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Our Team

Women concerned about breast cancer can undergo evaluation by our team of breast cancer specialists. The High Risk Breast Cancer Center (HRBCC) is staffed by:

  • A nurse practitioner with specialized training in women’s health and diseases of the breast
  • A certified genetic counselor with experience in genetic risk assessment and testing  for inherited cancer risks
  • Two breast cancer navigators available to educate and support women dealing with breast cancer risks

The HRBCC’s medical director, Melissa Roelle, MD, oversees the program’s operation and is available to provide medical support to women in the program.

Melissa Roelle, MD, Medical Director of the High Risk Breast Cancer Center

A 2002 graduate of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dr. Roelle completed the General Surgery Residency Program at Wright State and is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Roelle is an assistant professor of Surgery at Boonshoft School of Medicine and an attending general surgeon with Wright State Physicians. She joined the Miami Valley Hospital Medical Staff in 2007. She is a member of the Miami Valley Hospital Oncology Committee and is medical advisor for the Breast Cancer Task Force of the Greater Miami Valley.

Dr. Roelle is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Surgical Education, the Ohio State Medical Association and the Montgomery County Medical Society.

Amy McKenna, Breast Cancer Coordinator

Amy McKenna began working at MVH in 2002 on the Gynecology-Oncology unit where she provided postoperative care to breast cancer patients recovering from surgery.  In 2006, she began working as the first breast cancer coordinator at MVH. Amy developed and currently co-teaches the preoperative breast cancer class for breast cancer patients. Amy received her BSN from Wright State University and is a certified breast health specialist.

Nancy Thoma, Breast Cancer Navigator

Nancy Thoma has been caring for breast cancer patients at MVH for over 30 years. She started her medical education in the Miami Valley Hospital Nursing program. After receiving her diploma, Nancy received her BSN at Miami University. She also is an oncology nurse, certified by the Oncology Nursing Society and Chemo Administration Certified. Nancy is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and trained as a nurse navigator.

Julie Sawyer, Genetic Counselor

Julie Sawyer is a board-certified genetic counselor specializing in the field of breast cancer genetics. She works with women who are concerned about their genetic risks for developing breast and ovarian cancer as the genetic counselor in the High Risk Breast Cancer Center at Miami Valley Hospital South.

Julie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Classics from the Ohio State University in 1989 and a Master’s degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Cincinnati in 2004. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counselors and is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.