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 35 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 wants you to know, “Breast cancer can make a person 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.”

Kelly Hooks, RT (R) (M) CN-BI

Kelly Hooks is a registered Radiological Technologist and certified Mammographer with over 31 years experience in her field. She received her certification from the National Consortium of Breast Centers as a Breast Patient Navigator in April, 2017. She is a proud Arizona native and currently lives in Mesa with her husband, Randy and enjoys spending time with her sons and their families.

Kelly believes, "Cancer diagnosis can be extremely overwhelming. It gives me great purpose and satisfaction to know that I may have made that journey a little easier in a very difficult time. It is amazing what patients can accomplish with some education and support. Patient Navigators can provide this valuable service to patients as they navigate through diagnosis, treatment, post-care, and survivorship."

Patient Navigator Program

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 150 convenient locations across 11 states and provides late night and weekend appointments to accommodate patients.

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