TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation clinical staff members are specialized and expert in the breast cancer field. All of our staff are passionate about TurningPoint’s mission and understanding about what women are going through. Many staff members are breast cancer survivors, or have walked beside a close family member or friend’s breast cancer journey.
Jill Binkley, MSc, PT, CLTExecutive Director & Physical Therapist
Jill is a physical therapist and founded TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, a non-profit organization, in 2003. Jill is an advocate for increased attention to the physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer and the role of rehabilitation and exercise to improve quality of life. Jill has published and presented locally, nationally and internationally in the field of physical therapy outcomes and breast cancer rehabilitation. In 2012, she was a steering committee member of an American Cancer Society task force on breast cancer rehabilitation. As part of this project, Jill was the author of numerous papers published in a special supplement of the journal Cancer on a prospective surveillance model for rehabilitation of women with breast cancer. Jill is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy and Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Jill is a breast cancer survivor.
Lauren Bober, MPT, PT, CESSenior Physical Therapist, Pilates Instructor
Lauren has been working over 17 years as a physical therapist, with experience in orthopedics and sports medicine. Lauren recognized the value of manual therapy after helping her mother after breast cancer surgery. After attending a continuing education class taught by TurningPoint, she knew what direction she wanted to take her career. Lauren joined TurningPoint in 2011 and is committed to providing further education to women about rehabilitation after breast cancer treatment. She is a certified Pilates Instructor and has been teaching a weekly Pilates class at TurningPoint since 2013. Lauren is a Certified Edema Specialist.
Grayson Webb, DPT, PT, CESPhysical Therapist
Grayson is a physical therapist with three years experience working in outpatient orthopedics in the Atlanta area. She attended The University of Georgia and received her B.S. degree in Exercise and Sport Science in 2010. In 2013, Grayson graduated from Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, GA with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She was introduced to TurningPoint through a continuing education course and was immediately drawn to the passion and experience that the TurningPoint team demonstrates towards rehabilitating women following breast cancer treatment. Grayson is committed to furthering her education in this specialized area of physical therapy.
Leslie Myszka, PT, CESPhysical Therapist
Leslie is a physical therapist introduced to TurningPoint through our continuing education courses on the care of women with breast cancer. Leslie has extensive experience in neurological and orthopedic physical therapy. She is passionate about providing compassionate care and using her clinical skills in the rehabilitation of women affected with breast cancer. Leslie is a breast cancer survivor.
Carrie Kozel, DPT, PT, CESPhysical Therapist
Carrie began providing care for women with breast cancer in 2009 during her final clinical rotation, which she served at TurningPoint. After graduating with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2010, she began working in the areas of both pediatric and breast cancer rehabilitation. In addition to providing care for breast cancer patients, she also helps organize an annual community fundraiser that supports the work of TurningPoint. Carrie is passionate about educating and empowering women as they journey through breast cancer while providing compassionate care to help them thrive physically. She is married with one beautiful daughter.
Anita Boyce, PTA. CESPhysical Therapy Assistant
Anita is a physical therapy assistant with a background in sports medicine and physical therapy. She now works exclusively at TurningPoint. Anita feels strongly that breast cancer rehabilitation is a vital part of women’s healthcare.
Jyoti Patel, PTA, CESPhysical Therapy Assistant
Jyoti Patel is a Physical Therapy Assistant, with 8 years experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has worked in geriatric and pediatric rehabilitation with both neurological and orthopedic situations. Having recently moved to Georgia from Florida and joined the TurningPoint team, she is now able to use her clinical skills to provide compassionate care for patients with breast cancer.
Meera Solomon, LMT, CESMassage Therapist
Meera Solomon received her massage therapy license in 2007 in Rochester, NY, where she practiced until relocating to Georgia in 2011. Meera has worked with individuals undergoing cancer treatment in a variety of settings.
Lisa Eisele, RD, LDDietitian
Lisa is a registered and licensed dietitian. She is also a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. Lisa graduated from Purdue University and has over 20 years experience. Lisa is passionate about teaching others the benefit of good nutrition and loves helping her clients achieve overall health.
