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Patient and Family Support Team

Patient and Family Support team members help cancer patients and their loved ones cope with the emotions and life changes brought about by a cancer diagnosis. Services include the following:
  • Meeting with individuals, couples, and families
  • Teaching stress reduction skills and other mind-body techniques to aid the healing process
  • Collaborating and consulting with doctors, nurses, and other medical care providers to enhance comprehensive, holistic care
  • Assisting with hospital services, accessing community resources, and addressing other practical needs
  • Helping with advance health care directives such as a living will and medical power of attorney

Patient and Family Support Manager
Amy Horyna, LCSW, 801-587-4592

Blood and Marrow Transplant 4th Floor
Jessica Rivera, CSW, 801-213-5612

Breast Cancer
Lisa Gauchay, LCSW, 801-585-0212

Gabriela Cetrola, MSW, LCSW, 801-213-5609

Gastrointestinal Cancer
Angelique Colemere, LCSW, 801-587-4732
Gabriela Cetrola, MSW, LCSW, 801-213-5609

Gynecological Cancer
Jen Mijangos, LCSW, 801-587-4761

Head and Neck Cancer
Nichole Robinson, LCSW, 801-585-9150

Hematological Cancer, Leukemia, and Lymphoma
Daniel Lancaster, LCSW, 801-213-5659

Inpatient 4th Floor, HCH
Peg Hunter, LCSW, 801-587-4397

Inpatient 5th Floor, HCH
Virginia Wilson, MSW, LCSW, 801-587-9208

Intensive Care Unit
Kellie Custen, LCSW, 801-213-4361
Suzanne Pratt, MSW, LCSW, 801-587-4665

Lung Cancer
Nichole Robinson, LCSW, 801-585-9150

Multiple Myeloma
Geri Etringer, LCSW, 801-587-4695

Kathrine Parnell, CSW, 801-581-2585

Phase 1 Clinical Trials
Angelique Colemere, LCSW, 801-587-4732

Amy Horyna, LCSW, 801-587-4592

Urologic Cancer
Kris Nelson, LCSW, 801-585-0138

Robert Bain, MSW, LCSW, Steven Caverley, MSW, LCSW, Elizabeth Dosher, LCSW, and Courtney Nebeker, LCSW, cover as needed. Our team is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please call our Administrative Assistant at 801-585-9755 if you are not able to reach someone.

Financial counselors are available by calling

  • 801-587-4036 for inpatient services, surgery, and radiation therapy
  • 801-587-4037 for outpatient clinics and radiology
  • 801-587-4034 for chemotherapy/infusion services
  • 801-587-4674 for medication co-pay assistance

Practical Needs can be addressed by our Patient Resource Coordinator. The coordinator can help connect patients to available resources.

A chaplain is available to help with spiritual needs by calling 801-213-2484.

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Reverend Linda Brewer, Chaplain

As HCI's first chaplain, Linda Brewer provides spiritual support for patients, their loved ones, and staff. She has been a health care chaplain for nine years, first at St. Mark's Hospital and subsequently with two different area hospices. As a multi-faith chaplain, she brings no religious agenda of her own but rather looks for how to support each individual in what provides ultimate meaning and comfort to that person. She can provide requested religious rituals or be a liaison with leaders from one's own faith community to help ensure that each person’s spiritual needs are met.

Before coming to chaplaincy, Linda was ordained for a counseling ministry and founded the Kindred Center, a counseling and consulting practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was a Licensed Professional Counselor in that state for 20 years. She is also a licensed spiritual counselor with the Centers for Spiritual Living.

Linda is a two-term past president of the Utah Professional Chaplains Association (UPCA) and is part of the Interfaith Roundtable and the Utah Bereavement Coalition. In 2007, she created the Blue Christmas service, which has become an important annual tradition in the greater Salt Lake community for those who are grieving.


Gabriela Cetrola, MSW, LCSW

 Gabriela Cetrola is an Oncology Psychosocial Oncology Clinician. She works with dermatology/melanoma patients and gastrointestinal cancer patients.

