Eye Believe Patient Survivorship Seminar
Redondo Beach CA Sept. 5-8, 2019
Meet Our Speakers & Session Leaders

Dug McGuirk is an accomplished entrepreneur, musician, producer and inspirational speaker. Having run his own production company for 10 years, contributing sales of over 150 million records and multiple Grammy’s, a partner in an international hardware and software computer company, toured the United States as musician and a Senior Peak Performance Strategist / National Trainer/speaker for Tony Robbins, co-authored Multiple Streams of Inspiration with Jack Canfield (author of Chicken Soup for the Soul),Under Construction – Navigating the Detours on the Road to Recovery and a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP (neuro linguistic programming) and board certified in Neo Ericsonian Hypnosis.  Dug is well versed in true life experiences and overcoming personal obstacles to achieve success. He has also overcome a serious drug and alcohol problem early in life.  As Co Founder of Revolutionary Growth, Dug and his wife Heidi are committed to supporting the Transformation of Lives. His greatest passion is to help human beings achieve their full potential and dreams. To support positive paradigm shifts in human consciousness. His training and experience have given him keen insights and skills to support his clients to “Feed their Passion, and Starve their Fear” by allowing them to discover the miracle they always already are! His passion and enthusiasm is only exceeded by his genuine care and desire to honor your Journey…

Prithvi Mruthyunjaya, MD, MHS is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Ocular Oncology Service at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford Univeristy.  He is a vitreoretinal surgeon who has focused his clinical and academic career to the care of patients with eye cancer.

He grew up in Upstate New York and completed his ophthalmology training at the Duke Eye Center in Durham, North Carolina.  After completing a 2 year fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery, he travelled to London to complete an ocular oncology fellowship at the Moorfields Eye Hospital.  He returned to Duke University where he served on faculty for 15 years building a comprehensive eye cancer service.

He has published extensively in the field of ocular oncology, ophthalmic imaging, and complex retinal surgery.  In addition he holds leadership positions in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Retina Society, and the Intenational

Society of Ocular Oncology.  His passion includes teaching the next generation of students, residents and fellows and currently serves as the retinal surgery fellowship director at Stanford.  He helped found the Ocular Oncology Study Consortium and serves on the executive committee for the Collaborative Ocular Oncology Group.

Jaime Jessen has obtained a bachelor of Science in Biology from York University, and Masters in genetic counseling from Newcastle University, Australia. Jaime has earned certification from both the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors and The American Board of Genetic Counseling.  Jaime has 13 years experience as a clinical genetic counselor providing patients and families with the information they require to make informed decisions. Jaime is a resource to both healthcare providers and patients as her role as Medical Science Liaison at Impact Genetics. Jaime’s passion for the provision of support and specialized medical knowledge compliments the high quality genetic testing services offered by Impact Genetics.


Anne Osborn, Author, as a teen grew up in the shadows of OM when her mother died of OM.  Forty years later, she, was diagnosed with OM, Class 2.

She spent her career in human services, trained as a psychotherapist.  Her specialties include initially being a children’s therapist specializing in needs impacting the ability to learn in education.  Simultaneously she began leading an emergency team for law enforcement and fire personnel over nearly three decades, ‘when bad things happen to them, we go in’.

Managing her stress was with long distance, both in running and bicycling.  Though now, as a Master Gardener time is spent in Nature. Her passion outside of family and friends includes travel, writing and being of service.

Her new book, Coping with Ocular Melanoma: A Toolbox is published.  She will talk about its contents here at the conference.


Key Not SpeakerDug McGuirk

Dug will bring his unique style of motivation and overcoming your fears to help you breakthrough what’s holding you back. To help you look past your diagnosis and be the best you can be.


Barbara Van Hare is the Director of Foundation Partnerships at the Rare Cancer Research Foundation (RCRF). In her role, she works with rare cancer foundations and their patient communities to help get critically needed patient samples to high impact research projects.Barbara joined RCRF after a 30-year sales and marketing career with Hallmark Cards, as her father, brother and nephew have all been affected by different rare cancers.Barbara will address the importance of tissue donation and how OM patients can help propel research forward faster.

The Rare Cancer Research Foundation (www.rarecancer.org), founded by an Ocular Melanoma survivor, is dedicated to curing rare cancers through strategic investments and collaborations that catalyze effective research and accelerate deployment of promising therapies.Pattern.org, an initiative of the Rare Cancer Research Foundation, is a patient-research matching program that enables patients to directly donate their tumor tissue and medical data to research.