September 4, 2018
Employee Spotlight: Director of Clinical Operations
Meet Toni, Director of Clinical Operations. Toni joined the team in April 2018 and is our director of clinical operations. Based in the Birmingham, Alabama office she serves as a vital part of our patient care team.
What brought you to Vituro Health and what is your experience in?
I’ve been a nurse for over 20 years. My background ranges from the emergency room, to PICC Line Specialist, and then working as an oncology nurse for 13 years. As an oncology nurse my role encompassed clinical, infusion, and research components. I did chemotherapy infusions and heavily researched data surrounding melanoma and sarcoma specifically.
What does your day-to-day look like?
As director of clinical operations, I provide support for physicians and patients. On a day to day basis I’m preparing patients for their procedure with pre-op guidelines, checking in with them afterwards, then monitoring their post-op and following up to see how they’re doing over weeks and months and answering any questions I can. I work closely with our Medical Director Dr. Scionti to ensure the patients are fully prepared for their procedure.
What is the best advice you can give to men?
My best advice is to get your PSA checked! Talk about it with your friends, it doesn’t have to be a taboo topic. Your PSA is the first indicator that something isn’t quite right, and the simple test could be what saves your life.
What are you most excited to accomplish at Vituro Health?
With the long-term patient follow up, I’m also going to be collecting data from the Vituro Health patient population to document efficacy rates and outcomes. For this, I’ll be working with the National HEAT Registry. I’m excited to share with the world what we already know and have seen first-hand at Vituro Health; that HIFU treatment has the same efficacy rates as these more invasive procedures with a decreased risk of side effects.
What do you want someone who has been recently diagnosed to know?
For anyone who is going through the process of diagnosis and choosing a treatment, I strongly encourage them to explore outside of the traditional treatments of prostatectomy and radiation. There are options that can preserve patient quality of life, when indicated. I’ve seen over 40 patients just in the last month, and I’ve heard at least 10 of them say something along the lines of “If I listened to the first doctor I saw, I wouldn’t have a prostate.” It has been so rewarding to see these men after their procedures. They come back to the physician’s office grateful they did not choose to have a radical prostatectomy or radiation, because they were a candidate for HIFU.
To schedule a one on one phone call with a Vituro Health nurse, visit viturohealth.com/hifu/speak-with-a-nurse