Our Team and Practitioners

Dr. Walter Lemmo

Founder & Medical Director

Dr. Walter Lemmo is founder and Medical Director of LEMMO Integrated Cancer Care Inc., the longest operating naturopathic facility focused in cancer care. Dr. Lemmo is a licensed Naturopathic Physician in British Columbia and Washington State.  He is a former graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington in 1999.

To learn more about Dr. Lemmo, please read his biography here.

Maria Halim, Medical Doctor (Indonesia)

Medical Coordinator

Maria completed her medical training and residency in Jakarta, Indonesia. During her career as a medical doctor in Indonesia, she worked as a primary care physician for two large automotive manufacturing companies and the United Can Company, the largest canned food and drink manufacturer in Southeast Asia at that time, where she oversaw the primary care needs of the company’s vast workforce of over 5,000 employees. She also served as a medical officer and clinical instructor in the Indonesian Army for more than ten years, during which time she became part of the medical team of the Indonesian parliament. Since immigrating to Canada, she has been fully devoted to the naturopathic subspecialty of integrative cancer care working as a clinical assistant. As a mother of two, including one who recently graduated from medical school at the University of British Columbia, she believes that LEMMO Integrated Cancer Care Inc. represents the future of what oncology has to offer, where therapies are tailored to each patient’s unique set of circumstances and the latest evidence-based treatments are always employed to maximize each patient’s quality of life and chance of survival.

Joanne Morgan BHK

Exercise Therapist, Back on Track Fitness

Joanne is an exercise therapist with a degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia, a certified cancer exercise specialist trained at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Institute in Colorado, and the Cancer Exercise Training Institute in Portland, and as a Cancer Guide, from the Mind Body Medicine Institute in Washington DC.  Her 14 years of expertise in this field has been instrumental in helping develop exercises and training programs that target the reconditioning and rehabilitation of people who have limitations from surgery, illness or related injuries. Back on Track Fitness has developed from Joanne’s rigorous training, extensive experience and passion to help people move beyond cancer. Her clients benefit from one-on-one training, and/or group classes specifically designed for physical support through cancer recovery.

Denise Drisdelle RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Denise is certified in Manual Lymph Drainage, a gentle technique used to treat over 60 conditions.  I mostly work within the field of oncology, using Manual Lymph Drainage to treat pre-surgery, post-surgery, scar tissue, range of motion and a condition called lymphedema.  Lymphedema is a permanent swelling in an area that was treated with lymph node removal or radiation.  It can occur in an arm, chest, leg, abdomen or face depending on the area treated.  Manual Lymph Drainage or Combined Decongestive Therapy can prevent or treat this condition effectively and is considered the gold standard in care of Lymphedema.

Sarina Auriel

Pilates Instructor and Reiki Master

Sarina is a health coach helping people re-establish their relationship to themselves and their body and supporting them to re-ignite your passions. She is committed to working with women during times of transition. Sarina has a Master’s Degree in Integrated Special Education and is a pilates instructor and Reiki Master. She is a 2 time breast cancer thriver, supporter of various cancer organizations and a mother of 2 young men.

We are also excited and proud of Sarina’s new book The HeartFull Way, a step-by-step guide to moving from surviving to thriving. Her program is a gentle and empowering practice for creating healing in individuals, in families and across generations. Following The HeartFull Way it is possible to transform a full life into a life lived fully and from the heart.

Gerard Tan R.Ac

Acupuncturist

Gerard Tan graduated in 1986 from the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  Some of his teachers are Dr. Yu Min Chen, Dr. Hsieh, Andrew Tseng, Efrem Korngold and Misha Cohen.  In 1998 Gerard worked for 5 years as an Acupuncturist at the Tzu Chi Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital in the Integrative Care Program where he treated many patients with cancer.  From 2006 to 2011 he was an Acupuncturist at Inspire Health in Vancouver and has been in private practice since then..