Karen Whitehead, MS, LMSWCounselor
Karen is a warm and genuine clinician who can help you sort out the chaos that comes with cancer. As a Licensed Master Social Worker and Mindfulness Teacher, Karen provides counseling services for adults with or affected by cancer and chronic illness, who are looking to get off the rollercoaster of emotions, reduce anxiety, sleep better, and engage with life.
Karen BurpoDevelopment and Community Outreach Manager
After a career in the corporate world in IT, consulting and administrative roles, Karen turned toward a variety of ministry and volunteer efforts. Having been a patient at TurningPoint, she brings a unique perspective in her interaction with our clients as well as the public. A native Texan, where gardening is rocky and difficult, she has developed a passion for gardening since moving to Georgia and has become a Master Gardener.
Kathy SmithEvents Manager
Kathy joined the TurningPoint staff as Events Manager in April 2015; and has been a volunteer and advocate for TurningPoint since 2004. Kathy and her sister, Judy Suggs, founded The Pink Affair – a spring fundraiser which benefits TurningPoint’s financial assistance program and complimentary services for breast cancer patients. In 2013 Kathy joined TurningPoint’s Board of Directors and volunteered as The Pink Affair committee chair. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BS in Business Administration. Kathy has one son and resides in Johns Creek.
Arelis NelmsDevelopment Assistant
Arelis has rejoined the TurningPoint staff in a new role as Development Assistant. Arelis originally worked for TurningPoint at our original location in Alpharetta. Born in Puerto Rico, Arelis writes and speaks fluent Spanish which is a great asset for our office. In her spare time, she is fully committed to community volunteer work. Arelis is married and fur-mom to a beautiful German Short-haired Pointer named Jules.
Renee Vaughn, BA, LMTAdministrator
Renee is a board certified licensed massage therapist and has worked as office administrator at TurningPoint since the organization was founded. Renee shares her passion to work with women with breast cancer and has a number of family members and friends who are survivors. Originally from Illinois, she’s been a transplanted Georgian for many years. In her leisure time, Renee enjoys travel, riding her bicycle and being outdoors in nature.
Sandy MoodyPatient Services Administrator
From Eastern New York, Sandy relocated to Georgia 6 years ago. Having family members and friends who have been affected by breast cancer, Sandy has learned many new and exciting things here at TurningPoint. Here in Georgia, Sandy continues to enjoy her community volunteer work.
Tara JerideauAdministrative Assistant
Tara joined the TurningPoint staff as an Administrative Assistant in February 2017. She feels a great connection to TurningPoint with several family members affected by breast cancer. She graduated from Devry University in Alpharetta with a BS in Health Services Management, which allows her to use her administrative skills to support our great patients and staff. She is a mother of three and has been married for 15 years.
Jill Binkley, PT, MSc, CLTExecutive Director
Jill Binkley, PT, MSc, CLT, FAAOMPT founded TurningPoint in 2003. She is Executive Director of TurningPoint and a breast cancer survivor. She has over 25 years experience in orthopaedic physical therapy and manual therapy and has taught undergraduate and post-graduate physical therapy courses. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Jill is a clinical researcher and has published extensively in journals including Physical Therapy, Journal of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and Spine. Jill is a member of the oncology section of the American Physical Therapy Association and has presented locally, nationally and internationally on breast cancer rehabilitation.
Theron Jones, DMD, MPPBoard Chair
Dr. Theron Jones, DMD, MPP is a dentist in his own practice, Sandtown Family Dentistry in South Atlanta. Theron is a member of the Emory College Alumni Board and a Board Member of Kudos foundation that helps underprivileged youth work towards achieving their goal of entering healthcare professions. He has worked with the American Cancer Society in the past on an Oral Cancer Initiative in Massachusetts. He graduated from Emory University with his undergraduate degree, Medical College of Georgia with Doctor of Dental Medicine and has a master of Public Policy in Health Policy from UCLA. He is currently enrolled in an MBA program part-time at Georgia State University. Theron is married and has a 4 year old daughter.
