The Cancer Resource Center is available at every step of your care to offer in-depth information about your disease and treatments. At the Resource Center, you may meet our navigator who can help you find what you need and guide you through your treatment.
If you go to our Breast Health Center, our Breast Health Liaison, Mary Beth Revak, will personally walk you through your experience: helping you make the necessary appointments, calling your referring physician, answering any questions you may have concerning breast health or test results, checking up with you after you've left the Center, and anything else she can do to make your experience easier.
Ann Atwell, MSW, LCSW
Meet Ann Atwell
Ann Atwell has worked in the social work field since 1977. In her role as oncology social worker at the hospital she is to provide short term counseling and resource referrals to assist with the physical, emotional, social and financial changes that may be present following a cancer diagnosis. She also helps patients find a greater sense of hope and new ways of coping with stress.
Brenda Braxton, CPAT
Patient Financial Counselor
Meet Brenda Braxton
Brenda Braxton, a financial counselor at Martha Jefferson, has been with the hospital with the hospital since 1995. She is certified with the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management for proficiency in patient accounting practices and policies. Through her day, she provides financial assistance support for patients to help with the costs for medical services, prescriptions and payment plan options.
Megan Driscoll, PT, CLT-LANA
Megan Driscoll has been a Physical Therapist since 1993 and has treated lymphedema and other Cancer related issues since 1996. She has worked in many settings including the hospital, private practice and outpatient clinics. She has advanced lymphedema training and has taught courses for the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapies.
Maryanne Higgins, RD, LD/N
Meet Maryanne Higgins
Maryanne Higgins has worked as a clinical dietitian in hospitals since 1978 and has helped patients with a variety of illnesses. She found her passion working with oncology patients at Martha Jefferson Hospital in 2001. She meets with cancer patients in Radiation Oncology and in the Infusion Center on an outpatient basis. She also visits cancer patients admitted to the hospital to help improve their nutritional intake.
Exercise Class Instructor
Meet Tracey Hill
Tracey Hill has been an exercise technologist with Martha Jefferson since 1999, as well as the instructor for the Movin' On exercise class for cancer survivors. Prior to joining the hospital, she worked in the corporate fitness environment, including government fitness facilities such as the White House Athletic Center. She enjoys the support group atmosphere of the Movin' On class and encourages cancer survivors to discuss it with their oncologists
Michele Howe, PT, CLT-LANA
Meet Michele Howe
Michele Howe has been a practicing physical therapist since 1987. Before relocating to Charlottesville from San Diego in 2006, she cared for patients with orthopedic, balance and vestibular disorders. She received her lymphedema certification in 2006 and has been working with cancer and lymphedema patients at the Martha Jefferson Outpatient Care Center here ever since.
Tammy James, RN, MDiv
Chaplain at MJH since 2013. Tammy provides spiritual and emotional care throughout the hospital, emergency department, and the SIPC for patients and their families. She leads a monthly support group for parents who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or within one month of life.
Meg McIntire, OT, CHT, CLT
Meg McIntire has been an occupational therapist and hand therapist since 1980. In 2010, she became a Certified Lymphedema therapist. She works with physical therapy to offer comprehensive rehabilitation for patients with cancer diagnoses. Issues that might be addressed are cancer related fatigue, scar management, energy conservation techniques, workplace ergonomics, difficulties with daily self care, lymphedema and range of
Stress Reduction and Mindful Movement Instructor
Meet Susanna Nicholson
Susanna Nicholson was trained at Duke Integrative Medicine as a health coach and has a 40-year background in stress reduction. She has brought her expertise to Martha Jefferson Hospital and teaches mindfulness and mindful movement to patients at the hospital’s Cancer Care Center.
Mary Beth Revak RN, OCN, CBCN
Breast Health Liaison
Meet Mary Beth Revak
Our Breast Health Liaison, Mary Beth Revak, has been a registered nurse since 1976, and has worked in areas as diverse as cardiothoracic intensive care and labor and delivery, and as a medical/surgical nurse with the Ft. Apache, Arizona, Indian Health Service. Her current position as Breast Health Liaison combines aspects of educator, navigator, and caregiver for women confronting breast abnormalities.
Suzanne Hilton Smith, BS, MCM
Meet Suzanne Hilton Smith
Chaplain at Martha Jefferson Hospital since 1993, Suzanne Hilton Smith provides care throughout the hospital and in the outpatient setting, offering counseling services and spiritual support for patients and families. She helps people utilize their spiritual beliefs in coping with illness, provides emotional support for grief and spiritual transitions, assists people in developing plans for future medical care, and provides comfort care.
Marsha R. Taylor, RN, OCN
Cancer Resource Center Nurse Navigator
Marsha Taylor is an oncology-certified nurse who has been with Martha Jefferson Hospital since 2001. Marsha has a wide range of experience in oncology from inpatient care and chemotherapy administration to radiation oncology. Marsha provides clinical support and education to newly diagnosed patients and families and leads community outreach programs such as Spring Fly Fling, Skin Cancer Screenings and Caring Embrace. She serves as coordinator of Marianne’s Room, an important resource center for women diagnosed with cancer to assist women undergoing cancer treatment, including wigs, scarves, special “Chemo Caps,” soft post–operative prostheses and resource materials. Marsha’s combined knowledge, experience and global perspective ensures that the individualized needs of patients in our community are met with compassionate and warm personal attention.
Martha Thomas, MS
Martha Thomas has been a genetic counselor since 2008. She received her master’s in Genetic Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and worked at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio where her primary focus was in pediatric hematology and oncology. In October 2009, Thomas established an adult oncology genetics program and followed individuals with a number of genetic syndromes. Thomas’ research focused more specifically on BRCA1/2 chaperone genes and genetic factors in lymphodema.