Pamela “Sat-Siri” Austin Sumler, LMT, BCTMB, CLT, E-RYT, Oral History Interview, May 01, 2018

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Pamela “Sat-Siri” Austin Sumler, LMT, BCTMB, CLT, E-RYT, Oral History Interview, May 01, 2018

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Description

Major Topics Covered:

  • Education and personal background; experience of cancer and disease; spirituality and meaning
  • Meditation and yoga as a life practice and spiritual orientation; massage, meditation, and teaching as spiritual practices
  • Massage for oncology patients; working with patients undergoing treatment; developing guidelines for massage
  • Massage at MD Anderson; building a service and its evolution; developing acceptance/addressing resistance of patients and clinicians; developing a training program for massage therapists
  • Stories of work with patients

Identifier

SumlerPSS_01_20180501

Publication Date

5-1-2018

Publisher

The Making Cancer History® Voices Oral History Collection, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

City

Houston, Texas

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Topics Covered

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas System. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute at Houston, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute

Disciplines

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Oncology | Oral History

About the Interview

About the Interview Subject

Pamela “Sat Siri” Austin Sumler (b. April 23, 1958, New Haven, Connecticut) came to MD Anderson on a contract basis in 1999 to provide patients with massage through the Integrative Medicine Program. She is a board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, a licensed massage therapy instructor, certified lymphedema therapist and an experienced teacher in the field of yoga. Since 2003 she has been a massage therapist offering her services through the Department of Integrative Medicine. She helped developed a massage training curriculum. In 2018 she received an Outstanding Employee Award from the University of Texas Board of Regents; in August 2017 she earned a Heart of MD Anderson Award.

Pamela “Sat-Siri” Austin Sumler, LMT, BCTMB, CLT, E-RYT, Oral History Interview, May 01, 2018

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