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Oncology

Ahrin Koppel, MD
Specializing in Hematology and Medical Oncology, Dr. Koppel earned her medical degree from Tel Aviv University, Israel. She completed her internship and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in...
Kathleen Legarza, MD
Dr. Kathleen Legarza joined the team at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in Summer 2019. She is the Radiation Oncology Medical Director of the Cancer Center and specializes in...
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Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Dr Sonia Reichert embarked on her medical career in the United States for clinical training, where she worked in medical education and authored several books on...
Thomas Semrad, MD, MAS, FACP
Dr. Semrad joins the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center from the University of California, Davis, where he was Associate Professor of Hematology and Oncology at the UC Davis...
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JB graduated from the University of the Pacific in 2008. After completing his Pharm D, he went on to complete a 1 year residency in General Pharmacy Practice at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa. His...

Nursing

Nurse Karen Aaron headshot
With more than 35 years of experience at Tahoe Forest Hospital, Karen has been with the Cancer Center since its inception. She was integral in developing the Nurse Navigation program and is...
Nurse Kim Osburn headshot
Kim grew up in Ohio and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from Indiana University in 2006. She moved to California in 2012 and started working at Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in the...
Nurse Sally Caruthers headshot
Sally grew up traveling the world as an Army brat.  She settled in Truckee in 2000.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Old Dominion University, becoming a nurse in 2008.  She’s worked...
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Jessica is originally from Pebble Beach, California, and received her first bachelor’s degree in Physical Geography from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been in the Tahoe area on and...
Jennifer D'Ambra, BSN, RN
Jennifer got her bachelors degree in nursing at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She started her career in labor and delivery, working as an Army nurse. After working for Tahoe Forest...
MacKenzie Dains, MSN, APRN, AOCNP
MacKenzie has worked in oncology her entire nursing career since graduating with her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from University of Nevada, Reno in 2015. She completed her master’s in 2021...
Nurse Merete Egloff headshot
Merete completed nursing school (BSN) in 2012 in Portland, OR and followed that with a nurse residency at Stanford in CA. She has always had a passion for Oncology and has been practicing in Oncology...
Nurse Jane Finn headshot
Jane moved to the Tahoe Area 24 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts, to embark on a journey of skiing, backpacking and traveling the world. She graduated with an economics degree from the University...
Nurse Jena Kozitza headshot
Jena received her nursing degree at Rasmussen College in Mankato, MN in 2016. She moved to Truckee in 2016 and began working for Tahoe Forest Extended Care.  After 5 years in skilled nursing, Jena...
Nurse Denise Lange headshot
Denise grew up in Wisconsin, traveled around quite a bit, and finally landed in Truckee in 2010. She started her career in healthcare in 1996 as a CNA in a nursing home in Colorado and completed her...
Medical Assistant Jessica Luna headshot
Jessica is a Tahoe native who grew up in Kings Beach and currently lives in Truckee. She loves her fur child, Silver. She began working at the Cancer Center in 2021 and her favorite part of her job...
Medical Assistant Linda Paxton headshot
Linda is a California native and grew up in the Bay Area. She started working in the health field as a Medical Assistant in 2010 and decided to further her career as a Phlebotomist in 2021. She...
Nurse Lindsey St. Martin headshot
Lindsey is originally from Lexington, KY and ended up in Tahoe while working as a traveling nurse. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and went on to get her nursing degree. Before...
Nurse Meghan Swanson headshot
Meghan is originally from Devils Lake, North Dakota. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from...
Nurse Kristen Terrell headshot
Kristen grew up in a small community in Ohio before relocating to California in 2008. She completed her Nursing Degree in 2013 and began her nursing career on a Medical Surgical Unit at a small...