Our Team

Our Faculty

  • Elena Ladas, PhD, RD
  • Michael A. Weiner, MD
  • Dara Steinberg, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology in the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation, and jointly appointed in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Psychiatry.  She specializes in pediatric psychology, working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families, who have chronic and acute medical conditions, particularly in the areas of hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplantation.  Dr. Steinberg enjoys treating concerns related to adjustment, adherence, and the emotional and behavioral aspects of living with medical conditions.  Her research interests focus on the interaction between physiological and psychological health and well-being.  She is dedicated to providing evidenced-based treatment, translating research into clinical practice and  program development.   Dr. Steinberg graduated from Brown University and went on to earn her Ph.D. in Clinical psychology from Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.  She has worked with a broad range of patients from young children to older adults, presenting with a range of psychological and medical conditions.  She completed her clinical psychology internship, and two year fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine.  She was previously a psychologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Our Staff

  • Michelle Bombacie, MS, Dipl. Ac., (NCCAOM), LMT, L.Ac. Michelle is the Program Coordinator for the Integrative Therapies Program/Center for Comprehensive Wellness. Michelle received her Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture and her Massage Therapy degree from the New York College of Health Professions.  She previously served as a clinician for the Integrative Therapies Program and delivered Complementary and Alternative Therapies (CAM) to children and their families. She is co-author of a publication on non-pharmacological therapies for palliative cancer care and has been involved in research related to the use of integrative therapies with pediatric cancer patients. In 2005 she launched a Family Practice, specializing in Acupuncture Physical Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine for patients undergoing cancer treatment, and those experiencing myofascial pain and stress-related conditions. Michelle is currently a member of the core faculty at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture, where she has extensive teaching experience and curriculum development in the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
  • Marina Ferraro, M.S, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), L.Ac. Marina Ferraro is a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Registered Yoga Teacher for the Integrative Therapies Program/Center for Comprehensive Wellness. She received her Master of Science in Acupuncture at Tri-State College of Acupuncture. Marina has trained in three distinct acupuncture styles: Japanese style with Kiiko Matsumoto, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Acupuncture Physical Medicine, which included study of muscle-trigger-point release, or "dry needling," and is Certified in Acupuncture by the NCCAOM. She has completed post-graduate training in Chinese Medicine in Oncology: Supportive Care for Cancer Patients, and in Aroma Acupoint Therapy (Essential Oils) for Pediatrics. Before joining the Center for Comprehensive Wellness, Marina practiced acupuncture in community clinics and in private practice. She was on the faculty at Tri-State College of Acupuncture, assisting classes in anatomy, physiology, myology, and supervising clinical practice of trigger-point needling. She also volunteers at Ronald McDonald House New York, where she initiated a program of regular acupuncture sessions for caregivers (parents and families) of children receiving treatment for cancer. Marina holds certifications in Yoga 4 Cancer, YogAlign, and Vinyasa Yoga, and has been teaching yoga to cancer patients in active treatment and in survivorship since 2011, with an emphasis on postural support and functional movement. She is a member of the Acupuncture Society of New York and the Yoga Alliance. Prior to practicing acupuncture, Marina was an actor/singer, with Broadway National Tour and television credits. She completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University.
  • Caitlin McCaffrey, BA.  Caitlin McCaffrey is the Educational Liaison for the Center for Comprehensive Wellness.  She graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Elementary and Special Education.  Prior to joining the CUMC team, Caitlin spent five years teaching hospitalized students in grades K-12 on both pediatric oncology and behavioral health units, collaborating with various school districts in the tri-state area.  Caitlin is an education advocate and serves as a liaison between patients and their families, schools, and multidisciplinary treatment teams.  She educates school communities on our patients’ medical diagnoses and how treatment directly impacts school functioning and development, focusing on the appropriate school accommodations required for patients to achieve academic success.  Her goal is to educate families on their legal rights and to teach parents how to effectively advocate for their children. Caitlin is an active member of APHOES, the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Educational Specialists, and her position is supported through The Valerie Fund Children’s Center.
  • Evelyn Paulino, MS, RDN, CDN. Evelyn Paulino is a Registered Dietitian and Program Coordinator for the Integrative Therapies Program. She graduated from The City University of New York with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, Foods and Nutrition. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Stony Brook University and later completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. During her career, she’s provided medical nutrition therapy to diverse groups with a wide array of health concerns and wellness goals. She has developed various nutrition related educational materials and collaborated with inter-professional team members to optimize nutrition care for patients. A further interest in research and evidenced based practice brought her to CUMC, where she is able to pursue her passion of working in the field of pediatric oncology. Evelyn is fluent in Spanish and during her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, weight training and spending time outdoors.  
  • Michelle Walters, MS, RD. Michelle is a Research Nutritionist and Clinical Research Coordinator at the Center for Comprehensive Wellness. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship and Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition at New York University. She has been involved in various areas of nutrition-related research, including the roles of nutrition in preventing kidney stones and promoting healthy brain aging. She has published several research articles on the impact of diet and other lifestyle factors on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Michelle has also developed meal databases for controlled feeding studies and taught nutrition lessons to chefs-in-training. At CUMC, she provides nutrition therapy to pediatric patients focusing on both conventional and complementary nutrition therapy for managing cancer treatment-related symptoms.
  • Sonia Lugo, MS. Sonia is a Child Life specialist at the Center for Comprehensive Wellness. She has been trained to help children and families overcome life's most challenging events. With a background in child development and family systems, she shows the families how to cope through play and self-expression. Her goal is to provide emotional support for families while encouraging the optimum development of children facing health issues. She received her MS from Bank Street College of Education.
  • Karen Turi, MSW and Candida Batista, MSW. Karen and Candida are outpatient Social Workers at the Center for Comprehensive Wellness. Together they have over 20 years’ experience in counseling, helping children and their families identify their strengths, deal with the consequences of illness and hospitalization, and plan for continuity of care. They assess each family's needs then offer emotional support, advocacy, crisis intervention, and assistance with discharge planning. As expert listeners and problem-solvers, they also field questions about benefits, grants and entitlements, providing families with an essential safety net. Karen received her MSW from Barry University and Candida received hers from Columbia University.