Elena J. Ladas, PhD, RD
- Sid and Helaine Lerner Professor for Global Integrative Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
- Co-Director, Center for Comprehensive Wellness
- Director, International Initiative for Pediatrics and Nutrition (IIPAN)
- Associate Research Director, Pediatric Obesity Program
Dara M. Steinberg, PhD
- Co-Director Center for Comprehensive Wellness (CCW); Director Psychosocial
Integrative Therapies Program (ITP)
Michelle Bombacie, MS, Dipl Ac, (NCCAOM), LMT, LAc
- Program Manager
Michelle Bombacie is the Program Manager for the Integrative Therapies Program within the Center for Comprehensive Wellness. She is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist, and is the lead acupuncture and integrative medicine supervisor in the pediatric clinic. Michelle co-authored a chapter in Evidence-based Non-pharmacological Therapies for Palliative Cancer Care. Most recently, she was a co-recipient of the first-place award for a research paper entitled Acupuncture for Pediatric Sickle Cell Pain Management: A Promising Non-Opioid Therapy from the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. She continues to conduct research on the use of integrative therapies in pediatric oncology and hematology.
Prior to her current role, Michelle was a clinician for the Integrative Therapies Program, and delivered Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) to children and their families. She led a family acupuncture practice in Manhattan for over ten years, specializing in Acupuncture Physical Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, for patients undergoing cancer treatment and patients with myofascial pain and stress-related conditions. Michelle was a member of the core faculty at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture for over decade. She taught acupuncture technique, supervised the student clinic, and developed curriculum for the Structural and Functional Anatomy classes.
Michelle received her Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture and her Massage Therapy education from the New York College of Health Professions. Before studying acupuncture, Michelle was a professional dancer and Broadway performer. She taught dance and movement to undergraduate students at Collaborative Arts Project 21 (NYU Tisch School of the Arts), and choreographed for numerous dance companies in the tri-state area. She is currently completing the first official certification program in pediatric acupuncture in the United States from Jing Shen Pediatrics.
Neena Barua, MS, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), LAc
- Research Integrative Therapist
Neena Barua is a Licensed Acupuncturist. She is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She received her Masters of Science from Pacific College of Health and Science, where she trained in two distinct styles of acupuncture: Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine. She has taken postgraduate classes in Oncology and Supportive Care for Cancer Patients, as well as Chinese Medicine Pediatrics. Neena has a private practice in New York, where she treats a wide range of patients, including prenatal/postpartum, labor support and pediatrics. Neena was a Teacher’s Assistant for various acupuncture clinical labs for students at Pacific College of Health and Science. She also completed Hatha Yoga Training in Varanasi, India and has a BA in Asian Studies from Vassar College. In addition to being an acupuncturist, Neena is a mother of two children.
Erin Corsi, RD, CDN, CNSC
- Research Nutritionist
Erin Corsi is a Research Nutritionist for the Integrative Therapies Program in the Center for Comprehensive Wellness within the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplant. Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the State University of New York at Oneonta, before completing her internship in clinical nutrition at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a registered Dietitian (RD) and a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC), with special interest in enteral and parenteral nutrition care for pediatric patients. Erin joins us from New York-Presbyterian where she was an inpatient dietician in Milstein Hospital. She has also worked with the Bionutrition Research Core in the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. In her current role at CUIMC, Erin is involved in nutrition-related study protocols within the division, as well as patient-centered nutrition counseling in the outpatient clinic.
Michelle Walters, MS, RD
- Research Nutritionist
Michelle Walters is the Program Manager for the International Initiative in Pediatrics and Nutrition (IIPAN) under the direction of Dr. Elena Ladas. Michelle is a registered dietitian by training and specializes in clinical nutrition for pediatric oncology patients. In her current role, Michelle also fulfills her interest in research and global health. Prior to her role as IIPAN’s Program Manager, Michelle was the Research Nutritionist for the Integrative Therapies Program, where she coordinated and provided nutrition education for several nutrition-related studies in the division and provided nutrition therapy to pediatric oncology and stem cell transplant patients in the outpatient clinic. In addition to her work as IIPAN’s Program Manager, Michelle can still be found in the outpatient clinic one day per week providing nutrition care to pediatric oncology and stem cell transplant patients. Michelle has begun publishing research articles focused on improving nutritional care for pediatric oncology alongside Dr. Ladas. Finally, Michelle has consulted on the development of meal databases for a number of nutrition-related studies both domestically and internationally. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship and Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition at New York University. During her master’s degree, Michelle co-authored several research articles on the impact of diet on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
View Michelle’s publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1V7ObsdqAuc96b/bibliography/public/
Center for Survivor Wellness (CSW)
Tiffany Strohli, MS, CPNP
- Research Nurse Practitioner
Tiffany Strohli is a Research Nurse Practitioner who oversees the Center for Survivor Wellness along with Lenat Joffe, MD. Tiffany earned her nursing and graduate degrees at Columbia University. She is an active member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Nurses (APHON) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). As a clinician and researcher, Tiffany is dedicated to evidence-based practice, the provision of collaborative and holistic care, and quality improvement in patient outcomes. She has worked with a broad range of patients from cancer diagnosis through end-of-life care and has extensive clinical experience with the pediatric oncology and chronic illness populations. Tiffany treats patients from infancy through young adulthood and is certified in both pediatric and adult cancer care. Her research interests focus on cancer survivorship, particularly the toxicities and late effects of various antineoplastic chemotherapies and other oncologic treatment modalities. Most recently, Tiffany and Joffe have undertaken the responsibility of coordinating fertility preservation within the Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at CUIMC.
Meghan Tomb, PhD
Meghan Tomb is an Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the neuropsychologist in the Center for Comprehensive Wellness. She also is the Clinical Director of the Promise Program at Columbia. She specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of children, adolescents, and young adults with learning, language, attention/executive function, developmental disabilities, and complex medical issues affecting neurocognitive functioning. Evaluations are completed within a developmental framework and often include assessment of social-emotional functioning and co-occurring psychiatric concerns. Her work includes providing ongoing recommendations and consultation for families and educators in developing and implementing appropriate academic, social, and behavioral interventions for children who are evaluated.
Karen Turi, MSW; Candida Leon, MSW
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers
Karen Turi and Candida Leon are outpatient Social Workers at the Center for Comprehensive Wellness. Together they have over 20 years of experience in counseling, helping children and their families identify their strengths, deal with the consequences of illness and hospitalization, and plan for continuity of care. They assess each family's needs, then offer emotional support, advocacy, crisis intervention, and assistance with discharge planning. As expert listeners and problem-solvers, they also field questions about benefits, grants, and entitlements, providing families with an essential safety net. Karen received her MSW from Barry University and Candida received hers from Columbia University.