Patient Empowerment Coach


Sandy Sparkles Castillo

Executive Profile

Sandy brings significant experience working within membership development in the areas of hospitality, healthy living and healthcare.  She has championed cross-pollination of art, spirituality and the breath by creating and facilitating both Empowerment Coaching and Cultural Meditation Tours and Tea Tastings since 2009 with the intention to cross-pollinate cultural locations with inner wisdom awareness experiences to inspire healing, wellness and happyness.

Sandy has worked as a nonprofit consultant on strategic initiatives, while continuing to share her expertise as an Empowerment Coach, Breast Cancer Survivor and Spiritual Lifestyle Ambassador for the community.  In addition to celebrating more than thirty years as a group exercise instructor and teacher, Sandy continues to inspire others through social media, writing and retreats.

Industry Experience
Nonprofit | Advocacy | Community  

EFT Training Intensive with Sonya Sophia, 2015
Vedic and Gong Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Yoga 2015
LINE, Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives,
Glasscock School, Rice University, 2013
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Yoga Yoga, 2008
BUMA, Business Management Certificate, San Jose State University
BEDA, Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture, Texas A&M University, 1992

Drug Information Association Patient Fellowship, 2015
American Association for Cancer Research Survivor Scientist, 2014
Accelerating Anticancer Agent Development and Validation, Patient
Advocate Workshop
Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network, Uganda, 2013
American Society for Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Regional
Engagement Workshop and Partner Visit to Zuni Reservation
National Breast Cancer Coalition Project LEAD, 2012

Skills and Expertise
Visionary | Strategic Advancement | Membership & Business Development | Social Media | Spokesperson |Design-Build

Patient Advocacy
NCCS Doctor-Patient Communication Working Group, 2017
Seriously Silly Advocate Training, YSC, Austin, 2016
Patient Role in Drug Development, DIA Patient Cohort, 2015
Cancer Alliance of Texas, Quality of Life Committee, 2015
Pink Sunday, Flash Mob + Hand Dance, Houston Aeros, 2013

Self Advocacy
Aurora Empowerment Intensive, 2017
Guided Partner Meditation Workshop, Texas Yoga Conference, 2016
Cultural Meditation Tours,, since 2009
7 Pathways to Wellness + Happyness Daily Blog, 2015
ME First! Women’s Retreats, 2011

Research Advocacy
Big Data Divas Presentation, Drug Information Association, 2015
Cancer Advocate Trifecta Poster Presentation, AACR 2013
Immunotherapy Primer, Komen Advocates in Science, 2013
DoD CDMRP BCRP MBG, since 2013

Social Media Campaigns
Global Forum, DIA, 2016
I Am Not Average,, 2016
Healthy Survivorship Team Member,
MyHealthFinder App, Submitted Advocacy and Survivorship Data
Komen Healthy Breast Tissue Bank, Minority Recruitment, 2014
30 Faces of Breast Cancer, Channel 2 News, 2009

In the News
Web | Rosenthal Report, Oncology Times
TV | Social Media Saved My Life Profile, Channel 2 News 2009,
Pink Pilates and Breast Cancer Survivors, Channel 2 News 2009,
Great Day Houston 2015, and Fox News Segments, 2015
Integrated Broadcasting | BYUtv, Turning Point, First Descents
Print | NSIDE Texas MD Profile
1 million in Texas could lose coverage, Houston Chronicle, 2015
Sebelius again urges Texans to sign up, Houston Chronicle, 2014

Board Experience
Magdalene Festival Co-Chair, Brigid’s Place, 2015
Survivor Royale Tea & Hat Party, Emergency Aid Coalition
Corral Club and Scholarship Committee, Houston Rodeo 2013
Alumnae Committee, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
Development, White Linen Night in the Heights, 2011

Career + Clients
Regarding Cancer, Tree Sisters, TelSki, 2016
The Sophia School of Living Arts, Ecstatic Dance Evolution Houston, 2015
Yoginos Yoga for Youth, Green Planet Sanctuary
Houston Ballet Foundation, Joy Yoga Center Houston, 2014
Katy Area Economic Development Council, Mammosafe
White Linen Night in the Heights and Pink Street, 2011
The Downtown Club, Whole Foods Market, Premier Pilates, 2009
Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, 2008

Young Survival Coalition, Tour de Pink Top Survivor Fundraiser, 2013
First Descents, Most Spirited Award, 2010
Top 10 Nationwide Webpreneur, IBM and AMEX, 2000


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