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Karen Wonders, Ph.D., FACSM
Cancer Exercise Specialist | Researcher | Author | Speaker | Minister | Professor of Exercise Science & Director of the Sports Science program at Wright State University | Founder and Director of Maple Tree Cancer Alliance®

425 N. Findlay Street, Dayton, OH 45404


Maple Tree Cancer Alliance®


Karen Wonders, Ph.D. is the Founder and Director of Maple Tree Cancer Alliance®. She first became interested in Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation in 2003, while earning her doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Northern Colorado. There, she became certified as a Cancer Exercise Specialist and worked at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute as a cancer exercise trainer. It was through this work experience that she was able to witness first-hand the positive effect that supervised exercise and proper nutrition can have on the life of an individual being treated with cancer.

In 2006, Dr. Wonders moved with her family to Dayton, Ohio. Currently, Dr. Wonders works as a Professor of Exercise Science at Wright State University, and serves as the Director of the Sports Science program. Dr. Wonders remains an active researcher in the area of exercise and cancer treatment-related pain and neuropathy and has given over 100 presentations on the national, state, and local levels as well as authored several professional manuscripts, books, and book chapters on this topic.

Finally, Dr. Wonders also holds a Master’s degree in Ministry from Cedarville University. With this degree, she hopes to provide Christ-centered encouragement to those who are battling cancer.

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Practicioner-Based Books
  • Wonders, K.Y., Stout, B. (2017). Pediatric Cancer Survivors. In Tech. ISBN: 978-953-51-3220-2.
  • Wonders, KY (2013). Exercise Programming for Cancer Patients. Transworld Research Network. Kerala, IN. ISBN: 978-81-7895-581-0.

Book Chapters
  • Wonders, K.Y., Stout, B. (2016). The Role of Exercise in Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy. Neurooncology. In Tech.
  • Wonders, K.Y. (2015). A Comprehensive Fitness and Nutrition Plan for Cancer Survivors. In R Mohan (Ed.), Cancer Treatment. Book 3. In Tech.
  • Wonders, K.Y. (2012). The Role of Exercise in Cancer Survivorship. In R Mohan (Ed.),
  • Cancer Treatment. Book 2. In Tech.
  • Reigle, B.S. & Wonders, K. (2008). Breast cancer in women and the role of exercise. In M. Verma (ed.),Cancer Epidemiology. Totowa, NJ: The Humana Press.

