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Mary Beth Karlik, BS Mary Beth Karlik, BS

Mary Beth Karlik is a breast care coordinator with the St. John Health Breast Care Program. Her primary position is coordinating services at the Liggett Breast Center in the Van Elslander Cancer Center.  Mary Beth's primary role is to facilitate all patients with an abnormal mammogram or ultrasound to appropriate follow-up including biopsy in a timely fashion. Mary Beth works closely with all patients providing support while they undergo this intense process.

She comes to this position with professional as well as personal experiences.  Mary Beth has a Bachelors of Science from Western Michigan University.  She has been with St. John Health since 1997.   She was formerly the receptionist at The Van Elslander Cancer Center since 2001. While at St. John she has received numerous awards for her exemplary performance.  Due to her experience she is very familiar with the workings of the cancer center and this helps her facilitate patients needs. Her goal then and now has been to provide excellent customer service to patients undergo cancer care.

Mary Beth is also a breast cancer survivor herself. Her personal experience as a survivor allows her to empathize with each patient as they go through this difficult process.


Debra Akers, RN Debra Akers, RN

Deb is a graduate of Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing and has worked in the nursing field for over 28 years.  Her experiences include: Occupational Health, Outpatient Health Services, New Family Health Education, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Intensive Care, and she is certified in chemotherapy through St. John Health. Deb is a member of the National Consortium of Breast Centers and the St. John Health System Breast Health Advisory Board.

Currently, Deb serves as the St. John Macomb Breast Health Coordinator and Nurse Navigator. She has a passion for providing holistic care to all breast patients through education, resources, coordination of medical services as well as providing emotional and spiritual support.

Jeannine Mercurio, RN, BSN Jeannine Mercurio, RN, BSN

Jeannine Mercurio is one of the Nurse Navigators in the St. John Health Breast Care Program. She works at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, working with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. She assists patient’s with appointment scheduling, follow through treatment, and any other needs that the patients may have. She is instrumental in coordinating and managing the weekly Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic at the VanElslander Cancer Center. In this setting, patients are set up to be seen by a Medical Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist, Breast Surgeon, Social Worker, Dietician, and a Reach to Recovery Volunteer from the American Cancer Society. Jeannine received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Oakland University. She has worked as a Cardiac Step-Down nurse for 10 years as acting preceptor and frequent charge nurse at St. John Hospital. She then moved on to Supervise the Internal Medicine Department at St. John Hospital. For 11 years, she managed the private faculty office, as well as, the residency clinic for Internal Medicine. Jeannine joined the Oncology team at the VanElslander Cancer Center in September 2007. Jeannine is a lifelong resident of the Detroit metropolitan area. She is married and has three children.


Jennifer Valenti, RT,  R(M) Jennifer Valenti, RT, R(M)

Jennifer Valenti is the Manager of Breast Imaging for Providence Hospital and Medical Centers. Jennifer  graduated  from Providence Hospital's School of Radiologic Technology in 1993. She obtained advanced training in Mammography in 1996 and advanced registry in Mammography in 1997. She credits much of the success in her career to her dear friend, mentor and fellow Breast Center Manager, LaJuana Fuller who encouraged her to follow her heart and  obtain specialty training in Mammography. Jennifer is thrilled to be part of the Breast Care Program at St. John Health. She is excited about developing a program that treats the body, mind and soul of the patient.

 Jennifer is passionate about Breast Health and brings that enthusiasm wherever she goes. Jennifer volunteers her time for lectures and events to support the cause through out the year. In 2007 she helped coordinate the first "Pink Carnival" at Providence Park with Mary Browne, Breast Care Coordinator. She participates annually in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Walk and the Komen Race for the Cure. Jennifer lives in Northville with her husband and 2 sons. She enjoys traveling to Disney, gardening, spending time with her family and attending various "Pink" events around town.


Vanessa Reyes, RN, BSN, OCN Vanessa Reyes, RN, BSN, OCN

Vanessa aspired to be a nurse at a very early age.  Her career started as a Licensed Practical Nurse at St Joseph's Hospital in Chicago Illinois in 1979.  Her very first patient was a 23 year old female diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.  From the relationship she developed with that patient she knew she wanted to be an oncology nurse. 

Vanessa and her husband relocated to Southfield Michigan.  Here she raised two children and went to school part-time to continue her education and finally fulfilled her life's dream of becoming an RN.   In 1991 Vanessa achieved her goal of being an oncology nurse.  Her first position as an RN was working at Providence Hospital on the oncology unit.  One of the medical oncologist asked her to come work in his office as a chemotherapy nurse.  For 10 years she administered chemotherapy to oncology patients.  In 1999 she went back to school to further her education; she graduated in 2001 from the University of Phoenix with her Bachelors Degree in Nursing

In 2001 she transferred to the Research Department  here at Providence and worked with oncology patients as a clinical trials nurse.  In 2004 Vanessa took the position as Nurse Coordinator for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.  This position is currently titled Nurse Navigator. 

Vanessa is Oncology Certified and certified as a Breast health Navigator.  Her passion is working with her breast patients and insuring they receive the best possible care.

Ting Jin, RN, OCN, BS Ting Jin, RN, OCN, BS

Ting is a Nurse Navigator in the St. John-Providence Breast Care Program. She serves as patient’s advocate, works closely with all members of the multidisciplinary team, coordinates and facilitates patients through their stressful treatment process. Ting is detail oriented and passionate about her work. She is very out-going and upbeat always with a positive attitude. Her goal has been to provide the best possible service to patients undergoing cancer care.

Ting is a graduate of Erie Community College, School of Nursing. She is a Certified Oncology Nurse and also has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. She has worked as an oncology staff nurse for 10 years at Providence Hospital, caring for patients with life-threatening illnesses and complications in the acute setting. She then moved on to Oncology Clinical Research and continued to work within the Oncology Service. Ting joined the Breast Care Program at the Providence Cancer Center in September, 2010.

Ting resides in Northville with her husband and daughter. She especially enjoys travelling, music and reading.

Carey Greene RT, R(M) Carey Greene RT, R(M)

Carey Greene has been with the St John Providence System for since 9/98. She has been a mammographer for 8 years and one of the systems Breast Care Coordinators since 1/2007. Carey is a state registered mammographer and a Certified Breast Patient Navigator in Imaging and Cancer Care. Her patients are extremely important to her. She trys to develop a trusting and meaningful relationship with each one of them whether they are only speaking to her to make a simple mammogram appointment or scheduling a breast biopsy. During her free time, Carey enjoys educating women on Breast Health and spending time with her husband and their five children.


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National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)

The St. John Providence Breast Care Program is fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons. Our Breast Care Program was first accredited in 2009 and was just reaccredited in 2012. We are one of just nine programs in Michigan accredited through the NAPBC.


The St. John Providence Health System Breast Care Program is here for you. If you are a woman under or uninsured and need a mammogram we may be able to help. Call our Cancer Care Coordinators for more information at 1-866-246-4673.

Our position on the importance of mammography

St. John Providence Health System Breast Care Program is strongly opposed to the new recommendations from the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF). Our breast program will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the American Cancer Society (ACS).