Nurses

GOA Nurses are chemotherapy certified with extensive experience in caring for gynecologic and breast cancer patients. All nurses are active in the Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists and the Oncology Nursing Society and have published numerous articles on aspects of patient care.


Karen Bechtol, RN, OCN

Karen received her nursing degree at the Royal Free Hospital in London, England. She relocated to California in 1988 and earned her Oncology Nursing Certificate in 1993. Before joining the practice in 2006, Karen worked as an Oncology Nurse at Hoag Hospital (Newport Beach, CA) and in a private oncology office for 15 years.

Julie Chad, RN

Julie received her BSN degree from York College of Pennsylvania. She is formerly a Staff and Charge Nurse on the Gynecologic Oncology unit at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, CA.



Lisa Laflamme, RN, OCN

Lisa received her nursing degree from Saddleback Nursing School, Mission Viejo, CA. She earned her Oncology Nursing Certificate in 1995. Ms. Laflamme has worked as an oncology nurse in both inpatient (Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, Ca) and outpatient settings for her entire nursing career.


Rita Kankus, RN, B.S., B.S.N.

Rita received her undergraduate degree in nursing at the University of Miami (FL) in 2004. She completed her nursing training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL., While at NMH, she received additional experience working at a hematology/oncology clinic. Rita also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.