Nathan Fairman, M.D., M.P.H.

Nathan Fairman, M.D., M.P.H., is a board-certified psychiatrist with a subspecialty certification in hospice and palliative medicine. He serves as the Director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Fairman has nine years of clinical expertise at the interface of palliative medicine and psychiatry. He sees patients in the Psycho-Oncology clinic at the Cancer Center and on the inpatient palliative care service at the UC Davis Health. (preferred pronouns: he, him, his)

Angela Usher

Angela Usher, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., holds a doctorate from UC Davis in nursing science, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has a specialty certification in oncology social work. She serves as the Manager of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Usher has worked in patient care, program development and education and research at the cancer center for the past 10 years, as well as chairs the Financial Navigation Workgroup, and the Supportive Oncology Research and Education Steering Committee. (preferred pronouns: she, her, hers)

Megan Ober

Megan Ober, R.N., M.S., B.S.N., O.C.N., holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing, and is an Oncology Certified Nurse with 11 years of experience working with cancer patients. In her role as the nurse case manager for the Supportive Medicine, Oncology Pain, and Psychiatric Oncology clinics, Megan helps patients by assisting with the coordination of patient care, advocacy, support, education about medications and other health topics, and works with pharmacists to clarify patient medication needs. Megan is also specialty-trained in Cannabis Nursing and provides education and consultation to her interested patients on this topic. (preferred pronouns: she, her, hers)

Jennifer Belke

Jennifer (Jenny) Belke, M.S., C.C.L.S., H.M.I., is a Certified Child Life Specialist, HeartMath Instructor, and Facility Dog Handler. Jenny received her master’s degree from the University of La Verne in child life and started her career at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in 2009. Jenny started in the Pediatric Infusion department in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in March 2017. To help children and families minimize the fear of the unknown, Jenny focuses on making sure young patients and their families understand what to expect during cancer treatment, helps patients learn to cope with their procedures, and provides fun activities to do while at the cancer center. In 2018, Jenny started the facility dog program in Pediatric Infusion and was partnered with Huggie, a Canine Companion for Independence Facility Dog who comes to work to provide a gentle presence and comfort during times of stress and pain. (preferred pronouns: she/her)

Mackenzi Lee

Mackenzi Lee, M.A., C.C.L.S., is a Certified Child Life Specialist who works with pediatric patients and their families in the pediatric infusion room and clinic. Mackenzi received her MA from Mills College in early childhood education with an emphasis on child life in the hospital setting. She has over 10 years of experience working with pediatric populations and specializes in fostering development from infancy to adulthood. As a Hematology/Oncology Child Life Specialist, Mackenzi provides support and education to pediatric patients to assist in furthering their understanding of their medical experiences and diagnosis while building skills that promote healthy coping strategies. (preferred pronouns: she/her)

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller, M.A., A.T.R. is a registered art therapist specializing in a person-centered, integrative approach. As an art therapist, Jennifer provides a safe, non-judgmental, and creative space for patients to cultivate self-expression, foster self-esteem, and process trauma and loss. She is a facilitator of Opening Minds through Art (OMA), trained in Mind Body Stress Reduction techniques as well as reiki. In addition to providing art therapy at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Jennifer co-facilitates several support groups for bereaved children and young adults. (preferred pronouns: she/her)

Adult Dietitians

Danielle Baham

Danielle Baham, M.S., R.D., is a Senior Dietitian with 20 years of experience as a clinical dietitian including years of experience in Oncology with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She earned master’s degree in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University. Danielle is accredited through the Commission on Dietetic Registration, a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. She serves on the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Interdisciplinary Cancer Committee as well as the Supportive Medicine Interdisciplinary Team. (preferred pronouns: she, her, hers)

Kathleen Newman

Kathleen Newman, R.D., C.S.O., is a Senior Dietitian with Board Certification in Oncology Nutrition and has been providing oncology nutritional counseling for 28 years, helping countless patients through the process of receiving cancer therapy. She works in partnership with patients to assess and develop care plans for safe and effective nutrition care across the cancer continuum. Kathleen has been a speaker at conferences, lectures, schools and support groups, speaking on topics including site specific disease prevention, therapy tolerance, alternative diets and therapies, and cancer survivor recommendations. (preferred pronouns: she, her, hers)

Pediatric Dietitian

Jennifer Derberdt

Jennifer Derberdt, R.D., C.D.E., is a pediatric oncology Dietitian. Jennifer provides person-centered nutritional assessments, develops care plans in conjunction with patients and their adult caregiver(s), and closely monitors children undergoing treatment for risk of malnourishment related to cancer and anti-cancer therapies. She utilizes a variety of nutrition interventions throughout treatment to promote normalized growth, address nutrition-related parent concerns, and reduce risks for poor nutritional outcomes. (preferred pronouns: she, her, hers)

Carol Leija

Carol Leija, M.S.N., R.N., O.C.N., holds a master’s degree in nursing with a specialization in education. She is an Oncology Certified Nurse and a dedicated advocate for patients with leukemia and lymphoma. At the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Carol provides expert care coordination to patients with blood cancers through transition points of care, between providers and across clinical settings, establishing partnerships with community providers throughout the UC Davis catchment to help patients access care closer to home. (preferred pronouns: she, her, hers)

