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Support Groups

Thompson Health offers a variety of Free Monthly Support Groups.  If you are or some you know is interested in attending a group please contact the group facilitator to confirm the meeting time and location.

View our Calendar of Events for details on support groups being offered this month.


Bereavement Support Group

This group is open to anyone who has experienced a loss due to death.

Second Thursday of every month 4:30-6:00 pm
Sands Cancer Center
 395 West St, Canandaigua 

Deborah Wiepert, LMSW, Sands Cancer Center Coordinator and Eileen Alven, coordinator of Thompson's chaplain's volunteers. 

Call 585-396-6780

Caregivers Support Group

Caregiver's Support Gorup

This group is for people caring for or about a seriously or chronically ill family member.

Second Friday from 10-11:30 am

Sands Cancer Center,
395 West St., Canandaigua 

Deborah Wiepert, LMSW 

There is no charge


Healing Pathways

Healing Pathways Learn to reshape your thoughts and stress responses to better handle long-term illness or chronic stress

Second Wednesday - Time varies
Jennifer Klein, M.A. and Richard McCaughey, D.Min.

Call for schedule 585-396-6111


Monarch Support Group

For people who are considering or preparing for bariatric surgery, as well as those who have had bariatric surgery. Also for those who struggle with issues concerning their weight.
First Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 pm
Thompson Hospital, Constellation Center for Health and Healing
Linda Rowsick, RD, CD-N

TOPS Support Group

TOPS Taking Off Pounds Sensibly Support Group (Taking off Pounds Sensibly)
TOPS is a national non-profit weight loss group. The first half-hour is dedicated to weigh-ins and the second half to information, sharing and group discussion.

Every Wednesday 6-7 pm

Thompson Hospital, Constellation Center for Health and Healing 

First meeting FREE; $32 annual membership fee/$2 weekly dues.
Nancy Perri. Call 585-353-6480

Breast Cancer Support Group

Breast Cancer Support Group

This group provides support and education to women with breast cancer. Support person is welcome.

Third Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 pm
Breast Imaging Center, Suite 103
195 Parrish St., Canandaigua

Jennifer Klein, MA Certified holistic stress management instructor

Call for more information 585-394-3302

Diabetes Support Goup

Diabetes Support Group This group, for people with Type 2 diabetes and their families, provides opportunities for learning, sharing and support.

Third Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm

Thompson Hospital, Cardiac Rehabilitation Conference Room
350 Parrish Street, Canandaigua 

Jane Hallstead, RN, MSN, CDE
RSVP's are required 585-396-6233

Lymphedema Support Group

Lymphedema Support GroupThis group welcomes all looking for support in dealing with all types of lymphedema. Those attending are welcome to share their experiences with lymphedema, including forms of treatment and therapy.
Third Tuesday (every other month) 5-6 pm
Thompson Hospital, Constellation Center for Health and Healing 350 Parrish St., Canandaigua 

Angela Kiklowicz OT, CLT, LMT

Call for schedule and monthly topic 585-396-6050

Resolve Through Sharing

Resolve Through Sharing - Infant Loss Support Group

Infant Loss Parent Support Group. This group is for parents who have experienced the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth or shortly after birth.

Cris Crawford, RN, RTS, bereavement coordinator for Thompson Health’s Birthing Center.
RSVP required 585-396-6260

TBI Support Group

TBI Support Group This group is open to individuals who have experienced a traumatic brain injury, their loved ones and anyone who is interested in learning more about life with traumatic brain injury.
Second Wednesday 5-6 pm
RG&E Room, Ground Floor (Pines), M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center 350 Parrish St., Canandaigua

Allison Ausfeld, MSW, facilitates the group. Call (585) 507-7002 or e-mail allieausfeld@ for more information.

Better Breathers' Club

Better Breather's Support Group

To help individual with lung disease or breathing difficulties improve their quality of life through discussions, education and behavioral modifications.

Second Friday from 3 to 4:30 pm
Thompson Hospital, Constellation Center for Health & Healing
Stacey E. Lauretti, RRT-NPS

Call 585-396-6277

First Time Around Moms Group

First Time Around Group

This educational & social gathering is for first-time mothers and their babies. Carrie Hartman, RS, BSN, and Courtney Phillips, RN, lactation consultant, are available to answer questions about breastfeeding and parenting. Meetings are open to all women regardless of where the baby was born.

Second Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 am

Thompson Hospital, OB Classroom

No Cost. No RSVP required. 585-396-6497

Mom-to-Mom Support Circle

Honesty and support amongst mothers struggling with mood/anxiety disorder that occurs during pregnancy, or after the birth of a new baby. Providing opportunities to talk with others who have been through or are currently walking through this same season of life.

Fourth Thursday at 7-8:30 pm
Thompson Hospital, OB Classroom
Maureen Kellogg & Courtney Phillips
Call monthly topic and information585-396-6295

Sleep Solutions

Sleep Solutions Support Group Sleep Apnea Support Group, This group, hosted by Thompson’s Sleep Disorders Center, provides education, support and tools to help individuals manage sleep apnea. Meetings are held in the Lakeside Professional Park across from the M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center. Family members are welcome.

Second Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 pm
Laurie Malotte
For information call 585-396-6483