Your Cancer Care Team

Portneuf Cancer Center’s physicians are certified by the American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology or the American Board of Internal Medicine in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine, and are leaders in their field.

Our physician team includes two medical oncologists and two radiation oncologists. They combine their individual skills to offer an evidence-based approach to advancing the knowledge and treatment of cancer. In addition to our physicians, patients have access to effective and timely oncologic and hematologic care from our staff Physician Assistants.

We invite you to meet our providers below. They direct and lead patient care as well as collaborate with surgeons, licensed oncology nurses, and other team members to ensure the highest quality care and treatment for your cancer.

Physicians

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Michael T. Callaghan, MD

Michael L. Francisco, MD

Calvin J. McAllister, MD

David W. Ririe, MD

Steven J. Todd, MD

Team Members

Jennifer L. Robinson, PA-C, MPAS
Certified Physician Assistant

Jennifer Robinson, PA-C, MPAS head shotJennifer has worked in Portneuf’s Cancer Center since 2002 as a nationally certified Physician Assistant. She spent seven years working in the Radiation Oncology department before transitioning to the Hematology/Medical Oncology department. As a physician assistant, her duties include meeting with established patients, ordering and interpreting lab or radiologic tests, and prescribing medications including chemotherapy all with physician oversight. She works closely with the other members of the health care team within Portneuf Cancer Center.

Jennifer also co-facilitates the HOPE Cancer Survivor Support Group.

She received her undergraduate training at ISU, earning a BS in Health Education. She then completed the ISU PA program in 2002. She went on to complete her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies through Oregon Health Science University in 2007.


Natalie M. Miller, PA-C, MPAS
Certified Physician Assistant

Natalie Miller, PA-C, MPAS, head shotNatalie is a nationally certified Physician Assistant who joined Portneuf Cancer Center in 2014. She works as a part of the Medical Oncology team where she meets with and provides education for patients, reviews and orders laboratory and radiologic tests, and prescribes medications including chemotherapy.

Natalie grew up in both Alaska and Montana. She attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, majoring in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. She and her husband moved to Pocatello in 2012 where Natalie attended ISU’s Physician Assistant Program, graduating with a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies.


Jenni A.Adams, RN, BSN, OCN
Oncology Nurse Navigator

Jenni A. Adams, RN, BSN, OCN head shotOnce the patient and managing physician team come to an agreement on a plan of care, a patient is referred to Portneuf’s Oncology Nurse Navigator. As a navigator, the primary focus is to assist oncology patients in the following ways:

  • Serve as an essential link between patients and all other care providers within Portneuf Cancer Center and the community.
  • Coordinate treatment planning conferences among various physicians for patient care.
  • Develop concise summaries of the plan of care for use by the patient and their providers (with documentation of the nationally recognized treatment guidelines of such standardized care protocol).
  • Assist patients and their families in understanding the diagnosis, treatment options and the resources available to them during and after the cancer journey.
  • Stay connected with patients and make appropriate additional referrals as needed (i.e., social work, financial advisor, dietitian).
  • Educates patient and families on medications, chemotherapy protocols, radiation therapy, and side effect management.

In short, a navigator partners with patients, families, the Cancer Center team, and community providers to ensure well-coordinated, timely, compassionate care.

Adams received her Associate Degree of Science, Nursing at the College of Southern Idaho in 1993, Bachelor of Science Nursing in 2008 from Idaho State University. She has been an Oncology Certified Nurse since 2007 and in 2012 she was one of the first in Idaho to earn a Radiation Oncology Certificate from the Oncology Nursing Society. The past 11 years of her nursing career has been solely spent working with and caring for the oncology patient and their family.


Robb  Dye, LCSW, MSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Robb Dye, LCSW, MSW head shotThroughout our lives, each of us face a variety of demands, losses, and challenges that test our ability to cope. Although depression, anxiety, loss, and relationship issues are common experiences amidst a cancer diagnosis, these experiences do not have to be faced alone. In addition to the other staff here at Portneuf Cancer Center, we are glad to be able to offer help in strengthening a person’s existing coping mechanisms as well as developing new coping strategies to work through these experiences. A diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming with all of its physical, emotional, and financial demands on patients and their loved ones, but remember: here at Portneuf Cancer Center, you don’t have to go through these experiences alone.

Our oncology social worker can help you and your family:

  • Learn new ways to cope with cancer
  • Manage emotions such as anxiety or sadness
  • Improve communication with your health care team
  • Talk to your family about cancer
  • Find reliable information
  • Find useful resources in your community
  • Manage financial challenges
  • Maximize your existing support system
  • Adjust to illness
  • Work through end-of-life issues
  • Deal with grief and loss
  • Make decisions for future medical care (advanced directives)
  • Face the challenges of caregiving.

Robb Dye has been practicing social work since 1998. He worked in a variety of settings prior to coming to Portneuf in 2008. His education includes a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Idaho State University and a Master’s of Social Work from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.


CaeDee Astin
Financial Advisor

CaeDee Astin, head shot, Portneuf Cancer CenterMany patients have insurance coverage and I can provide help in understanding the benefits of individual policies. It is best to address financial concerns early during cancer care. If a patient does not have insurance coverage, I can advise of other forms of assistance that may help cover the costs of treatment.

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