Cancer Care Collaborative

Navigation Services

When you are facing a cancer diagnosis, finding the right care and services you need can feel overwhelming. At Seton, we want to help. A Seton nurse navigator is a registered nurse with the knowledge and skills to support you, your family and other caregivers through the cancer treatment experience. Your nurse navigators can assist you with:

  • clinical information to assist in making informed decisions. Nurse navigators can provide education to patients and families about the cancer diagnosis and treatment options available.
  • referrals to the resources you need. Cancer treatment can be physically, emotionally and spiritually demanding. Nurse navigators can help minimize distress by listening to your concerns, answering questions, and referring you to resources for helpful information and support.
  • assistance in facilitating communication among healthcare providers and scheduling appointments. Our nurse navigators will work to keep your entire healthcare team informed and working together to monitor your progress, and will make sure your appointments are scheduled as conveniently and quickly as possible.
  • access to transportation. If you have trouble getting to your doctor appointments, a nurse navigator can help arrange transportation for you.
  • assistance in locating financial resources. Our nurse navigator and social workers may be able to find financial assistance with medical and nonmedical expenses.

Our Navigators

Stephanie Burriss, MSN, RN, FNP-C

Stephanie Burriss is a nurse practitioner with the Cancer Care Collaborative Program at Seton Medical Center Austin. She received both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Ms. Burriss has ten years of oncology nursing experience, most recently working as a pain and palliative care nurse practitioner. As a nurse practitioner for the Cancer Care Collaborative, she works with patients and their families to assist them through their cancer journey. Ms. Burriss is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practioners and is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Oncology Nursing Society and American Society for Pain Management Nursing.

Barbara Colson BSN, RN, OCN

Barbara Colson is a clinical nurse navigator for head and neck cancer and gastrointestinal cancer patients. She works primarily with Shivers Center and University Medical Center Brackenridge patients as part of the Cancer Care Collaborative Team. During the seven years prior, she was a clinical supervisor for Shivers Center, the adult outpatient oncology and infusion center at UMC Brackenridge. She came to the clinic in 2000 as a chemo infusion nurse, bringing with her nine years of oncology experience from MD Anderson as an inpatient RN and later as an outpatient case manager. She now supports the Gastrointestinal Multidisciplinary Conference at the Cancer Care Collaborative on Tuesday mornings and is available as a network navigator for Head and Neck and GI cancer patients.

Cynthia Fawver, RN, BSN

Cynthia Fawver is a clinical nurse navigator with the Cancer Navigation Program at Seton Medical Center Williamson. She received her nursing degree from University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois. She has been practicing nursing for 14 years, with a twelve-year focus in oncology specializing in radiation therapy. Cynthia is a recipient of several awards for nursing leadership including Caregiver of the Year.

As a clinical nurse navigator, Cynthia helps ensure that individuals with breast and lung cancer receive high quality treatment through individualized coordination of care. Cynthia works with patients, their families and caregivers to facilitate access to community resources and to timely medical and psychosocial care during their cancer treatment course.

Jessica Garris, RN, BSN, CPBN-IC

Jessica Garris is a clinical nurse navigator with the Cancer Navigation Program and Seton Healthcare Family. She received her nursing degree from Baylor University School of Nursing in Dallas, Texas.

Ms. Garris has 18 years of nursing experience and has been an oncology nurse working with breast cancer patients for 16 years. She has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient medical oncology as well as radiation oncology, transplant and hospice. As a clinical nurse navigator, she specializes in helping ensure that individuals with breast cancer receive high-quality care by providing individualized assistance to patients, their families and caregivers to facilitate timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care during their cancer journey.

Elizabeth Gillespie, RN, BSN

Elizabeth Gillespie is a clinical nurse navigator with the Cancer Navigation Program at Seton Medical Center Austin, assisting head and neck cancer patients in the Central Texas community. She received her nursing degree from Houston Baptist University and has been practicing for 20 years, with a twelve-year focus in oncology.

As a clinical nurse navigator for head and neck cancer patients, Ms. Gillepsie specializes in ensuring that this very complex patient population receives the highest quality treatment through coordinating their care. Beyond educating patients and caregivers about their disease and treatment, she handles communication between all physicians and disciplines involved, identifies barriers, and provides resources to facilitate timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care during patients’ cancer journey

Maria Marek, RN, MTS, BA, ADN

Maria is a clinical nurse navigator serving young adult cancer survivors, ages 18 to 39. She has extensive training in the issues that young adults face during and after their cancer treatment.

Maria Rios, RN, OCN

Maria Rios graduated from Galveston College with a degree in nursing. She has been working with oncology patients for over 35 years, and been a part of the Seton Healthcare Family for 39 year. As a part of the Cancer Care Collaborative from the beginning, she has been a general case manager for hematology, lung, genitourinary and gynecologic cancer patients, helping educate and guide them, improving their experience as cancer patients. Maria currently navigates gynecologic cancer patients.

Veronica Serrano, RN

Veronica is a clinical nurse navigator serving adult cancer survivors ages 40 and above. She has specialized training in helping breast and gynecologic cancer patients after their treatment is completed.

Larry Wise, RN, BSN, CNRN

Larry Wise is a clinical nurse navigator with the Cancer Care Collaborative and Seton Healthcare Family. He received his nursing degree from The University of Texas School of Nursing in Austin, Texas.

Larry has worked for over three years in neuro-oncology at University Medical Center Brackenridge. While working there, he obtained his specialization as Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. In addition to his duties as a neuro-oncology navigator for the Cancer Care Team, Larry organizes and conducts the Neuro Tumor Multidisciplinary Conferences wherein medical experts from Central Texas in the fields of radiology, medical oncology, neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, neuropathology and radiation oncology gather twice monthly to discuss patient cases.

As a clinical nurse navigator for the Cancer Care Collaborative, Larry specializes in assisting individuals and their families in dealing with the challenges faced by patients with tumors of the brain and spine.