Rebekah Wasserman, MPTBoard Vice-Chair
Rebekah Wasserman, MPT, is a physical therapist and certified yoga instructor. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a BS degree in Zoology and received her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University. She worked as a physical therapist with Piedmont Hospital and the Piedmont Arthritis Center for over 10 years. Rebekah is a past board member with the Arthritis Foundation and has been an active community and school volunteer over the past 20 years. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Alliance Theatre, serves as Vice Chair of the Turning Point Board and is active with the Women & Philanthropy branch of The Jewish Federation. Her other volunteer activities have been with Sope Creek Elementary School and Pace Academy. Rebekah and her husband, Mark, have two sons and reside in East Cobb.
Karen Fortune, CPA/CFF, MACCBoard Treasurer
Karen Fortune, CPA/CFF, MACC is a partner in IAG Forensics, a Marietta, GA-based CPA firm, specializing in forensic accounting and investigations. Her experience is comprised of both public and private practice, having spent several years in public accounting and serving as a CFO for a biotechnology firm. She possesses extensive experience in financial reporting, auditing of both public and private companies, addressing complex accounting issues, evaluating and designing internal controls, and performing corporate investigations. An experienced public speaker, Karen has authored many articles on accounting and fraud-related topics. Karen earned her B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting. She also earned a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Florida in 1992. She holds a Certificate in Financial Forensics from the AICPA.
Kathy Smith, BSBoard Secretary
Kathy L. Smith is the former Executive Director of the Leadership Johns Creek program for the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce. Prior to taking on this part-time position in 2009, Kathy had worked in the corporate world, was a stay-at-home mom and full-time “volunteer”. Whether she was helping out in her son’s classroom, assisting his Scout pack/troop or serving on the local and state PTA, Kathy loved “being involved”. For the past 11 years Kathy has enjoyed assisting her sorority alumnae chapter in funding the fight against breast cancer. Since 2002 the members of the Zeta Tau Alpha North Fulton Link Alumnae Chapter have hosted an annual fundraiser, entitled The Pink Affair. Kathy received a BS in Business Administration from The University of Tennessee. She has one son and resides in Johns Creek, GA.
Angie Dumler, CFPPartner, Morgan Stanley
Angie Dumler, CFP, is a Partner on a Wealth Advisory team at Morgan Stanley, working for 8 years handling client relationships, business development and proactive management of the financial planning process. Angie started her career in the not for profit world with a position at a Historic Preservation Organization in Boston. Her passion for community service extends across a range of age groups and organizations. Angie’s interest in TurningPoint comes from recently supporting her mother through diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer with the knowledge that her maternal grandmother and great grandmother were both survivors of the disease. Angie graduated Cum Laude with Honors in Psychology from Saint Lawrence University in Northern New York. Angie, her husband John, and daughters Sarah and Isabella reside in Sandy Springs.
Ann Fort, JDPartner, Eversheds Sutherland, LLP
Ann Fort, JD is a Partner in Eversheds Sutherland, LLP’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and a seasoned litigator involved in complex civil matters. Ann Fort has protected the intellectual property rights of numerous clients in the United States and abroad. Her comprehensive experience encompasses patent infringement, licensing disputes, trade secret protection and unfair competition. In addition to trying cases in both federal and state courts, Ann works toward alternative dispute resolution, when feasible, and has represented clients in arbitrations and mediations. With a focus on the technology industry, Ann’s work has included cases involving medical information systems, interactive television program guides, computer network security and pharmaceuticals. She also represents insurers and financial services businesses in a wide range of disputes. Ann, who serves as chair of Sutherland’s Electronic Discovery Committee, also advises businesses on electronic discovery preparedness and the management of electronically stored information. An active leader in Sutherland’s pro bono program, Ann recently achieved clemency for a pro bono client on death row. She represented him for more than 11 years before he was ultimately granted clemency just hours before execution in April 2008. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of pro bono legal service and about this experience, in particular. Ann received her Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, and her JD from University of Virginia School of Law.
John Guzowski, CPAManaging Partner, Abacus Advisors LLC
John Guzowski, CPA, is Managing Partner of Abacus Advisors. Abacus Advisors provides outsourced accounting and business consulting services to law firms and medical practices. He has extensive experience in providing financial and advisory services in the healthcare, telecom and technology industries. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a BS in Accounting, he worked with public accounting firms including Deloitte & Touche. He has served as the Treasurer of Hands on Atlanta and a teacher of courses on non-profit accounting at the Non-Profit Resource Center.