Gabriela received her bachelor degree in psychology and her master's in social work. She is an adjunct professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Utah, teaching mental health practice with Latinos. She has also taught diversity and social justice, community organizing, and professional consultation.

Gabriela has several years of experience in behavioral health and social work, providing mental health therapy and other services to Latinos and other minority groups, low-income families, and at-risk youth. She has worked with cancer patients and their families, providing counseling and directing a bereavement group. Gabriela is bilingual in Spanish and English and works with Spanish-speaking patients at HCI.

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Angelique Colemere, LCSW

Angelique works with lung, gastrointestinal, and Phase 1 clinical trial patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Utah in 1996.

For 10 years, Angelique worked at the Department of Human Services as a family therapist, clinical consultant and investigator, pediatric mental health program manager, and most recently communications liaison between the internal agencies in the department throughout the state of Utah. While in private practice, she has also provided individual, group, and couples therapy, as well as clinical supervision to MSW graduates.

Before joining HCI, Angelique worked for 11 years with the University of Utah Hospital Emergency Department as a crisis social worker, where she supported patients and families facing medical trauma and other critical care issues. She has worked with numerous populations including disabled, elderly, youth, and mentally ill patients. She has also managed the Homeless Youth Resource Center through Volunteers of America, providing services to Utah’s homeless youth.


Kellie M. Custen, MSW, LCSW

Kellie works on the intensive care unit at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah and a bachelor's degree in health care administration and health promotion from Weber State University.

Before joining HCI, Kellie worked with elderly and disabled individuals at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco, California. She was previously employed as a social worker with the University of Utah School of Medicine, facilitating assessments and referrals for people with substance abuse issues.

Kellie has a background in health promotion and public health and specializes in working with underserved populations. She is experienced in providing group, individual, and family counseling.


Geri Etringer, MSW, LCSW

Geri works with outpatient multiple myeloma and blood and marrow transplant patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Geri received bachelor's degree in health and behavioral science and sociology and a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah.

Before joining HCI, Geri worked as a clinical social worker at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, working with children, adolescents, and their families. She also spent 12 years at the University of Utah Solid Organ Transplant Program, working with recipients of heart, lung, and kidney transplants, as well as kidney donors.

Geri has experience working with patients and families who are experiencing health and psychiatric emergencies, coordinating community support and resources, and providing supportive counseling and education to patients and their families.


Lisa Gauchay, MSW, LCSW

Lisa works with breast cancer patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Utah in 2006.

At HCI, she provides psychosocial assessment and emotional support to cancer patients and their families, collaborates on a multidisciplinary team to ensure patients and families receive needed services, and provides training to nursing staff and other staff as needed.

She previously worked as a social worker in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City. She also spent a summer as an intern at the University of Timisoara in Romania, where she visited and worked in a variety of social service agencies. Her work there focused on the psychosocial needs of adolescents suffering from HIV.


Amy Horyna, MSW, LCSW

Amy is the manager for Patient and Family Support Services for Huntsman Cancer Institute and she provides primary social work support to sarcoma patients. She also has worked with the Pain Medicine and Palliative Care Service, Supportive Oncology and Survivorship Service, as well as gynecologic cancer patients and dermatological cancer patients in the past. She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Utah and her bachelor's degree in psychology from Westminster College. She has over 15 years of professional experience working with individuals and families. In 2009-2010, Amy was selected to participate in ACE, Advocacy for Excellence in Palliative Care, a competitively selected program where participants received more than 30 hours of didactic and experiential transdisciplinary education to improve end-of-life knowledge, team skills and leadership abilities.Before joining Patient and Family Support at HCI, Amy worked in mental health and substance abuse treatment, employee assistance services, and crisis intervention. She is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and has provided individual, couples, family therapy. She has facilitated a number of therapeutic groups and has trained and educated individuals in developing anger management, parenting, relapse prevention, healthy human sexuality, and effective communication skills. She is currently a member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers (AOSW) as well as Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network.


Peg Hunter, LCSW

Peg has worked for 30 years in medical and oncology social work. She has served on diabetes, liver and kidney transplant, cardiac, and oncology teams in several medical settings.

