Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators

A cancer diagnosis is often an overwhelming and frightening experience. Our Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators help guide patients by working to assist with entry into the cancer care system and identifying any barriers that may exist.

Our Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators establish and maintain communication between patients, families, physicians, and the healthcare system.

 

Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators can assist in many ways:

  • Provide emotional support and information on what to expect
  • Coordinate with the patient’s physician and other care providers to streamline care
  • Help patients and families to understand their diagnosis and treatment options
  • Coordinate appointments and tests to avoid delays to treatment
  • Help patients and families access support systems and services

Our goal is to improve patient satisfaction and outcomes. Our Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators are here to help.

 


Selena Baker

Selena Baker, MSN, RN, OCN, CGRN

Nurse Navigator for Gastrointestinal Cancer

Selena Baker, MSN, RN, OCN, CGRN, is a nurse navigator at Orlando Health Cancer Institute. She coordinates care for gastrointestinal patients from diagnosis through survivorship, helping her patients understand their diagnosis and treatment plan, so they can make informed decisions about their care.

Selena earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Central Florida. She is a registered nurse and has worked with gastrointestinal patients at Orlando Health for more than 25 years.

Selena is certified as an oncology nurse (OCN) by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation and as a gastrointestinal registered nurse (CGRN) by the American Society of Gastroenterology Nursing Certification Corporation. Through her involvement with numerous community education events, she promotes gastrointestinal cancer prevention, detection, and awareness across Central Florida.

Originally from Virginia, Selena enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and cooking.

Email: [email protected]


Ann Bondi, BSN, RN, HN-BC, QTTP

Ann Bondi, BSN, RN, HN-BC, QTTP

Nurse Navigator for Gynecologic Cancers

Ann Bondi, BSN, RN, HN-BC, QTTP, is a nurse navigator at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute. With more than 30 years of experience treating patients at hospitals in Central Florida, Ann uses her medical knowledge and expertise to ensure that gynecologic cancer patients thoroughly understand their diagnoses and receive the best possible health outcomes as she coordinates their care.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where she was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau INternational Honor Society of Nursing.

Anne is a certified holistic nurse (HN-BC) with the American Holistic Nurses Association as well as a qualified therapeutic touch practitioner (QTTP).

She has been practicing reiki for nearly two decades and has published research on how the healing technique can be used in medicine.

Email: [email protected]


Sarah A. Childs

Sarah A. Childs, BSN, RN, OCN

Nurse Navigator for Breast Cancer

Sarah A. Childs, BSN, RN, OCN, is a certified oncology care (OCN) nurse navigator at Orlando Health Cancer Institute and has cared for cancer patients at Orlando Health for nearly 20 years. While she streamlines care and provides emotional support, Sarah is dedicated to helping patients with breast cancer and their families understand their condition and treatment plan, so they can make informed decisions about their care.

Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Aspen University and an associate’s degree in nursing from Valencia Community College. She is a member of the local and national Oncology Nursing Society.

While spending time with her family and friends is a priority, Sarah also enjoys being active in nature and in the kitchen, traveling and reading.

Email: [email protected]


Beth Ingle Emsley

Beth Ingle Emsley, MSN, AOCNP

Family Physicians Group Nurse Navigator

Beth Ingle Emsley, MSN, AOCNP, is a nurse navigator at Orlando Health Cancer Institute, and she is board certified as an advanced oncology nurse practitioner (AOCNP) by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. With more than 25 years of experience, Beth is skilled in coordinating appointments, care and services for patients of Florida Physicians Group during their treatment at the Cancer Center.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Auburn University in Alabama, Beth earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed post-graduate studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and their college-age children. Other interests include traveling, reading, walking and being with her friends.

Email: [email protected]


Jovanna Figueroa

Jovanna Figueroa, BSN,RN

Nurse Navigator for Thoracic Cancers

Jovanna Figueroa, BSN, RN, OCN, is a nurse navigator at Orlando Health Cancer Institute. She coordinates a multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals to provide the highest level of care for patients with complex lung cancer. Jovanna has cared for patients and helped guide them on their journey from diagnosis to survivorship since 2011. She became an oncology-certified nurse in 2019.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she began her career with Orlando Health Cancer Institute as part of the medical oncology team.

Jovanna enjoys spending time with her husband, family and her dog, Coco, a Chihuahua-dachshund mix.

Email: [email protected]


Johneshia Good, RN, OCN

Johneshia Good, RN, OCN

Nurse Navigator for Hematology and Breast Cancer

Johneshia Good is a certified oncology nurse at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute. She coordinates care for hematology and breast cancer patients and acts as their advocate throughout treatment.

Johneshia also educates patients and their families about their diagnosis and treatment options, collaborates with the care team and provides resources for support.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Milligan University, also in Tennessee.

Johneshia is certified as an oncology nurse (OCN) by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation and is licensed as a registered nurse (RN) in Florida.

Email: [email protected]


Lesley Greene

Lesley Greene, BSN, RN, OCN

Nurse Navigator for Neurologic Cancers

Lesley Greene, BSN, RN, OCN, is a certified oncology nurse navigator at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute. She acts as a liason for her patients between members of their care team and ensures they and their family completely understand their diagnosis and treatment options, and helps connect them with resources for support, such as nutritional counseling, symptom management and the cancer support community.

Along with earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Central Florida, Lesley graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and film studies. She also attended the Florida School of Holistic Living and is a certified family and community herbalist.

