Meet the Team

The First Dayton CyberKnife Team

The First Dayton CyberKnife team is led by Dr. Edward Hughes. Dr. Hughes has cared for Dayton-area cancer patients for decades. He’s the most experienced and highly credentialed radiation oncologist. Dr. Hughes has helped shape Southwest Ohio’s standard of care for radiation therapy. His experience is unrivaled and his reputation for clinical competence and integrity is unsurpassed.

Dr. Hughes guides our team of highly skilled and compassionate healthcare professionals – our therapists, nurses and support staff whose sole focus is caring for you.

Matt, MS – Medical Physicist

Matt is a full time Medical Physicist at First Dayton Cancer Care. He is responsible for ensuring that each patient’s treatment plan is safe and accurate. Throughout the course of a patient’s treatment, Matt works with the physicians to make any adjustments necessary to the patient’s treatment plan when their tumor changes shape or size. Every radiation treatment is handled with precision and accuracy as a result of this diligence. This means fewer side effects and better outcomes.

As the center’s radiation safety officer, he is regularly conducting safety tests on all of the radiation equipment to keep it in perfect working order.

Matt is Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiologic Physics and Therapeutic Radiological Physics. He is also recognized by the Ohio Department of Health as a Certified Radiation Expert.

Annette, RTT – Chief CyberKnife Therapist

Annette has been a licensed Radiation Therapist since 1997. She has also undergone extensive training with the CyberKnife Radiosurgery Treatment System. Annette’s goal is to work with CyberKnife patients through every step of their treatment to ensure that they are relaxed and comfortable while she treats their cancer with skill and knowledge. Her attention to detail makes and the CyberKnife a perfect fit.

Jennifer, RTT – Radiation Therapist

Jennifer has been a licensed Radiation Therapist since 1997. Her vast experience with all radiation treatment modalities makes her a great therapist who is able to explain in detail to our patients about the treatments they are receiving. Jennifer is wonderful at putting our patients at ease and looks forward to seeing them every day and helping them through their cancer treatment.

Mike, RTT, CT – Radiation Therapist and CAT Scan Technologist

Mike is both a radiation therapist and cat scan technologist. Always eager to learn new things, mike works with patients in several capacities., in addition to helping patients with their daily cancer treatments, he runs our diagnostic imaging program. Mike is always looking for ways to improve patient care and works closely with the physicians and physicists to ensure that patients have the most precise treatment possible.

Jo, RN – Chief Nurse

Jo is a registered nurse who has a broad range of clinical experience, and has concentrated in radiation oncology since 1999. This experience allows Jo to work with patients to get ahead of any problems that may occur. Jo’s knowledge is a great extension of our physicians as she is able to help bring the two together. Jo works diligently with patients and their families to ensure a good quality of life during and after cancer treatment.

Wendy – RN

Wendy is a registered nurse who works closely with patients to answer all of their questions and educate them along the way during their cancer treatment. Wendy works closely with our physicians and a patient’s other doctors to make sure that everyone is on the same page with a patient’s care. Wendy, along with jo, take the time to make sure all questions are answered and directions are being followed.

Mandy – Administrative Assistant

Mandy has been with First Dayton Cancer Care since we opened our doors. She works with patients to schedule appointments outside our office and is responsible for ensuring that the physicians see every test result. She also communicates with other physicians and insurance carriers about our patients care. Mandy assists patients both at the center and on the phone to make their visit with us comfortable and worthwhile.

Kim – Medical Receptionist

Kim is the friendly face that greets you at our door and on the phone. Kim directs all the traffic and is the keeper of the calendar at First Dayton Cancer Care. Her amazing ability to remember details about our patients’ lives lets them know that they truly are welcome and we do care for them in every way.

Larry – Courtesy Transportation Driver

Larry brings his quick wit and his knowledge of the streets of Dayton to our transportation program. In addition to safely bringing people to their daily radiation treatment, Larry ensures everyone has plenty of candy to make it through their day sweetly.

Mark – Courtesy Transportation Driver

Mark helps bring our patients to and from their daily treatments. He infuses his love of music into a wonderful ride to the center.

Kathy, CMM, CMOM – Practice Administrator and Physician Liaison

Kathy helps to run the business of First Dayton Cancer Care. Part of that is to make sure that every team member has the tools necessary to successfully do their jobs to the best of their ability and to put patients first. Kathy also brings the ‘good news’ about the work done at First Dayton Cancer Care to other physicians so that cancer patients can benefit from the technology and skills of the clinical staff we have.

Cancers We Treat

What People Say

  • Everyone has been totally fantastic. The first week was very hard for me, but all 3 technicians I worked with made me feel great even though I know that first week is difficult for them (not on purpose). They always made me feel comfortable with my treatment and hugs when they knew I was having a tough day. I could not have been happier with any aspect of my care.

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  • First, I have never been treated so well by all medical professionals. I was scared from the beginning. I was given info in a positive, accurate and direct manner. Because of this I was able to face the fears I had. Each visit strengthened me. I feel that if I had not come to First Dayton Cyberknife I would not have felt the hope I feel now. Is that not part of good treatment?

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  • My experience at First Dayton Cancer Care was exceptional from start to finish. Beginning with the initial consultation with Dr Hughes. I always knew what to expect throughout the treatment process. The entire staff is to be commended for their professionalism both in their job knowledge and cheerful, upbeat personalities.