Published Articles
  • O’Malley, N., Stout, B., & Wonders, K.Y. (2018). The Effects and Efficacy of Exercise in Lung Cancer Patients: An Overview. Health Science Journal, 12 (2): 553.
  • Wonders, K.Y. & Ondreka, D. (2018). Individualized Exercise Improves Fitness and Psychological Measures to a Greater Extent than Group Exercise During Cancer Treatment. Journal of Palliative Care and Medicine. 1(1): 1001.
  • Wonders, K.Y., Ondreka, D., Wise, R. (2018). Supervised, Individualized Exercise Mitigates Symptom Severity During Cancer Treatment. Journal of Adenocarcinoma & Osteosarcoma, 3(1): 1-5.
  • Wonders, KY, Spellman, C., Tse, L., Wonders, AW, Stout, B. (2017). Current trends in cancer support within the religious community. Journal of Nursing and Palliative Care, 2(3):3-7.
  • Wonders, KY, Stout, B (2017). Physical Activity and Nutrition Recommendations for Weight Management during Breast Cancer Treatment. Journal of Nursing and Palliative Care, 2(3):3-7.
  • Wonders, KY, Stout, B., (2017). Potential benefits of yoga interventions for breast cancer survivors. Yoga Practice & Physiotherapy.J115.
  • Stout, B., Wonders, KY, Crecelius, A. (2016). The development and feasibility of an at-home, internet-based exercise and nutrition education program in child cancer survivors. MOJ Clinical & Medical Case Reports. 5(4): 00142-00147.
  • Wonders, KY, Stout, B., Ondreka, D. (2016). Group-based exercise improves fitness parameters in previously sedentary individuals with cancer. International Journal of Innovative Medicine and Health Science (7), 12-16.
  • Wonders, KY, Stout, B., Ondreka, D. (2016). A model approach to group exercise in cancer survivors. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research.
  • Wonders, KY., Leedom, E., Sheets, M. (2016). Role of Nutrition and Exercise in the Prevention of the Onset of Cancer. Journal of Palliative Care and Medicine, (6) 1-4.
  • Sackett, L., Nelson, M., & Wonders, K.Y. (2015). Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effectiveness of Yoga in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Adjuvant Radiation and/or Chemotherapy Following Breast Surgery. Jacobs Journal of Cancer Science and Research, 1(4): 021-026.
  • Robichaux, A.M. & Wonders, K.Y. (2015) Nutrition Intervention Strategies to Maintain Body Weight of Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Jacobs Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine, 1(1):1-3.
  • Moris, C. & Wonders, K.Y. (2015). Concise Review on the Safety of Exercise on Symptoms of Lymphedema.World Journal of Clinical Oncology, 6(4):43-44.
  • Wonders, KY (2014). The Effect of Supervised Exercise Training on Chemotherapy-Induced Exercise Training. International Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2:(4) 210-215.
  • Wonders, KY, Bergman, D., & Drury, DG (2014). An Investigation of the Maxagrip Handle Design on Muscular Strength and Gripping Comfort: A Pilot Study. Journal of Exercise Physiology, Online. 17(3):46-57.
  • Wonders, KY, Whisler, G., Loy, H., Holt, B., Bohachek, K., Wise, R. (2013). Ten Weeks of Home-Based Exercise Attenuates Symptoms of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Breast Cancer Patients. Health Psychology Research Journal, 1(3):149-153.
  • Wonders, KY, Loy, H., Holt, B., Bohachek, K., Wise, R. (2013). Examining the Relationship Between Physical Fitness and Spiritual Fitness in Cancer Patients. World Journal of Translational Medicine, 2(2): 22-26.
  • Wonders, KY, Jennings, J, & Smith, K. (2012). A Comprehensive Cancer Care Plan: Examining the
  • Role of Exercise, Nutrition, and Emotional Support in Cancer Recovery. Journal of Palliative Care and Medicine, S1:003
  • Wonders, KY & Drury, DG (2012). Current exercise behaviors of breast cancer patients diagnosed with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Journal of Integrative Oncology, 1(1): 103-107.
  • Wonders, KY & Drury, DG. (2011). Exercise intensity as a determinant of exercise induced hypoalgesia.Journal of Exercise Physiology online,14(4):134-144
  • Wonders, KY. Reigle, BS, & Drury, DG. (2010). Treatment strategies for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: Potential role of exercise rehabilitation. Oncology Reviews, 4(2): 117-25.
  • Wonders, KY & Drury, DG. (2010). Orthostatic-induced hypotension attenuates cold pressor pain perception. Journal of Exercise Physiology, online, 13(1): 21-32.
  • Orlowski, M., Husain, M., Wonders, KY, & Hallam, JS. (2010). The relationship of beliefs and access to mammography history in low-income women. The American Journal of Health Studies, 25(2): 78-85.
  • Wonders, KY & Drury, DG. (2010). Orthostatic-induced hypotension attenuates cold pressor pain perception. Journal of Exercise Physiology, online, 13(1): 21-32.
  • Hydock, DS, Wonders, KY, Schneider, CM, & Hayward, R. (2009). Voluntary Wheel running in rats receiving doxorubicin: effects on running activity and cardiac myosin heavy chain. Anticancer Research, 29(11): 4401-7.
  • Wonders, K.Y, Hydock, D., Greufe, S., Schneider, C., & Hayward, R. (2009). Endurance Exercise Training Preserves Cardiac Function in Rats Receiving Doxorubicin and the HER-2 Inhibitor GW2974. Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology, 64(6): 1105-13.
  • Wonders, K.Y., Reigle, B.S. (2009). Trastuzumab and Doxorubicin-Related Cardiotoxicity and the Cardioprotective Role of Exercise. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 8(1): 17-21.
  • Wonders, K.Y., Hydock, D.S., Schneider, C.M., Hayward, R. (2008). Acute exercise attenuates doxorubicin-induced cardiac dysfunction. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 7(3): 147-54.
  • Drury, D.G. & Wonders, K.Y. (2008). Unmasking pain. NATA: Training & Conditioning, 18(4): 51-7.
  • Wonders, K.Y., Hydock, D.S., Hayward, R. (2007). Time course of changes in cardiac function during recovery after acute exercise. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 32: 1164-9.
  • Hydock, D.S., Wonders, K.Y., Schneider, C.M., Hayward, R. Endurance training protects against androgen deprivation therapy-induced cardiac dysfunction. (2006). Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease, 9(4), 392-98.

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