Hamid Shibata Bennett
Hamid Shibata Bennett, LMT, CAMT is a licensed massage therapist specializing in integrative cancer survivorship, advanced myofascial techniques, chronic-pain, injury recovery, trauma release, gait function and breathing mechanics. Hamid is also a musician and sound therapist, recording artist, writer and published photographer. In 1991, he was diagnosed with a rare lymphoma after six months of stumping the doctors. He has been in full remission since 1991. He is director of Compassion Arts PDX as well as president and co-founder of Taking Care Cancer.
Hamid has a vision of facilitating cooperation and communication between complimentary health care and the integrative oncology community through open dialogue, meaningful experience and mindful awareness. His bodywork practice is at Earth Body Wellness Center East on southeast Belmont in Portland, Oregon.
Daniel G. Miller
Executive Director, Co-founder 2012-2016
Daniel G Miller has been involved with the Portland food and beverage industry since 1984, and began to study food in earnest in 1998. In 2011 he launched the Open Kitchen Wellness Dinners in collaboration with naturopathic doctors and Chef Abby Fammartino to explore food as medicine, and begin developing a network among the holistic care community. After brainstorming with Hamid Shibata Bennett about saving the world, he began to research the relationship between nutrition and cancer care, and then gathered a team to begin hosting survivorship events in June 2012. Thus Taking Care Cancer was born.
Miller incorporated Taking Care Cancer in 2013, gathered the board of directors, and constructed partnerships with the Portland VA, Compass Oncology, Pacific University, the Children’s Cancer Association, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the American Cancer Society, Randall Children’s Hospital, and the National University of Natural Medicine all in an effort to bring the community together to support our community members as they journey through cancer. The Taking Care Cancer model provides an integrated day of care for survivors and their family members, reducing stress by 47%, overall pain by 63%, and frustration by 92%. (TCP efficacy survey results)
Miller coordinated 15 quarterly integrative survivorship events for TCC, garnering over 3,000 hours of donated time from holistic care professionals. These events supported over 225 community members in their journey, each interdisciplinary event requiring an average of 244 volunteer. He produced sound therapy concerts, health fairs, cooking classes, lectures, workshops while continuing to hone the signature event (e.g. 4/24/2016). He went $17 into debt to produce the first Taking Care event, and left the organization with a $10,000 budget.
He is currently designing a program to teach restaurant level culinary skills, in the context of the local food system, seasonality, and health to under-served youth.