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  • Everyone from the front desk was great! Jo was excellent in explaining what each visit required verbally and on paper. Annette was great, polite and very informative. Annette made the treatments easy and comfortable in a scary time. I loved the music she played during my treatment. Dr Hughes was wonderful, he explained all the treatments. I knew when we first talked that this place was where I wanted to be.

     

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  • FRONT DESK ALWAYS COURTEOUS. NURSES ARE ALWAYS HELPFUL. AND OF COURSE THE THERAPISTS WERE TERRIFIC. DOCTORS ALWAYS KEPT ME UP ON EVERYTHING. EVERYBODY IS JUST GREAT TO BE WITH. FIRST DAYTON CYBERKNIFE IS VERY CLEAN AND PERSONABLE.

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  • Everybody was really nice. Jennifer, Mike, Kristie who did my treatments made me feel very comfortable. They were like friends to me. The staff at the front desk were very nice to me. The doctors were great too. Dr Hughes was my doctor.

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  • Cyberknife treatment with Annette was great. Radiation treatments with Mike, Jennifer and Kristi was also great. I would definitely recommend this facility to anyone needing cancer treatment. I have driven over 100 miles round trip each day for six weeks. It was well worth the drive. Believe it or not I actually looked forward to coming each day. All staff was great!

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  • I am totally happy with the care I got from everyone. Jo told me how it would work. Dr Hughes was very good and took a lot of time with me. Annette was outstanding, she was kind and told me to do so it would so it would work the best. I thank everyone for the experience.

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  • The staff was so courteous. They answered all of my questions I had. I was seen on time with minimal wait time.Doctor was informative and helpful with medications, ordered as needed. Dietitian was good at sharing information about good nutrition.

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  • I had breast radiation and my treatments went very fast. The staff was very pleasant. I enjoyed talking with the radiation therapist each morning. I have a lot of great memories. I would recommend this place to anyone facing cancer treatment.

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  • Everyone was very nice, friendly, very caring and professional. No complaints. I couldn’t ask for a better experience of this kind. I felt like I was in good hands.

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  • I recieved care at First Dayton Cancer Care with Dr Hughes.The staff was very caring and dedicated to my care. dr Hughes and Dr Burger were very concerned and caring. The nurse’s were very informative about the process as were the techs.

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  • I really kind of enjoyed visits due to Kristi, Jennifer and Mike were just excellent with care. Very happy and encouraging. Vice nice receptionist! Everyone is always helpful and they always have a smile.

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  • My care by staff was superb. They all have wonderful personalities and keep the treatments light making me at ease. They made me really enjoy coming. The prompt calls when the machine was not working and follow up were much appreciated. I will give all a five star rating and recommendation.

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  • It was a very good experience all the people treated you with respect. When you come here you will tell your friends about First Dayton Cancer Care. Thanks to each and everyone of you.

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  • My treatment schedule was always on time and when I had to reschedule they always accommodated me. The staff here are excellent, from the receptionist to the nurses to therapists. They all made me feel at ease and had a cheerful experience. I would like to especially thank Jennifer, Kristi and Mike for their professional care.

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  • Amazing care from everyone that took care of me. Sweetness must be a requirement to work here because you all are the sweetest. Your tones in treatment was very comforting and appreciated. Fear of the unknown but you all give much needed respect and care. In spite of the tasks of healing, you all have made it (keep it up, we benefit from your care) all worth it.

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  • Cancer in it self is scary. My experience here at Cyberknife is one that I will always cherish for taking away the fear of lung cancer. The staff, all the wonderful people I encountered made me feel alive and gave me the hope and strength to know how I will win. God truly gave this wonderful Dr Hughes the best staff ever & I thank him for his skills, his machine & his time in my recovery.

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  • THE CYBERKNIFE TREATMENT WAS PAINLESS, OTHER THAN THE MARKER IMPLANT. THE TREATMENT HAS BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE BASED ON REDUCED LEVELS FROM LAB RESULTS. THE STAFF HAS BEEN FRIENDLY,SYMPATHETIC & PROFESSIONAL. THE DOCTOR AND NURSES ARE KNOWLEDGABLE AND PROFESSIONAL.

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  • ALL ASPECTS OF TREATMENT WERE HANDLED VERY PROFESSIONALLY. EVERYTHING WAS EXPLAINED CLEARLY AND IN GREAT DETAIL. EVERYONE I HAD CONTACT WITH WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE MY TREATMENTS COMFORTABLE. NOT A SINGLE COMPLAINT ABOUT CYBERKNIFE!!!

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  • FROM BEGINNING TO END OF 5 DAY TREATMENTS EVERYONE IS VERY POSTIVE AND PROFESSIONAL TO ME & MY WIFE DENNY. EVERY TEST & PROCEDURE WAS EXPLAINED IN DETAIL & EASY TO UNDERSTAND. THANKS TO ALL WHO WERE INVOLVED IN MY CARE.

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  • EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE, EVERYONE WAS VERY INFORMATIVE AND GENUINELY CARING. THE PROCEDURE AND TREATMENT WAS FULLY EXPLAINED AND WENT AS DESCRIBED. POST TREATMENT AND CARE WAS EXCELLENT AS WELL.

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  • Followed suggestions from staff about skin care, etc and had great results. Staff has always been professional and courteous. Will continue to recommend center to others.

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  • The facility and staff are tops. Always a smile and a very pleasant attitude. Although this has been a trying experience for me; It was nice to have someone listen carefully to my concerns. Always the professional, with words of encouragement and making me feel important. I appreciate the doctor, staff and the facility. Treatment went well. Thanks C. MOrgan

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