Practitioners

Chris Lewis, PA

Chris Lewis

Mr. Lewis is a native of Southern California. He received his undergraduate degree in life sciences from the San Diego State University in 1975. He went on to receive his second Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health as a Physician Assistant from Baylor College of Medicine at the Houston Medical Center in Houston, Texas in 1977. In 2008 he completed his Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica. Chris is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in general medicine.

Mr. Lewis includes in his career experience several years in the surgical specialties of Cardiothoracic, general and vascular surgery. His oncology experience began in 1997 and continues today at the San Diego Cancer Center. Mr. Lewis joined our practice in June, 2005 and has privileges at Tri-City Medical Center.

Chris also brings forward from his own heartfelt commitment to be of service to people having an experience with cancer, the skills and practices of Spiritual Psychology and energy medicine. Within his conventional medicine practice he offers the exploration of freedom and compassion for ourselves; not as concepts, but as realities born of our own experience.

Scott Shuford, RN, MSN, NP

Scott Shuford

Scott Shuford is a native San Diegan having lived in San Diego County his entire life. He has a wealth of experience having worked in family practice, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative medicine. He also has worked in pediatrics, womens’s health and adolescent medicine at Vista Community Clinic.

After working in hospital administration he returned to his what he has always found to be tremendously rewarding and satisfying, working directly with patients. He has a Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of San Diego as well as a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California.

Scott is ANCC certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and also certified by the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association as a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner. He was appointed to serve a two year tenure on the Examination Development Committee for the National Board for the Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses. He is involved in the Breast Cancer Early Detection Program for the California Department of Health Services where he continues to serve as practicum faculty.

In addition Scott has served as a clinical mentor for UCSD Family Practice Residents.

Joy Sutera, RN, OCN

Joy Sutera

Graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1978 and began working in Pediatrics both in-patient and out-pt areas with medical , surgical as well as oncology patients. In 1990 she focused her career in Oncology at UCSD out-pt gaining experience as a Case Manager , then as an Infusion Nurse for treatments in all areas of oncology including clinical trials and bone marrow transplant. She enjoyed the rewards of mentoring student nurses and also received the Walter J DeBrunner Award for Nursing Excellence in 2000, as well as the All Star Nurse of the Year in 2003 . Joy has been an active member of the San Diego chapter of Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) since achieving her Certification (OCN ) in 1994. Since 2001 she has enjoyed participating in the San Diego Survivorship’s Annual event by sponsoring the Spiritual Care booth .

Other interest and experience include organizing and coordinating medical outreach teams to a number of underdeveloped areas of the world to provide medical care and healthcare teaching.

Anne V. Callahan, RN, MSN, OCN

Anne Callahan

Originally from Philadelphia, PA. she has been a “native” of San Diego for 35 years. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with her BSN in 1973.

She has enjoyed a broad range of oncology experiences including responsibility for research protocols, administration of outpatient oral and intravenous chemotherapy and immunotherapy. She has been the coordinator of a university based program providing the psychosocial assessment, intervention and evaluation of the needs of ambulatory oncology patients. She organized a Day Center program, in collaboration with a social worker, which included nutrition education, pain and symptom management, along with patient and family education. She has a 10 year background in caring for critical care leukemia patients undergoing autologous bone marrow transplant. Her education continued with achieving her MSN with a clinical specialty in oncology from UCLA in 1981. She was honored with induction into Sigma Theta Tau, the National Nursing Honor Society. She received her Oncology Certification in 2006, and is a member of the national and local chapters of the Oncology Nursing Society.

Mary Hollander, RN, RMT

Mary Hollander

Mary Hollander has been a register nurse since 1968. She has worked in nearly all areas of medicine since that time: ICU, CCU, Step-down Units, ER, Neurology, Orthopedics, General Medicine, General Surgery, Respiratory Unit, Oncology and as a Chemotherapy Nurse. During this time she explored the use of herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies and the use of flower essences. She retired from "western medicine" in 1990 and continued to explore complementary therapies. She pursued a career in herbal therapy working with Natures Sunshine Products for 2 years. She took classes in Homeopathy culminating in a Certificate in 2003. Having used Bach Flower Essences since 1990 she completed a certification program for them in 2003. Exploring energy medicine led her to Reiki. In 2004 she became a Reiki Master/Teacher certified by the International Center for Reiki Training.

Mary began her private practice as a Reiki practitioner and teacher in 2004 which included Flower Essence consultations. She quickly saw the benefits’ of both modalities in helping her clients with acute problems with stress and anxiety to chronic conditions such as cancer, chronic fatigue, M.S., fibromyalgia, lupus and depression. Within her practice she gives her clients tools such as meditation, visualization and deep breathing exercises to use between Reiki sessions.

As a Registered Nurse and Reiki Practitioner Mary felt that it was important to introduce complementary modalities into our Health Care System. She was given that chance in 2004 when she began volunteering at the San Diego Cancer Center as a Reiki Practitioner and Flower Essence consultant as part of the Integrative Therapies Department. In 2008 she was given the opportunity to be the Volunteer Coordinator of the Integrative Medicine Program. This has allowed her to work with other volunteers in the belief that complementary modalities can work alongside conventional medical treatments and augment the healing process.