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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
Lanie Francis, MD, is a hematologist and medical oncologist at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and sees all cancer cases, specializing in breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and cancer/blood disorders during pregnancy.

Board-certified in hematology, medical oncology, and internal medicine, Dr. Francis received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a residency in internal medicine at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., followed by a fellowship in hematology and oncology at UPMC. Dr. Francis is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and 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.

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

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

WIOP Sadie

Sadie Grossman
Mindfulness, Movement,
and Meditation Provider

Rebecca Brown
Exercise Therapy Provider

Kathy Pascoe
Oncology Massage Therapist

Angela Zaccagnini
Lifestyle Dietician