Tanya Wells, MIOG's Founder, Lead Clinician and Oncology Naturopath, along with her team have been helping patients with cancer all over Australia and beyond for many years. They understand the challenges patients face on a physical, emotional and psychological level. By working together collaboratively as a team, they are able to provide a more cohesive and integrated planning process that is unique in oncology healthcare.
Meet the MIOG Team
TANYA WELLS - Lead Clinician, Oncology Naturopath & Founder
GCHPE, B.Sc., B.H.Sc (Naturopathy), Member NHAA AIMA COSA SIO ASCO
As a qualified Naturopath, Tanya has been practicing for over 20 years. Tanya's special interest and expertise is in the research and development of Integrative Oncology Programs: utilising the best Evidence Based Complementary Therapies to work in conjunction with conventional treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She has visited and worked in Integrative Oncology Hospitals in Europe and Asia where she collaborated with clinicians at multiple Integrative Oncology Hospitals. In 2018-2019 she visited Integrative Oncology Clinics in China, Thailand, Japan and the USA, allowing Tanya to share information with other practitioners and continually develop the MIOG Integrative Oncology programs.
Tanya is an experienced lecturer at tertiary level, primarily focusing on Clinical Supervision/Assessment and her specialist subject 'Integrative Pharmacology'. She also lectures Naturopathy students in Herbal Medicine and Nutrition. As a tutor for the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University, Tanya has taught first and third year medical students in areas of Health Enhancement (specifically meditation, nutrition, stress management and exercise) and Community Health Promotion.
Tanya has written and presented a range of 'Drug-Herb/Nutrient Interactions' seminars for Medical, Pharmacy and Nursing Professionals in Integrative Medicine. She is a contributing author to a range of clinical textbooks.
DR SHALA RASOULI - Integrative Medicine Naturopath & Hyperthermia Technician
(Doctor of Philosophy) Ph.D. (Cancer Immunology), B.H.Sc. (Naturopathy), Cert. IV Bowen Therapy, Reiki Practitioner & Member ATMS
Shala is a highly accomplished senior scientist and integrative medicine naturopath with a passion for herbal medicine, nutrition and oncology support. She is particularly interested in hormonally driven cancers, specifically prostate, breast and thyroid cancers, as well as other cancers such as lung cancer and melanoma. Shala's approach is thorough and she creates comprehensive treatment plans based on the most current research and evidence in integrative oncology. Shala also treats general naturopathy patients (ie, non oncology) and is very experienced in complex hormonal issues, autoimmune conditions, digestive and cardiovascular health.
Shala finished her PhD in immunology (melanoma cancer research) in 2002 at Monash University. Her research thesis focused on enhanced immunity to tumours using vaccines in animal models. Shala's 10 year career as a postdoctoral fellow started with Shriners Hospital for Children (Oregon, USA) for 3.5 years, followed by St Vincent's Hospital fellowship (Melbourne, Australia) for 4 years and finally at the Sienna Cancer diagnostics, PTY, LTD for 2.5 years.
As an author, Shala has published a number of scientific articles in peer reviewed journals including Arterioscler Throm Vasc Biol, Am J Transplant, Mol Cell Biol, Immunol Cell Biol, and others (view Shala's Linkedin profile for more). Shala has also been a scientific speaker in a number of national and international conferences. Her most recent Webinar was on thyroid disorders (link to Shala's podcast on 'Herbal medicines used to treat Thyroid disorders). Shala will also be a guest speaker at the Integria symposium (Brisbane, October 2021).
VIVIAN KLAVER - Clinical Nutritionist
BHsc (Nut Med), B(Psych, Mngmt/Mkt), Member ANTA
Viv graduated with a Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine in 2012, following a degree in Psychology and Business and a few years work in the corporate world. She has always been passionate about helping people live healthier lives, so a career change into Complementary Medicine was a natural progression.
As the Clinical Nutritionist at MIOG, Vivian specialises in creating Nutritional support plans for patients with cancer. Whether recently diagnosed, during treatment, or into survivorship, dietary and lifestyle modifications can make a significant impact to your health and wellbeing, quality of life, treatment outcomes and reduction of risk of recurrence. She also used key evidence-based complementary medicines that have been carefully researched to support the management of cancer, both for the reduction of treatment side effects (without negative interaction) as well as with possible independent anti-cancer activity.
When it comes to anti-cancer diets, Viv is highly knowledgeable about common popular dietary approaches as well as general dietary habits, food as medicine, and evidence-based functional foods. She assesses and modifies approaches to ensure they are beneficial for the individual, to ensure suitability, tolerability and sustainability. Questions often arise around ketogenic diets, intermittent fasting, veganism, juice fasting and more, so Viv will be able to help you navigate the conflicting information and create a plan that will best suit your situation and your lifestyle.