Peg earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah in 1981. She received the 2002 Courage to Care award from the Intermountain Oncology Nursing Society for her work as patient services manager at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Desert Mountain Division. She also received two Patient Service Awards from the American Cancer Society. She served on the boards of directors of the Utah division of the American Cancer Society and the National Kidney Foundation, Utah chapter. She is a member of the Utah Chapter of Social Workers in Health Care Leadership.

Peg works on the Huntsman 4th Floor inpatient unit.

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Daniel Lancaster, MSW, LCSW

Daniel works with patients who are being treated for leukemia, lymphoma, and other types of hematological disorders at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI).  A native son of Utah, he was born in Salt Lake County and raised in Davis County.  He spent some time living in Jamaica before he returned to Utah to pursue a career in mental health.  Daniel completed in undergraduate education at Weber State University and received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah.

Daniel’s professional experience includes having worked with adolescents at a day-treatment program in Ogden followed by working as an outpatient psychotherapist with adults and families in Salt Lake.  Immediately prior to his work at HCI, Daniel performed crisis evaluations in the emergency department of University Hospital where he also provided grief support to the family members of patients who died of medical trauma.  In addition to his work at HCI, Daniel is a psychotherapist in private practice and has research interests in suicide assessment, logotherapy, and healthy grieving.


Jennifer Mijangos, MSW, LCSW

Jen works primarily with the gynecologic cancer patients here at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is also the primary social worker for Dr. Anna Beck, program leader for the Supportive Oncology and Survivorship services. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Hamilton College.Jen works as an integrated member of the medical team, offering support to patients and their families. She has facilitated various groups for patients and caregivers in the 5 years she has been a member of HCI's Patient & Family Support team. Jen has a diverse clinical background and a strong interest in evidence-based treatment models. In 2010 Jen participated in an NCI funded Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) training specific to oncology clinicians. Jen previously worked at the University of Utah Counseling Center, where she provided direct clinical services to individuals, couples, and groups. She also coordinated the agency's substance abuse services, providing supervision, training, and consultation for colleagues and graduate students. Prior to this Jen was employed as a social worker with the University of Utah School of Medicine; conducting assessments and facilitating referrals for people with alcohol or drug-related concerns. Jen is also fluent in Spanish.

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Kathrine Parnell, CSW

Kathrine works with patients diagnosed with brain, spine, and skull based cancers at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She was born and raised along the central coast of California, and currently lives with her husband and three children near Salt Lake City. Her experience includes work at the Kern County Department of Human Services helping public assistance recipients maintain benefit eligibility and prepare for self-sufficiency, and work with foster children in out-of-home placement. As a medical social worker for a private insurance company on the Palliative Care Team, she provided crisis intervention, psychosocial assessment and referral for needed supports, assisting patients and their families with difficult healthcare decisions. 

Kathrine obtained an Associate of Arts degree in Human Services with a certificate in Family Studies at Allan Hancock College, a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from Hope University, and a Master of Social Work from California State University in Bakersfield. She enjoys playing the piano, singing, and keeping her children busy in their many activities.


Kris Nelson, MSW, LCSW

Kris works with urological cancer patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah in 1989.Kris has more than 20 years of experience providing individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy at the Salt Lake Department of Veterans Affairs, the University of Utah Counseling Center, and Primary Children's Residential Treatment Center, and has also worked as a medical social worker at the University of Utah Hospital. She has facilitated numerous groups over time and is especially interested in mindfulness and evidence-based treatment models.Kris is member of International Psycho-Oncology Society and the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Psychology. She has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Utah College of Social Work, the Department of Clinical Psychology, and the University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Volunteer work has included groups at the Cancer Wellness House and psychotherapy services to veterans and their family members through the national organization, Give An Hour.


