Dr. Eiko Klimant is a board-certified medical oncologist at Salish Cancer Center. "My goal is to create a meaningful experience for the patient and their caregivers, which includes creating conditions and finding therapies to help assure the best possible outcome for each individual patient," says Dr. Klimant.
Dr. Klimant earned a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. There, he was a biology honors student and earned an International Educational Scholarship. Dr. Klimant then earned a medical degree from Heinrich Heine University School of Medicine in Düsseldorf, Germany. He also completed subinternships in internal medicine and surgery at the University of Nantes in Nantes, France, where he received an ERAMUS scholarship.
Following medical school, Dr. Klimant served as Junior House Officer in internal medicine at the University of Glasgow, Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock, Scotland. He also spent several years as a resident in general surgery, internal medicine, and emergency medicine at the University of Rennes affiliated hospitals in France.
In 1997, Dr. Klimant moved back to the United States. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Norwalk Hospital, an affiliate of Yale University in Norwalk, Connecticut. Dr. Klimant then completed a fellowship in medical oncology at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Klimant also served as a Bayer Research Fellow at Bayer Corporation in West Haven, Connecticut. There, he was involved in clinical research on strategic drug development as well as clinical trials of new anti-cancer agents.
Prior to joining Salish Cancer Center, Dr. Klimant was appointed as the Director of Integrative Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, PA. He has also served as Medical Director, and later as Chairman, of the Department of Oncology/Hematology at the Marshfield Clinic in Weston/Wausau, Wisconsin. At Marshfield Clinic, Dr. Klimant was a coinvestigator in multiple oncology clinical research trials. He was also a member of the IRB for some time. In addition, Dr. Klimant was a member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin.
At Salish Cancer Center Dr. Klimant works within a multidisciplinary team to provide patient-centered cancer care. "The integrative care model puts the patient at the center. Patients' needs are addressed on multiple levels, including innovative scientific cancer treatment, spiritual and psychological support, naturopathic medicine, and an individualized nutritional program," he says.
Dr. Klimant is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Physicians, and the Society for Integrative Oncology. He is fluent in English, German and French.
Krisstina Gowin, DO is a medical oncologist with specialized training in integrative medicine. “Cancer care is as unique as the individual,” says Dr. Gowin. “I strive to provide evidenced-based cancer therapy that is personalized and addresses all aspects of the patient, including the body, mind and spirit.”
Dr. Gowin graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009, where she received a merit scholarship and recognition from the American Women’s Medical Association for outstanding academic achievement. She completed her internal medicine residency at University of Southern California, where she was dedicated to serving the underserved of Los Angeles County. She then received her hematology and medical oncology training at Mayo Clinic in Arizona where she delivered state of the art cancer therapy to patients within a multidisciplinary team.
With several peer reviewed publications and research protocols, Dr. Gowin is a dedicated researcher with ongoing clinical trials in Yoga, Tai Chi, and novel therapeutic combinations in a type of chronic leukemia, myeloproliferative neoplasms. She is regarded as a national expert in the field of myeloproliferative disease, but provides care for the spectrum of hematology and oncology patients. She maintains active academic research and mentoring positions within Mayo Clinic Arizona and Arizona State University.
Dr. Gowin is passionate about integrative medicine and is committed to supporting patients through their journey. In 2015, she accepted the first of an inaugural award entitled the “Emerging Leader of the Year” from Cancercare for her work supporting patients and caregivers of patients afflicted with myeloproliferative neoplasms. She began specialized training in integrative medicine in 2015 at Andrew Weil’s Fellowship Program within the University of Arizona.
“The future of oncology is integrative oncology”, says Dr. Gowin. “A philosophy employing evidenced-based modern oncology in conjunction with the best of alternative and complementary therapies. I am passionate about research and education to move the field forward and I am convinced that this wellness-based approach will lead to better disease outcomes and happier, healthier patients overall.”
In January 2008, Dr. Paul Reilly became the first in the state of Washington to take and pass exams for the board of certification in naturopathic oncology. He is among a limited number nationwide to become a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO), a certification that helps patients differentiate between general-practice naturopaths and those with a specialized knowledge of oncology.
“The center is the only place in the state that really has naturopathic oncologists, medical oncologists and other providers working together on an equal and fully integrated basis”, says Dr. Reilly, who formerly served as National Director of Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture services for Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
Dr. Reilly is one of the authors of How to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Natural Medicine, (Riverhead Books, 2002) a highly regarded and practical guide that gives detailed advice on preventing and fighting cancer through diet, nutrition, supplements and complementary therapies. He is known internationally for his expertise in the role of natural medicine in the treatment and prevention of cancer, and is frequently called upon to speak on the subject.
