Cancer Provider and Patient

Our Cancer Care Team

Our team is built around you, starting with your own nurse navigator who will guide you through this entire journey. Expect us to care for you as a person while treating you for cancer. Our experts – including board-certified doctors and nurses with advanced training, skilled therapists and healthcare professionals – work together to meet your unique needs.

We understand that learning you have cancer can be overwhelming. Here, we provide far more than medical treatments – we provide healing physical, emotional and spiritual support.

Receiving your treatment at SCL Health means that you have the services of an entire team of cancer professionals committed to delivering comprehensive, compassionate care focused on you as an individual. Every surgeon, physician, nurse and other medical professional with whom you come in contact will work to understand your unique needs and will do all they can to meet them.

Cancer care specialists

Onwere Ike Photo Ike Onwere, MD

Ike Onwere, MD is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology. He is the son of African missionaries and his life perspective has been shaped by a desire to assist people in living life more abundantly.

“My sincere desire is to develop the trust and friendship of my patients as we embark on this healthcare journey together. I offer an evidence-based and standard of care approach that is tailored to the goals and needs of my patients.”

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Helzer Amity D Photo Amity D. Helzer, PA

Originally from a small town in Wyoming, Amity grew up in Denver, Colorado. As an undergraduate, she double majored and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Arizona State University in Tempe. Amity earned a Master of Medical Science, Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. She has completed additional graduate training in medical ethics. Amity has worked in the medical industry for more than 20 years. Her clinical interests include targeted therapies for cancer, emerging treatment technologies and patient-centered support. Outside of her clinical work, Amity pursues learning about bioethics and developing strategies toward more equitable care delivery.

“I am passionate about supporting the whole patient throughout the cancer experience. I will strive to listen and support patients physically and emotionally no matter where they are in their experience with cancer. I also support the use of many modalities of complementary therapies in the care and treatment of cancer.”

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Breast Surgeons

Gawart Matthew PhotoMatthew J. Gawart, MD

Dr. Gawart brings extensive training in all aspects of general surgery. His skill set includes the latest in minimally invasive surgical techniques for reducing patient recovery time while enabling a quicker return to life’s activities. He treats gallbladder and GI tract (including colonoscopy) concerns, breast and endocrine disease, skin and soft tissue disease, hernias, and varicose veins. In addition, he specializes in Trauma surgeries. His practice philosophy is founded on treating his patients as equals, and respecting their time and concerns.

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Muratore Sydney Sydne Muratore, MD

Sydne Muratore was born and raised in Hulett, Wyoming. She grew up on a cattle ranch, which she acknowledges instilled an early work ethic and a dedication to "something greater than oneself." She circuitously developed an interest in surgery due, in part, to the collective traits she acquired from her formative years. "Working with my hands, fixing things on the ranch, thinking about the bigger picture all came from my father. Curiosity, creativity, and the fluidity of the arts came from my mother." She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Leadership from Dickinson State University in North Dakota. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. Subsequently, Dr. Muratore moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to complete her general surgery residency at the University of Minnesota where she also engaged in two years of clinical research. Her research there spanned perioperative infection and sepsis identification and reduction, total pancreatectomy islet autotransplantation for chronic pancreatitis, medical student surgical education, and clinical outcomes in trauma/critical care.

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Patient navigators

When you first hear you have cancer, you’ll have many questions. You may be unsure of the next steps, have worries about insurance and financial issues or feel alone in your situation.

At SCL Health, we offer the services of a patient navigator who supports you, and often your family, as you learn more about the disease and how to navigate the journey ahead. Patient navigators may coordinate appointments between health care providers, answer questions and help link you to financial assistance if needed.

Kayla Fischer photo Kayla Fischer, RN, BSN, OCN, Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator and Lung Health Coordinator

Kayla will provide education and resources to facilitate informed decision-making and timely access to quality health and psychosocial care throughout all phases of the cancer continuum.  She assists patients who are at high risk for developing lung cancer, lung cancer patients, families, and caregivers to overcome healthcare system barriers should they arise.

 

 


Tammy McCoy photo Tammy McCoy, RN, BSN, OCN, General Nurse Navigator

Tammy has been a Registered Nurse spanning 2 decades. Her nursing experience includes geriatrics, inpatient medical-surgical nursing, inpatient oncology, nursing management, and navigation. As your navigator, Tammy will provide education and resources to facilitate informed decision-making, timely access to quality health, and psychosocial care throughout all phases of the cancer continuum.  She assists patients, families, and caregivers to overcome healthcare system barriers should they arise. In her time away from the clinic, she enjoys time with family, golfing, volunteering in her church coffee shop, and loves antiquing for "rusty junk"!


Support Team

Andrea Fogel, MSW, LCSW, Oncology Social Worker

Andrea has been in the Social Work field for over thirteen years. Andrea loves getting to know patients and their families and assisting with resource navigation, coping skills, and general support.  Andrea's  aim is to help reduce stress, to allow patients to focus on the quality of life from the moment of cancer diagnosis through and to survivorship.

Samantha Concha, MS, RD, ACE-CPT, Oncology Dietitian

Samantha is a registered dietitian nutritionist with clinical experience in both oncology clinics and intensive care units. As an oncology-based dietitian, Samantha specializes in helping cancer patients and their caregivers develop a plan for good nutrition during treatment and throughout survivorship. Being well-nourished during treatment can improve your response to treatment, reduce side effects from treatment, and improve your quality of life so you can feel your best. In addition, Samantha provides researched-based recommendations to help reduce confusion regarding nutrition and cancer and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.

Whitney Pecenkovic, CPhT , Oncology Pharmacy Coordinator

Whitney is the Oncology Pharmacy Coordinator for the Cancer Center. Whitney has over 10 years of experience working in pharmacy and is here to help patients overcome financial hurdles in obtaining their oral oncology and supportive medications. She supports specialty pharmacy care in the clinic by coordinating patient medication needs: specifically with prior authorizations, pharmacy copay assistance, and charity/foundation needs. Whitney can help assess a patient's ability to pay and communicate with providers and the rest of the healthcare team about patient pharmaceutical needs. Her goal is to help patients focus on what matters most to them and not worry about how they will pay for their medication.

Robin Mower- PharmD, Clinical Oncology Pharmacy Specialist

Dr. Mower (Robin) is a residency-trained clinical oncology pharmacist specialist with over 20 years of hematology and oncology experience. Her job is to tackle education, clinical monitoring, and financial implications related to oral cancer medications. She can help patients with pain management, side effects, symptoms, and supportive care management. By helping patients manage their concerns for safety and working with their oncologist and care team to provide better coordination of care, she is able to improve outcomes and make the transition of care to oral medication less overwhelming for them. Robin would be delighted to meet with her patients to discuss any questions they might have in regards to their oral medications, possible side effects,  and how they might impact their day-to-day life.

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