Know this: you are not alone. You're part of a team that knows just how to treat you. While technologically advanced equipment and on-site board-certified physicians and oncology-certified nurses help patients fight their cancer, another team of experts help patients focus on the emotional, financial and physical toll cancer can take. Surgeons, dieticians, clinical social workers, pain management specialists, a patient navigator and more work together to alleviate much of the stress and fear cancer can cause, enabling patients and their caregivers to focus on what matters most: getting better. Your doctors, nurses and the Breast Center staff are great resources.
Breast Care Navigator
Meg Shrader, RN, BSN, CBCN
She is a certified breast care nurse and breast health navigator who serves both as a direct point of contact for referring physicians and as an advocate for patients, providing them with a coordinated, seamless and personalized care management plan. Shrader has more than 25 years of nursing experience. She has served as a breast care navigator for nearly nine of those years, starting two breast care navigator programs. She is certified by EduCare as a breast health navigator and by the Oncology Nurse’s Certification Corporation as a certified breast care nurse. She received a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. She has previously served as president of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation‘s Board of Directors and continues to lobby for breast cancer-related issues on both the state and national level. She has also reviewed Breast Cancer Research proposals for the Department of Defense office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.
RUIZ ANTONIO, M.D.
A native to southeastern Virginia, Ruiz attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., and completed a general surgery residency at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va. and the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va.
Ruiz is the medical director of The Breast Center at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare. He is board certified in stereotactic breast procedures and general surgery. Ruiz participates in registry trials by Targeted Medical Education, an elite group of community-based breast cancer physicians dedicated to identifying genuine advances in the breast cancer field including percutaneous lumpectomies. In his previous position at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, he was chair of the multidisciplinary breast program and director of the breast biopsy program at Albemarle and Kitty Hawk as well. He is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.
Ms. Olexy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Misericordia University in Dallas, Penn., and a Masters in Nursing with a Women’s Health specialty from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Penn. She has vast experience diagnosing and treating women at every stage in life. Ms. Olexy previously worked with both Delta Oncology and The Breast Care Center in Portsmouth, Va., and she completed practicums at The Virginia Center for Women and Specialists for Women, both located in Chesapeake, Va. while obtaining her Nurse Practitioner certification. Her additional experience includes work as a surgical nurse in various specialties including vascular, gynecological, breast and plastics. She is a member of the Virginia Association of Nurse Practitioners.