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Nurse Navigators

Guiding patients through their cancer journey.

Meet Our Team


Nurse Navigator, Mercy Cancer Center
Paula started her nursing career as an infusion nurse in 2011 at then Radiological Associates of Sacramento (RAS). She credits RAS for giving her the chance in spite of being a new grad nurse at the time. She joined Dignity Health along with the group of Medical Oncologists from Sacramento Clinic for Hematology and Medical Oncology (SCHMO) in 2014. She worked at Mercy Cancer Center as well as at Big Horn infusion suite in Elk Grove for seven years. As an infusion nurse, she considered it a blessing to be able to spend quality time and hence build rapport and trust with her patients as they go through their chemotherapy. She was also able to connect with the Oncology Nurse Navigators in the process. This later paved the way for one of the ONNs to encourage her to join the team. She is one of the new ONNs that came on board in December 2021. Paula is loved by many patients and co-workers alike, who were sad to see her leave her role as an infusion nurse. However, being assigned at Mercy Cancer Center as her primary location will allow her to continue to follow on a deeper level some of the same patients and coordinate their care with the same Medical Oncologists and staff. Paula is looking forward to forming new relationships and experiences as she takes on the challenges of her new role as an Oncology Nurse Navigator.

Nurse Navigator, Mercy Cancer Center
Paula started her nursing career as an infusion nurse in 2011 at then Radiological Associates of Sacramento (RAS). She credits RAS for giving her the chance in spite of being a new grad nurse at the time. She joined Dignity Health along with the group of Medical Oncologists from Sacramento Clinic for Hematology and Medical Oncology (SCHMO) in 2014. She worked at Mercy Cancer Center as well as at Big Horn infusion suite in Elk Grove for seven years. As an infusion nurse, she considered it a blessing to be able to spend quality time and hence build rapport and trust with her patients as they go through their chemotherapy. She was also able to connect with the Oncology Nurse Navigators in the process. This later paved the way for one of the ONNs to encourage her to join the team. She is one of the new ONNs that came on board in December 2021. Paula is loved by many patients and co-workers alike, who were sad to see her leave her role as an infusion nurse. However, being assigned at Mercy Cancer Center as her primary location will allow her to continue to follow on a deeper level some of the same patients and coordinate their care with the same Medical Oncologists and staff. Paula is looking forward to forming new relationships and experiences as she takes on the challenges of her new role as an Oncology Nurse Navigator.


Nurse Navigator, Mercy General Hospital 
Kelly is a strong patient advocate that believes all patients should receive quality care with compassion and humankindness. Prior to working as a nurse navigator, Kelly worked as a floor oncology nurse, med-surg telemetry nurse, radiation nurse and emergency medicine nurse. In 2012 she transitioned from floor nursing to case management where she worked in oncology, cardiac intervention and neurology. Kelly developed an interest in navigation after completing her master’s degree in case management, which increased her understanding of the importance of guiding patients across the continuum of care. As a nurse navigator she helps to provide quality care to patients by helping to remove barriers to care—such as health insurance, transportation and financial assistance information. Kelly provides education about diagnoses and emotional support as patients go through the continuum of care. Kelly advocates for an integrative approach to treating cancer patients to help guide them to complimentary therapies such as nutrition, support groups, yoga and other resources that optimize positive outcomes.

Nurse Navigator, Mercy General Hospital 
Kelly is a strong patient advocate that believes all patients should receive quality care with compassion and humankindness. Prior to working as a nurse navigator, Kelly worked as a floor oncology nurse, med-surg telemetry nurse, radiation nurse and emergency medicine nurse. In 2012 she transitioned from floor nursing to case management where she worked in oncology, cardiac intervention and neurology. Kelly developed an interest in navigation after completing her master’s degree in case management, which increased her understanding of the importance of guiding patients across the continuum of care. As a nurse navigator she helps to provide quality care to patients by helping to remove barriers to care—such as health insurance, transportation and financial assistance information. Kelly provides education about diagnoses and emotional support as patients go through the continuum of care. Kelly advocates for an integrative approach to treating cancer patients to help guide them to complimentary therapies such as nutrition, support groups, yoga and other resources that optimize positive outcomes.


