About Us

Wellness for Cancer is for spas and wellness facilities that want to increase their level of comfort and confidence in delivering safe and nurturing wellness services to clients who have experienced cancer.

Our core product is a flexible, cancer-focused educational platform that provides a cost effective solution to train multiple staff, departments, and locations.

We partner with Cancer Centers and Oncology Specialists to ensure an evidence-based approach and to build a bridge with the medical industry based on respect.

We have developed the first standardized objective set of training and business criteria. This approach enables friends and family, employers and end-clients locate providers with confidence.

Each registration dollar goes to support one of our public facing programs.  Please refer to our Give-Back page for more information on these programs.

Its logical that cancer patients and survivors need to visit spas to de-stress and heal, but yet very few spas are trained or have invested in training to empower their staff to be their best for clients who have had or are healing from cancer. Where is the disconnect?The disconnect is two-fold. First, spas must have the proper perspective about supporting clients with cancer, which means understanding that our role is well-being not disease care. Second, we need to take responsibility for our role in holding space for our clients to reduce their stress, find inner peace and increase their emotional resiliency.   Individuals don’t want to go to cancer specific spas; they want to get away from their cancer – they want to visit your spa.

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Lead Wellness For Cancer - Instructors

All 7 years teaching with Wellness for Cancer

Samarra Robbins

Online Massage Educator

Samaara Robbins graduated with honors from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. She studied Massage for People Living with Cancer and Oncology Massage in the Hospital Setting with Gayle MacDonald. She is a Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist and Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Therapist.

Samaara received her first massage ever just a few weeks after beginning treatment for cancer. For that hour massage Samaara felt like just another girl enjoying a spa day--a girl without cancer. Out of that experience she embraced massage for others going through treatment. She worked as the lead massage therapist for Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Vail, CO and opened a private practice in Frisco, CO and later in Truckee, CA serving those diagnosed with cancer and lymphedema.

In 2012, Samaara began teaching and in 2014 she became an NCBTMB approved continuing education provider in oncology massage. She developed the online massage modules for Wellness for Cancer.  Samaara is also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider offering CEUs to yoga instructors in restorative and restorative flow.

Julie Bach

17 years working as an Integrative Therapist and Educator in Cancer

Julie Bach is the Executive Director for Wellness for Cancer, an educational program under Spa4ThePink, a registered 501 c(3) charity organization with the objective of improving well-being for people touched by cancer.

Julie is a thought leader within the Global Wellness Institute, recognized for bridging the medical world with the world of wellness.  She consults to many wellness and cancer support organizations and is known for her development of cancer-focused training with leading medical doctors and has provided training to thousands of staff members in spas, hospitals, not-for profits, throughout Europe, United States, Mexico, Canada, and India.

Julie shifted her focus to beauty and cancer in 2000 within her skin clinic and spa in Vail, Colorado. In 2005, Julie was approached by the local cancer center to help establish a cancer and spa outreach program, which today raises $750,000 annually for spa and well-being services. Wellness for Cancer continues to fund outreach programs and provide services to individuals touched by cancer.

Prior to the spa industry, Julie led strategic consulting and product development teams focused on disruptive innovations for both Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial ventures. Julie holds a Masters in Business from Harvard University and will be presenting her work at the 2017 Society for Integrative Oncology Conference.

"I can think of no greater purpose for my life then in teaching compassion to our industry and in stewarding peace to individuals who are suffering..."

Kordi Schmidt

Hands-on Trainer - US, CA, UK

Kordi graduated from The Canadian Therapeutic College in 2004.  Following her graduation she was recruited to work in Vail, Colorado.  Here she gained many hours of experience while continuing her education in the field. She trained in Cancer Massage as well as mastering levels 1 through 4 of Lymph Drainage Therapy.

Kordi’s passion and drive for her work has given her the opportunity to work with elite athletes in the U.S. and around the globe.  She is part of the Colorado Sports Massage Team and has been a part of many Sporting events that circuit throughout Colorado.  For the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships she was hired as the Mexican ski team’s therapist, joining their training camp in Europe and being on site for the races on the circuit.  She is a trained Cancer Massage Instructor, educating therapists on an international level.

In 2011 she opened Manor Vail Spa.  The intimate, certified Green Spa reflects her own ideologies and passions for health and environment, offering a wide array of treatments, including cancer adapted treatments and using organic products.

Other Guest Instructors

A collaborative effort with traditional medical, intergrative medicine, wellness, and spa leaders

Our training is built on being collaborative in nature.  Over the years we have reached out to our network of supporters to answer questions that come in from the industry.  And after several years of doing this, we decided it was time to bring our team to you.  To teach the relevant information that is needed and based on evidence.  We are thrilled to bring you many guest lecturers from inside and outside the industry.  Even if you have taken a class, there is always something new to learn.