nutritional counseling
- Physical activity/exercise
- Meditation, yoga, and tai-chi
- Restful sleep practices
- Arts in Medicine
- Pet Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Healing touch and massage (coming soon)
What to Expect
Your first integrative medicine appointment at Sylvester will be a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Mehta that includes a preliminary assessment of your diet, physical activity, and lifestyle. During this initial dialogue, we will develop a wellness plan with exercise targets, nutrition recommendations, and relaxation techniques.
Your second appointment introduces you to each member of our integrative medicine team. On subsequent visits, we set and track specific goals to improve your health and forge a true partnership towards wellness.
For more information about Sylvester Oncology Support Services, contact the Courtelis Center for Psychosocial Oncology at 305-243-4129 or email SOSS@med.miami.edu.
Meet the Integrative Medicine Team
Ashwin Mehta M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Mehta is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Sylvester. He has fellowship training from the Integrative Medicine program at the University of Arizona, and his expertise includes sleep medicine, nutrition, exercise, yoga and mindfulness to achieve wellness in the context of coping with cancer treatments and prevention of recurrence. He has developed a patient-centered approach to health that includes periodic consultations with members of the integrative medicine team. Dr. Mehta’s team has also introduced the Integrative Wellness Series, a series of group sessions for cancer survivors led by University of Miami experts in exercise, nutrition, tai chi, yoga, and acupressure.
Lesley B. Klein M.S., RD, CSO, LD/N
Lesley Klein holds a B.S. degree in Nutrition from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Dietetics from Florida International University. She has over 20 years of experience working in the field of oncology nutrition and is currently one of 22 registered dietitians in the state of Florida recognized as a Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition.
Stacy Cutrono, M.S., CES
Stacy Cutrono has a master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida and received her certification as a Cancer Exercise Specialist from the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Miami with a focus on physical activity and wellness among cancer survivors.
Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
Dr. Mark Stoutenberg holds a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and an Masters of Science in Public Health, both from the University of Miami. He has served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health & Epidemiology since 2008 where he coordinates several large, multi-site clinical trials. Dr. Stoutenberg is passionate about studying the benefits of exercise and physical activity on health outcomes.
Garrett E. Krause LAc, NCCAOM
Garrett E. Krause holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Science and a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, The Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. He is a Board Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture, and is currently the Senior Acupuncturist at Sylvester. He teaches acupuncture to medical professionals and also performs acupuncture in conjunction with the UHealth Institute for Advanced Pain Management.