Members of The Support Staff
Meet our Support Staff
We are proud to employ a superlative team of healthcare specialists to support you throughout your treatment. Our team encompasses all the facets of patient care, extending beyond the surgery and the chemotherapy to include advice on nutrition, spirituality, and general health support for you and your family. Please read more about our support staff, in their own words:
Callie Candee (Chaplain)
Chaplain Callie Candee is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a minister member of the presbytery of New Covenant. She served as a Master’s level Social Worker for over 13 years before being called into ordained ministry, serving in mental health, disaster relief, and children’s services. She holds a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and after graduation attended and completed a one-year CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) program through the Seton Hospital System in Austin, TX. She served as staff chaplain at St. Joseph Regional health System in Bryan, TX from 2006-2014 and has served at CHI-St. Lukes Health System since August of 2014. She is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) and a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains. Callie serves as one of the chairs for the CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) team and on the Palliative Care team here at Baylor St. Lukes.Callie and her husband Brian have been married for 27 years; they have 3 grown children, 1 adorable granddaughter, and several pets.
Cheryl Admire, R.D., L.D - I recently relocated to Montgomery, TX in July 2018, from Phoenix, AZ. I graduated from Texas A&M University in 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Nutrition. I completed my Dietetic Internship from the University of Houston. I’m an active member of A.S.P.E.N. (American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition). I have over 16 years of Clinical Dietetic experience in the acute care setting, thriving on improving the nutritional status and providing medical nutrition therapy for patients with a wide range of medical conditions; from neurological, heart, lung, kidney and gastrointestinal diseases, to diabetes and cancer. I’m looking forward to utilizing my experience from the acute care in-patient setting, to improving the nutritional status of our patients. I’m excited to be part of the Mesothelioma treatment team.
I’ve been married to my husband for over 15 years, and we have beautiful daughter. I enjoy spending time with my family, running, hiking, cooking and experimenting with new recipes and traveling to new destinations to go scuba diving and exploring the ocean.
Debbie Hartgraves (Inpatient Social Worker) – I am the Team Lead Social Worker at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. I cover the inpatient social worker aspect at the hospital. I play a supportive role in your treatment and provide you with resources as your needs arise. My roles include planning your discharge and coordinating any needs you may have at the time of discharge.
You will see me during your inpatient stay: before, during, and/or after your surgery. I will likely visit you in your patient room. You might also see me at your new patient orientation, as I frequently participate in those. Sometimes I am in the clinic as well
I have been working for the Mesothelioma Treatment Center since its inception in 2014. However, I bring over 30 years of social work experience to the team. For 28 of those years, I have served Baylor St. Luke’s in this and other social work capacities.
Contrece Reed (Senior Patient Affairs Specialist) – My role at the MTC is to provide exceptional help and support to you and your family. My goal is to ensure that all your insurance and financial needs are met and support by our team. I will ensure that we receive all referrals, if needed. I will also ensure the all tests, procedures, and surgeries are covered and approved by your insurance company. Additionally, I will obtain any financial responsibilities that are due from you (i.e., your copays).
You will meet me during your initial visit to the MTC, and we will interact throughout your treatment, both in person and by phone or email. I will discuss with you how I will verify your coverage and answer any questions that you have regardless healthcare insurance. My everyday phase is: “I Am Here For You.” I strive to provide the best care for you and to ease the process of coming to us for treatment. I want you to know that we go the extra mile to make sure you receive the best care possible.
Sherri Benson, AAS RMA (Medical Assistant) - My role is to welcome and greet you and your family members. My goal is to make you as comfortable as possible, with compassionate, competent care and a smile.
You will interact with me through your entire initial visit and subsequent visits. I will escort you to your exam room and measure your vital signs. I will document your complaints, allergies, tobacco/alcohol history, medications, help you get signed up with MyChart, a system we use to interact with you online for your healthcare needs. I assist the doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants with suturing and wound care. I will also handle and organize your test results and medical records.
I’ve been a proud Houstonian for 25 years, having moved here from Fort Worth, Texas. I have 30 years of healthcare experience as a medical assistant, surgical technologist, phlebotomist, and instructor. I love to laugh, so tell me a joke when you see me!
Divya Mehta, (Patient Services Coordinator) - I am responsible for scheduling your procedures and treatments at various hospitals and in multiple departments. I will instruct you on the preparation you will need to do before certain tests and procedures (i.e., fasting).
You will interact with me most before your surgery, as I make the arrangements for it and help you to prepare adequately. I will contact you by phone or email before your surgery date to make plans so that everything goes smoothly on surgery day.
I am proud to be part of Baylor College of Medicine for the past 12 years, and I plan to give the same quality services to patients until I retire. I find my career to be very satisfying and I love helping patients through this challenging experience.
Rebecca Luna, Patient Care and Contact Specialist - As your scheduling specialist, I am here to ensure that you are given exceptional assistance in organizing all of your upcoming appointments and procedures needed. My great passion is bringing a cheerful and helping hand to all of our patients and their families. Along with my fellow scheduling team, we are often your first point of interaction and more than likely will meet you to put a “face to the name”, so please feel free to ask for me at your initial visit!
I have over 12 years of medical healthcare experience and truly enjoy my role here at Baylor College of Medicine!
Angela Reedy (Patient Care and Contact Specialist) – I enjoy being a scheduling specialist, because of the significance of my role. I give you the first impression of our facility, which sets the tone as to what you can expect once you come in for your appointment. I am here to do more than just schedule your appointment, but to guide you through what can be a very difficult, and stressful process. I have been in the medical field for over 10 years, and have worked in several different specialties. I love working in the medical field becasue it allows you to meet so many different types of people from every background. You realize we're all just human, and want to be around as long as possible to serve our purpose, and make our mark on this Earth. I look forward to working with you, and helping you along this journey.
Tameka Clark (Patient Care and Contact Specialist) – As a scheduling specialist, my role is to ensure that your all appointments are scheduled at the correct time and in the proper order. This includes your scheduled exams with the doctors, diagnostic tests, post-operative and follow-up visits after surgery, and any other tests the doctor may order. Along with my fellow schedulers, we are often your first point of contact for the planning of your appointments and tests. I will most likely see me on your clinic day and after your appointment when we talk to schedule your next follow-up visit.
I have worked for Baylor for four years and in the healthcare profession for six. I have a spouse and three sons, with whom I enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors.
Brandon Wells (Medical Writer)
My role as the medical writer is to assist you in providing a bridge of communication between our office and your referring team of Physicians. I assist in letting your team of doctors know what you have been diagnosed with, what treatments and/or testing you have undergone, and what treatment plan has been developed by our Physicians. This communication will ensure that your team of Physicians are aware of your individual medical situation as well as the tailored plan of care that was developed for your specific needs.