Karmanos Cancer Institute
Cancer Navigators

Cancer Care Navigators

When someone diagnosed with cancer comes to Karmanos Cancer Institute, they will receive exceptional care from our entire team. Our Patient Navigator Program features a dedicated person who works to guide patients through the health care system, ensuring they receive seamless, coordinated care, along with any other necessary support services. The patient navigator is a constant, a familiar face that is always there to answer questions, reinforce patient education, ease anxiety and eliminate any barriers that might impede care. What's more, the patient navigator will communicate with the primary care physician, ensuring they receive up-to-date information about their patients' progress.

Specifically, the patient navigator seeks to:

  • Address your questions and concerns
  • Link you to resources regarding insurance and payment assistance
  • Refer you to transportation services, if needed
  • Direct you to further health care services
  • Identify helpful local resources and support services
  • Help you track appointments
  • Act as a resource for helpful health care information for you and your family

Karmanos Detroit and Farmington Hills Patient Navigators

Karmanos is offering oncology patient navigator services for each of its multidisciplinary cancer care teams. The navigator, who will follow you throughout your entire cancer journey at Karmanos, will work to learn more about your personal goals as you receive and complete treatment so that they can be shared with your medical team.

Patient navigators help connect patients with resources, including:

  • Scheduling
  • Financial and insurance
  • Billing issues
  • Transportation
  • Language/cultural
  • Coordinator of care
  • Personal care needs
  • Social work and supportive services

An oncology patient navigator will be assigned to you at your first appointment. These individuals are trained according to the multidisciplinary team that is caring for you. If you have questions about this service, please speak to a member of your Karmanos health care team.

Meet our Team

To request an Oncology Patient Navigator, you can call 1-800-KARMANOS (1-800-527-6266). You may also email OPN@karmanos.org. Please include your full name, telephone number and the name of your Karmanos physician/provider.

Karmanos Cancer Network Patient Navigators

McLaren Bay Region Oncology Nurse Navigator 

Kayla Jensen, BSN, RN

Kayla Jensen

McLaren Oakland, Clarkston Patient Navigator

Shannon Snow

McLaren Flint Surgical Oncology Nurse Navigator 

Anna Glasstetter, RN, BSN

Anna Glasstetter

McLaren Flint Oncology Nurse Navigator 

Jill Muraske, RN

Jill Muraske, RN

McLaren Proton Therapy Center Patient Navigator

Drita Nuculovic, RN

Proton Therapy Patient Navigator Drita Nuculovic, RN

McLaren Flint Gynecologic Oncology and Head & Neck Cancer Nurse Navigator 

Jill Muraske, RN, BSN

McLaren Greater Lansing Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator

Sarah Barber, RN
Phone: 517-975-6432

breast health navigator Sarah Lersch

McLaren Greater Lansing GU and Head and Neck Oncology Nurse Navigator

Patrick Fox, RN, BSN
Phone: 517-975-7815

McLaren Greater Lansing Oncology Nurse Navigator 

Katelin (Kaytee) Ivison, RN
Phone: 517-975-7808

McLaren Greater Lansing Thoracic Coordinator/Nurse Navigator

Becky Loomis, RN, BSN

Becky Loomis, Cancer Navigator at McLaren Greater Lansing

McLaren Macomb Lung Navigator 

Celeste Compeau, RN, BSN, OCN

McLaren Macomb Oncology Nurse Navigator

Kimberly (Kym) Dean, RN, BSN, OCN

Kym Dean

McLaren Northern Michigan Head & Neck & Lung Nurse Navigator 

Melissa Karr, RN

Melissa Karr

McLaren Northern Michigan Breast Cancer Navigator

Melissa DeSimone, RN, MSN, OCN, CBCN

Melissa DeSimone

McLaren Port Huron Nurse Navigator

Julie Dickinson, RN, BSN, OCN

Julie Dickinson, RN, BSN, OCN