The mission of the oncology nurse navigator program at Houston Methodist Dr. Mary and Ron Neal Cancer Center is 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 oncology nurse navigators are available to:
- Answer general questions about your treatment options, including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy
- 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:
Claudia Bartos, RN, CCRC, CNBN — Texas Medical Center
Claudia joined Houston Methodist after more than 20 years as a registered nurse in a variety of roles and settings. This vast experience, combined with her more than 10 years of working with oncology patients, makes her perfect for helping patients at Houston Methodist Neal Cancer Center at Texas Medical Center navigate the cancer care process. Claudia has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a certification in patient navigation from the National Consortium of Breast Centers. Call Claudia at 832.730.0891.
Anjali Keshavamurthy, RN, OCN – Texas Medical Center
Anjali Keshavamurthy has been a nurse for over 10 years, all of which have been in oncology. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is an oncology-certified nurse. She is passionate about educating and supporting her patients in their health-care decisions while using her experience to ensure effective communication and collaboration to meet their health-care needs. She can be reached at 346.238.4475.
Kerrie Shojaie, MSN, RN, OCN – Texas Medical Center
Kerrie Shojaie has more than 30 years of nursing experience, with the last 25 years in the oncology setting. She has worked as a nurse navigator, nursing educator, research nurse, stem cell transplant coordinator and in hospice and palliative care. Kerrie is compassionate about cancer care and enjoys educating patients and families about their cancer diagnosis, assisting them through treatment and providing guidance in survivorship. In her current role, Kerrie specializes in navigating patients with colorectal and gynecological cancers. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University. Kerrie is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society both locally and nationally and has been an oncology certified nurse for more 20 years. Call Kerrie at 346.238.8450.
Gabriel Medrano, BSN, RN, OCN – Texas Medical Center
Gabriel is an oncology certified nurse with over 14 years of nursing experience at Houston Methodist Hospital, including 6 years exclusively in oncology. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University in Houston, TX. As an oncology nurse navigator, he serves patients with thoracic and genitourinary types of cancer diagnoses. Gabriel believes in patient-centered care and is available to guide patients from diagnosis through survivorship. He advocates for his patients, providing them education, support, and resources to understand and make informed decisions about their diagnosis and treatment. Gabriel looks forward to working with patients through their cancer diagnosis journey. You can reach Gabriel at 713.441.1006.
Brenda Gates, BSN, RN, OCN, CN-BN, RN-BC — Baytown
Brenda has more than 11 years of experience in direct patient care and over 5 years of oncology experience in an in-patient medical-surgical unit. She has received extensive education in chemotherapy administration. Brenda earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lamar University, an associate degree in nursing from Lee College and earned certification as a medical assistant from the Texas School of Business. She brings a passion for oncology nursing and patient education and serves as an advocate for patients and their families. Brenda assists patients from diagnosis through survivor care with a full range of services, including attending patient-physician meetings, assisting patients and their families with financial and insurance-related matters, helping to arrange transportation to appointments and treatments, and serving as a source of patient education and support. Brenda is dedicated to helping you and your family through your cancer journey. You may reach Brenda by calling 346.292.1531.
Alyssa Sheffield BSN, RN, OCN — Baytown
Alyssa is an oncology certified nurse with over 8 years of nursing experience primarily in oncology. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University in Houston, TX. As an oncology nurse navigator at Houston Methodist Baytown, she serves patients with many types of cancer diagnoses and is there to help guide patients from diagnosis through survivorship. She is an advocate for her patients and provides the education, support, and resources they need to understand and make informed decisions about their diagnosis and treatment. Alyssa looks forward to working with you and your family and to support you through this difficult time of receiving a cancer diagnosis. You can reach Alyssa at 281.420.7394.
Cassandra Green MSN, RN OCN — Clear Lake
Cassandra is a clinical nurse with 5 years of nursing experience and is an oncology certified nurse. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University. She has spent her entire nursing career in radiation oncology, where she served many different cancer types. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society local chapter and served on the board. She is active in the community by assisting with events and educating groups about cancer. She has served on the oncology nurse testing advisory board. Cassandra enjoys building relationships with patients and their families and empowering them through education. You may reach Cassandra at 281.523.2396.
Joan Burnham, MSN, RN, ONN-CG, OCN, MEDSURG-BC — Sugar Land
Joan is an Oncology Nurse Navigator- Certified Generalist through The Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators (AONN+) at Houston Methodist Neal Cancer Center at Sugar Land. She has over 30 years of oncology experience, working in the office, infusion acute care and home health arenas. As an oncology nurse navigator for thoracic, gastrointestinal and genitourinary cancers, she focuses on educating patients about their diagnosis, advocating for individuals undergoing cancer treatments, helping patients make timely decisions about their treatment, providing assistance with scheduling, and coordinating with the physicians involved in each patient’s treatment. Contact Joan at 281.672.8585.