Dr. Kim Lipscomb-McDaniel, MS, MDPhysician, Maternal-Fetal Specialists
Dr. Kim Lipscomb McDaniel, MS, MD, a native of Jacksonville, AL, is a board certified OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist in private practice at Northside Maternal-Fetal Specialists, an affiliate of Obstetrix Medical Group, Inc. in Atlanta, GA. She specializes in the care of women with high risk and complicated pregnancies and serves populations of women in greater Atlanta and surrounding cities, as well as remotely via telemedicine. Her professional interests include prenatal diagnosis, antepartum testing, quality of care improvement; as well as exercise, nutrition and wellness in pregnancy.
Prior to joining her current practice in 2006, she spent 10 years as full-time associate faculty at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, serving as division chief of Maternal-Fetal medicine at UCLA Olive View Medical Center. She is currently a standing member of the Quality Improvement and Perinatal Services committee for the department of OB/GYN at Northside Hospital, where she leads in setting policies and standards for the Women’s Center. She is the current chair of the Northside Hospital Professional Relations committee. Her social and community service, as well as philanthropy, focuses on areas of women’s health and empowerment, children, education and the arts.
A family and personal experience with breast cancer drives her passion to educate women about early breast cancer detection, as well as educate and support breast cancer patients through treatment and healing. Her personal experience with TurningPoint was essential to her recovery and return to normal activities. Dr. Lipscomb McDaniel obtained her medical degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She completed her OB/GYN residency and her Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at LAC/USC Women’s Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. She resides in Atlanta, is married and has a teenage daughter.
Ryan K. Owens, JDAttorney
Ryan K. Owens, JD, most recently was Chief Legal Officer with DS Services, joining them at their founding in 2004. His responsibilties covered all legal affairs of the company, including strategic transactions, litigation management, employment and real property matters, distributor and vendor relationships, intellectual property, corporate governance and compliance. Prior to joining DS Waters, Ryan practiced law at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed LLP in Los Angeles, CA, where he represented clients in a variety of corporate transactions, including the issuance of debt and equity securities, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, as well as intellectual property and e-commerce. Ryan received his Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his JD from the University of Southern California School of Law. He enjoys working with youth and has spent over eight years serving with the Boys Scout of America. Ryan resides in Alpharetta, GA with his wife and four children.
Scott Rittenberg, CPAPartner, Aprio, LLP
Scott Rittenberg, CPA, is a partner in Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP’s tax and business advisory practice. He has extensive expertise and experience with manufacturing and distribution companies as well as professional service firms. Scott assists his clients with all aspects of their businesses through a proactive and thorough approach including cash flow management, compensation structuring, succession planning and tax strategies to drive efficiencies in the business.
Scott graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Accounting and Psychology. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Institute of Management Accountants.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of TurningPoint he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family & Career Services. Scott remains active in his synagogue, Congregation Etz Chaim, having served as President from 2012 – 2014.
Scott and his wife, Terri, have three children and reside in East Cobb.
Thomas P. Smith, BS, MSPublic Relations Communications/Consultant
Thomas P. Smith is a veteran of the public relations/communications profession. His areas of expertise include media relations, different aspects of writing, event planning and execution, network marketing, social media, strategy, crisis communications, and fundraising. His clients have come from a broad range of industry categories: architecture, construction, financial services, healthcare, non-profit, retail, and technology.
His mother passed away from breast cancer in 1978, so TurningPoint’s mission resonates with him in a very special way. He also currently serves on the Leadership Council of the non-profit Year Up Greater Atlanta and volunteers for the non-profit Enduring Hearts. Over the past 15 years he has also supported other non-profit organizations: Project GRAD Atlanta, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Kate’s Club, City of Refuge and the Ron Clark Academy.
A Chicago native, he is a 1993 graduate of the School of Communications at Northwestern University where he majored in communication studies. He received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1995. He resides with his family, two dogs, and three cats in Buckhead.
