Nursing Staff

Susan Small

Susan Small

RN Registered Nurse

Susan has been a Registered Nurse since 1980 and has been affiliated with Missouri Cancer Associates since 1997. Susan’s responsibilities include assisting physicians with Specialty HDR Radiation procedures, facilitating the flow of the radiation department, and helping patients and their families with processing and planning their battle with cancer. “I love being a part of the MCA team battling for the fight against cancer.  It is a very rewarding job helping patients and their families through this very difficult time.”

Heather McKenzie

Heather McKenzie

LPN Licensed Practical Nurse

Heather’s duties include patient education, assessing patient side effects and progress, coordinating treatment and testing for certain thyroid cancers, assisting with HDR treatments, and assisting patient with a variety of medical needs. She enjoys getting to know her patients during their daily treatments.  Heather feels inspired by the determination and strength of her patients and feels it is an honor to be a part of this delicate time in their lives. Outside of work Heather enjoys spending time with her family, attending the kids’ sporting events, helping with church activities, and serves on the Board of Directors Harvest House, a local homeless shelter.

Gretchen Boughton

Gretchen Boughton

Medical Assistant

Gretchen has been with MCA since 1992. Her duties include but are not limited to, assisting physicians with procedures and navigating patient flow. “Our patient’s ability to smile through it on good days and fight through it on bad ones are attributes I admire most. They are warriors and I am honored to part of their journey. Their overall comfort is my priority.”  In Gretchen’s free time she enjoys spending time with her son, two granddaughters and two grandsons, attending concert, going with her husband and dabbling in DIY crafts.

Radiation Therapists

Kimberly Kite

Kimberly Kite

RT (R) (T), Chief Radiation Therapist

Kim graduated from St. John’s School of Radiologic Technology in 1994 and from The University of Kansas Medical Center Radiation Therapy Technology in 1995.  She spent the first 5 ½ years of her career in Springfield, MO before joining MCA in June of 2001. She has served as a representative of The Clinical Advisory Council within the US Oncology Network since 2011.   In her spare time, she enjoys physical fitness, music, watching football, softball, and spending time with her family. “I enjoy getting to know the patients and their families during this difficult time. The field has changed immensely over the years and I enjoy the challenges that come with utilizing state-of-the-art technology, while providing compassionate care to our patients here in Mid-Missouri area.”

 

Tricia Stingley

Tricia Stingley

RT (R) (T) Staff Radiation Therapist

Tricia has worked at MCA for 15 years. She attended Avila College where she studied Radiation Therapy and completed her clinical training at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. She and her husband have 2 daughters in college. She enjoys caring for her patients’ everyday as-well-as being a part of their support network.

Michelle Hammond

Michelle Hammond

BSRT (R) (T) Staff Radiation Therapist

Michelle graduated from the University of Missouri in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiologic Technology. She continued her education at Barnes Jewish Hospital College with a Bachelor in Radiation Therapy in 2005.   She is married and has two little girls. “I enjoy all the wonderful people I meet!  Along with the precision and accuracy of my job, I hope to also be listening ears, and a friend to lift patients through their treatments!”

Akaysha Diekmann

Akaysha Diekmann

BSRT (R) (T), Staff Radiation Therapist

Akaysha has worked at Missouri Cancer Associates since October 2016.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Radiologic Sciences from Northwest Missouri State University and then furthered her education studying Radiation Therapy at Southing Illinois University- Carbondale. In her free time, she enjoys trout fishing, spending time with family, and playing with her dogs. “I enjoy working at MCA because I get to interact with the patients each day. I love getting to know them and I enjoy being a positive, smiling face during this difficult time in their lives.”

Kara Thurston

Kara Thurston

BSRT (R) (T), Staff Radiation Therapist

Kara has been a Radiation Therapist at Missouri Cancer Associates since November 2016. She graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Radiation Therapy. “I love coming to my job everyday where I am able to help, care and comfort patients and provide guidance during a difficult time. I am proud to be a part of the MCA team where patients are provided the best care.  In her free time, she loves being active outdoors, cooking new recipes and spending time with her family and friends.

Paula Diggins

Paula Diggins

RT (R) (T), PRN Staff Radiation Therapist

Paula started in radiation therapy in 1976 at Boone Hospital Center. She joined the MCA team in 2006.  The best part of my job is interacting with all the patients.  Paula’s spare time, she enjoys being with her family and training her Border Collies.

Mikayla Pecher

Mikayla Pecher

RT (R) (T), PRN Staff Radiation Therapist

Mikayla has been a Radiation Therapist with MCA since July of 2018. “I love caring for my patients every day and creating a relationship with them. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and hiking.”

