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Breast Care Navigators

Contact an oncology nurse navigator at our Inova Breast Care Institute locations:

Inova Alexandria Hospital
703-207-4320

Inova Fairfax Hospital
703-207-4320

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
703-391-4673

Inova Loudoun Hospital
703-858-8867

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
703-664-7488

Inova Breast Care Center – Woodbridge
703-207-4320


Your personal resource

Inova's oncology nurse navigators are your personal resource experts. These specially trained registered nurses serve as a source of support for you and your family. They help manage and coordinate your doctor’s office visits, diagnostic tests, and communications between your specialist and primary care physician. They also are excellent resources for information about clinical trials, breast cancer education and transportation or financial concerns.

Contact any one of the individual nurse navigators below.



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Miranda Gingerich, RN, BSN
Inova Breast Care Cancer Center – Fair Oaks Oncology Nurse Navigator
703-207-4320

Miranda graduated from Shenandoah University Nursing School with a bachelor’s degree in nursing as well as a certification in health systems management. She comes to the Breast Center from Inova’s Life with Cancer program where she worked with patients to discuss their diagnosis, treatment plan, management of side-effects and other needed resources. While at Life with Cancer, Miranda became certified in Healing Touch and also still co-facilitates the support group for young women with breast cancer. Prior to Life with Cancer, Miranda worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital as an oncology and bone marrow transplant nurse. She is oncology certified and an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society.

Email Miranda or call her at 703-207-4320 for more information or to schedule an appointment.






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Barb McDonnell, RN
Inova Loudoun Hospital Oncology Nurse Navigator
703-858-8867

Barb has 32 years of nursing experience, spent mostly in surgical services, where she has cared for patients before, during and after surgery. Her background also includes clinical oversight of the obstetrical unit, intensive care unit, and outpatient infusion and transfusion services. 

She feels strongly that nurses should be patient advocates, informing them and helping ease their stay with empathetic, compassionate care. Barb sees the breast care navigator role as tailored to that vision, giving her an opportunity to make breast patients’ experience as positive as possible during their entire care continuum, from mammogram to treatment. 

Barb received her master's in nursing from George Mason University and her certification in nursing administration from the American Nursing Credentialing Center. She is also a member of Association of Perioperative Nurses and Oncology Nursing Society.

Email Barb or call her at 703-858-8867 for more information or to schedule an appointment.






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Michele Reddick, RN, BSN
Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Oncology Nurse Navigator
703-664-7488

Upon graduating from George Mason University in 2003, Michele worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital on the GYN-oncology women’s unit for nine years. She served as preceptor, permanent charge nurse and nurse manager.

Email Michele or call her at 703-664-7488 for more information or to schedule an appointment.






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Rose Schwitzer, RN
Inova Breast Care Center – Woodbridge Oncology Nurse Navigator
703-207-4320

With more than 30 years of nursing experience, Rose received her nursing degree from Northern Virginia Community College and went on to earn her Bachelor's degree in nursing ursing from Marymount University. She has been working with Dr. Cohen since 2001 helping breast cancer patients.

Besides helping patients, Rose also enjoys gardening and landscape design and spending time with her dogs.

Email Rose or call her at 703-207-4320 for more information or to schedule an appointment.






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Christine Stone, RN
Inova Loudoun Hospital Oncology Nurse Navigator
703-858-8867

Christine is a seasoned oncology nurse, with over 20 years experience at Inova in medical and radiation oncology and stem cell transplant. She currently serves as a board member for the Oncology Nursing Society. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at Radford University, followed by her master's in nursing at George Mason University.

Christine sees her role as essential in a patient’s cancer journey and considers it a true privilege to work with breast cancer patients.

Email Christine or call her at 703-858-8867 for more information or to schedule an appointment.






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Lianne Tedesco, RN
Inova Breast Care Center – Fairfax Oncology Nurse Navigator
703-207-4320

Lianne, a certified breast cancer navigator, has been a registered nurse for 25 years. Before joining Inova, she worked as an oncology nurse navigator in Northern Virginia, as a breast cancer nurse navigator in Atlanta, Georgia, for seven years, and served in the US Army as an Army Nurse Corps officer for 5 years. In addition, she has worked in various roles that give her a very strong background in patient education.

Lianne understands the unique needs of breast cancer patients and strives to always provide kind and compassionate care. Lianne earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from The Pennsylvania State University. Lianne enjoys running in marathons and is married with a daughter.

Email Lianne or call her at 703-207-4320 for more information or to schedule an appointment.






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Gale Towery, RN, BSN, OCN
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Oncology Nurse Navigator
703-391-4673

Gale brings more than 30 years of nursing experience to her role as oncology nurse navigator. She has worked in a variety of settings, but since 1992 her primary focus has been oncology nursing, including administering chemotherapy and radiation oncology. She became a certified oncology nurse in 1997 and has cared extensively for patients and families going through cancer treatment. As a breast care navigator, Gale will be alongside a patient throughout their cancer journey to provide answers to their questions, offer resources and emotional support. She loves what she does because of the opportunity to help make a difference in a patient’s care experience.

Gale graduated from the University Of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She is married with three sons and enjoys playing the piano and guitar, swimming on a masters swim team and spending time with her grandkids.

Email Gale or call her at 703-391-4673 for more information or to schedule an appointment.