palliative medicine team

Leanne Yanni, MD

Dr. Yanni attended medical school at SUNY Syracuse and completed her training in internal medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she remained on faculty for 10 years. During that time she developed special expertise in pain and palliative care. In October 2011, she became the Medical Director of Palliative Medicine for Bon Secours Virginia. Dr. Yanni has a special interest in pain education and has developed an online curriculum, published several papers, spoken at national meetings, and received several awards for her work. In her role as medical director, she is focused on building a collaborative practice “without walls” to deliver the best possible care to patients and families facing serious illness.

Virginia Boothe, MD

Dr. Boothe attended Virginia Commonwealth University for her undergraduate degree. She received her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University and completed her internal medicine internship and residency from the University of Virginia Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Boothe completed a general internal medicine fellowship from the University of Virginia. Dr. Boothe is board certified in internal medicine, hospice and palliative medicine.

Cara Jennings, MD

Dr. Jennings received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2004, and completed her medical degree at the University of Virginia in 2008. She then attended Virginia Commonwealth University for her internal medicine internship, physical medicine and rehabilitation residency, and palliative medicine fellowship. Dr. Jennings is boarded in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and she joined Bon Secours Palliative Medicine in 2013.

Vidya Raghavan, MD

Dr. Raghavan received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Sri Ramachandra University and completed her internal medicine residency from Mount Auburn Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA. During her training, she found her passion for palliative care which led to her training in cancer pain management and palliative medicine fellowship from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

Seth Roberts, MD

Dr. Roberts completed training in emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in 2004. He has been involved with Bon Secours Palliative Medicine since 2010, when he completed his fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Roberts has a special interest in research and has had articles appear in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, the Journal of Palliative Medicine, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jennie Webb-Wright, MD

Dr. Webb-Wright completed training in internal medicine at Emory University in 1998. She has been involved with palliative care since 2004, when she completed her fellowship in palliative medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to moving to Richmond, Dr. Webb-Wright served as medical director of the Rappahannock General Hospital Palliative Care Program in the Northern Neck. She has been with the Bon Secours Palliative Medicine team since 2011.

Sabine Cyrus, NP

Sabine earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Gwynedd Mercy College in PA, and later completed her Master of Nursing, and Family Nurse Practitioner certification at Hahnemann University in PA in 2000. She is licensed in family practice and worked primarily in the areas of nephrology and family practice before joining Bon Secours Palliative Medicine in 2009.

Jo Ann Malgieri-Fenner, NP

Jo Ann received her Master of Nursing from Wilmington University and her Family Nurse Practitioner certification in 1996. Jo Ann has practiced in palliative care since 1999, has worked in palliative inpatient consultation since 2004, and has a passion for palliative education. She received her postgraduate palliative care education and practice program certificate from Harvard University in 2006. She moved to Virginia and joined Bon Secours Palliative Medicine in 2011.

Cynthia Straub, NP

Cynthia completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, in 1994, and earned her Family Nurse Practitioner certification and Master of Nursing degree from San Jose State University in 2007. She has worked in pediatric oncology, dialysis, and in geriatrics, where she became interested in palliative care. She joined Bon Secours Palliative Medicine in 2011.

Amy Holtz, M.Div.

Amy completed her Bachelor of Arts in sociology and religion at the University of Richmond in 1991, and received her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond in 1994. Amy has served in various ministry roles for over 20 years and started working closely with the palliative medicine team during her chaplain residency at Bon Secours. Following the completion of her residency in 2013, Amy became the chaplain for Bon Secours Palliative Medicine.

Melissa Bingham Wolford, LCSW

Melissa earned her undergraduate degree in English and sociology from the University of Richmond in 1999. She received her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001. An internship in graduate school led to an 11-year position in hospice social work. Melissa joined Bon Secours Palliative Medicine in 2012 and subsequently earned her certification as an Advanced Hospice and Palliative Social Worker.

Melissa Ferrell, LCSW

Melissa completed undergraduate work in sychology at Mary Baldwin College, and received her Master of Social Work degree at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Certificate in Aging Studies through the VCU Graduate School of Gerontology in 1993. She is certified as an Advanced Hospice and Palliative Social Worker. She has worked with Bon Secours Palliative Medicine since 2005.

Erin Goldin, LCSW

Erin completed her undergraduate work in educational psychology at the University of Georgia, and received her Master of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked with individuals and families in various specialty areas for over 10 years in South Florida and Virginia. Erin has been interested in palliative care for several years, beginning during her hospital work in Florida, and joined Bon Secours Palliative Medicine in 2013.

Kerri Helsley, RN

Kerri obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996. She completed her nursing training at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing in 2010. A yoga instructor since 1998, she holds special certifications to instruct patients in non-pharmacological techniques that promote symptom relief and emotional well-being. Palliative care has been a long-time interest of Kerri’s, and she is pleased to have joined the Bon Secours Palliative Medicine team in March 2013.

Aimee Schubert, RN

Aimee graduated from the Bon Secours Memorial College of nursing in 2005 and received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. Aimee has several years of experience in Neuro Critical Care, and has specialized training in bio feedback and stress reduction techniques. She has been involved in various nursing education programs designed to enhance communication with patients and promote compassionate care, which led to her interest in palliative care. Aimee joined Bon Secours Palliative Medicine in July 2012.

Brenda Bell, LPN

Brenda earned her licensed practical nurse degree in 1997 in Buffalo, N.Y. After graduation she moved to Virginia and worked in a variety of settings, most extensively in long-term care, where she found her passion for palliative care. Brenda joined Bon Secours Palliative Medicine in March 2013.

Hope Barner, RN

Hope obtained her nursing degree from Riverside School of Professional Nursing in Newport News, Va., in 1994. During her 19 years in clinical nursing, she worked in neonatology, oncology, and hospice before transitioning to inpatient palliative care in 2005. Hope joined Bon Secours Palliative Medicine in October 2013.

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