About the Care Oncology Clinic
Care Oncology Clinic was established in October 2014 by SEEK Group. Headquartered in London, SEEK is involved in research and development, sales of over the counter and prescription medicines and management and operation of clinics. It undertakes all these activities in order to bring safe, effective and low cost medicines to patients in the shortest time possible to radically improve human health in major disease areas.
Gregory Stoloff, Founder – Director of Strategy and Finance
Gregory Stoloff founded SEEK – formerly known as PepTcell – in 2004 after a distinguished career in investment banking spanning 20 years, working in a broad range of institutions including Deutsche Bank and UBS. He initially concentrated on corporate finance and was involved in numerous mergers and acquisitions and structured finance with an emphasis on the healthcare industry, including mergers by GlaxoSmithKline, Aventis and Pfizer. Gregory then moved on to concentrate on project finance and was involved in financings for major pharmaceutical companies such as Roche, Merck and Novartis and across various other sectors. Gregory also has a wealth of experience in advising and working with medical research companies.
Gregory is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has spent many years researching scientific medical issues, specifically related to the immune system. He has also been involved in several publications, recounting research in the peptide space and is listed as an inventor in numerous patents for cancer, HIV, mosquito-borne diseases and influenza.
Gregory has been instrumental in the development of the concepts pursued by SEEK and has been the driving force behind the Group’s continued growth and diversification.
Dr Robin Bannister, Founder – Director of Research & Development
Robin joined the group in 2008 when his company, Biocopea, was acquired by SEEK – then known as PepTcell. Robin focuses on the discovery of novel biology based on existing drugs and drug templates and the subsequent identification and exploitation of high–value, low-risk products.
In his role at Care Oncology, Robin works closely with the clinical team to define and optimize the combination protocols which comprise the clinic’s metabolic treatment.
Robin has worked at senior levels in many pharmaceutical and biotech companies, including GSK, Celltech, Chiroscience and Smith Kline and French. Before founding Biocopea, Robin co-founded Arakis in 2000, which was a major supplier to Novartis and was subsequently sold to Japanese pharma company Sosei in 2005, creating a £110m exit for investors within 5 years.
Robin is a chemist by background training and studied at Imperial College, London receiving his PhD in 1988.
Raphael Swery, Chief Executive Officer
Raphael joined to head the clinic business in 2015 and is responsible for business development and strategy. He also manages the day to day operations of the clinic in London, UK, heading up the team of doctors and nurses at the practice. Together with the senior clinicians, he also leads new staff recruitment.
Raphael has twenty years’ experience running teams in business and finance consulting, including roles at Robert Walters Plc and Armstrong International. He was a founding partner of Edge Search Ltd, an executive search firm for Capital Markets in London and internationally.
He holds a degree in French and International Political Studies from the University of Warwick.
Declan Monaghan, Chief Financial Officer
Declan joined the clinics business in 2017 and alongside his finance role, works closely with Raphael on business development and strategy.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants (FCCA). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master’s degree in Business Studies from University College Dublin, and a Sloan Master’s degree in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School.
Declan has almost thirty years’ experience in the commercial and financial sectors working as a financial markets trader for 15 years for Mizuho International plc, where he traded a range of money markets, credit and high yield products. In 2011, he joined Fujitsu, where he was responsible for the successful launch and development of the Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform in the UK & Ireland. In 2015, he was the founding CEO of a One Health charity “The Humanimal Trust”.
My name is Charles Meakin, and I am honored to serve as the Chief Medical Officer of Care Oncology. I believe this dynamic company is helping shape the fourth field of cancer care of Metabolic Oncology. My path toward this current role started well before medical school or residency at Stanford University. My grandfather was a successful businessman and lectured me as an eager 8-10-year-old the importance of diet, exercise, determination, and discipline in a person’s life. He lived vigorously till 94, and I had the honor to be the one of his 26 grandchildren to give his eulogy. My father was an athlete and entrepreneur and when I was 12 gave me the Napoleon Hill book “Think and Grow Rich”. This book ignited the insight of the power of the mind and intention to further couple with my Catholic upbringing and daily prayer. Although I played many standard sports, my curiosity with eastern thought towards health led me to find the inner-city YMCA Karate program, where I spent the years till college training. Master Robinson was a 6 foot 4, muscular African American Vietnam veteran who preached vegetarianism, non-violence, respect, and discipline to his large teenage class. I was one of two white kids, leaned so much and never wanted to miss a class.
After some discernment and consideration of the Glenmary Missionaries, I decided to marry and have a family ultimately and thus went forward and matriculated with the University of Notre Dame and studied economics and premedical curriculum. I followed college with the University of Cincinnati Medical College back home. I felt pulled to work with severe medical conditions where the body, mind and spirit interacts to impact the outcome. I liked math and physics and ultimately chose Radiation Oncology rather than the other surgical or medical oncology. Stanford University was a great training opportunity as they were top in this field. Simultaneously, there were side courses available in San Francisco nearby in hypnosis, nutrition, eastern philosophy, and more.
