Patient Navigator Program


SimonMed Imaging’s Patient Navigator Program


Together we can do this.

Our Breast Patient Navigators will be with you every step of the way. We coordinate care, advocate on your behalf, help solve everyday problems and more. It’s an integrated approach to recovery.


Our service offers a number of benefits:

Enhanced communication in the system and between providers, Assistance in connecting you with appropriate specialists, specialty services and resources, Emotional support, Eliminating barriers to access, Scheduling appointments, and Organization of records and paperwork


We work on your behalf in many important ways:

Facilitating communication with your medical team, Delegating stressful and time-consuming administrative tasks, Overseeing seamless and efficient care, Eliminating the anxiety of deciphering complicated health care delivery systems, and Providing education on cancer and cancer risks

Valerie Ringnes BA, RT (R) (M), CN-BI

Valerie is a Registered Radiographer & Mammographer with 33 years’ experience. She took her Radiologic Technologist training at East Tennessee Baptist Hospital School of Radiologic Technology in Knoxville, TN, graduating in 1984. She came to Arizona with her husband in 1987 and they have 3 children. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Heath Care Management from Ottawa University in 2012 and is Certified by the National Consortium of Breast Centers as a Breast Patient Navigator. Valerie is a breast cancer survivor.

Valerie knows, “Breast cancer can make a woman or man feel overwhelmed, frightened, even lost. I do everything possible to assure them that these feelings are temporary, and to make the experience just a little bit easier. There’s nothing I treasure more than reaching out to someone who is scared and going through a traumatic time, and helping them get to the other side.”

Tricia Armstrong, RTRM, CN-BI

Tricia has been a Registered Radiologic Technologist for 25 years in both Radiology & Mammography and is now certified by the National Consortium of Breast Centers as a Breast Patient Navigator. Before coming to SimonMed, she worked as a Mammographer and Breast Patient Navigator at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in Illinois.

Tricia says, “I find it personally rewarding to help those diagnosed with breast cancer navigate through diagnosis, treatment, care coordination and survivorship. I really enjoy developing meaningful connections with patients and their families throughout their breast cancer journey, by providing emotional support and education.


Why Choose Us

SimonMed Imaging and its affiliates have been serving the community for over 30 years. Our mission is to provide best-in class affordable care through the use of advanced technology. We have patient-focused staff and highly trained medical professionals.

SimonMed has over 100 convenient locations and provides late night and weekend appointments to accommodate patients.

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