Nurse Navigator, Mercy General Hospital
Kathleen joined the Dignity Health team in 2009 as a new graduate of nursing from CSU Sacramento, her second career. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, managing cardiac patients and patients with chronic illnesses. With an avid interest in oncology and palliative care, she joined the nurse navigation team in 2021. Kathleen has her own personal experience with cancer, having had breast cancer in 2008. She also has had immediate family members with cancer and participated in their care. She understands firsthand what it feels like to get the diagnosis, and some of the frustrations patients and caregivers encounter. She works with patients with all types of cancer to streamline the process and remove the barriers to care. She approaches everyone with compassion and an open mind.

Nurse Navigator, Mercy General Hospital
Kathleen joined the Dignity Health team in 2009 as a new graduate of nursing from CSU Sacramento, her second career. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, managing cardiac patients and patients with chronic illnesses. With an avid interest in oncology and palliative care, she joined the nurse navigation team in 2021. Kathleen has her own personal experience with cancer, having had breast cancer in 2008. She also has had immediate family members with cancer and participated in their care. She understands firsthand what it feels like to get the diagnosis, and some of the frustrations patients and caregivers encounter. She works with patients with all types of cancer to streamline the process and remove the barriers to care. She approaches everyone with compassion and an open mind.


Therapeutic Navigator
Eva provides psychotherapy services for cancer patients, their partners, families, and caregivers. In her counseling sessions, she utilizes interventions from cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, hypnotherapy, and mindfulness. Eva graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. She completed her graduate degree with a master of arts in psychology and an emphasis on marriage and family therapy at Brandman University. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Eva specializes in trauma, grief, depression, and anxiety. She provides support with adjustments across the whole cancer continuum, from diagnosis to survivorship. Eva feels extremely passionate about her work and cares deeply for each and every one of her clients.

Therapeutic Navigator
Eva provides psychotherapy services for cancer patients, their partners, families, and caregivers. In her counseling sessions, she utilizes interventions from cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, hypnotherapy, and mindfulness. Eva graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. She completed her graduate degree with a master of arts in psychology and an emphasis on marriage and family therapy at Brandman University. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Eva specializes in trauma, grief, depression, and anxiety. She provides support with adjustments across the whole cancer continuum, from diagnosis to survivorship. Eva feels extremely passionate about her work and cares deeply for each and every one of her clients.


Nurse Navigator, Mercy San Juan Medical Center (Lung and Prostate Cancer)
An oncology nurse navigator for the past five years, Michael also worked as RN in different units at Mercy San Juan Medical Center, now working closely with Dignity Health lung, esophageal and prostate cancer patients. He has bachelors’ degrees from the University of Glasgow and California State University, Sacramento. More recently, Michael completed the Integrative Health and Lifestyle program at the University of Arizona and incorporates an integrative health approach in his work.

Nurse Navigator, Mercy San Juan Medical Center (Lung and Prostate Cancer)
An oncology nurse navigator for the past five years, Michael also worked as RN in different units at Mercy San Juan Medical Center, now working closely with Dignity Health lung, esophageal and prostate cancer patients. He has bachelors’ degrees from the University of Glasgow and California State University, Sacramento. More recently, Michael completed the Integrative Health and Lifestyle program at the University of Arizona and incorporates an integrative health approach in his work.


Nurse Navigator, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
Emily is excited to serve her community as the oncology nurse navigator at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Emily was born and raised in Nevada County and currently resides there. Emily has been a nurse for more than 10 years, with over 6 years of her career specializing in Oncology. Her most recent background was as an infusion nurse, delivering chemotherapy and supportive medicine. With Emily’s background, she guides, educates and supports patients and families through their cancer journey, from diagnosis to survivorship.

Nurse Navigator, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
Emily is excited to serve her community as the oncology nurse navigator at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Emily was born and raised in Nevada County and currently resides there. Emily has been a nurse for more than 10 years, with over 6 years of her career specializing in Oncology. Her most recent background was as an infusion nurse, delivering chemotherapy and supportive medicine. With Emily’s background, she guides, educates and supports patients and families through their cancer journey, from diagnosis to survivorship.


Nurse Navigator, Mercy San Juan Medical Center (General Oncology)
Tiffany is passionate about her role as an oncology nurse navigator. She had the pleasure of working with many of the navigators dating back to when she was an infusion nurse at Sierra Hematology Oncology and in her time with Dignity Health’s radiation oncology team. Tiffany was drawn to nursing following her experience as her father’s caregiver when he had cancer. Tiffany feels she can be both empathetic and sympathetic towards patients. She loves being able to support and educate oncology patients and their families along such a difficult journey. Tiffany feels blessed to work with such a compassionate team and looks forward to positively impacting others. Somedays she wonders which is greater: the gratitude she feels or the effect she has on patients. And that to her is bliss.