Katelynn Rogers

Katelynn Rogers

RT (R) (T), PRN Staff Radiation Therapist

Katelyn has been a Radiation Therapist with Missouri Cancer Associates since July of 2015. “I love my job at MCA because I get to meet wonderful patient and get to provide compassionate care to them and get to know their stories.  This field is always growing with new technology and that is something that interest me.” In her spare time, she enjoys physical fitness, the outdoors, crafts, and spending time with her family.

Kali Kuse

Kali Kuse

RT (R), Washburn Radiation Therapy Student

Kali is a Washburn University Student completing her clinical rotation here at Missouri Cancer.  I am going to school to better my knowledge on treating cancer patients.

Physics and Dosimetry

Iris Y. Ouyang

Iris Y. Ouyang

MS, Certified Medical Physicist, RSO

Iris has been a certified Medical Physicist by American Board of Radiology for over 20 years. She has worked at esteemed academic institutions, such as Loyola University as staff physicist, Henry Ford Health system as lead physicist, as-well-as several celebrated community hospitals. Her broad experiences and enthusiastic nature as it relates to patient-care has long been recognized. She was voted in as the President of Great Lake Regional Medical Physics Society in 2005.  Along with her current Chief Medical Physicist duties, she currently serves as Co-chair of US Oncology Networks Radiation Therapy Policies and Procedures.

“Providing the highest quality care while ensuring safety to all patients, is always my number one priority.”

Mark Tucker

Mark Tucker

MS, MEng, Medical Physicist

Mark is a Medical Radiation Physicist who has worked at Missouri Cancer Associates since 2011. His duties include the routine testing of radiation-delivery equipment, assisting physicians with the planning and delivery of special high dose rate (HDR) radiation treatments, and generally helping to ensure that all radiation treatments are delivered safely and accurately. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, exercising, reading, and keeping his cat out of trouble.

Abby Samek

Abby Samek

CMD, RT (R) (T) Certified Medical Dosimetrist

Abby has been a Medical Dosimetrist with MCA for 11 years.  Her role in the radiation therapy department is to work with the radiation oncologist to design a unique treatment plan for each patient.  Abby is married and has 2 children.  She enjoys spending time with family and traveling. “Although most patients never meet me, I take pride in knowing that I’ve played a crucial role in their cancer treatment.” 

Susan Meinen

Susan Meinen

CMD, BS RT (R) (T), Certified Medical Dosimetrist

Susan joined MCA in July of 2019. She received her Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences from Avila University, and a diploma in Radiation Therapy from Washburn University School of Medicine, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. As a Medical Dosimetrist Susan works as a team with the physician and physicists to create plans for treatment delivery.

Susan is married, and has two children and one grandson. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, sporting events, concerts, and traveling. joined MCA in July of 2019.

CT/X-Ray Technologists

Mark Gehlert

Mark Gehlert

RTR, CT, CT and X-Ray Technologist

Mark graduated from Southwest Missouri State University/Cox Health Systems School of Radiology 1994. Mark has been employed with MCA since February 2003.  He has vast experience in Radiology and CAT scan procedures.  He helped to implement and maintains Missouri Cancer Associates CT accreditation through the American College of Radiology.  “I am proud to be part of the team at MCA.  I feel we provide the best cancer care in Mid Missouri.  We strive for excellence.”

Ernie Chapman

Ernie Chapman

RT (R) (CT), CT and X-Ray Technologist

Ernie has worked as a CT Technologist and as a Radiologic Technologist for over 42 years. He looks forward to seeing patients, talking with them, and assuring them that he is there to help. Many of the patients remember him and often ask for him. “I try to give them a face they can connect with when they come to MCA. The patients are what coming to work is all about.”

Sonja Crozier

Sonja Crozier

RT (R) (CT), CT and X-Ray Technologist

Sonja works in our CT and X-Ray Departments. Sonja joined the Missouri Cancer Associates team in 1998. “My mission here is to make each patient feel like it’s one of the best 15 to 20 minutes of their day.”

PET/CT Technologist

Piper Klausmeyer

Piper Klausmeyer

RT(N)(ARRT), CNMT, PET, PET/CT Technologist

Piper graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1992 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Medicine.  She spent her first 10 years working in Wichita, Kansas as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist before moving to Columbia. She continued to work as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and PET Technologist at Boone Hospital for 14 years. She joined Missouri Cancer Associates in May of 2015 as our PET Technologist. She enjoys reading and spending quality time with her friends and family.  “Working at MCA has taught me that everyone has a fighting chance. We should all fight as hard and strong as our patients do, each and every day.”