Amalia "Rose" Gonzales, MSN, RN, OCN, CBCN — Sugar Land
Rose is an oncology nurse navigator at Houston Methodist Neal Cancer Center at Sugar Land with over 14 years of experience caring for patients. She is an oncology certified nurse, and completed her master’s degree in nursing with an education focus in June, 2017. As an oncology patient navigator for breast and gynecologic cancers, she focuses on educating patients about their diagnosis, advocating for individuals undergoing cancer treatments, helping them make timely decisions about their treatment, providing assistance with scheduling and coordinating with the physicians involved in each patient’s treatment. Contact Rose at 281.276.8989.
Cynthia Andrews, RN, MS, CCRN — The Woodlands
Cynthia is an oncology nurse navigator at Houston Methodist Neal Cancer Center at The Woodlands. She has over 10 years of experience as a registered nurse, working with oncology patients for more than 5 years in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She also is certified in critical care nursing and holds a master's degree in nutrition. Cynthia values patient-centered collaboration with the health care team to help the patient fully understand their diagnosis and treatment options. She also understands the importance of being the patient's advocate and providing emotional support along the way. Call Cynthia at 281.223.0576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peggy Reinhold, RN, MHA — The Woodlands
Peggy has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of roles as a registered nurse. As an oncology nurse navigator at Houston Methodist Neal Cancer Center at The Woodlands, she is a strong and compassionate patient advocate who collaborates with the health care team to achieve the best outcomes and experiences for patients and their families. Peggy has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a master’s degree in healthcare administration. Peggy has been very active in community outreach in Montgomery County for more than 20 years which is an asset to patients as they seek additional support within their communities. Call Peggy at 832.302.8919.
Letty Riley, MSN, RN, CEN — West Houston
Letty has 30 years of experience as a registered nurse in a variety of roles and settings. She joined Houston Methodist West Hospital in 2012 and currently serves as an oncology nurse navigator for breast cancer patients at Houston Methodist Neal Cancer Center at West. Her expertise, as well as her strong beliefs in the value of patient- and family-centered care, perfectly suit her as she helps breast cancer patients navigate cancer care. Letty has a master’s degree in nursing administration and certifications in advanced cardiac life support and emergency nursing. Call Letty at 832.522.8110.
Sandra Alverson, MSN, RN — Willowbrook
Sandra joined the Houston Methodist Neal Cancer Center at Willowbrook team in 2020. She primarily facilitates the care of patients diagnosed with thoracic or head and neck cancers. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Duquesne University. Sandra believes that it requires a team of professionals to manage the diagnosis and treatment of a patient during their cancer journey. She supports the principles of team-based health care including shared goals, compassion, mutual trust, effective communication and measurable processes and outcomes. Call Sandra at 281.414.1676.
Katherine Beetle, BSN, RN, OCN — Willowbrook
Katherine joined Houston Methodist Neal Cancer Center at Willowbrook in 2017 with 10 years of oncology experience. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing at Lamar University, is an oncology certified nurse, and has since dedicated her career to patients dealing with the difficult cancer diagnosis. Katherine believes navigation is the ideal role for her as she has the opportunity to utilize her clinical knowledge together with her compassionate nature to facilitate the needs of her patients and their family members. She looks forward to working closely with her patients to provide emotional support, help coordinate care logistics and serve as a key collaborative resource throughout their cancer journey. Call Katherine at 832.470.5102.
Courtney DeBlaw, BSN, RN, OCN — Willowbrook
Courtney joined Houston Methodist Neal Cancer Center at Willowbrook in 2017 and has recently transitioned into the oncology nurse navigator role. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Stephen F. Austin State University, is an oncology certified nurse, and is determined to use her 10 years of oncology experience to help patients navigate through their difficult diagnosis. Courtney aims to provide education, facilitation, and emotional support to patients during pivotal moments in their cancer journey. She truly believes that a collaborative approach is imperative to better patient outcomes and satisfaction. Call Courtney at 281.386.7601.
Naureen Ismail, MPA-HCA, BSN, RN, OCN — Willowbrook
Naureen is an oncology nurse navigator at Houston Methodist Neal Cancer Center at Willowbrook. She has worked in oncology for more than 20 years and enjoys the opportunity to make a true connection with her patients. Her philosophy focuses on constructive relationship building and collaboration across the care continuum while empowering patients through education, advocacy, facilitation, and support. In addition, Naureen is active in community outreach, involved with the American Cancer Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Breast Health Collaborative, and other local organizations. She has a master's degree in healthcare administration and is certified in oncology nursing. She also is a recipient of the Susan G. Komen & BMW Ultimate Drive Hero Award. Call Naureen at 713.907.5367.