In addition to our physicians, our trained staff includes certified radiation therapy technologists, radiation physicists, certified radiation dosemitrists, a certified oncology nurse navigator and informatics specialists to ensure you are getting the highest quality care possible. We also participate with medical education programs both through St. John Providene Health System and outside institutions in training our future healthcare leaders.
I am Lori Denton R. N., Oncology Care Coordinator. I have been an oncology nurse for nearly thirty years, spending 17 of those years at Harper Hospital and the last 13 years at St. John Hospital. I’ve worked specifically in Radiation Oncology for 19 years, and am certified in Radiation Oncology through Oncology Nursing Society.
My goal is to take care of the needs of my patients and to provide support for them before, during and after treatment. As a Care Coordinator, my primary duty is to take the burden and worry away from patients by scheduling and coordinating radiology exams, doctor appointments, chemotherapy sessions, social work, and dietician referrals.
I have been working with Dr. Aref and Dr.Chuba for 19 years and consider myself very lucky to be able to work with them both. They make me a better nurse through their dedication and expertise and I am very proud to be a part of their team.
On a personal note, I am a nine year colon cancer survivor, so I understand the range of emotions one goes through after being diagnosed, what it is like to go through treatment and everything else that is involved.
I love my job and have met a lot of wonderful people over the years. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I treat my patients like my family and share my story with them. I am married with 2 grown daughters, my oldest daughter is a 2nd grade teacher and my youngest is in college and plans to follow in my footsteps to become a Nurse.
These are words I live by: “ If you have your health you should never complain”. I feel very blessed to be healthy and never take it for granted.
Laurie grew up in Warren, MI. She graduated from Wayne State University. She has served as Adjunct Faculty and Clinical Education Supervisor for Wayne State. Laurie has worked in Radiation Therapy for 30 + years. She is married with 2 grown children who are living and working in Chicago. Her hobbies include swimming, sailing, crafts, and woodworking.
Mike has been with the St John Providence Health System for over 10 years. He has a wealth of experience in radiation having previously served as Clinical Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty for the Wayne State University Radiation Therapy program and as Manager of a radiation therapy department. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiation Therapy Technology from WSU. Mike is happily married and the father of 2 teenagers.
Deb has been with St. John Providence Health System for almost 30 years, spending the past 20 years as a Radiation Therapist. She also has her Bachelor’s degree in Radiation Therapy Technology. She values family and enjoys the family-like atmosphere in the department. Both of Deb’s parents are cancer survivors. She strives to treat her patients with the same level of respect and care as she would her own. Deb is married and has 2 teenage sons and 2 puppies. In her free time, she enjoys taking exercise classes at the gym, walking her puppies and spending time with her family.
My name is Antonietta, I am a Radiation Therapist at North Macomb RADIATION Oncology Center. I have been with the St. John Health System for more than 10 years. I consider myself a very spiritual person, and I believe in the values of St. John Health and we put that first with every patient. I am a mother of two beautiful daughters and the values I have at work are the same values I teach my kids. I believe everyone should be treated the way we would treat our own families, and when my kids are sick I give compassion and patience. I have a bachelor’s degree in Science with a specialty in Radiation Therapy, and a Masters degree in Health Service Administration. I believe that at St. John Health the morals and values are the same as what I take home with me and that is why I have stayed a loyal employee of St. John Health.
Merrilee has been employed by St. John Providence Health System for over 39 years. She began her career in Healthcare as a Nurse Assistant, became a Health Unit Coordinator and is currently employed as an Office Assistant in Radiation Oncology, where she has worked for the past 11 years.
Merrilee is committed to SJPHS and has served as a Service Excellence Advisor for the VanElslander Cancer Center and is involved with numerous customer service oriented programs for St.John Hospital and Medical Center. She received the James Dingeman Service Excellence Award in recognition for identifying the needs of our patients and starting a food pantry service for patients while undergoing cancer treatments.
Although Merrilee has enjoyed each position she has held throughout the years, she has found the time she has spent in Radiation Oncology to be the most rewarding and enjoyable. “I have gained so much more spiritually and emotionally from our patients than I feel I could ever give. It’s heartwarming to know how much a kind word and smile can mean to another person. The patients acknowledge how much they appreciate what seems like such a natural thing to do. There are always mixed feelings when the patients finish treatment because you have grown so close to them. You always miss them when they are finished, but you are also happy for them. We have a number of patients who come by just to say “hi” and it’s always so nice to see them again. It’s like catching up with an old friend.”
Merrilee is married with 2 grown children and 2 grandsons.