Support Staff

Meet Rochelle Benton

Rochelle Benton is the patient navigator for Montana Cancer Center through the EMBERS center. Her role here is to assist you in finding supportive services that will help provide whole person care for oncology patients. The EMBERS center includes physicians, nurse practitioners, chaplains, dietitians, social workers, and local community partners. This comprehensive program serves the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of cancer patients across western Montana.

Before joining the Montana Cancer Center this year, Rochelle worked at St. Patrick Hospital for 2 years at the International Heart Institute. Rochelle has experienced several loved ones who have been through the cancer journey. Because of that, she is passionate about patient advocacy and believes in the importance of improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Rochelle will connect with each new cancer patient and their family at the beginning of treatment and support them throughout their entire journey at the Montana Cancer Center.
In her free time, Rochelle loves to enjoy Big Sky Country, running, hiking, skiing and camping with her family. She also spends time sewing, cooking and creating projects with her crochet hook.

Meet Jamie Bussiere

Jamie holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Prior to obtaining her MSW she was an AmeriCorps*VISTA in Missoula and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan and Moldova.  She started her social work career at Southern Maryland Hospital and Civista Medical Center in Maryland.  There she helped patients with their discharge plans ensuring they received the necessary services and support when they left the hospital.  She joined the MCC in June of 2013.  She is involved with Cancer Committee for Standards of Commission on Cancer and Tumor Board.

Jamie currently divides her time between Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology.  She helps patients with coordination of community services such as home health and hospice, arrangements for out of home placements, provision of educational material, resources for financial assistance, completion of Advanced Directives, and travel accommodations.  She also counsels patients through grief, aging concerns, end of life issues, and daily stressors of living with cancer.  Patients can refer themselves for social work services, or can be referred by physicians, nurses, or outside agencies.  Patients’ progress and concerns are communicated to physicians and other team members to provide the best plan of care.

Jamie Bussiere is the social worker for Montana Cancer Center. You may see Jamie over at the hospital or here in our office. She provides emotional support and can assist patients with housing, travel, and many other concerns.

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!

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.

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.

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…