In addition to spending time with her family and beloved dog Ringa, Lesley enjoys the outdoors, yoga and caring for her pl

Email: [email protected]


Leila Marie Ip

Leila Marie Ip, BSN,RN

Proton Therapy Nurse Navigator

Leila Marie Ip, BSN, RN, is a certified nurse navigator with the Center for Proton Therapy at Orlando Health Cancer Institute. She coordinates care for patients from diagnosis through survivorship. Leila provides services and support for adults and children with a range of cancers, including lung, breast, prostate, and head and neck, plus benign and malignant tumors of the brain and spine.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Universidad de Sta. Isabel in Naga City, Philippines, and has cared for oncology patients for more than a decade.

Leila is originally from the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 2007. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling and shopping.

Email: [email protected]


Ashlee Jones, RN

Ashlee Jones, RN

Nurse Navigator for Melanoma Sarcoma

Ashlee Jones, BSN, RN is a nurse navigator at Orlando Health Cancer Institute, where she coordinates care for patients with melanoma or sarcoma. She collaborates with a team of professionals to ensure positive patient outcomes and helps create individualized care plans for patients. While Ashlee streamlines care and provides emotional support, she is committed to helping patients with skin, soft tissue and bone cancers and their families understand their condition and treatment plan, so they can make informed decisions.

Ashlee earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from the University of Texas at Arlington, graduating with honors. Her associate degree in nursing was completed at Brookhaven College School of Nursing in Farmers Branch, Texas.

Ashlee is certified in basic life support and pediatric advanced life support.

Email: [email protected]


Rene Megan, MSN, RN

Rene Megan, MSN, RN

Lung Nodule Nurse Navigator

Rene Megan, MSN, RN, is a nurse navigator at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute who specializes in screening for lung cancer and lung nodules.

Rene is passionate about preventing lung cancer and increasing awareness of lung cancer screening, and she works closely with community partners. She believes in educating, supporting and encouraging patients and their families on the importance of yearly screening and understanding all aspects of their care.

She earned a Master of Science in nursing (MSN) from Grand Canyon University in Tempe, Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Rene also is a registered nurse (RN) and a certified respiratory therapist. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, Pilates and spending time with family.

Email: [email protected]


Veronica Cartagena

Veronica Cartagena, BSN, RN, OCN

Nurse Navigator for Head and Neck Cancer

Veronica Cartagena, BSN, RN, OCN, serves patients at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute as an oncology nurse navigator. She is a certified oncology registered nurse with years of experience caring for head and neck cancer patients in multiple facets of medical and surgical oncology, both inpatient and outpatient. She provides support by serving as a liaison between members of their cancer care team, providing education, coordinating cancer treatment, and connecting them with resources for support

Veronica is passionate about increasing awareness of head and neck cancers. She works closely with community partners to increase awareness and prevention. She enjoys patient education and advocacy, and more importantly, connecting with patients throughout their cancer journey.

Veronica earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Central Florida and her associate science degree from Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and loves outdoor activities, such as hiking and kayaking.

Email: [email protected]


Selena Ratcliffe, RN, OCN

Selena Ratcliffe, RN, OCN

Nurse Navigator for Colorectal Cancer

Selena Ratcliffe, RN, ONC, is a board-certified oncology nurse navigator with the Orlando Health Cancer Institute. She has cancer-specific education and training to provide compassionate, quality care for patients with colorectal cancer. As patients progress through their cancer journey, she creates individualized care plans, collaborates with the care team, educates patients and their families about treatment, and connects them with supportive community resources.

Selena earned her associate degree in nursing from Keiser University in Orlando and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Daytona State College in Daytona Beach. She is certified by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.

Email: [email protected]


Maija Seymour, RN

Maija Seymour, RN, OCN

Nurse Navigator for Hematology

Maija Seymour is a Hematology nurse navigator at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute. She is dedicated to delivering expert, compassionate care as she helps patients and their families understand their diagnosis and treatment options. Maija is very passionate about increasing awareness of head and neck cancers.

Maija also acts as a liaison between patients and their cancer care team. She provides education, coordinates cancer treatment, streamlines care, and connects patients with community support services.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from South College in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is licensed as a registered nurse (RN) in Florida. She is an active member of The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators.

In her spare time, she enjoys painting, traveling and spending time with her family and her dog.

Email: [email protected]


Aileen Sta Maria, RN, BSN, OCN

Aileen Sta Maria, RN, BSN, OCN

Oncology Nurse Navigator - Genitourinary

Aileen Sta Maria is a nurse navigator at Orlando Health Cancer Institute. She has worked in Central Florida since 2006 and with cancer patients at Orlando Health since 2012. Her experience includes evaluating patients and coordinating care with medical, surgical and radiation oncology teams. She also administers chemotherapy, addresses barriers to care and connects patients with resources.

Aileen earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) at the University of Manila in the Philippines.

Aileen is certified as an oncology nurse (OCN) by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, runDisney and Give Kids The World Village. Originally from the Philippines, she is fluent in English and Tagalog.

Email: [email protected]


Kelly Trulock, BSN, RN, OCN

Kelly Trulock, BSN, RN, OCN

Nurse Navigator for Head and Neck Cancer

Kelly Trulock, BSN, RN, OCN, is a certified oncology nurse navigator at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute. Head and neck cancer patients benefit from her knowledge and experience in caring for the special needs of cancer patients. She supports patients and their families by educating them about treatments, scheduling and streamlining appointments, and connecting them with community support services.

After earning her registered nurse diploma from St. Vincent Nursing School in Erie, Pennsylvania, Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Governor’s University in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is certified by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation and a member of the Oncology Nursing Society.

Email: [email protected]