Missouri Cancer Associates Radiation Oncology Physicians
RN Registered Nurse
Lauren graduated in 2021 with her RN. Prior to that, she practiced as an LPN, with the last two years working at Boone Hospital Center in general surgery. Lauren was born and raised in Columbia and owns a home with her boyfriend and two dogs. In her free time, Lauren loves to craft, sew, read and attend renaissance fairs and historical reenactments. She also enjoys grilling on the back patio and lounging with the dogs.
LPN Licensed Practical Nurse
Debbie has been practicing as an LPN for 35 years in almost all fields of Nursing. She graduated from the Nursing Program at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, MO in 1985. She spent the last 6 years living and working in northern Wyoming which she enjoyed very much. She spent a lot of time in the Big Horn Mountains and Deadwood, South Dakota. She returned to Missouri to be closer to her family. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys gardening, being outside, doing crafts, and DIY projects. She is excited to be a part of the MCA Team.
RT (R) (T), Chief Radiation Therapist
BSRT (R) (T) Staff Radiation Therapist
RT (R) (T) Staff Radiation Therapist
BSRT (R) (T), Staff Radiation Therapist
Akaysha has worked at Missouri Cancer Associates since October 2016. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Radiologic Sciences from Northwest Missouri State University and then furthered her education studying Radiation Therapy at Southing Illinois University- Carbondale. In her free time, she enjoys trout fishing, spending time with family, and playing with her dogs. “I enjoy working at MCA because I get to interact with the patients each day. I love getting to know them and I enjoy being a positive, smiling face during this difficult time in their lives.”
RT (R) (T), PRN Staff Radiation Therapist
Paula started in radiation therapy in 1976 at Boone Hospital Center. She joined the MCA team in November of 2005. “The best part of my job is interacting with all the patients.” Paula’s spare time, she enjoys being with her family and training her Border Collies.
RT (R) (T), PRN Staff Radiation Therapist
Saysha started her career as an elementary teacher with a BS and MED from William Woods University, before deciding it was time for a change. She loved the idea of helping patients along their journey with cancer treatment. She attended Washburn University where she studied Radiation Therapy and completed clinical training at Goldschmidt Cancer Center in Jefferson City. She then spent two years in Tucson with Arizona Oncology before returning home to be closer to family. She joined the MCA team in 2019.
RT (R), Washburn University Radiation Therapy Student
Sidney graduated from State Fair Community College with an associate degree in Allied Health and Applied Sciences. She continued her education at State Fair in Radiologic Technology and in May 2020 became a Registered Radiologic Technologist. Sidney is currently enrolled at Washburn University in the Radiation Therapy Program. “I love coming to MCA and working alongside this team and learning more and more every day so that I can provide quality care to my patients in my new career.”
Physics and Dosimetry
Iris Y. Ouyang
MS, Certified Medical Physicist, RSO
“Providing the highest quality care while ensuring safety to all patients, is always my number one priority.”
MS, MEng, Medical Physicist
CMD, RT (R) (T) Certified Medical Dosimetrist
RT (R), Medical Dosimetrist
Nathan received his Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiologic Technology from State Technical College of Missouri, a Bachelor of Music from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry from John Patrick University. As a Medical Dosimetrist, Nathan works as a team with the physicians and physicists to create plans for treatment delivery. Nathan is married and has two children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, golfing, playing music, attending concerts, and traveling.
RT(N)(ARRT), CNMT, PET, PET/CT Technologist
BSRT (R) (CT), CT and X-Ray Technologist
Taylor is originally from St. Louis but came to Columbia for school in 2014. She graduated in 2018 from Mizzou’s Radiography Program and joined the MCA family in 2019. She looks forward to being the patients’ ray of sunshine in each day and getting to know each and every patient she meets. “MCA patients are what make our jobs the best on the market.”
RT (R) (CT), CT and X-Ray Technologist
RT (R) (CT), PRN CT and X-Ray Technologist
For the past 20 years, T.J. has worked as a CT and Radiologist Technologist. He graduated from Penn Valley in Kansas City. He loves working with patients and giving them the best possible care. In his free time, he enjoys camping and biking with this wife and three children.