Michelle Sommerset-Brown, CTP, MBASenior Vice-President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Michelle is a Senior Treasury Sales Consultant and Certified Treasury Professional with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for the delivery of integrated treasury and electronic payment solutions to Global Commercial Banking clients within the Restaurant Segment of the Specialized Industries Group. Michelle’s passion around being a Board member originates from the personal care she received as a former TurningPoint patient. Michelle is active in her local community, where she volunteers her time with the local community food shelter. Michelle is married with two sons and enjoys gardening, exercising and reading. Michelle attended the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor’s of Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting and received an MBA in Finance from Clark Atlanta University.
Denise Upton, BACommunity Volunteer
Denise Upton is a former TurningPoint patient. She has resided in the Atlanta area for almost 30 years. She earned a B.A. in Finance & Management from the University of South Florida, and held positions in the financial realm before retiring to raise her two children. She is a TurningPoint advocate and looks forward to bringing her energy and talents to the Board. She has worked in many volunteer capacities over the years and enjoys reading, the outdoors, and spending time with family.
Susan Harris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FCAHS
Dr. Harris is Professor Emerita in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. She received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College-Albany Medical College and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Susan has published extensively in the areas of pediatrics, evidence-based practice and cancer rehabilitation and is an internationally recognized speaker. A two-time breast cancer survivor, she was an original member of “Abreast in a Boat”, the world’s first Dragon Boat team comprised entirely of women living with breast cancer. Dr. Harris is lead author of the Canadian clinical practice guidelines on management of breast cancer-related lymphedema as well as upper extremity guidelines for management after breast cancer surgery, both published in 2001. In 2012, she was lead author or co-author of three papers published in the special supplement in Cancer on a prospective surveillance model for rehabilitation of women with breast cancer. Another area of research interest and involvement is enhancing communication between persons living with cancer and their health care providers.
Sheryl G.A. Gabram-Mendola, MD, MBA, FACS
Sheryl Gabram MD MBA FACS is Surgeon-in-Chief Grady Memorial Hospital, Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, a breast surgical oncologist at Winship Cancer Institute, Deputy Director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady and Director of the AVON Comprehensive Breast Center. In 2007, she was named a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar.
Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Gabram earned her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., conducted her residency at the Washington Hospital Center and a fellowship at Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.
Her current research focuses on decreasing disparities for breast cancer patients. She serves as the medical liaison for the AVON community outreach and navigation program and is responsible for clinical access to high quality care for patients seen in the AVON Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady. From a predictive health perspective, she collaborates with researchers from Georgia Tech on the examination of breath biomarkers in exhaled specimens as a potential tool for breast cancer disease detection and monitoring. To date she has over 65 peer reviewed journal publications.
Dr. Gabram is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She has been named by the patient resource guide Castle Connolly as one of America’s Top Doctors for eight consecutive years and American’s Top Cancer Doctors for six consecutive years. She has received the Arthur G. Michel, MD Award for Excellence in Breast Care from the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and was selected as one of Atlanta Magazine’s Top Doctors in 2007 and 2009. In the November 2008 Women’s Health magazine she was named one of 5 top oncologists for women in the South. Recently she was awarded a scholarship from the American College of Surgeons to participate in a Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Additionally, she is a member of several prestigious professional societies including a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Pamela Levangie, PT, DSc, FAPTA
Dr. Levangie is Professor and Associate Chairperson, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Rehabilitation Sciences at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. Prior to her position at the Institute, Dr. Levangie held long-time faculty and administrative positions at Boston University and Sacred Heart University, and most recently as a visiting professor at Simmons College. Dr. Levangie received her Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from Northeastern University, her Master of Science from Boston University, and her Doctor of Science in Epidemiology from Boston University’s School of Public Health. She was a member of Boston University’s physical therapy faculty for 23 years before joining Sacred Heart in 1996. Her teaching has focused on kinesiology and research content, and she is the primary author of a widely used text entitled Joint Structure and Function: A Comprehensive Analysis, now in its fourth edition. She has been a curriculum consultant to several physical therapy programs, and presents regionally and nationally in the areas of research, kinesiology, and problem-based learning. Dr. Levangie has held many leadership positions in the APTA, including serving as President of the Section on Research, ex officio member of the Scientific Review Committee of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, and a member of the editorial board of Physical Therapy. In 2001, Dr. Levangie received the APTA’s Dorothy E. Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching; and in 2009 she was elected as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow, the APTA’s highest honor.