Support Staff

Meet Linda Yearous

Linda Yearous, MSW holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Montana. Linda has practiced social work in a variety of medical contexts. While completing her Bachelor’s, she was a practicum student at Grant Creek Family Medicine, a primary care setting, where she connected patients to needed community resources. Next, she worked as a research transition coordinator for Montana ROADMAP (Rural Options At Discharge Model of Active Planning), which created innovative partnerships, methods, and tools to support patients as they transition from St. Patrick Hospital to rural Montana communities. Most recently Linda was employed at St. Patrick Hospital as a discharge planner where she collaborated on interdisciplinary teams to create safe discharge plans for patients. Now at the Montana Cancer Center, Linda supports oncology patients by reducing barriers to cancer treatment and responding to patients in distress. In her spare time, Linda enjoys sailing with her husband on Flathead Lake, a strong cup of coffee, and spending time with her family.

Meet Glenn Blumenson

Glenn Blumenson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is providing counseling to patients and their families in the Montana Cancer Center. Glenn received his Masters in Social Work from NYU and has had advanced training in Couple and Family Therapy through the Ackerman Institute as well as the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. Prior to his move to Missoula in early 2017, Glenn spent over 5 years working in the field of Oncology Social Work at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where he was also a member of their Family Therapy Clinic. Glenn has an extensive understanding of the various impacts that a cancer diagnosis can have on individuals and their families and he is excited to offer counseling to anyone in need.

Meet Emily B. Smith, MS, RD, LN
Registered Dietitian / Licensed Nutritionist

Emily is a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist providing nutrition care through Montana Cancer Center’s EMBERS program for whole-person care. Emily received her Master of Science degree in nutrition from Bastyr University, outside of Seattle, Washington, where she was trained in natural and integrative medicine with an emphasis on whole foods. She also has an undergraduate degree in exercise science from Gonzaga University. Prior to joining the cancer center in 2017, Emily worked as an inpatient clinical dietitian at St. Pat’s for over three years, in addition to heading a community wellness program part-time. She holds a certificate of training in adult weight management.

Emily enjoys working with patients across the entire continuum of cancer care, including survivorship, to address a variety of nutritional concerns. She welcomes every opportunity to share her passion of nutrition with patients and to educate them on the importance of food for healing and recovery.

When not working, Emily loves cooking, gardening, cross-country skiing, hiking, and spending time with family.

Patient Navigator

Our Patient Navigator’s role is to connect patients and their loved ones to our supportive services program called “EMBERS.” This program aims to provide whole person care – meeting holistic needs including Emotions, Mind, Body, Environment, Relationships, and Spirit.

To meet these needs, our Patient Navigator connects patients to team members within the Cancer Center – including our counselor, dietitian, and social worker – as well as community resources outside the Montana Cancer Center. The Patient Navigator’s role is to ease some of the burdens of cancer by connecting patients to services including counseling, social work services, nutrition services, integrative medicine, exercise programs, support groups, retreats, and more. Our Patient Navigator will meet with each new cancer patient at the beginning of treatment and support them throughout their entire journey at the Montana Cancer Center.

Meet Dana Kopp

Dana Kopp is the librarian at St. Patrick Hospital’s Learning Center, which is located on the 1st floor of the Broadway Building. She or her staff can assist you or your family in finding reliable up-to-date medical information or recommend online resources for your own research. The Learning Center has comfortable seating areas, work tables, public computers, historical displays and circulating collections that are open to everyone. The Learning Center offers a recreational reading collection filled by book donations if you want something to read. Wireless is available around the hospital if you need to work from your laptop. Please stop by!

We have many other supportive staff members who make the nuts and bolts of our cancer center work. You may see these friendly faces around in the hallways…