I started the practice of oncology in 1989, and the 31 years have flown by quickly. As a physician and clinic director, my goals were always to bring more holistic adjuvants to the standard care and assess their input on outcomes. These things varied from simple balance training programs, nutrition strategies, supplements additive, portable 02, exercise bands, sleep hacks, and more. All these interventions had four things in common; their purpose was to improve treatment outcomes, they helped other health conditions, they were inexpensive and safe, and they were easy to access. I became the strange guy in our large oncology group who focused on all these complimentary issues, but they tolerated me as I was always one of the busiest years after year. Care Oncology continues to provide these four core objectives mentioned above and which is why I joined their genuine mission.
When I am not seeing a virtual consult now or reading a new metabolic strategy with a repurposed drug, I enjoy all things in nature. My wife Lindsay and I love to hike the North Carolina Mountains trails near our home, stand up paddle boards on nearby lakes and rivers, and come winter heading to Montana to ski and snowboard with our two kids and friends. Most of my charity work aims to get people outdoors, preserve nature, cancer services, and inspire human potential. I am a career biohacker with many of the classic tools at home to test theories on myself and offer first-hand information to patients and families.
Paul Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. is the founder of the Institute of Integrative BioOncology (I2B). As a physician-scientist, he is board-certified in medical oncology and internal medicine and board-eligible for medical acupuncture. He has more than 10 years of clinical experience and has specialized in medical treatment of gastroenterological, lung, and prostate cancers. As a member of the Society of Integrative Oncology, he strongly advocates the application of evidence-based comprehensive and integrative approaches to treatment and health restoration.
He was named as one of “America’s Top Physicians” in 2008. Dr. Zhang is a well-known researcher and clinician in the areas of cancer stem cells, novel therapies, and solid tumors. He was among the first to define the growth requirements of cancer stem cells. He described the use of a novel class of drugs that induces cancer differentiation and cell death, histone deactylase (HDAC) inhibitors, and Zolinza (vorinostat) was the first FDA-approved HDAC inhibitor. His recent work focuses on the role of cancer stem cells in the response to novel drug combinations. He is a member of the Society of Integrative Oncology.
Dr. Christy Kesslering is a board-certified Radiation Oncologist. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA and attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago-Stritch School of Medicine. She finished her Radiation Oncology Residency at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2000 and has been treating patients in the Chicagoland area since that time. She has done additional studies in the fields of Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and the Terrain-Theory of cancer. She is a member of the Society of Metabolic Health Practitioners and has been actively incorporating metabolic health practices into the care of oncology patients for many years. She has been named a Top Doctor multiple times by Castle Connelly and Chicago Magazine.
Zoraida Mendez, M.D.
Languages: Fluent in Spanish and English
October 01, 2002- December 31, 2018 Oncology physician at Salem Regional Medical Center -I was the only oncologist at that facility. Average of twenty five patients per day. Evaluated cases and created the treatments protocols. Did all Oncology inpatient consults.
July,01, 2000 – September 30, 2001 Locum tenems in Oncology for University Hospitals of Cleveland -Part time Emergency Room and Urgent Care physician for University Hospitals of Cleveland.
July,01, 1993- June 30, 2000 Oncology staff physician, Bone marrow transplant Unit Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Cleveland,Ohio.
July 01, 1990-June 30, 1993. Completed Hematology and Oncology Fellowship program at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland,Ohio.
July 01, 1988-June 30, 1990. Hospitalist at Saint Elizabeth Hospital of Youngstown,Ohio.
July 01, 1986-June 30, 1988. Completed Residency in Internal Medicine at Saint Elizabeth Hospital of Youngstown.
July 01, 1985-June 30, 1986. Internship at Saint Elizabeth Hospital of Youngstown.
October 30,1984. Obtained Medical Doctorate degree from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
Dr. Tan holds a Bachelor of Science major in Biology from the University of the Philippines and earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of the East, Philippines. She then trained for her Internal medicine residency at the Nassau County Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Long Island NY and the Bronx NY, respectively. She completed her Medical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha Nebraska.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
- Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1978
- Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1985 Cert. #21634
- Certified, Division of Gynecologic Oncology of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1987 Cert. # 21634 O
Dr Ndabezinhle Mazibuko MBBS
Clinical Research Fellow in Clinical Neuroscience (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience – King’s College London)
Dr Ndabezinhle Mazibuko is Clinical Research Fellow in Clinical Neuroscience (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience – King’s College London) whose work includes clinical trial design, management and data analysis with respect to pharmacological and neuro-imaging studies in both the academic and industry sectors.
His academic role includes medical student tutoring and periodic lectures. Prior to that he was an Acute Stroke and Neurology Registrar at King’s College Hospital and has several years’ experience as a clinician in varied disciplines within the NHS in addition to clinical experience in Australia (where he trained) and also in Africa.
He has a keen interest in Public Health Medicine and now also assists The Health Services and Population Research Department at King’s College London with data analysis with a view to policy creation and implementation for Non Communicable Diseases.
