Patient Navigator

The patient navigator program at Houston Methodist Cancer Center is here to enhance your care by providing a seamless navigation process from diagnosis to survivorship. We understand that at times you may need some help getting the care and support you need, so our nurse navigators are available to help you:


  • Answer general questions about your treatment options, including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy
  • Help you get your questions answered
  • Coordinate care with your health care team
  • Direct you to health care services for further diagnosis and treatment
  • Direct you to local resources and support


Please contact a member of our team at the location where you are receiving treatment.


Houston Methodist Hospital
Claudia Bartos, RN, CCRC, CNBN
713.441.9379 (office)

Claudia joined Houston Methodist after more than 20 years of experience as a registered nurse in a variety of roles and settings. She has worked with oncology patients for more than 10 years. Claudia has a bachelor's degree in nursing and a certification in patient navigation from the National Consortium of Breast Centers.    


Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital
Alice Freed, BSN, RN, CBCN
281.420.7394 (office)

Alice joined Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital in 2012 in the role of breast care nurse navigator. She has spent 13 years caring for oncology patients in the Texas Medical Center. Alice earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is a certified breast care nurse.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
 Maria Socci, RN
281.276.8989 (office)


Maria’s nursing career has mainly been in oncology, serving cancer patients both as a bedside nurse and in leadership positions. Since joining Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital in 2005, she has worked in several positions, with the latest being a Breast Care Navigator.


Frances Goerlich
281.274.7930 (office)


Frances has been a member of the radiation oncology team at Houston Methodist since 1982. She is involved with community events supporting cancer care and research, including annual prostate screenings, Relay for Life, Pink Ladies Golf Tournament and annual National Survivor Day celebrations.


Houston Methodist West Hospital
Erica Esprit, BA, RN, CHW
832.522.8110 (office)

Erica joined Houston Methodist West Hospital in 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and has been registered nurse for over ten years. She has spent her career serving patients and empowering diverse populations through nursing, case management and advocacy. Erica is also a certified community health worker.


Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Debbie Drury, BS, RN, OCN
281.737.1247 (office)

Debbie joined Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital in 2014 in the role of Oncology Patient Navigator. Prior to her role of navigator, she gained her nursing experience caring for oncology patients in the Texas Medical Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is an oncology-certified nurse.