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Talaya Dendy
Talaya Dendy
CC
On the Other Side LLC

Talaya Dendy

CC
On the Other Side LLC
Advocate Location
Rochester, MN 55901
Specialty
Recovery and Wellness
Other Services
Insurance and Billing
Advocate Location
Rochester, MN 55901
Advocate Specialty
Recovery and Wellness
Other Services
Insurance and Billing
How I Can Help
I am a 10-year cancer thriver who went from being very healthy and going to the doctor only for annual exams to being thrust into a full-time healthcare consumer role. My diagnosis required me to learn as much as I could and as quickly as possible. I wanted to be an active participant in my care and make the best decisions for myself. One of the reasons I achieved that is because of my love for doing research and analyzing things. I realize that this is not for everyone. Many people are overwhelmed with medical issues while trying to navigate the healthcare system, and it is tough to do that alone. 

I used my lived experience and education to support and work with my clients so they become the gatekeepers of their health and overall quality of life. I provide personalized support based on the needs of my clients. 

The key areas that I offer support: 
emotional support/mindset
health (exercise and nutrition) 
understanding treatment options and clinical trials 
communication (with their healthcare team, loved ones, friends, workplace)
navigating the healthcare system
understanding insurance claims and billing 

I mainly work with people that have been diagnosed with cancer and who will or have started treatment. I also support people post-treatment and caregivers. 

Important Information About Me
  • My geographical area of practice is United States & International. Virtual support, location is not a barrier..

Formal Education
Metropolitan State University, B.A. Science & Mathematics


Why I Became a Professional Health Care Advocate
I am a 10, almost 11-year cancer thriver. During my cancer journey, I noticed gaps in my care even though I had a great oncologist and the support of my family. What was missing was the support of someone who understood what I was going through and could give me an idea of what to expect about certain things to help ease the anxiety that the unknown had caused.

Unfortunately, after going to a support group, I felt even more alone. After being there for about 10 minutes and seeing and feeling the negative energy, I realized it was not the right group for me, and I had no idea where else to go. That is when I decided to take matters into my own hands. I learned more about the mind-body connection, mindset, and complementary and integrative therapies. All of this was information that I had to find. It simply was not readily available. 

I am a Patient Advocate because I do not want others to feel alone and overwhelmed. I want to help lighten their load so they can focus on healing and become empowered during the journey. 

Professional Organizations and Affiliations
Community Consultant, Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network, 1/2022 - present

Adult Mental Health First Aid, Certificate of Completion, National Council For Mental Wellbeing, 12/2021, good through 2024 	

Youth Mental Health First Aid, Certificate of Completion, National Council For Mental Wellbeing, 2/2022, good through 2025 	

Cancer in Your Community, Certificate of Completion, Hennepin County, 2019 	

Coach Certification Training, Master Coach University, 2018	

Mentor Angel Training, Certificate of Completion, Imerman Angels, 2018	
Mentor Angel, Imerman Angels, 2018 - present


4th Angel Mentoring Program, Certificate of Achievement, 2018	
4th Angel Patient Mentor, 2018 - present

Board Member, Kili Summit Corporation, 2020 - Present	

Provider, Volunteer, Pathways Healing Center, 2019 – Present	

Member of Cancer Health Equity Network, Minnesota Cancer Alliance, 2019 – Present	

Board Member, African American Breast Cancer Alliance, 2019 – 2020	

Community Partner, Glida’s Club Twin Cities, 2019 – 2020	

Member of Survivors Advisory Council, Regions Hospital, 2014

Additional Skills & Attributes
I am passionate about helping people completely heal by not just focusing on the physical but also the emotional, mental, spiritual, etc. 
I offer a  free (one-time) 30 min. meet and greet/ phone consultation.
Assistance with understanding a new diagnosis or complicated medical condition.
Speak with healthcare providers and family members and advocate on your behalf.
Provide tools to become a self-advocate and maximize your time with your care team.
Help you prepare for doctor's appointments by providing appropriate questions to get the answers you need.
I will attend doctor’s appointments with you, take notes, and put them in an easy-to-read format. We will follow up with a debrief to make sure you understand what was discussed during your appointment and the next steps. Virtually or in-person if local.
Provide assistance with selecting physicians and treatment options that are the best for you and your needs including getting a second opinion.  
Research and explain treatments suggested by your healthcare team, holistic, alternative, or complementary therapies, new studies, clinical trials.
Help organize important healthcare records.
Provide assistance with insurance and billing questions.
Connecting patients and family members with support groups, counseling services, and potential financial resources.
Cancer Health Equity Consultant.
Contact Advocate

To contact this advocate call (864) 702-3479 or simply fill out the form below