Nurse Navigators

A cancer diagnosis is often an overwhelming and frightening experience. Our nurse navigators help guide patients by working to assist with entry into the cancer care system and identifying any barriers that may exist.

Our nurse navigators establish and maintain communication between patients, families, physicians, and the healthcare system.

Nurse navigators can assist in many ways:

  • Provide emotional support and information on what to expect
  • Coordinate with the patient’s physician and other care providers to streamline care
  • Help patients and families to understand their diagnosis and treatment options
  • Coordinate appointments and tests to avoid delays to treatment
  • Help patients and families access support systems and services

Our goal is to improve patient satisfaction and outcomes. Our nurse navigators are here to help.

Maggie Boone, RN

Head & Neck Specialty Nurse Navigator

Maggie Boone, RN-BC, is a nurse navigator with the Head and Neck Center at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center. She coordinates care for complex patients from diagnosis to survivorship and provides medical services and support to patients with cancers of the oral cavity, nasal cavity, larynx, thyroid, and all skin cancers from the neck upwards, including melanoma.

Board-certified in medical-surgical nursing (RN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Maggie attended nursing school at Florida Southern College in Lakeland and Valencia Community College in Orlando. She has more than 35 years of experience working in various nursing positions at Orlando Health and has been with Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center since 2011. She educates and guides patients with head and neck cancers from new diagnosis to end of life care.

In her free time, Maggie enjoys traveling, spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, and painting.

Email: [email protected]

Jovanna Figueroa, BSN,RN

Thoracic Specialty Nurse Navigator

Jovanna Figueroa, BSN,RN is a nurse navigator at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center and coordinates care for complex lung cancer patients from diagnosis through survivorship. She is committed to helping patients understand their diagnosis and treatment plan so they feel empowered to make informed decisions throughout their cancer journey.

Jovanna earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a registered nurse (RN) and began her career at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center in the Medical Oncology inpatient unit in 2011.

Jovanna enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and Coco, her Chihuahua-dachshund mix dog.

Email: [email protected]

Laura Martin, MSN, RN, CBCN

Breast Care Center Nurse Navigator

Laura Martin, MSN, RN, CBCN, is a certified nurse navigator at the Breast Cancer Center at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center and coordinates care for complex patients from diagnosis to survivorship. She is a registered nurse (RN) and has worked in women’s health and oncology for more than 20 years.

Laura earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree from Pennsylvania State University in State College and her master’s of science in nursing education (MSN) degree from York College in York, Pennsylvania. She is certified as a breast care nurse (CBCN) by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. Laura promotes breast cancer prevention, detection, and awareness throughout Central Florida through her involvement with community education events.

Laura enjoys relaxing with her husband and family by the pool or at the beach. She also enjoys reading, boating, and traveling.

Email: [email protected]

Learn more about our Breast Care Center.

 

Beth Ingle Emsley, MSN, AOCNP

Family Physicians Group Nurse Navigator

Beth Ingle Emsley, MSN, AOCNP, is a nurse navigator serving the patients of Florida Physicians Group during treatment at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center. She coordinates appointments and services for patients while also communicating with referring physicians. She has worked with the center for 25 years.

Beth earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree from Auburn University in Alabama and her master’s of science in nursing (MSN) degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She then attended University of South Tampa for post-graduate study. Beth is certified as an advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner (AOCNP) by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.

Beth enjoys spending time with her college-age children and husband. She also likes traveling, reading, walking, and being with friends.

Email: [email protected]

Kristyn K. Schultz, BSN, RN-BC, CBCN

Breast Care Center Nurse Navigator

Kristyn K. Schultz, BSN, RN-BC, CBCN, is a certified nurse navigator at the Breast Cancer Center at Orlando Heath UF Health Cancer Center and coordinates care for complex patients from diagnosis to survivorship. She has worked in breast oncology since 2003.

Kristyn earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree from the University of Central Florida. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a medical-surgical nurse (RN-BC) and by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation as a breast care nurse (CBCN).

Kristyn enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and photography.

Email: [email protected]

Learn more about our Breast Care Center.

Desiree Triska, BSN,RN

Hematology Nurse Navigator

Desiree Triska, BSN,RN is a nurse navigator serving hematology patients at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center. She a registered nurse (RN) and coordinates care for complex patients from diagnosis to survivorship. She is dedicated to educating patients and families about diagnosis, treatment options, and resources while streamlining care and providing emotional support. She has been with the center’s Hematology Clinic since 2015.

Desiree earned her associate in science (AS) degree from St. Louis Community College in Missouri and her bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree at Southeast Missouri State University in Girardeau.

Desiree enjoys going to the theme parks and spending time with her husband and twin toddlers.

Email: [email protected]

Leila Marie Mendoza, BSN,RN

Proton Therapy Nurse Navigator

Leila Marie Mendoza, BSN,RN is a certified nurse navigator with the Center for Proton Therapy at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center and coordinates care for complex patients from diagnosis through survivorship. She provides medical services and support to adult and pediatric patients with a range of cancers including lung, breast, prostate, and head and neck, plus benign and malignant tumors of the brain and spine.

Leila is a registered nurse (RN) and earned a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree from Universidad de Sta. Isabel in Naga City, Philippines. She has worked in oncology for 10 years.

Leila is originally from Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 2007. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and shopping.

Email: [email protected]

Selena Baker, MSN, RN, OCN, CGRN

Gastrointestinal Cancer Center Nurse Navigator

Selena Baker, MSN, RN, OCN, CGRN, is a nurse navigator at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center and coordinates care for complex gastrointestinal patients from diagnosis through survivorship. She helps patients understand their diagnosis and treatment plan so they can make informed decisions about their care.

Selena earned her bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees in nursing (MSN) from the University of Central Florida. She is a registered nurse (RN) and has worked with gastrointestinal patients at Orlando Health for more than 25 years.

Selena is certified as an oncology nurse (OCN) by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation and as a gastrointestinal registered nurse (CGRN) by the American Society of Gastroenterology Nursing Certification Corporation. She promotes gastrointestinal cancer prevention, detection, and awareness across Central Florida through her involvement with community education events.

Originally from Virginia, Selena enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and cooking.