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Support Groups

We are excited to resume the “Pre- and Post-Kidney Transplant Education & Support Group.” The group will be held virtually for the time being. 

Groups will be held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 3 to 4 pm. If you would like to join us, please print this page, fill out the form and leave it at the front desk in the Transplant Clinic. 

We will send email invitations for Zoom or provide a call-in number for those who prefer to join by phone. You may also call me directly to register. We hope to see you at the group! Please contact Rose Quigley, MSW, LICSW, Transplant Social Worker at with any questions.

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January 11, 2023:  Living Donation - Ellen Wells, MSW, LICSW, CTSW/Cathleen Dunn, RN, BSN/Kristen Shippee, CNP

February 08, 2023: Pre-Transplant/Evaluation/Waiting List - Linda Shelton, RN, BSN, CCTC/Jodi Lane, MS, RN, CCTC

March 08, 2023: Post-Transplant Life - Tammy Lovewell, RN, BSN, CCTC

April 12, 2023: NE Donor Services - Kristin Ross/Aftercare Specialists

May 10, 2023: Infectious Disease/COVID, etc. - Jennifer Daly, MD/Alina Adeel, MD

June 14, 2023: Transplant Surgery - Justin Belin, MD/Babak Movahedi, MD

July – Time to rest

August 09, 2023: Financial Coordinators: Insurance Information - Mary Lambert/Tracy Vincequere 

September 13, 2023: Patient Panel - Common Elements of the Journey

October 11, 2023: Pharmacy/Medication Overview - Melissa Racine, MS, RN

November 08, 2023: Ethics in Medical Care - Anne Winslow, MPH, HE-C- Ethicist

Meeting Time:
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Worcester, MA 01605

An Educational and Supportive Group for patients and caregivers.

1st Thursday of the Month, 3 to 4 pm

All groups will be virtual via WebEx

Scheduled Dates

  • January 2023 – NO GROUP, Winter Break
  • February 2, 2023 – “Current trends in treatment for Hepatocellular Carcinoma”, Navine Nasser-Ghodsi, MD, transplant hepatologist
  • March 2, 2023 - “Treatment for addiction” – John Monfredo, LICSW, Addiction Specialist
  • April 6, 2023 – Donate Life Month!  “Communicating with your donor family and volunteer opportunities”, Kristin Ross, New England Donor Services
  • May 4, 2023 – “Life on the transplant list”, Jackie Caron, RN, BSN and Kimberly Pagnoni, RN, BSN
  • June 1, 2023 – “Post-Transplant Medications, Tips for staying compliant”, Melissa Racine, RN, BSN
  • July 2023 – NO GROUP, Summer Break
  • August 3, 2023 – topic to be determined
  • September 7, 2023 – “The first few days after liver transplant, what to expect”, Cara Bertoni, NP and Rachel Gora, NP
  • October 5, 2023 – “Mental Health and Wellness”, Ellen Wells, LICSW, CCTSW
  • November 2, 2023 – “Transplant Nutrition”, Michelle Rightmyer, RD, LDN, CCTD Transplant Dietician
  • December 7, 2023 - topic to be determined

***Remember to mute when not speaking***

***Remember to respect patient confidentiality during and after group***

If you would like to join, please call the transplant office at 508-334-1269 to provide your email address so that a WebEx link can be sent to you. You can also email your email address to:

Meeting Time:
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Worcester, MA 01605

Featuring Guest Speaker Kyle Dawson, Sigvaris Representative.

Kyle Dawson is a territory manager for the compression garment company, Sigvaris, which offers both elastic and inelastic options for independent edema management.

Open to all.

Facilitated by a Certified Lymphedema Physical Therapist, Jennifer Williams, PT, DPT, CLT


Meeting Time:

May 30, 2018, 4-5 pm.

HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital
UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton, Physical Therapy Plus
21 Cinema Blvd.
Leominster, MA 01453

Refreshments and Snacks Provided



View our Brochure for Free Session, Jan. 8, 2020.

Lynn Rochefort is a massage therapist who has advanced training in oncology massage, Reiki, and a certified lymphatic therapist. She will be discussing the lymphatic-related treatments that are available at the complementary care center in Fitchburg.

The care center is open to all.

Facilitated by a Certified Lymphedema Physical Therapist, Jennifer Williams, PT, DPT, CLT


Jennifer Williams
Meeting Time:
HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital
21 Cinema Blvd
Leominster, MA 01453

A Diabetes Support Group meets the second Wednesday of the month. Family members and significant others are welcome.

Meeting Time:

Second Wednesday of the month, 2 to 3:30 pm and 7 to 8:30 pm

UMass Memorial Medical Center
Marlborough, MA 01752

Information: Call 508-486-5430.