Clinical Staff

Joyce Collier

Joyce Collier


Joyce Collier is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years’ experience in the Greater Boston area. She was a group facilitator at the former Wellness Community of Greater Boston. Prior to that, Joyce spent 15 years at Fenway Community Health as the Coordinator of The Violence Recovery Program and then as the Associate Director of Mental Health. She has a specialty in group therapy and remains actively involved in the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy.

Susan Englander


Susan Englander is a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience in the Boston area. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings. At The Wellness Community of Greater Boston she directed the Kids Count Too program supporting families in which a parent has cancer and consulted to a number of school systems around issues of loss and bereavement.

Quinn Pertman


Quinn Pertman has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has completed internships in the area of psychooncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, at The Wellness Community of Greater Boston, and Facing Cancer Together. Quinn also completed her post doctoral fellowship at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Facing Cancer Together. Quinn is now a clinical staff member who facilitates general cancer support groups.

Julie Anderson


Clinical Psychologist

Julie Anderson is a clinical psychologist with a 25 year long private practice in Brookline.  She has specialized in working with young adults and with adults going through life transitions.  In the last decade she has also been active in the regional and national associations for group therapy, and runs several groups in her practice (including a training group for psychiatry residents).  Prior to her career in psychotherapy, Julie worked as a teacher and administrator in special education, and in the 1980's, helped Perkins School for the Blind remodel their high school program to incorporate mainstreaming.

Jacqueline Harris


Retired, Educator

Before becoming a facilitator of cancer support groups, Jacqueline Harris enjoyed a 30-year career as an educator in Boston. Following a breast cancer diagnosis, she began her association with Facing Cancer Together when she joined the Writing for Wellness group in 2008. She later served on the Board of Directors for two years, before beginning a 5-year term as president of the Board in 2013.

Claire Willis

Claire Willis


Claire Willis is a body/mind licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years experience in individual and group work and 18 years experience teaching yoga and meditation. She was a faculty member at the Family Institute of Cambridge and is the former Stress Management Consultant for the Dean Ornish Program in Boston. She is an adjunct faculty at Andover Newton Theology School. For the last l0 years, she was on the staff at The Wellness Community of Greater Boston where she facilitated groups, taught yoga, meditation and therapeutic writing.

Vartus Varadian

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Graphic Designer, Art Director

Vartus Varadian is a graphic designer and art director who has worked for numerous advertising agencies, design studios, and companies in the Boston area. After a sudden cancer diagnosis years ago, Vartus turned to Chinese Brush Painting as a means of meditation. Her painting career started with taking classes at the Wellness Community of Greater Boston. Loving the process of painting and becoming proficient in this art has led her to teaching other cancer survivors, so they, too, could find inspiration and calmness through painting.

Vartus has also discovered Wellness Warriors, an all cancer survivors’ Chinese dragon boat racing team, which has helped her heal and regain her strength and confidence. She continues to refine her skills of painting and racing on the water with other cancer survivors.