Cancer Below the Belt’s Team

The People of Cancer Below The Belt

Meet Our Team

Kelly Gale Amen

Kelly Gale Amen, born in 1949, is a native of Weatherford, Oklahoma. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma (BA), Kelly moved to Houston in 1972 to begin his professional design career. He started his own design business, KGA Inc., in 1974 and has been an influential participant in the Houston arts & design community for decades. He is a founding member of NSID/ASID.

Kelly’s work has been featured in all available media, from a feature on HGTV’s Extreme Homes to frequent highlights and features on his design projects in the local print press. His work is published in books and magazines distributed nationally.

Dr. John Clemmons

Dr. Clemmons is our doctor of choice for colorectal cancer screening. We have partnered with Dr. Clemmons to provide cancer screening to those who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Dr. Clemmons graduated from the Howard University College of Medicine in 1975. He works in Houston, TX and specializes in Gastroenterology.
1213 Hermann Dr Ste 420
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 528-6562

Meryl Cohen, MEd, LCSW
Sexual Education & Awareness Representative

Specializes in Sexuality Consulting, Counseling, and Training to enhance Sexual Communication

Former Vice President of Education and Training for Planned Parenthood Coast

Recipient of the John McGovern Lecture Award in Health Promotion for Community Contributions and Activism

Sylvia Pennywell
Fitness & Physical Education Representative

“I have studied Jungian Psychology for 15 years and am an avid exercise enthusiast. I played tennis for The University of Texas, was a runner; currently I am a swimmer and a walker”

Liz Gober
Health & Nutrition Representative / Nutrition Coach

“Having come from the field of nursing and then studying in the field of nutrition I’ve become interested in how food and lifestyle affect our health, happiness and overall wellbeing.”

Ricki McKenna
CBTB Advisor of Nutrition

Ricki is a founding partner of the Aspen Natural Cooking School, Mchealthy’s SOUP’s ON, and CHOOSE HEALTH SOLUTIONS, and is a founding member and presenter for Davi Nikent Integrative Wellness seminars (Colorado) and is a professional member of the National Association of Nutritional professionals (NANP), Memorial Womens Business Network, the Houston West Chamber of Commerce, Houston Area Continuity of Care with a private nutrition practice CHOOSE HEALTH SOLUTIONS in the Houston, TX area.

Ruth Hellinger (Dieterle)
Holistic Health Coach

From Munich, Germany, Ruth, raised in Paris France, is traveling and working globally. In concert with successful careers as an architect, Feng Shui consultant, and business coach, Ruth’s mission is to combine her unique skills to appreciate beauty and assist people in living according to their true essence and who they really are. One of Ruth’s favorite tools is Reconnective Healing. She believes in the self healing power within each one of us, health happening by following our heart, as well as western medicine, quantum physics and ancient natural healing knowledge working hand in hand.

Dr. William P. Glaros, DDS
Dental Advisor

Dr. Bill Glaros has been practicing dentistry in Houston since receiving his degree as Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1974 at Baylor College of Dentistry. He also holds a Bachelor’s in psychology from Southern Methodist University.

Fellow, board member & past president: International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine
Fellow: Academy of General Dentistry
Charter member: International Association of Mercury-Safe Dentists
Accredited: International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology
Certified: American Academy of Ozonotherapy
Member: Holistic Dental Association
Member: American Naturopathic Medical Association

Dawn Ewing, PhD, CTN
Holistic Health Representative

Dr. Dawn Ewing is a naturopathic practitioner in Houston, Texas, Executive Director of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM), and author of Let the Tooth Be Known, now in its fourth edition.

She began her career as a dental hygienist after graduating from the University of Texas Dental School in 1988 and was eventually appointed to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners by the governor, serving two terms.

