Nurse Navigators

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

Our nurse navigators establish and maintain communication between patients, families, physicians, and the healthcare system.

 

Nurse 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 nurse navigators are here to help.

 


Ketteleen Acary, BSN, RN

Nurse Navigator for Urologic Cancers

Ketteleen Acary, BSN, RN, is a nurse navigator at Orlando Health Cancer Institute. From diagnosis through survivorship, Ketteleen coordinates care for patients with urological cancers. She helps her patients understand their condition and treatment plan so they can make informed decisions about their care.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from Daytona State College, graduating with honors, and associate degree in nursing from Adventist University of Health Sciences in Orlando. Ketteleen is fluent in both English and French-Creole and dedicated to sharing her medical skills and knowledge with others in need during international medical mission trips.

Ketteleen enjoys spending time with her husband and their son, along with crafting, traveling and learning about different cultures.

Email: [email protected]


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]


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, 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, 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]


Lesley Greene, BSN, RN

Nurse Navigator for Neurologic Cancers

Lesley Greene, BSN, RN, is a nurse navigator at Orlando Health Cancer Institute. She supervises care for each of her patients and ensures they and their family completely understand their diagnosis and treatment options, so they can make informed decisions.

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, fitness and caring for her plants.

Email: [email protected]


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]


Diana Nervig, BSN, RN

Nurse Navigator for Hematology

Diana Nervig, BSN, RN, is a nurse navigator at Orlando Health Cancer Institute. With more than 20 years of nursing experience, Diana is skilled in coordinating care and providing emotional support for her patients from diagnosis to survivorship. She works with all member of the care team to ensure patients and their families understand their condition and treatment options.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, graduating summa cum laude. Diana also has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wichita State University in Kansas. She speaks both English and Spanish.

Along with cooking and reading, in true Florida style, Diana enjoys going to the beach.

Email: [email protected]


Kinjal Patel, BSN, RN, OCN

Nurse Navigator for Hematology and Thoracic Cancers

Kinjal Patel, BSN, RN, OCN, is a certified oncology care (OCN) nurse navigator at Orlando Health Cancer Institute. While coordinating care and providing emotional support, she is dedicated to educating her patients and their families about their condition and treatment options.

Kinjal earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also has a degree in pharmacy from St. John’s College of Pharmacy in Bangalore, India, and has served as a practicing pharmacist.

In addition to spending time with her family, Kinjal enjoys traveling, learning about other cultures, nature photography, and painting.

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]


Marcie Pegg, BSN, RN

Nurse Navigator for Hematology and Breast Cancer

Marcie Pegg, BSN, RN, is a nurse navigator at Orlando Health Cancer Institute. While she streamlines care and provides emotional support, Marcie is dedicated to educating patients with breast cancer and receiving hematology treatment and counseling their families about treatment, diagnosis, treatment options, and resources.

Before pursuing a career in nursing, Marcie taught elementary school for nearly 10 years. She earned an associate degree in nursing at Keiser University in Orlando followed by her bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from Adventist University of Health Sciences, also in Orlando. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society.

An avid Tampa Bay Lightning hockey fan, Marcie also enjoys spending time with her husband and their daughter, crafting and reading.

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]


Veronica Miller

Melissa Terry, BSN, RN, OCN

Nurse Navigator for Head and Neck Cancer

Veronica Miller, 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]