The Community Cancer Center staff includes Missouri Cancer Associate physicians and nurses, therapists and support staff who hold certifications and training specific to treating cancer. Their expertise and knowledge is evident in the careful planning and delivery of customized treatment plans in an environment focused on compassion and comfort.
It is important to note that the majority of staff have been with the Fitzgibbon Community Cancer Center since its opening in 2009, when Columbia-based Missouri Cancer Associates agreed to medically direct care for patients being treated in Marshall. Physicians who have been with the Cancer Center since the outset include medical oncologist Mark Tungesvik, M.D., and radiation oncologist William Decker, M.D..
The nurses, radiation therapists and other staff are passionate about their patients and the opportunity they have to walk with them through the very challenging fight with cancer. Their reassuring presence reminds patients that they are not in the fight alone. Here’s a chance to learn more about the compassionate staff at the Fitzgibbon Community Cancer Center.
Heather Bourbon, BA RT (R)(T), Cancer Center Director
Heather has been with the Community Cancer Center since its opening in October 2009. She has been a registered Radiation Therapist for over 27 years graduating from Washburn University Radiation Therapy Program in 1996 and Ottawa University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management. During the first 13 years as a radiation therapist, she worked in several larger cities in Missouri before settling in Marshall. She has one son who is in high school and enjoys DIY house projects, spending time with friends and family, and serving at church
“I love being a part of this community and being able to provide excellent cancer care in a rural area.”
Jennifer Elliott, RN, Chemotherapy Immunotherapy Certified
Jennifer has been practicing as an RN for 25 years. She graduated from Moberly Area Community College in May of 1998 and began her nursing career in the NICU at University Hospital in Columbia, Mo. After working in the NICU for a year she decided to find a position closer to her home in Brunswick and began her career at Fitzgibbon Hospital in 1999. She has held several nursing positions at Fitzgibbon first working in L&D, then Ambulatory Care/PACU. In May of 2017 she started her current position in the Community Cancer Center. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid KC Chiefs and St Louis Cardinals fan
Abbie Staton, BSRT (R)(T), Radiation Therapist
Abbie graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Radiography. She furthered her education studying Radiation Therapy at Washburn University. I have the opportunity to aid patients in their fight against cancer, build lifetime relationships, be a smiling face, and offer a shoulder to lean on during this difficult time!
Autumne Smothers, RN, Chemotherapy Immunotherapy Certified
Autumne has been practicing as an RN for 4 years. She graduated from State Fair Community College in May of 2019 and began her nursing career in the ICU at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg, MO. After working in the ICU for a year, she decided to take a position as an Oncology RN at the Fitzgibbon Community Cancer Center in the summer of 2020. Autumne has lived in the Sedalia area all of her life and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her husband, reading her Bible, and spending time outdoors.
Brooke Cramer, RN, BSN, Chemotherapy Immunotherapy Certified
Brooke has been an RN for over 20 years in many fields of nursing. She graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2002. Most of her career has been spent at Fitzgibbon Hospital, working on Med-Surg, the OR, Home Health and Hospice and now the Cancer Center. When not at work Brooke and her husband can be found trying to keep up with their two kids many activities. “I love working in the Cancer Center and getting to know my patients.”
Anna Herring, BSRT (R) (T), Radiation Therapist
Anna graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiologic Technology. After graduation, she continued her education studying radiation therapy at Washburn University. Anna has a passion for radiation therapy treating patients in a small, rural community much like the one she grew up in. She loves to be the smiling face the patients have a pleasure of seeing each and every day for treatment. She strives to connect with her patients on a personal level and treats each patient like she were treating a family member.