A Very Important Dialogue … an expert panel discussion on cancer. Presented by the K2 Women’s Weekend to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Foundation 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road in Los Alamos.
Admission is a part of the K2 Women’s Weekend Participants (register at: http://www.pajaritowomen.org/) and free with donations accepted and benefiting the Anita Salas Memorial Foundation — a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing financial assistance for breast and cervical cancer services to individuals in northern New Mexico.
This event brings together four experts in the field of cancer to discuss being diagnosed and living with, treating, supporting and surviving cancer. The panelists include: Dr. Anna Voltura, Breast Oncology Surgeon, Tracie Stratton, RN, MSN, Vice President of Nursing and Linical Operations Western Group and VP at LifePoint Health, and cancer survivor and Diane DaCamara, MA, LSW. These impressive and dedicated women bring over 50 years of expertise and experience diagnosingin field. Please join us for this opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, these recognized experts in the field. This is an event too important to be missed!
Dr. Anna Voltura is a surgical breast oncologist. Dr. Voltura is currently the Director of Breast Surgical Oncology at the UNM Cancer Center, and Co-Leader for the Breast Cancer Program. She came to the UNM Cancer Center in 2013 from Miami, Florida where she was the Clinical Director of the Baptist Health South Florida Breast Center. She specializes in Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy and improving cosmetic outcomes for breast cancer patients in an oncologically safe manner.
Dr. Voltura is originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, attended the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine and graduated in 1991. She completed her internship in Cooperstown, New York at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, an affiliate of Columbia Hospital. She completed her residency in General Surgery at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She then practiced as a General Surgeon in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1998 to 2007. From 2007 to 2008 she took a year sabbatical to do a Fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland and then returned to Santa Fe. In 2008 established the Christus St. Vincent Breast Institute, where for three years her practice exclusively involved breast disease. Under Dr. Voltura the Christus St. Vincent Breast Institute raised over $100,000.00 dollars which was used for gas cards, accommodations, and reconstruction for uninsured and under insured patients. She worked closely with the American Cancer Society and Reach for Recovery to make sure every breast cancer patient seen had access to all available services.
In 2011 Dr. Voltura was recruited to Miami, Florida to establish a Breast Center in a newly formed Cancer Center. While in Florida, Dr. Voltura helped establish the Pink Petals foundation which provides monies for reconstruction services for uninsured women. Dr. Voltura returned home to New Mexico in 2013 to work in the UNM Cancer Center as part of the multidisciplinary breast cancer group and pursue the opportunity to serve all New Mexicans who need breast cancer care. She is also involved in several national clinical research trials concerning surgical breast cancer care, including being the state Principle Investigator for two studies. Herareas of interest include clinical outcomes in nipple sparing mastectomy, staged mastectomy, sentinel node biopsy in the neoadjuvant chemotherapy setting, and breast conservation in multicentric breast cancer.
Tracie Stratton was recently promoted into the position of Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Operations for the Western Group within LifePoint Health. LifePoint Health owns and operates Los Alamos Medical Center where Tracie had been the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for almost three years. Tracie has been in the nursing profession for 17 years and received her Master’s in Nursing Administration from University of Mary in Fargo North Dakota in 2011. Tracie and her family came to Los Alamos in the fall of 2012 from their home state of Wyoming where she had been a CNO for a surgical specialty hospital. Tracie has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Northern New Mexico University. She continues to serves on the Los Alamos Retirement Community Board and was recognized as LifePoint’s CNO of the year for 2014. Tracie and her family have truly enjoyed their transition to New Mexico and are proud to call Los Alamos home. Tracie is married and has two children. Her daughter goes to school at Sheridan Jr College in Wyoming on a soccer scholarship, and her son is a Sophomore at Los Alamos High School. Tracie loves being a wife and mother, watching her kids play soccer, and traveling.
Diane DaCamara is a licensed Social Worker. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Highlands University in 1992, and her Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin in 1981. For the last 14 years Diane has volunteered and helped administer the Anita Salas Memorial Fund in conjunction with working for the Department Of Health, Breast and Cervical Cancer Program overseeing state-wide case management and breast cancer treatment resources. Bringing resources to the neediest of women and men with breast cancer is a personal passion for Diane, as she has an extensive family history of this disease. She is dedicated to the fight against Breast Cancer and helping others through their breast cancer journey.