WIOP Staff

Our Team

Meet the Wellness and Integrative Oncology Team

Our team is committed and passionate about wellness and community.

Lanie Francis, MD

Founder and Program Director
Dr. Francis is a hematologist and medical oncologist at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Dr. Francis is board-certified in hematology and medical oncology and a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, and the Society of Integrative Oncology. Dr. Francis is a lifelong Pittsburgher and lives with her husband, Dr. Elie Francis, and their three boys (Oliver, Julian, and Alexander) in Shadyside.

Fallon Degrange, RN, BSN, OCN

Senior Professional Collaborative Nurse/Clinical Liaison
Fallon has been practicing as a collaborative practice nurse for Dr. Lanie Francis since 2013. She has 10 years of nursing experience, all of which have been centered on the care of oncology patients. Fallon is an active member in the oncology community she is one of our nurse ambassadors a member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as The Oncology Nursing Society. She is otherwise known as “the happiness bully” due to her unwavering dedication to gratitude, fun, and connecting people.

Nicole Kjanica

Administrative Coordinator
Nicole serves as the concierge for the Wellness Suite, assists in administrative functions, and schedules all appointments. Nicole has gained administrative experience over the past four years working at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. At the front lines of all things in the Wellness Suite, her beauty and light greet and guide our patients on their integrative journey.

Kayla Miller, RN, BSN

Nurse Ambassador Clinical Liaison
Kayla has been an oncology nurse for the past 5 years. She currently serves as the Nurse Ambassador Clinical Liaison for the Wellness and Integrative Oncology Program. She works to support and expand the Nurse Ambassador Program in addition to caring for patients within the Integrative Oncology consult service. Her passion for connecting patients with integrative cancer has made her the perfect clinical arm to the program.

Danielle Petrina, MEd

Project Manager
Danielle oversees all operational functions for the program including education, program, events, the consult service, and the Wellness Suite. Her background in operations and higher education has prepared her to be the “general” of our team, always leading with a strong voice and big smile.

Lanie Francis

Lanie Francis, MD

Fallon Degrange and Nicole Kjanica

Fallon Degrange, RN, BSN, OCN and Nicole Kjanica

Kayla Miller

Kayla Miller, RN, BSN

Danielle Petrina

Danielle Petrina, MEd

Meet Our In-Suite Providers

All of our experts are fully licensed, credentialed, and vetted by UPMC's rigorous standards. The following providers perform integrative services to our patients in the Wellness Suite:

WIOP Karen

Karen Donoughe
Acupuncturist

WIOP Sadie

Sadie Grossman
Mindfulness, Movement,
and Meditation Provider

WIOP Kathleen

Kathleen Meier
Oncology Massage Provider