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Penny Cunningham the founder of Candy's Place


Penny Cunningham

January of 2013 marked sixteen years since Penny’s sister, Candy, passed away due to cancer. As Penny reflected over those years, she is very thankful for the many friends that she has made, the many sponsors that have come forward, and the many volunteers that have made our organization strong. But most of all, she is thankful for all the cancer patients that Candy’s Place has been able to help.

With recent changes that have been implemented at the Center so that many more cancer patients can be reached, the mission has not and will not change. “Our vision helps us focus on the future,” said Penny, “and that is to be the leading resource for non-medical cancer support and services to the Wyoming Valley region.”

Candy’s Place’s hope is that you will continue to partner with us as we support and care for those who are in the battle of their lives.



Chris Ostroski
Chris is a graduate of Wilkes University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing.  Previously working for Leadership Wilkes-Barre and the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce have given her an excellent foundation in her position of Director.  She also has extensive volunteer service hours in edcuational, church and civic environments which have benefitted in her current role.  Being a cancer survivor herself, Chris, can easily relate to the cancer patients and their families when they have received their difficult diagnosis.

Martha Tilghman - Bookkeeper at Candy's Place


Martha Tilghman
Martha Tilghman comes to The Center with years of bookkeeping experience. A retired school librarian from West Side Tech, she has a soft heart for those who are fighting the fight against cancer. In addition to bookkeeping, Martha also volunteers as The Center’s receptionist when needed.


Center Assistant

Anne Lenahan
Anne Lenahan comes to the Center with over twenty years of experience with organizational, clerical, computation and interpersonal skills. Beyond her experience, she arrives each day with a devotion to serving others and making the best use of her compassionate heart. Prior to her position here, she has held positions at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA and the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She has touched the lives of everyone she has worked with, and continues this here at Candy’s Place. Her exceptional skill in organizing and maintaining the financial reporting, managing the records and database, and administrative support is merely a glimpse into the multitude of services she provides for us.


Exercise Instructor

Joan Murphy

Joan has over 10 years of fitness experience starting when residing in Washington, D.C.  Her passion to create, design, and choreograph her own programs started at that point.  Her ageless, unique programs have been very successful and target all pillars of fitness.  She choreographs, easy to follow, challenging classes for all levels through the magic of music.  Never boring, never predictable, she brings fresh, changing, stimulating ideas and very contagious energy so everyone, men and women achieve their optimum workout.  Joan has recently been certifited in Reiki II


Exercise Instructor

Chris Fazzi
Chris Fazzi started taking classes many years ago which led to her interest in studying for Personal Training.  In 1995, she attained her ACE certification as a Group Fitness Instructor in Philadelphia and the IFPA certification for Personal Fitness Trainer in 2005.  Chris currently instructs the One on One Personal Training.


Yoga and Meditation Instructor

Theresa Novak
Theresa Novak begain practicing yoga 15 years ago at Health Works in Kingston. She has a 500 hour certification from Dharma Yoga Center in New York City. She studied with renowned yoga instructor, Dharma Mitra. In addition to teaching the One on One Personal Yoga and Mediation Training, Theresa also holds the Gentle Yoga classes which include mediation, breathing and posture techniques at the Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Theresa also instructs the Mediation and Deep Breathing Relaxation Class on Wednesday evenings.

Pilates Instructor

Eileen Pollock

Mary Ann Gaprindachvili - Reiki Master at Candy's Place

Reiki Master

Mary Ann Gaprindachvili
Mary Ann is a Level II Usui practitioner having studied under Sue Yarnes, Usui/Karuna Master with a focus on oncology patients. She was certified in 2010 and has completed her Master studies in May 2011. Mary Ann was introduced to Reiki through a program held at Candy’s Place. Reiki is a simple Japanese form of energy work gaining popularity for it’s effectiveness in accelerating healing, pain management and stress reduction.

Pat Nicolino - Reiki Practitioner at Candy's Place

Reiki Practitioner

Pat Nicolino
A former caregiver of one of our patients and a longtime supporter of Candy’s Place, Pat studied under Jeffrey Seymour, NCTMB and was certified in 2011. He completed his Level II studies under Jeffrey Seymour. Pat will be pursuing his Master studies in 2013.


Reiki Practitioner

Joan Murphy

Being a longtime fitness instructor at Candy’s Place, Joan saw the effectiveness of Reiki in accelerating healing, pain management and stress reduction and is now a Certified Reiki Practitioner with very strong interests in its benefits.

Lindsay Isamoyer - Massage Therapist at Candy's Place

Massage Therapist

Lindsay Isamoyer
Lindsay is an honors graduate of Allied Medical and Technical Institute in Forty Fort, PA. Her practice emphasizes Swedish massage techniques utilizing deep pressure and relaxation. Lindsay is a member of the Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals. She is Nationally Certified by the Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. In March of 2010, she completed training focusing on oncology massage technique.

Sister Rosellen Li - Massage Therapist at Candy's Place

Massage Therapist

Sister Rosellen Li
Sr. Rosellen Li is licensed by Florida and PA State Boards of Massage.She is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association and has practiced massage since 1987. Sister has been a Massage and Anatomy instructor since 1990. She brings a caring, compassionate spirit to her massage ministry.

Dave Jenkins - Medical Reflexologist at Candy's Place

Medical Reflexologist

Dave Jenkins
Dave Jenkins is a certified member of the International Institute of Reflexology with over 34 years of experience. He began his studies in 1978 with May Post of Philadelphia, the first person granted permission to teach Reflexology by its developer, Eunice Ingham. He continued his studies with the International Institute of Reflexology with George Balut, Bobbi Warren and Dwight Byers, nephew of the late Eunice Ingham, becoming certified in the Ingham method of Reflexology in 1990.


Gretchen Frank

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