Since October 2014 he has clinically reviewed patients through the Care Oncology Clinic, implementing the protocol for the clinic. The medication regime that the clinic uses has its foundation in metabolic treatment with which Dr Mazibuko has extensive clinical experience.
Dr Samir Agrawal MRCP FRCPath PhD
Barts Health NHS Trust and Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
Samir Agrawal is a Senior Lecturer in Haematology at the Queen Mary University of London and a Consultant Haemato-Oncologist at St Bartholomew’s Hospitals and The Barts Health NHS Trust, London UK.
Dr Agrawal qualified at the University of Bristol, UK, trained at The Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital, London, UK, and was awarded his PhD in Tumour Immunology from the University of Paris, France. He is Director of the Stem Cell Laboratory of the Barts Health NHS Trust, and has an interest in diagnostic immunophenotyping. He was a winner of the NHS Innovator Award in 2006 for the introduction of new diagnostic tests for the diagnosis of human leukaemias.
Dr Agrawal’s clinical activities stretch across all areas of haematological cancers, ranging from intensive chemotherapy for acute leukaemia to outpatient non-intensive chemo-immunotherapy for lymphoid diseases, particularly chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) and other lymphoid malignancies. Dr Agrawal has designed, funded, and implemented studies on myelodysplastic syndromes, invasive aspergillosis and CLL. A former member of the UK CLL Trials Committee, he is a trustee for CLLSA (the patient-led support organisation for patients in the UK with CLL), as well as a NICE reviewer and the haemato-oncology representative on the UK IVIg initiative. He is a member of the European group (ECIL) for guidelines for infection management.
Dr Agrawal’s research activities are focussed on CLL biology and developing novel approaches to treating this incurable disease; and improving patient experience with the development of the “remote patient monitoring programme”, which allows specialist follow-up without requiring attendance at the hospital. His current activities in the field of invasive fungal disease include a diagnostic study of high-risk haematology patients looking at improved and earlier diagnosis. He is also working to develop clinical guidelines and integrated care pathways for managing infection in the high-risk haemato-oncology setting and to promote best practice and highlight new developments through educational meetings.
Dr Agrawal has published over 70 papers in journals such as the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Immunology, Blood, the British Medical Journal, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Dr Padman Vamadevan MA MBBS
Dr Padman Vamadevan undertook a Natural Sciences degree at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and subsequently completed his medical degree on the fast-track programme at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine in London. He subsequently secured an Academic Foundation training post at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals, during which he was seconded to Quintiles Drug Research Unit where he was involved in trial design and management and data analysis.
Following this, he was appointed as an Academic Clinical Fellow in Clinical Pharmacology at St George’s Hospital and during this period, published multiple peer-reviewed papers, whilst also receiving a travel fellowship to speak at the European Respiratory Society congress. Subsequently, he has taken up a variety of Haematological and Oncological posts at a variety of leading cancer institutions in London, which have afforded him significant relevant clinical experiance.
He has worked at the Care Oncology Clinic for over two years, and his familiarity with Biochemistry, Clinical Pharmacology, Clinical Research Studies and Oncology are consistent with the academic lineages that underpin the metabolic treatments offered by the clinic.
Nurse Educator and Consultant
Coaching, counseling and wellness services for individuals impacted by cancer, including those with a diagnosis and caregivers, incorporating an integrative, whole person approach. Trainings for professionals and volunteers working in oncology related settings including survivorship and physical concerns, self-care, psychosocial concerns, communication skills, and wellness practices.
An experienced and compassionate nurse, specializing in Oncology and Hospice/Palliative care. She is well-versed in both conventional and alternative or integrative therapies. She has advanced knowledge in the use of medicinal cannabis for both symptom management as well as integrative care protocols for serious chronic diseases.
I am a chemotherapy, biotherapy certified registered nurse, licensed in the state of Ohio. I have 17 years current experience in chemotherapy, immunotherapy, monoclonal antibody, hematology and other related infusion administration and monitoring. I have 2 years current experience in Radiation patient care, assessing, evaluating and teaching.
School Nurse at Smoky Hill High School and then Thunder Ridge Middle School. In addition, Psychiatric Nurse on Mental Health Team for four years at Smoky Hill High School. Daily nursing clinical care of infants, children, adolescents and adult staff with acute and chronic medical needs; coordinated liaison with families, and community resources, conducted special education assessments, and psychiatric/mental health/medical nursing consultations throughout the school district. Retired in May of 2018.
Christine Rogers, Case Manager
Chris is a case manager for Care Oncology and lives in Englewood Colorado. A classically trained chef and an entrepreneur, Chris is thrilled to be part of the Care Oncology team and is looking forward to expanding her expertise to include how to use diet and nutrition to help support cancer patients.
Julia Davenport, Case Manager
Kelsey Covell-King, Administrative Patient Support
Kelsey lives in Denver, CO with her husband and daughter. She is trained as a paramedic and has a bachelors degree in management. She is passionate about helping people and likes to cook, read and sew in her free time.