Dr. Maria Barnes
Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Maria Barnes a.k.a. Dr. Bee has been an entrepreneur, Naturopathic doctor and educator of the human temple “body, mind and spirit” for over 20 years. She is an expert on helping others transform their lives spiritually, mentally, nutritionally, and physically. She holds an Executive M.B.A, N.D., and has studied Neuroscience over the past two years. She is the owner of a wellness company specializing in concierge health care and the owner of a natural juice company that provides products to those who are looking to be conscious about health while still having a great experience. Dr. Bee is the Author of “Own Your Power” and she is dynamic motivational speaker. What is most important to know about Dr. Bee, she shares compassion for those who are hurting and looking for a safe space to release negative energy that no longer has purpose. “Everything you want to be different can be, the moment you begin changing from within.” ~Dr. Bee

Johanna Dolan
East Coast Representative

Johanna Dolan has a clear vision and a deep passion to support individuals to reach their goals. This vision and passion was borne out of her own personal struggles and triumphs over the years. She has experienced the lowest places one can get and has managed to climb back up (albeit with a stumble or two along the way). She is a cancer survivor, mental health advocate, and a person in long term recovery. She is on the clinical team of Ashley Addiction Treatment, a motivational speaker, coach, and minister. Johanna believes that no matter the diagnoses, prognosis, or challenge – recovery from anything is the most badass thing a person can do.

Annette Blanchard
Holistic Health Educator, Consultant/Coach

Holistic Health Practitioner, healer, International health educator, radio personality and published poet, Annette has been sharing her wisdom and expertise to literally thousands of people over the course of 30 plus years in 3 different countries.

Annette’s holds an extensive list of certifications and qualifications ranging from Nationally Board Certified in Massage Therapy and Body Work, CAMTC, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Spa therapies, Cranio-sacral, Kinesiology, Orthopedic Assessment, Hypnosis, Recall Therapy and nutrition to name a few.

Annette introduced CBTB to Hope4Cancer, a holistic cancer treatment center.

Susan Cooley, RN
Nurse Practitioner, Photographer, Colon Cancer Survivor

Colon cancer was the last thing on Susan Cooley’s mind, when, at age 40 – a single working mother with four young children – she was diagnosed with stage 3 Colon Cancer. A Nurse Practitioner, Susan is a healthcare consultant and advocate for colon cancer screening. She is a passionate photographer and especially enjoys photographing children around the world.

Susan M. Cooley, PhD, RN, CPNP
Care Consultants of Texas
713. 446.1495

Courtney A. Hammonds
Fashion Coach

Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds is the Academic Program Coordinator over the Fashion Department at The Art Institute of Atlanta. Hammonds contributes his expertise through skills-based volunteerism by consulting on executive team effectiveness and performance management for non-profit organizations and philanthropic endeavors such as Easter Seals of North Georgia, Cancer Below the Belt (philanthropic partner) and Susan G. Komen (Atlanta).

Sydney Greenwalt
Elderly In-Home Care and Assistance

Sydney, an owner of Right at Home, is our provider of choice for personal assistance. We have partnered with Sydney to provide free assessments and connect individuals to other Right at Home offices who may need an extra hand. Whether it’s a little help around the house or personal care such as bathing or toileting assistance, Right at Home can give your family peace of mind, knowing that someone you love is cared for by someone you trust. Right at Home is an international franchise system with over 450 offices throughout the United States and across eight other countries. For more information, visit or contact Sydney directly.

(512) 531-9453

Corey Scott
Painter - Cancer Portrait Series

Arting is my life. I paint.
It is my religion.

I am an artist interested in engulfing myself into as many projects, collaborations, creative moments, and shows as possible.

Bhavin Misra
UseOfReality Photography

Bhavin has been shooting since 1996, and professionally since 2006.
It is something that comes natural and with ease. A true art-balancing technology, playing with light, visualizing what might be.

Kellye Gray
Jazz Vocalist

With her stunning musicality and warm, enveloping voice, Texas native Kellye Gray is one of the most accomplished jazz vocalists on the national scene. Gray’s profile continues to grow by leaps and bounds, recording over half-dozen albums as a leader and logging performances nationally and internationally at world-class venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival, Yoshi’s, SFJAZZ. Kellye has been honored to share the stage with legends Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Etta James, to name a few.

Amy Kaps
Performance Artist

My life, my art, my world is multifaceted.
I break it down and put it back together.
Color. Space. Time. Emotion. Thought.
Elements are re-imagined to create a new whole.

As an interdisciplinary artist, I am in constant dialogue with my surroundings and those who inhabit it.

Allen Henson
CBTB Editorial Photographer

Allen Henson is an editorial photographer and filmmaker. Born in 1984, he was raised in Oklahoma before enlisting in the US Army. He proudly served with the 22nd Infantry Regiment, conducting several tours in Iraq during his tenure. A producer and self trained photographer / filmmaker, he now finds himself on the forefront of an editorially focused battlefield.

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