Our Team

Our Cancer Team

Bringing world class care, close to home

photo of Everard Hughes, M.D.

Everard Hughes, M.D.

CLINICAL/PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

Evidence based medical oncology treatment protocols by reference to American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of adult cancers. Provide patients with cancer education, navigation thru the treatment process and assurance that unnecessary procedures will not be obtained.

“An important part of healing lies within a patients’ mind. When a cancer specialist lays a hand on those fears and doubts and attends to patient’s questions with knowledge and compassion he/she has helped immensely in the healing process.”
-Everard H. Hughes, M.D. 12/2004


photo of Shantell Utley, OCN, MSN, BSN, RNShantell Utley, OCN, MSN, BSN, RN

Where were you born?

Tehachapi, California

What brought you to Ridgecrest and how long have you lived here?

My family moved here when I was 2 and I have lived here most of my life. I have moved away a couple times as an adult but always returned home to Ridgecrest.

For how long have you worked as a nurse?

I have been a nurse for 20 years.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

I want to make sure that I have a positive impact on the people I work with and work for. I am very dedicated to promoting the profession and art of nursing. I highly value education and self-growth. I love to see when others grow beyond what they thought was possible, it is such an amazing opportunity to have the ability to foster others development.

What are you most passionate about personally?

My family! I am married with 3 children. I love to spend time with my family and friends. I am a home body by nature and love taking care of people and spending time with them.

What is the best thing about living in this community?

The people. I know that sounds like the typical answer but I love the fact that when I go out into the community there are always people I know and have known for many years. When you go to a bigger city I feel like I am just a number. In Ridgecrest, I feel like people really matter to each other and we take care of each other.

How do you want to be remembered?

I want to be remembered as someone who genuinely cared about others and empowered people by encouraging them to push themselves, to be the best that they can be.

What would you say to a patient or a family who has been just diagnosed with cancer?

I would want them to know that I am genuinely sorry for their diagnosis. I would reassure them that my team and I will be there for them, every step of the way through this difficult journey. I would make them understand that they are not alone, and that they don’t have to be strong all the time. I would emphasize that they let those who love them, care for them and support them through this phase of their life. I would encourage them to reach out and ask for help and support.


photo of Stacie Fisher, OCN, BSN, RNStacie Fisher, OCN, BSN, RN

Where were you born?

Chico, California

What brought you to Ridgecrest and how long have you lived here?

I have lived in Ridgecrest for 26 years. My husband and I both graduated from Chico. When I completed school, my husband had been working in Ridgecrest and so I moved here.

For how long have you worked as a nurse?

I have worked as a nurse for 26 years.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

I am most passionate about my career, making patients feel comfortable and educated about what they will experience. To decrease, relieve fears and anxiety to make their experience the best it can be under the circumstances. I am also extremely passionate about the new access to cancer treatment center that RRH will provide! There are no words to describe how you feel when someone remembers you from their experiences at the hospital and how your presence and care during a loss of a family member, a surgery, infusion, diagnosis, or procedure was made just a bit easier. Thank you makes it all worthwhile. I am grateful!

What are you most passionate about personally?

I am passionate about my family and friends for how they impact my life. Without them I would not be the person I am today. I am also passionate about paper crafting (making handmade cards) and many of my friends who have enjoyed this great pastime with me over the last 15 years.

What is the best thing about living in this community?

My favorite thing about this community is the amazing people I get to meet on a daily basis and how close we are to beautiful mountains, lakes, deserts, oceans and it’s only a car ride away!

How do you want to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as someone who cared for others, who went the extra mile, made someone’s most difficult life experience a bit easier and enjoyed the little and big things in life!

What would you say to a patient or a family who has been just diagnosed with cancer?

Every person is different in their response to a cancer diagnosis, having been there myself, as a survivor, I understand that it is important to know that you are not alone, that your family members are not alone. With my help and of those around you, we can guide and help you through this life changing diagnosis. Things happen to us and “it is what it is” but don’t leave those out who love you and want to help you, even if it just holding your hand!


photo of Donna R. Ingle, O.C.N., B.S.N., R.N.Donna R. Ingle, O.C.N., B.S.N., R.N.

Where were you born?

Ridgecrest, California

What brought you to Ridgecrest and how long have you lived here?

I left Ridgecrest for approximately 12 years to further my education but returned in 1994 to be close to my home, family and friends.

For how long have you worked as a nurse?

I have worked as a nurse for 31 years.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

I am passionate about offering my services as a nurse and providing support to my patients and their families. Nursing is more than just a science; it is about treating the patient as a whole, including their mind, body and spirit.

What are you most passionate about personally?

My family and friends.

What is the best thing about living in this community?

I like the atmosphere of this small community. I enjoy the beautiful mountains, the desert and the clean air.

How do you want to be remembered?

I want to be remembered as a kind and caring person, someone who always valued her family and friends.

What would you say to a patient or a family who has been just diagnosed with cancer?

I would offer them my support; listen to them attentively and patiently. Encourage them to express their needs, struggles and concerns. I’d comfort them and let it be known that I’m always available to them during this time of need.


photo of Mindy Olsen, O.C.N., B.S.N., R.N.Mindy Olsen, O.C.N., B.S.N., R.N.

Where were you born?

South Dakota

What brought you to Ridgecrest and how long have you lived here?

I have lived in Ridgecrest for over 20 years, we moved to Ridgecrest when my husband was offered a job here.

For how long have you worked as a nurse?

I have been a nurse for 35 years.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

Patient Advocacy.

What are you most passionate about personally?

My family and friends.

What is the best thing about living in this community?

The small town atmosphere and the lack of snow.

How do you want to be remembered?

As a dedicated, caring nurse for my high standard of care.

What would you say to a patient or a family who has been just diagnosed with cancer?

I will let them know I am here for them as a proponent of their individuality. I will let them know we will explore options of care which will empower them in their choices moving forward.


Our partners at the UC Davis Health Cancer Care Network

Leadership team
  • Khanh-Nhat Tran-Viet, MHA
  • Manager, Regional Affiliations and Outreach
  • Scott Christensen, MD
  • Medical Director, UC Davis Cancer Care Network
  • Professor of Hematology and Oncology, UC Davis
  • Christina Sawyers
  • Administrative Assistant
Business Development and Quality Team
  • June Brown, CPMA, ROCC, CHONC
  • Business Analyst Supervisor
Clinical Trial Support Team
  • Dana Little, BA, CCRP
  • Clinical Research Supervisor
  • Ofilio Vigil, MS, CCRP
  • Senior Regulatory Affairs Coordinator
Technical Support
  • Aron Farbstein
  • Technical Analyst

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Our Team services available at the following locations: