Arizona Center for Cancer Care has brought together the top specialists in cancer treatment, technology and research in order to provide the most cutting-edge, patient-focused service in the state – and beyond.
- Language(s): English
- College: North Carolina State University
- Graduate College: The University of Phoenix
Heather M. Anderson is a nurse practitioner at the Arizona Center for Cancer Care. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and a minor in Microbiology in 1997. In 2004 she graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an Associate of Science degree in nursing. Less than ten years later, she earned her Master of Science degree in nursing.
Prior to joining Arizona Center for Cancer Care, Anderson gained a variety of experience, including working as a senior lab technician at the Fairfax Cryobank and as a registered nurse at Georgetown University Hospital, The Center for Laser Surgery and Van Dyke Laser & Skin. As a nurse practitioner at Pinnacle Oncology Hematology Heather has a special interest in working with breast cancer patients.
In addition to Anderson’s schooling and work experience, she holds various certificates and licenses. She is certified by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support. She has completed the Oncology Nursing Society Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider course and in 2013 she became certified as an Advanced Oncology Nurse Practitioner.
In her spare time Heather enjoys running marathons and competing in long distance triathlons.
Marcia completed a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science at Arizona State University. She then went on to complete a dual degree program in Physician Assistant Studies as well as a Master of Health Professions Education at Midwestern University.
Marcia has worked in breast surgery for over 14 years and has been heavily involved in research in breast cancer and breast disease. She received special recognition in surgery by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She has 27 publications, and on 4 of them, she was first author. In 2013, she was awarded the American Academy of Physician Assistants Paragon Publishing Award. She has also been recognized by the American Academy of Physician Assistants as a Distinguished Fellow.
Marcia is committed to reducing disparities in healthcare and reducing barriers to cancer care. She has designed and implemented a program to improve understanding of breast cancer concepts in undereducated patients. She works hard to ensure that patients are well informed of their options and have the information necessary to be empowered to make important decisions about their treatment. She has great experience working with patients from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds and is a certified Spanish interpreter.
In her free time, Marcia enjoys the simple things in life. She loves to be with her husband and two daughters. Personal wellness including nutrition and fitness are high priorities, and she has been regularly practicing yoga for over 20 years. She is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts, and enjoys hiking and camping.
- Language(s): English
- College: Arkansas State University
- Graduate College: Arizona School of Health Sciences
Diane Childers-Watson is a physician’s assistant at Arizona Center for Cancer Care. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Arkansas State University. Upon moving to Phoenix in 1994, Scottsdale Medical Specialists hired her as a medical technologist, and then a laboratory manager.
In 2003, Childers-Watson was accepted at Arizona School of Health Sciences in the physician assistant program and earned her Master of Science degree in 2005. Prior to joining Arizona Center for Cancer Care, she was rehired by Scottsdale Medical Specialists as a physician assistant in oncology and hematology.
- Language(s): English
- College: Drexel University
Timothy Coyne is a certified physician’s assistant at Arizona Center for Cancer Care. Coyne earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a certificate of competition in the Physician Assistant Program in 2003 from Drexel University. While attending Drexel University, he also received a certificate of completion in HIPPA Privacy Program.
Prior to joining Arizona Center for Cancer Care, Coyne’s professional experience includes working in the Gift of Life Donor Program in Philadelphia as a tissue coordinator where he worked with medical examiners to obtain permission to recover tissues as well as offered tissue donation opportunities for next-of-kin. He also worked for An Ounce of Prevention as the north east project director in Tampa. He supervises a staff of 20 for nationally based organizations specializing in disease management, health education and health screening services. In addition, he also most recently worked as a physician assistant for Valley Urologic Associates.
Coyne has been a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants since 2001. He also volunteered as a camp counselor for the Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and as well as in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
- Language(s): English
- Nursing School: Charles E. Gregory School of Nursing
- College: University of Phoenix
- Graduate College: University of California, Los Angeles
Eileen Gebhart is an adult nurse practitioner at Arizona Center for Cancer Care, working with Dr. Devinder Singh, and has been compassionate for her chosen nursing profession for more than 30years. Eileen graduated from the Charles E. Gregory School of Nursing in New Jersey. After moving to Arizona, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She spent 18 years of her nursing career in the operating room as a staff nurse, an educator and a manager. In 1992, her nursing focus changed to oncology, specifically surgical oncology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute located in Santa Monica.
In 1998, Eileen graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing as an adult nurse practitioner with a specialty in oncology, and earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing. She is board certified as an adult practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She was a clinical assistant professor at the UCLA School of Nursing from 2001 to 2003 while employed as a nurse practitioner.
- Language(s): English
- College: Arizona State University, Midwestern University
- Graduate College: Midwestern University
Nicole L. Villa is a certified physician’s assistant at Arizona Center for Cancer Care. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University in Life Science. She then received an additional Bachelor of Science degree from Midwestern University in Medical Science in the Physician Assistant program. After earning both degrees, she earned her Master of Arts degree in Bioethics from Midwestern University.
Prior to joining Arizona Center for Cancer Care, Villa’s experience includes physician assistant positions at Southwest Heart & Lung, Arizona Arrhythmia Associates and Northwest Urology Associates.
There are many professional memberships and certifications in which Villa has held and received. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants, American Urology Association and Urological Association of Physician Assistants. She is certified by National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant and the American Heart Association in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). She also holds two licenses with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Arizona Physicians Assistants.
- College:University of the Cumberland’s; Bachelor of Science in Biology
- Graduate College: University of the Cumberlands; Masters of Physician Assistant Studies
Shelby Wilson is a certified Physician Assistant at Arizona Center for Cancer Care, working alongside Dr. Terry Lee.
Shelby graduated from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY with a Bachelor’s in Biology before entering into their graduate physician assistant program and graduating with her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. During graduate training, she fulfilled her clinical rotations in general surgery, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatric care, dermatology, psychiatry and emergency medicine.
Shelby and her husband relocated to the Phoenix area upon completion of school being drawn by the warmer climate. Prior to joining Arizona Center for Cancer Care, she served patients in the valley as a physician assistant in both hormone therapy and general medicine.
Wilson is certified by the American Heart Association in Basic life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She is certified by NCCPA and licensed to practice in Arizona State.
In her leisure, she enjoys spending time with family and friends exploring all that Arizona outdoors has to offer.