Kat Foley-Saldeña MA, RYT

Guided Imagery Practitioner
and Therapeutic Yoga Instructor

Kat Foley-Saldeña MA, RYT, is a certified Guided Imagery Practitioner and Therapeutic Yoga Instructor. With a BA in Psychology from Boston College and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, she began her career in 2004 as an integrative medicine practitioner. Upon completion of a year-long internship in Guided Imagery at the Institute for Health & Healing (IHH), where she provided Guided Imagery to CA Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) oncology patients, Kat became a Guided Imagery Associate with IHH. She now specializes in working with individuals who are undergoing cancer treatment.


Following in the teachings of Cheri Clampett, her mentor and the developer of Therapeutic Yoga, Kat’s teaching style combines the use of gentle yoga, breath-work, healing touch and guided imagery to support individuals who are experiencing health related-concerns.


Listen to a sample of Kat’s Guided Imagery session:


Meditation at Contra Costa Oncology

At Contra Costa Oncology Kat provides support to individuals at all stages of cancer treatment through guided imagery and yoga therapy. Medical research shows that practicing guided imagery and yoga can make patients more comfortable during cancer treatment and reduces treatment side effects. These forms of mind-body medicine have been shown to alleviate insomnia, anxiety and pain, and to enhance immune function, stress management and the ability to cope with the emotional aspects of cancer treatment.


A guided imagery or yoga therapy session typically lasts about one hour and initially weekly sessions are recommended. Complimentary initial phone consultations to discuss how guided imagery may benefit you are available. Kat is also happy to make a personalized guided imagery CD or to develop a personalized yoga routine for interested clients to support an on-going home practice.

To ensure services are available for every patient that is interested, a sliding rate scale is available for discussion.


Kat’s hours of operation and standard fees are listed below:


Mondays 9:00-5:00 pm

Thursdays 9:00-1:30 pm


$85 per session 60 min.

$45 per session 30 min.

$65 personalized CDs


To schedule your appointment, please contact Kat at 415.994.2129

Karen Innocenti

Esthetic Services

To promote the complete healing process - physical, mental, and emotional - Contra Costa Oncology has partnered with Karen Innocenti to offer micropigmentation services, also known as permanent makeup. This process involves the implantation of sterile natural pigments into the skin to enhance facial features. Some clients like a natural look while others prefer a bold dramatic look. Both can easily be accomplished with permanent makeup, as each treatment is as unique as the individual receiving it. Pigment colors are custom blended especially for you and skillfully applied into the dermal layer of the skin, leaving a natural-appearing enhancement.


Permanent makeup is worry free makeup that fits your individual lifestyle. You can sleep, work, exercise, and even swim with the confidence of knowing you look your best. Visit Karen Innocenti’s website to learn more about her services.


EYEBROW

Eyebrow enhancement is great for an unshaped brow, sparse hairs on the brow, half an eyebrow, or no eyebrow hair at all. You can artistically change the shape of your brow to its best potential.


EYELINER

Eyeliner can be done a few different ways, you can go between the lashes to enhance your eyes naturally or you can have a more defining line, still looking soft, but more noticeable than the lash enhancement.


LIP COLOR & LINER

Lip color can create fuller, sexier lips and also extenuate your cupid’s bow. It will eliminate the problem of bleeding lipstick, or disappearing lips after eating. Any color can be created.


BEAUTY MARKS

Enhance your existing beauty marks or create a new one. They are usually very small in size and easily achieved.


SCAR CAMOUFLAGING

Scar camouflaging is for hiding scars, whether they’re from birth, surgery, or an accident.

Angela Rosen

Acupuncturist...

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile, single-use needles into specific points on the body. When acupuncture points are needled they have a regulating effect on the body, working to restore balance to the patien’s system. Acupuncture also releases endorphins, which act as natural pain-relievers and produce a general feeling of well-being. Many patients report profound relaxation during the acupuncture treatment, which often lasts for hours and sometimes days. Acupuncture is virtually painless, but a slight sensation from the needle is essential for a successful treatment. A typical acupuncture session lasts about one hour, while the initial visit is up to 90 minutes.


Following her degree in History at Lewis & Clark College, Angela Rosen studied at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco where she earned her Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2005. She credits her apprenticeship with Robert Levine, an exceptional healer, during this time for opening her eyes to the depths and subtleties of this medical art.


Needing to satisfy her sense of adventure and desire to treat a wide variety of people, Angela spent the next four years providing acupuncture treatments and herbal medicine prescriptions on cruise ships. Not only was this an excellent opportunity to travel, it afforded her the opportunity to introduce hundreds of different people, literally from all over the world, to the power of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.


Licensed in California, she has been practicing in the Bay Area since 2010.


Acupuncture at Contra Costa Oncology

Acupuncture treatments will focus on alleviating side effects from cancer treatment. Conditions commonly treated include nausea, vomiting, pain, fatigue, depressed immune system, peripheral neuropathy, insomnia, anxiety, dry mouth, hot flashes, digestive complaints, and more.


Acupuncture treatment is recommended one to two times per week in conjunction with chemotherapy, radiation, and/or biological therapy to reduce side effects. A course of treatment is also recommended after cancer therapy has ended. Acupuncture aimed at relieving post-operative pain should optimally begin within one to two weeks of the surgery. Individuals who have finished their cancer treatment can still obtain relief from any persisting side effects through acupuncture.


Acupuncture treatment is often covered by insurance. Most insurance companies cover a portion of the acupuncture treatment, while some offer 80-100% coverage. Contact your insurance provider to see if acupuncture is included in your benefits. All payment is due at the time of service, and a medical receipt will be provided for the patient to submit to their insurance company for reimbursement.

Knowing that good nutrition can be your ally in preventing cancer, we develop and fine-tune a custom regimen for cancer patients, as they have special nutrition needs, and issues, related to eating. Your diet counselor will encourage the ingestion of fresh, in-season local produce, as our firm belief is grounded in the idea that behind good nutrition, is that food, when properly grown and prepared, can be supportive of health, and enhance quality of life. Though aware that there are endless approaches to dietary process, we apply special care to alleviate and unravel any confusion you might have in understanding conflicting dietary information.

 

At Contra Costa Oncology we help you understand how a properly customized diet affects your health, well being and the environmental impact it creates. We will not advise pre-packaged diet plans, but will strongly encourage that you avoid a diet of commercially packaged processed foods.

 

We provide a wealth of acquired nutritional knowledge, assisting you in realizing your dietary goals, as they apply to any variety of your needs, including a considerable focus on, but not limited to; Weight Management, Nutrition for Cancer - during treatment and preventative, Thyroid conditions, PMS, Menopause, Arthritis, Allergies, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lyme Disease, and Diabetes.


 

The foundation of Contra Costa Oncology’s Integrative Programs is our understanding that the healing process needs to be all-embracing, encompassing a renewal of the mind, body and spirit.


The goal of our integrative health programs is to increase the effectiveness of conventional cancer treatment programs, while improving the quality of life for our patients.


From acupunture to esthetic services and nutrition our integrative health team is compromised of professionals who are committed to providing the utmost level of patient care.