Suzanne Pratt, MSW, LCSW 

Suzanne works in the Intensive Care Unit at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She earned her MSW degree from New York University and worked at St. Luke's Roosevelt Medical Center in New York City upon graduation.Both in New York and Utah, she has worked and volunteered in a variety of medical and clinical settings including Gilda's Club (a cancer support community), Cancer Wellness House, St. Mark's Hospital, and the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. Suzanne's initial professional focus was to assist clients emotionally impacted by life-threatening medical illnesses, primarily through individual therapy and group work.
She serves as program consultant at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where she was recently awarded Professional of the Year. She is an honorary clinical board member of the Utah-Idaho Chapter of the National Lupus Foundation. For these and similar organizations, she has written and made numerous presentations on a wide variety of wellness-related topics. Besides assisting people affected by chronic medical illness, Suzanne has completed training and is a Gottman-Certified Couples Therapist.She is a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the Utah Society for Social Work Leadership in Utah, Women in Private Practice, National Association of Social Workers, American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Archetypes of Everyday Living, and various other professional organizations.

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Jessica D. Rivera, CSW

Jessica works with inpatient bone marrow transplant patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Chicago in 2003, where she was the recipient of the Brinks Family Support Fellowship. Before joining the Patient and Family Support team, Jessica was the Patient Services Manager at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, offering psychosocial support to blood cancer patients and their families for four years. She moved to HCI in 2009 to work in the Bone Marrow Transplant Outpatient Clinic first as a Clinical Care Specialist, then as a Bone Marrow Transplant Facilitator for myeloma patients. Prior to working in oncology, Jessica offered mental health services to inmates at Cook County Jail in Chicago, developed public policy with the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health and provided health education as an AmeriCorps volunteer. She also has an interest in cancer survivorship, complementary therapies and end of life care.Jessica has been a member of the Utah Cancer Action Network since 2005, serving on the Executive Committee and as the Co-Chair of the Quality of Life Workgroup where she helped to develop the annual Utah Cancer Survivorship Summit. She has been a volunteer at the Cancer Wellness House, Rape Recovery Center, and Planned Parenthood.

Nichole Robinson, MSW, LCSW

Nichole Robinson works Lung Cancer patients, as well as Head and Neck Cancer patients, at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Utah in 2005 and has over 8 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families. During her master's in social work training, Nichole was an intern at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital on the Medical Oncology Inpatient Unit. It was during that time that she developed a passion for helping cancer patients and their loved ones through this difficult life transition. Following graduation, she worked with the University of Utah Solid Organ Transplant program, where she had worked throughout college (2003-2006), providing medication assistance to transplant patients. Nichole then began working at the University of Utah Hospital Emergency Department as a crisis social worker 2006, performing behavioral health assessments in psychiatric emergencies and supporting patients and families facing medical trauma and other critical care issues. She never lost her love for cancer care though and she finally rejoined the Patient and Family Support team in 2009. She spent her first four years working with patients undergoing Blood and Marrow Transplants. During her time with BMT, she facilitated a caregiver support group, provided education to new patients, training and bereavement support for staff, all the while offering emotional, spiritual, and practical support to patients and families throughout their transplant journey.Nichole has special interests in survivorship, complementary therapies, young adult issues, compassion fatigue, and bereavement. She is currently a member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She has presented on various topics in the community, including distress in cancer care and compassion fatigue.

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Shelley White, MSW, LCSW

Shelley manages the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness-Survivorship Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Before taking her current position, she was the manager of Patient and Family Support and provided patient and family support to blood and marrow transplant patients and family members. She continues to provide direct clinical care to patients and their loved ones, including facilitating stress reduction and relaxation consultations through the Wellness Center. Shelley earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah and has worked with cancer patients and their families for more than 10 years, including six years with hospice. In May 2005, she obtained her certification in contemplative end-of-life care from Naropa University. Before working in oncology, Shelley worked for eight years with people affected by domestic violence. She has more than 14 years of experience facilitating therapeutic groups, including grief and bereavement support groups and support groups for cancer survivors.


