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About Us

Learners at the 2020 Partnership Summit attended a presentation on oral complications of cancer therapy which generated great interest and realization of the impact of oral health on many. This interest sparked our curiosity and led to the formation of our oral health task force. This project aligns with the Partnership’s mission to prevent cancer and improve quality of life by broadening awareness of oral health’s impact on overall health and providing information and useful preventive strategies to those who need it, but may not be aware of the resources available.

Meet the Team

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Oral Health Task Force

Samuel Zwetchkenbaum, DDS, MPH

Co-Chair of Oral Health Task Force, Project Lead for Algorithm Development (Clinical Expertise)
Cassandra Faria, CNA

Co-Chair of Oral Health Task Force, Project Lead for Algorithm Development
Megan Daniel

Primary Contact with Funding Sources, Project Manager

Julie Galleshaw, CDA, RDH, PHDH, M.Ed., M.A., FADHA

Content Advisor (Clinical)

Anne Quirk, MS, CCC-SLP

Content Advisor (Clinical)

Elizabeth Valett, MPH

Content Advisor

Sarah Gingrich

Content Advisor

Olivia Lu

Content Advisor

Current Members


Robert Blackburn 

Point Person for Technology from Blackburn Labs LLC

Joseph Dziobek, MSW

Project Manager
Linda Dziobek, RN, BSN 

Content Advisor (Clinical, Survivor/Patient)

Lora Fox

Content Advisor

Etianna Nascimento

Media Marketing & Communications

Patricia Stout, DNP, APRN-CNP 

Content Advisor (Clinical)

Focus Group Members

Bachir Sakr, MD

Medical Oncologist, Program in Women's Oncology, Women & Infants Hospital

Donna MacDonald, RN, OCN, CCM

Case Manager, Program in Women's Oncology/Breast Health Center, Women & Infants Hospital

Eileen Danaher, DMD

Dentistry Practitioner, Rhode Island Hospital, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Heather Coelho, RN, BSN, OCN, CN-BN

Breast Health Nurse Navigator, Program in Women's Oncology, Women & Infants Hospital

Jaclyn Rose, RDN, LDN

Clinical Dietitian, Women & Infants Hospital

Janine Pedersen, MSN, NP-C

Nurse Practitioner, Lifespan

Karen Kayser, MSW, PH.D.

Professor Emerita, University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work

Kristin Hubbard, MD

Primary Care Provider, Coastal Medical 

Maryam Rayani, DMD

Dental Director, WellOne RI

Melissa Campbell, MPH

Policy Manager, RI Health Center Association

Tara Pratt

Dental Manager, Comprehensive Community Action Program

Timothy Shafman, MD

Medical Director, 21st Century Oncology
A. Thomas Correia, DDS

Dental Director, Delta Dental of Rhode Island



Thank you to our Sponsors, Stakeholders, and Partners!

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The information on the Rhode Island Cancer and Oral Health Resource Guide, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images, and other external materials are for informational purposes only. The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island does not provide medical advice. The information on this website is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

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