Mia Wilson

Mia Wilson, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N., is a Nurse Navigator for cancer survivors who holds an Oncology Nurse Certification and expertise in effects of cancer treatment, surveillance needs, and quality of life issues in cancer survivors. One of her primary goals is to help cancer patients make a smooth transition from cancer treatment to post-treatment recovery. Mia has been with UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center for over 17 years and has experience in multiple areas of oncology care. Mia serves as a member of the Cancer Center Unit-Based Practice Counsel and Supportive Oncology Research and Education Steering Committee. (preferred pronouns: she, her, hers)

Adult Social Workers

Sara Chavez Sara Chavez,  L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C., A.C.H.S.W.-C is a licensed clinical social worker with specialty certification in oncology and palliative care. (preferred pronouns: she, her, hers)
Sarah Conning Sarah Conning, L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C., A.P.H.S.W.-C., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with specialty certification in oncology and palliative care. Sarah earned her MSW from the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare and has 20 years of experience in oncology social work. She is a leader within the Supportive Medicine Clinic, where she works to ensure integration of social work and palliative care. She has special interest in advance care planning and in support for family caregivers. Sarah is president-elect for the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) which advocates nationally for excellence in psychosocial care for all people facing cancer. (preferred pronouns: she, her, hers)
Jenifer Cooreman Jenifer Cooreman, L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with specialty certification in oncology with 20 years of experience in mental health and medical social work. Jena has worked with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. Her areas of expertise include individual and group therapy, coping with cancer and psychosocial oncology program development. Jena has played an instrumental role in developing supportive care services at the cancer center, she currently chairs the Supportive Oncology Clinical Counseling Steering Committee, and she participates in the development of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program. (preferred pronouns: she, her, hers)
Molly Freeman Molly Freeman, L.C.S.W., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 8 years of experience in medical social work. She has expertise in working with adults who have blood cancer. She earned her MSW at New York University where she was a fellow in the Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care. Molly also earned a Post-Master's certification in Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care at New York University. Molly's passion is to help patients throughout the spectrum of their cancer diagnosis to meet their specific social and emotional needs. (preferred pronouns: she/her)

Pediatric Social Workers

Deseree Bohanan Deseree Bohanan, L.C.S.W., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who shares her over 10-year expertise in serving diverse populations of children, adolescents, adults, and families in community-based mental health and medical settings. As a pediatric oncology social worker, Deseree supports patients and families in managing the psychosocial challenges of living with cancer, improving social and emotional wellness, and providing ongoing, consistent services for patients and families throughout the cancer experience. (preferred pronouns: she, her, hers)
Angelus Dupree Angelus Dupree,  L.C.S.W., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working primarily with adult and pediatric sickle cell anemia patients. Angelus holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work. He has extensive expertise in mental health care, and he uses various evidence-based therapeutic techniques to address health adaptive coping. Angelus provides person-centered and compassion care, and his guiding principle is: “Make love the centerpiece of all that you do”. (preferred pronouns: he, him, his)
Jaclyn Rice Jaclyn Rice, L.C.S.W., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology department. She has expertise in working with all ages of patients and families in home-based palliative care and hospice. Jaclyn has also been active with national organizations benefiting pediatric oncology patients and families. Jaclyn is part of the program development team for the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program. (preferred pronouns: she, her, hers)
Rev. Julie Kim

Rev. Julie Kim, M.Div., B.C.C., is a board-certified chaplain. As the Palliative Care Chaplain, she provides spiritual care and support for patients, families and staff at the UC Davis Medical Center, UC Davis Children’s Hospital (STEPS) and Supportive Medicine Clinic at the Cancer Center. She is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. (preferred pronouns: she, her)

Silvia Molina

Silvia Molina is a Community Education Specialist with over 4 years experience in health care. She is responsible for educational programs that promote services for cancer patients, their families, and the larger community. Silvia networks with local and national organizations to promote access to the latest information in oncology care, supportive resources, and advocacy efforts. She has a passion for conference development, learning about and sharing information on innovative services, and organizing and promoting educational opportunities for the cancer center. Silvia has a bachelor’s in Gerontology from CSU, Sacramento. (preferred pronouns: she, her, hers)

Anna Rosenbaum

Anna Rosenbaum, M.S.W., M.P.H., is a seasoned public health and social work program administrator, applied researcher, and health educator focused on understanding health disparities and promoting access to high quality, equitable health care services. Anna is currently Project Manager of the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program and Women’s Cancer Care Program (WCCP) within Supportive Oncology & Survivorship at the Cancer Center. Anna has a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work from University of Washington, Seattle. (preferred pronouns: she,her, hers)

Annemarie Hargadon

Annemarie Hargadon, M.D., is board certified in internal medicine with subspecialty board certification in palliative medicine. She has over 30 years’ experience in caring for people and their families living with serious illness. As a clinical staff physician at the cancer center, she works in the Supportive Medicine Clinic, focusing on improving the quality of life for people living with cancer. Dr. Hargadon’s academic focus is on teaching empathic and effective communication skills to medical students, residents and fellows. (preferred pronouns: she, her)

Mook-Lan Iglowitz, MD

Mook-Lan Iglowitz, M.D. is a board-certified palliative medicine physician who works with patients with serious illness. She takes special interest in helping patients and their families face their illness through planning, decisional support, symptom control, and patient/caregiver education. Dr. Iglowitz serves as a volunteer clinical faculty for the UC Davis Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship. Additionally, she is a facilitator for the IMPACT Palliative care communication workshop for nurses at the Center for Professional Practice of Nursing. (preferred pronouns: she, her)