Nurse Navigator, Mercy San Juan Medical Center (General Oncology)
Tiffany is passionate about her role as an oncology nurse navigator. She had the pleasure of working with many of the navigators dating back to when she was an infusion nurse at Sierra Hematology Oncology and in her time with Dignity Health’s radiation oncology team. Tiffany was drawn to nursing following her experience as her father’s caregiver when he had cancer. Tiffany feels she can be both empathetic and sympathetic towards patients. She loves being able to support and educate oncology patients and their families along such a difficult journey. Tiffany feels blessed to work with such a compassionate team and looks forward to positively impacting others. Somedays she wonders which is greater: the gratitude she feels or the effect she has on patients. And that to her is bliss.


Nurse Navigator, Woodland Memorial Hospital 
When Cindy was five years old, she read the book, Nurse Nena. It was then she knew she wanted to be a nurse. Cindy was born and raised in Woodland, so she has strong ties to the community and Woodland Memorial Hospital. Her first nursing job was at Woodland Memorial, which is also where she plans to retire. As an oncology nurse navigator, she see patients with all cancer types. Her goal is to provide education and support. Knowing that getting a cancer diagnosis is scary, Cindy’s goal is to provide guidance to make the journey a little less scary.

Nurse Navigator, Woodland Memorial Hospital 
When Cindy was five years old, she read the book, Nurse Nena. It was then she knew she wanted to be a nurse. Cindy was born and raised in Woodland, so she has strong ties to the community and Woodland Memorial Hospital. Her first nursing job was at Woodland Memorial, which is also where she plans to retire. As an oncology nurse navigator, she see patients with all cancer types. Her goal is to provide education and support. Knowing that getting a cancer diagnosis is scary, Cindy’s goal is to provide guidance to make the journey a little less scary.


Lead Nurse Navigator
Jennifer obtained her associate of nursing degree in South Africa in 1988. She has years of experience working with cancer patients. She has a bachelor’s of nursing through a long-distance learning program from the University of Dundee in Scotland and is oncology nurse certified in the USA. Jennifer has applied her 30-plus years of nursing experience to the world of oncology nursing, where she shares her insight into the complexity of cancer care. Nursing is a passion for her and runs in her family, with both her twin sister and daughter working as RNs in California.

Lead Nurse Navigator
Jennifer obtained her associate of nursing degree in South Africa in 1988. She has years of experience working with cancer patients. She has a bachelor’s of nursing through a long-distance learning program from the University of Dundee in Scotland and is oncology nurse certified in the USA. Jennifer has applied her 30-plus years of nursing experience to the world of oncology nursing, where she shares her insight into the complexity of cancer care. Nursing is a passion for her and runs in her family, with both her twin sister and daughter working as RNs in California.


Nurse Navigator, Mercy Hospital of Folsom
Maribeth began her career at the University of Chicago Hospital as a staff nurse in their inpatient hematology oncology unit. The majority of patients she cared for were the underserved population of South Side Chicago. Her heart went into taking care of these patients while they were in the hospital, but she felt helpless and worried for them when they were discharged back into their community knowing the limited resources they had available. It was then Maribeth realized the importance of support cancer patients need outside the hospital. When she relocated to Sacramento in 2015, Maribeth experienced firsthand the overwhelming feelings that come with a cancer diagnosis through her sister and father. She knew she wanted to take on a new challenge and a different role in caring for cancer patients, becoming an oncology nurse navigator with the Dignity Health Cancer Institute. 

Nurse Navigator, Mercy Hospital of Folsom
Maribeth began her career at the University of Chicago Hospital as a staff nurse in their inpatient hematology oncology unit. The majority of patients she cared for were the underserved population of South Side Chicago. Her heart went into taking care of these patients while they were in the hospital, but she felt helpless and worried for them when they were discharged back into their community knowing the limited resources they had available. It was then Maribeth realized the importance of support cancer patients need outside the hospital. When she relocated to Sacramento in 2015, Maribeth experienced firsthand the overwhelming feelings that come with a cancer diagnosis through her sister and father. She knew she wanted to take on a new challenge and a different role in caring for cancer patients, becoming an oncology nurse navigator with the Dignity Health Cancer Institute.