Dr. Reilly wrote the chapter on naturopathic oncology care in the Textbook of Natural Medicine, and has been published in the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients and Health Store News. In 2010, he contributed to the book Living Lessons, by Mark Shigihara, RPh & Kim Erickson (Active Interest Media, Inc.)
“The ultimate cure for cancer will be found by working with nature, not against it,” says Dr. Reilly, a past board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Dr. Loschert graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences in Tempe, AZ in 2003. She worked first as a primary care physician for ten years, starting practices in Arizona, Colorado and Minnesota. Dr. Loschert used therapeutic nutrition, herbal medicine and homeopathy in her practices to help restore her patient’s health. As an expert in Naturopathic Endocrinology, she became a consultant on bio-identical hormone replacement to men and women across the country. Dr. Loschert decided to specialize in working with those who have been diagnosed with cancer in 2013, after recognizing the unique and remarkable role Naturopathic Medicine could have at every stage of a cancer patient’s journey, from prevention and active therapy, through survivorship.
As a member of an integrative oncology team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America for several years, Dr. Loschert worked with people with all types of cancer, helping them to understand the process, their treatment options, and what they could do to optimize their prognosis through naturopathic medicine and lifestyle modification.
Dr. Loschert relocated to the Northwest with her young son and is excited to be a part of Salish Cancer Center’s deeply supportive and holistic cancer care team. “Our patients have the opportunity to improve their response to treatment, reduce side effects, and the necessity of so many pharmaceuticals with what we have to offer here at Salish. It is a joy to be part of such a healing environment every day.”
As an advocate for the advancement of public health within disparate populations, Dr. Loschert has worked within the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona, Tucson to receive her graduate certificate in Clinical and Translational Research. Moving forward, she hopes to carry out important research using integrative therapies and to effect policy change to advance the health of Alaskan Indian/American Native populations throughout the United States.
Nationally certified and designated as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Dr. Sotelo earned a Master's degree at Emperors College of Oriental Medicine, Santa Monica, CA in 2008 and earned a Clinical Doctorate degree from Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA specializing in Oncology and Advanced Pain Management in 2011. Furthering her knowledge in traditional Chinese medicine and cancer care, she spent an additional two months abroad completing an externship at major cancer hospitals in China: Sichuan Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine and Long Hua Hospital.
Dr. Sotelo strives to practice evidence based medicine, taking the most recent research and applying this knowledge directly to patient care by publishing two case studies in national peer-reviewed publications, The American Acupuncturist: Anaplastic Astrocytoma published in 2011 and Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma published in 2015. She states, "Because acupuncture and Chinese herbal research have been ever-increasing — emerging from major hospitals, universities, and the United States military — I've had an interest in keeping up-to-date with the latest research available. When evidence reveals a specific acupuncture protocol works well, or a combination of a Chinese herbal formula with various chemotherapy regimens work well, I try my best to incorporate this into my daily practice."
Licensed in the state of Washington, she has been practicing for six years and has held positions at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, where she co-chaired an integrative medicine conference in 2012, and Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center. Dr. Sotelo is also an active member of the Society for Acupuncture Research, the American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, and Washington East Asian Medicine Association.
Spend a few minutes with Salish Cancer Center’s licensed Nurse Practitioner, Shawna Smith, and it becomes obvious why she’s a trusted source of strength and skill to her patients.
“Treating the problem alone is not enough,” says Shawna. “How we administer treatment must work for our patients and their individual lifestyle, which involves understanding the whole person, not just the disease.”
Building trust to understand the needs of each patient comes naturally to Shawna, who grew up in Iowa. She recalls always being interested in the human side of illness. A graduate from Drake University, Shawna has been practicing as an ARNP since 1999. She set her sights on Oncology early in her career. To gain a foundation of skills, Shawna practiced Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine for ten years. She then spent the next five years at Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center before joining the team at Salish Cancer Center.
As a Nurse Practitioner, Shawna works hand-in-hand with Salish Cancer Center’s Medical Oncologists. She enjoys using her communication and nurturing skills in a multitude of settings, and finds great reward in appreciating the smallest aspects of her patients’ day to day experiences, all the way through to sharing major milestones of success.
Having full knowledge of underlying health issues allows Shawna to provide care coordination services to patients at Salish Cancer Center, managing other chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease. “It’s important to address overall health during cancer treatment so our patients can remain strong,” explains Shawna. “It’s also important for us to stay involved with our patients’ additional health issues so we can ensure the safest, most effective treatments.”
Shawna feels honored to work on a team of healthcare professionals that puts patient choice first. “Because of our patient-centered focus, we can rely on our expertise to come up with a care plan that truly honors their decisions”, she says.