Improving Quality of Life

Mind Body Therapy

Anne Pitman, M.Sc., EYRT-500, C-IAYT 

Yoga Teacher and Therapist

AnneAnne Pitman has a Masters in Kinesiology and has been guiding people to be present in their life, through dance, yoga and fitness,
for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in compassionately accompanying people who are facing cancer, both in weekly gentle and restorative yoga classes, as a Yoga Therapist (one on one yoga) in clinic, and as a Care Coordinator at the OICC.  She co-leads the Babes4Breasts Head Start, a program for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer, bringing a wide array of mindfulness and yoga  practices to work with fear and anxiety. Anne is also the co-director of the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy ( She has long been a teacher of teachers, designing studies for certified Yoga Teacher Training from a Scaravelli and somatic, or body-centered listening approach. She is a graduate and ongoing scholar at the Orphan Wisdom School where she learns to compassionately support both living deeply and dying well. Recently, Anne released a (4 cd) set entitled “7 Short Practices; A Gentle Companion for Yoga Home Practice” and a meditation cd, “Into the Body”, a fundraiser for the OICC. 


Rabia Wilcox

Conscious Living Coach

Rabia Wilcox is a Certified Conscious Living Coach who studied with Katie and Gay Hendricks out of Ojai, California (  She encourages patients to take a creative and active role in their healing as they move to vibrant emotional health and well-being.  Rabia supports patients who have serious illness or those who have experienced loss.  Her focus here at OICC is due to experiencing her own serious illness in 1996 where she was given three months to live.  It was a powerful and significant time in Rabia’s life and inspired her into her coaching career.

Learn to allow yourself to feel your emotions in your body — and get ready for the breakthroughs: Expand into a life of more connection, creativity, and contribution through simple body-centered practices, breathing techniques as well as creative, easy movement that harness the amazing wisdom of your body. These principles apply to every relationship you have - with your beloved, your parents, your children, your co-workers and your doctor.

Patients comment that Rabia’s compassionate nature, simple techniques and intuitive talents empower them to loosen the grip of fear, anger or sadness surrounding their diagnosis, and move them towards discovering their unique gifts, authentic expressions and joy.

Join Rabia to breathe, play, explore, share, and break through.


Moira Hutchison

Hypnosis Visualization Practitioner

Moira offers people with cancer and their families a professional, caring service that psychologically supports and assists them through every stage of their illness. This is accomplished by using a personalized blend hypnotherapy, EFT (Emotion Freedom Technique), Reiki, positive visualizations and mindset coaching.

In essence – Hypnosis Visualization for Cancer Care allows for the development of a “Positive Expectancy” at each stage of the journey whilst instilling a “Motivation to Be Well”.


Voices of Support

“For far too long, disciplines have worked in isolation without communication and our patients have often felt caught between differing therapeutic philosophies, often to their detriment. This is a wonderful initiative. An integrative program will help provide a much needed bridge.”

Shailendra Verma, MD, FRCPC, FACP (chair)
Medical Oncologist, The Ottawa Hospital 

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