Without a dedicated staff to begin the patient experience, we would be unable to provide the level of care that each and every patient deserves. Their goal is to help our patients navigate the process of obtaining appointments, studies, referrals, surgery coordination, billing and insurance issues, and other concerns that may arise.
Lisa Sowa, MSN, CRNP, CBEC
Lisa Sowa provides support, education and treatment to women with breast cancer to help them heal and thrive. As a certified registered nurse practitioner with nearly two decades’ experience in comprehensive breast health, she offers cancer care from screening to survivorship with compassion and dignity.
She also cares for high-risk breast patients, women with benign breast disease, and those with acute breast pain and infection.
Lisa’s prior experience includes critical care nursing and staffing a free breast and cervical screening program for underserved patients in Trenton.
She also worked as a breast care nurse navigator and developed a free breast health program for uninsured/underinsured patients in Bucks County that quickly evolved into a breast clinic, which she ran for 10 years. She began coordinating patient care with Holy Redeemer breast care providers while in these roles. After seeing the surgeons and staff work as a dedicated team, deeply committed to their patients, Lisa was convinced to join the Holy Redeemer team.
Lisa earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from La Salle University. She is certified in clinical breast examination and has attended a multi-day survivorship course to help her better understand her patients’ needs.
Free time with her family is important to Lisa. She enjoys the beach, bicycling, traveling and sharing a great meal with her husband, George, and her daughters Julia and Grace, whom she lovingly describes as “kind and compassionate young women.” She also finds baking to be a great stress reliever.
Lisa likes to share with her patients that there are two things that will give you great perspective in life: The first one is kindness; the second is sleep.
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Emily Cohick, CRNP
Emily Cohick, CRNP, merges her decade of nursing experience with her role as an advanced practice provider in breast health to enhance the well-being of her patients and their families. She is dedicated to providing safe, efficient and compassionate care to every patient.
Emily conducts high-risk breast cancer screening examinations, exams for acute breast complaints, and post-operative and annual “survivorship” exams. She says she is “inspired daily by the care our office provides, the patients we care for and the values of our medical practice.”
Her prior experience in nursing ranged from caring for neonates and infants with complex medical conditions to acute, fast-paced work in the ER.
An avid learner with a master’s degree in nursing, with honors, from Villanova University, Emily enjoys doing research and working with colleagues to solve challenging cases, presentations and questions. She likewise believes in the power of patient education. She incorporates discussions regarding health maintenance into all her exams, and she values Holy Redeemer’s broad involvement in community outreach programs and activities, which she credits with helping her establish her career.
Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, attending school activities, Girl Scout events and basketball games. She loves crafting with her mom and finds baking to be an “excellent stress reliever.” If you’re lucky, you’ll catch her on her dream vacation — a Disney cruise.
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Kimberly Kurtz , MSN, CRNP-BC, CCE
Kimberly Kurtz cares for patients experiencing acute breast-related concerns and for those in Holy Redeemer’s breast cancer high-risk and survivorship clinics. She chooses to work here as a certified registered nurse practitioner because her philosophy of care is perfectly aligned with ours: to care, comfort and heal.
Over the course of more than three decades in practice as both a registered nurse and family nurse practitioner, Kim has cared for patients of all ages in a variety of settings, including acute and post-acute/outpatient settings. The care of women and children remains her greatest passion.
When Kim was a teen, her grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the forefront of her care were nurses who met all her needs — physical, emotional and spiritual — and enabled her not only to recover from her illness but to heal completely as a person. Their example influenced Kim’s decision to go into nursing and to incorporate a holistic model of care into her own practice, in which she views, values and treats her patients in their entirety.
In addition to her work as a nurse practitioner, Kim works as a clinical educator for Holy Redeemer, and as adjunct faculty in the graduate nursing / family nurse practitioner program at La Salle University and in the undergraduate nursing program at Holy Family University.
Kim earned her BSN from Temple University and her MSN, with honors, from La Salle University. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. In keeping with her long interest in integrative and holistic medicine, she has also achieved certification as a Reiki practitioner.
Kim’s favorite free time is spent with family and friends, cooking Sunday dinner for them every week and visiting the beach in Ocean City in summer. Her children and grandchildren are her greatest joy; she takes every opportunity possible to spend time with them. She is also an avid gardener.
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Carol Zuber Pittore, MS, LCGC
Carol Zuber Pittore is a genetic counselor who combines precise science and conversation with clients to assess their risk for disease and educate them about disease inheritance, prevention, and management. She focuses her practice on women at risk for breast cancer.
Carol looks at the many possible pathways to cancer development and works within a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals to recommend the right tests and treatment. She builds a rapport with clients, seeking to understand their stories to help them make informed choices and create care plans that suit them personally. She values educating her clients as well as developing genetic family histories that will be helpful for their descendants.
A class in human genetics at Middlebury College and a subsequent lecture by a renowned medical geneticist sparked Carol’s interest in genetic counseling. This led her to the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a master’s in genetic counseling.
Carol began her career in the early 1980s focusing on the field of teratology (the study of abnormal physiological development). She counseled many pregnant women frantic about exposure to toxins during pregnancy.
Eventually she narrowed her practice in maternal fetal medicine to focus on the role genetics plays in reproduction and fetal development. In the mid-1990s, seeing the importance of genetics to other fields of medicine, Carol became active in oncology and neurology genetics. Today, in her work in the Holy Redeemer Hereditary Cancer Risk Evaluation Program, she helps patients understand new technology and developments in that expanding field. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
A self-described “prolific shopper” (especially since losing 70 lbs.!), Carol also enjoys gardening and interior design. She is married to “her opposite” — a logical engineer — and has a daughter who teaches English at a private Catholic school in Medellin, Colombia.
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