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Published on January 29, 2019

Who will be this year’s Dancing With the Docs champ?Who will be this year’s Dancing With the Docs champ?

Forget about the Super Bowl, the February competition with the most suspense is the Dancing With the Docs.

 “Season three,” in the largest venue yet, will feature eight local doctors, each dancing with an expert partner.

 “I have enjoyed the process – the learning, the practicing, the missteps and messing up and then getting it right – even more than I thought I would, which was a lot!” said Kathryn Hughes, MD. “It still surprises me a little when various folks around the hospital ask me about the event and ask, ‘How’s the dancing going?’ People are touched by the event, the idea and the cause, and it gives me a great feeling to be part of it.”

 This year, there will be three prizes: the Medicine Ball Trophy, chosen by a panel of judges in combination with text-in votes; the People’s Choice Award, determined by the number of text votes; and the CWC Community Hero, determined by the highest total of pledged contributions.

The event raises funds for Cape Wellness Collaborative (CWC), a local nonprofit that gives free complementary, integrative therapies (including massage, acupuncture, Reiki and nutrition counseling) to people with cancer. Since 2015, CWC has distributed over $186,000 helping 507 Cape cancer patients.

The doctors and their dancer partners recorded short videos requesting your support for the Community Hero award. (Click on a doctor’s name to see his or her video.)

 • Richard Angelo, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist (swing, Alisha Semprini Kelly)

Alanna Coolong, MD, cardiologist (waltz, David Troutman)

Kathryn Hughes, MD, surgeon (Country swing, Rebecca Terkelsen)

Leslie Max, MD, pathologist (salsa, John Vazquez)

Karen Monaghan, MD, hospitalist (foxtrot, Doug McHugh)

Mary-Amanda O’Neill, MD, hospitalist (contemporary/hip-hop, Jonathan “JT” Thompson)

Mathew Pulicken, MD, neurologist (samba, Kimberlee McHugh)

Dana Zweig, MD, family medicine (cha cha, Brandon Simmons)

The doctors have been working hard in their rehearsals, hoping to match the success of the previous winners, Dr. Mary Ann Harwood (2017) and Dr. Nancy Schaefer (2018). 

“For me, learning to dance has been challenging,” said Dr. Angelo. “It’s the physical and artistic version of learning a new language. I’m certainly apprehensive about performing before several hundred people. I have enjoyed the experience thus far and am confident that my partner, Alisha, will have us ready to go!”

“I know as the dress rehearsal and performance nights approach, my nervous excitement will build,” said Dr. Hughes. “I have a shy introvert side, but then I remember the fun of the preparation and the cause we are supporting. It has been quite a journey, inner and outward, and it will stay with me. I’m glad that part of the process is new friendships that will carry forward.”

The 2019 edition of Dancing with the Docs will take place 6-10 p.m. on Feb. 9 and will move to a larger venue, the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

Auction items include Red Sox opening day tickets, including a hotel stay near Fenway Park and a round-trip Cape Air flight. Other things on the auction block include a luxury Bahamas vacation at Abaco Club and a package of gift certificates to a dozen Cape Cod restaurants.

The first item to be auctioned will be a seat at the judge’s table. The other judges will be entertainer Anita Cocktail, dance instructor Adam Spencer and Patrick Kane, Cape Cod Healthcare senior vice president, Communications and Business Development.

The show is close to sold-out, with only a few standing-room-only tickets available.

The venue will be live-streamed, starting at about 7:30 p.m., as a pay-per-view event ($25).

For more information about Dancing with the Docs Cape Cod, visit the event’s web site or Facebook page.

Photo: Dr. Nancy Schaefer celebrates after being named
the winner of Dancing With the Docs in 2018. Photo courtesy of Organic