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Our Mid-Level Providers


Get to know Our Mid- Level Providers

Our Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and our Physician’s Assistants (PAs) work in collaboration with our physicians in the evaluation and management of cancer and hematologic problems to ensure optimal symptom management and treatment outcomes. You may expect to see the NP or the PA in between your visits with your physician.

 

Kate Rockwell, NP-C, OCN

Rockwell came to Summit Cancer Care in 1991 from Candler General Hospital, where she worked on both the inpatient oncology floor and also on the medical-surgical floor. She graduated from Valdosta State College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, then from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2011 with a Master of Science degree in Nursing. She is a board certified nurse practitioner with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has been an active member since 1992 of the Southeast Georgia Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society, where she has held office and chaired various committees. She is also a member of the Nurse Practitioner Council of Coastal Georgia. She believes in community involvement and promoting cancer awareness.

 

 

 

 

Diane Smoak, MSN, APRN-BC, OCN, CCRP

Smoak came to Summit Cancer Care in 2003 from Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, where she had over twenty years of oncology nursing experience in the inpatient and outpatient settings. She has first-hand knowledge of oncology research through participation in and data coordination of NCI-sponsored clinical trials. She received an Associate Degree in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She is board verified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation certifies her as an Oncology Certified Nurse.

 

 

 

 

Victoria Finland, PA-C

Victoria Finland came to Summit Cancer Care in 2010. Born and raised in Savannah, GA, Victoria attended the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received a Master of Physician Assistant degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 2010. She is a board certified Physician Assistant with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Victoria also serves as an Applied Learning Experience Preceptor for South University’s Physician Assistant program. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA), and Association of Physicians Assistants in Oncology (APAO).

 

 

 

 

IMG_2423Rachel Youngblood , PA-C

Rachel Youngblood graduated cum laude in 2008 from the University of Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She earned a Masters of Physician Assistant in 2010 from the Medical College of Georgia, where she was awarded the Faculty Merit Award. She worked in cardiology for two years prior to joining SCC in September 2012. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and the state of Georgia, and holds memberships in the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants and the American Association of Physician Assistants.

 

 

 

 

 

aaron-jonesAaron Jones, NP-C

Aaron Jones graduated with a BS in Biology in 2010 from Georgia College and State University (GCSU). He proceeded to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from GCSU in 2012. He completed a critical care nurse residency program at Memorial Health University Medical Center in 2013 and worked as a RN at Memorial for 3 years on the cardiac stepdown unit. In 2015, Aaron completed a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2015 and began his career at Summit Cancer Care shortly thereafter. Aaron is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

 

 

 

 

 

Patti Emfinger PA-C

Mrs. Emfinger began her career in healthcare in 1990 when she entered the Army Nurse Corps following her undergraduate training. She graduated from Niagara University, NY with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1989.

Following 7 years of active duty service, she left active duty in 1997 and began working at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Pediatrics. She eventually transitioned to the Candler Hospital campus and worked as the Nursing Supervisor – Weekends while attending the Physician Assistant program at South University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies in 2001. She went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies in 2007 with the University of North Dakota. She has been board certified with the NCCPA for the past 16 years. She has been an active member of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants and the America Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). In 2012, she was named a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA.

She worked in the fields of Pulmonary Medicine, Internal Medicine, Urgent Care and Hospitalist Medicine before joining the faculty of the South University Physician Assistant Program full time in 2010. She worked as the Director of Clinical Education and taught in a variety of disciplines, including pulmonology, clinical procedures, pediatrics, genetics and physical exam techniques.

She returned to full time patient care in May 2016 when she joined Summit Cancer Care.

 

 

Karen Moses, NP

Karen Moses graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Her interest in oncology first peaked as a nursing student completing clinical rotations throughout the oncology units at Candler and Memorial Hospitals.  Her nursing career began on the inpatient oncology unit at Memorial University Medical Center.  After gaining several years of experience as a registered nurse, she furthered her education at Armstrong Atlantic State University.  In 2011, she graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing.  She is a board certified adult nurse practitioner with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  She has also worked in the field of hospice and palliative care gaining experience in the care of patients with chronic, life-limiting illnesses.  She joined Summit Cancer Care in March 2017 returning to her nursing roots of oncology practice.