Viv is also one of our lead researchers at MIOG and is heavily involved in continuously reading and maintaining our extensive database of clinical studies. She is dedicated to the comprehensive analysis of supportive interactions of Nutritional Medicines for patients with cancer.
Prior to MIOG, Viv worked in women's and children's health, helping patients with preconception care, women's hormonal conditions, gut health, and coaching parents and young people about the importance of food as nourishment. She is passionate about helping people young and old creating a positive relationship with food. She herself has two children who keep her active, and she loves teaching them all about wholefoods and cooking.
JANE FLETCHER - Health Psychologist
B.A., Grad Dip A. Psych., MAPS CHP
Jane is a health psychologist with over 15 years experience working with patients with cancer and offers evidence based intervention to individuals, couples and families at all stages of the cancer experience from diagnosis to bereavement. Jane has extensive experience using cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, a range of existential approaches and mindfulness based interventions. She is qualified in medical hypnosis and uses this for the treatment of cancer related sleep disorders, and phobic and conditioned responses.
Jane has a special interest in sexuality and is experienced in a range of specific interventions for the psycho-sexual issues associated with a cancer diagnosis. Special interests include breast, gynaecological, prostate, bowel, lung and haematological cancers. Jane is passionate about offering care to those diagnosed with less common cancers. She also works with those who have tested gene positive for cancer who may require prophylactic surgical intervention. Jane speaks widely, both locally and internationally, to peers and those living with a cancer diagnosis and hold adjunct appointments with Monash University and the Szalmuk Family Psycho-oncology Unit.
BELINDA ASTI - Psychologist
B.A., Grad Dip Counselling Psych., MAPS
Belinda is a psychologist with over 25 years experience in health and organisational settings. Adjustment to cancer has been a career long interest from researching mental adjustment to cancer during university through to contributing to the development of the Breacan (now Counterpart) peer volunteer support program. Belinda's work has tracked the patient advocacy and empowerment evolution and she is keen to support individuals to be active in their health choices.
Belinda has extensive experience in a range of psychological interventions and is fascinated by the intersection of cognitive behavioural psychology and Buddhist philosophy. Evidence of the efficacy of meditation and self-compassion when dealing with trauma, stress and pain is central to her practice as is her use of Narrative and Family Systems Therapy when working with individuals, couples and families to help understand complex relationships.
TERESA CORSO - Remedial & Oncology Massage Therapist
B.Bus, Dip REM, Member AMT
In 2007, Teresa left her banking career to follow her passion for Massage and Wellness. Having studied at the Australian College of Massage and Oncology Massage Ltd, Teresa is a qualified OM2 (Oncology) and Remedial Massage Therapist. Her desire to understand health and healing through touch led her to further learn Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage and Healing Practices. Further studies in Mindfulness, Art therapy and BioEnergy has allowed Teresa to create a unique style of treating patients.
Teresa has facilitated many workshops in meditation, art therapy, yoga Nidra, Wayapa Wuurrk (Indigenous Mindfulness) and stress management and has ran Wellness Retreats in Australia and Overseas.
Teresa is passionate about providing nurturing and effective massage therapy for Oncology patients and brings heart to each session. Patients will enjoy the opportunity to relax, escape and surrender to the peaceful touch of Oncology Massage.
Away from the massage room, Teresa enjoys outrigger paddling, hiking and photography. She is married and has 2 children and jokingly states that life is busy wearing many hats of chef, cleaner, mediator and personal assistant.
Please note that Massage Consultations with Teresa are claimable with most private health insurance funds, except Medibank and HCF. Please refer to your fund for clarification.
GIGI - Therapy Poodle
Companion animals bring comfort and joy to the lives of many patients, and research shows that Therapy Dogs can reduce stress levels, blood pressure, tension and fatigue. Therapy Dogs enhance overall wellbeing, promote quicker recovery from illness and help patients manage stressful situations.
MIOG is committed to creating a supportive and calming environment for our patients, and Gigi is an integral part of our support team. Gigi is a happy friendly Poodle whose tail is constantly wagging with joy and excitement - you can't help but feel better when she's around. Gigi is available for a chat, offers a fluffy paw to shake, and a floppy ear to listen to our patients concerns. She wanders through the clinic spreading love and sits in on consultations with Tanya.
Please note: Gigi is a Toy Poodle, so she is hypo-allergenic, she doesn't smell or shed hair - so she's safe for patients with allergies. She is 14 years old (that's 98 in human years!) - so once she's said hello and had a pat, she'll spend most of the consultation snoring in the corner.