Adrienne Wilson, Patient Resource Coordinator

Adrienne is a patient resource coordinator working with the Patient and Family Support team. She also manages the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) Apartments.Adrienne works with out-of-state patients and their families to provide lodging and hospital or community support resources. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Columbia College in 2001. Before joining HCI, Adrienne worked at Real Property Management, where she managed contract relationships with nationwide property management franchises and the U.S. secondary mortgage market. As well as having hands-on experience in property management, she has a background in the financial services industry. As vice president of Fiserv, she was responsible for development, marketing, compliance, and regulatory services to financial institutions nationwide. Adrienne served as a volunteer at Dixie Regional Hospital, where she ensured emergency department patients received quality care by having access to various resources during their stay. With over 20 years of experience in the financial, real estate, and health care industries, Adrienne provides a unique set of supplemental services needed by HCI patients and their families.

Virginia Wilson

Virginia (Jini) Wilson, MSW, LCSW
801-587-9208 or 801-587-4464

Jini has over 20 years of medical social work experience, working in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings including, home health care, hospice, in patient rehab, psychiatric, oncology, acute care and intensive care units. Her work at the University of Utah started on the Crisis team in the Emergency Department responding to traumas and providing behavioral health assessments and services. Most recently she has been providing clinical social work services to patients and families on the Women’s & Infant’s Units at the University of Utah with primary responsibility for the Newborn ICU, High Risk Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic, and the OB Emergency Services. She has also been serving on the Perinatal Bereavement Team. Jini has a passion for cultural diversity having been raised in India, and working in the Peace Corps in Nepal. Her undergraduate degree was in comparative religion and anthropology before obtaining a Master's degree in social work from Colorado State University.

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Robert Bain, MSW, LCSW

Robert works as needed with Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) patients and their families. He earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah in 2007.

Before joining HCI, Robert worked at the University of Utah hospital as the case management coordinator at the infectious diseases clinic. He has also worked at Cornerstone Counseling Center with adjudicated youth and their families providing individual, group and family psychotherapy addressing substance use and mental health concerns. Prior to attending graduate school, Robert worked as a therapeutic wilderness guide for at-risk youth. This experience was his inspiration for becoming a clinical social worker.

In addition to his work with HCI, Robert works at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute.



Steven Caverley, MSW, LCSW

Steve works with cancer patients as requested at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). He earned two master's degrees at the University of Utah in social work and gerontology.

Before joining HCI, Steve worked as a health program administrator with the Utah Department of Corrections, overseeing clinical staff and managing inpatient, outpatient, and community-based mental health programs for offenders. He has also worked as a clinical social worker at several institutions including LDS Hospital Transitional Care Center and Wasatch Canyons Hospital. He has more than 30 years of experience in the mental health field.

Steven is also an accomplished athlete, having completed nine Ironman World Triathlon competitions (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run).


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Elizabeth Dosher, LCSW

Elizabeth works as needed at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Her career began in 2006 when she graduated with a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah, where she also received the Goodwill Memorial Award for Excellence in Social Work.

Her focus of practice started in substance abuse and co-occurring mental health treatment. She was the substance abuse team leader while working at Valley Mental Health, where she coordinated substance abuse treatment services and conducted staff trainings on clinical assessment tools and documentation.

Throughout her career as a social worker, Elizabeth has been a direct-care clinician offering comprehensive mental health assessments in addition to individual, group, and family therapy. Elizabeth received her inspiration for social work while working in residential treatment for adolescents. Elizabeth is an avid runner, mountain biker, and Nordic skier.

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Cortney Nebeker, LCSW

Cortney earned a master's degrees in social work from the University of Utah with a certificate in substance abuse treatment with an undergraduate degree in Finance and International Studies.

Cortney's background includes work in micro-finance. She has worked with multiple international communities providing health promotion and financial education in Guatemala, Republic of the Union of Myanmar and also worked providing tsunami relief in Thailand. She has previously worked for Valley Mental Health at ARTEC working with adolescents and their families providing therapy and facilitating therapeutic groups dealing with addiction. Cortney has also worked with the Caring Connections program where she facilitated grief and loss support groups and was also able to contribute to research revolving around bereavement.

Cortney is a member of the National Association of Oncology Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers.