Our Services

The Breast Center

At St. Joseph Health Medical Group, our compassionate clinical team of experts is committed to preventing and treating breast cancer. Our team has achieved diagnostic and treatment outcomes that far exceed state and national standards. With comprehensive services that provide compassionate and personal support, The Breast Centers provide nationally acclaimed care in a comfortable setting, close to home.

Breast Self-Exams

Breast Self-Exams

Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform a breast self-exam at least once a month. If you’re new to breast self-exams, here are some guidelines:

  • Pick the same time of the month - Because of the normal hormonal fluctuations in a woman’s body that affect breast tissue, it is important to select the same time every month so you will be able to distinguish between a normal change and something that feels different.
    • Premenopausal women: Do your exam toward the end of your menstrual period. The end of the menstrual cycle is the time when hormonal changes have the least influence on breast tissue, and the breasts are the least tender.
    • Postmenopausal women: Choose a day of the month (e.g., the 1st or 15th of the month) and consistently perform your breast self-exam on that same day every month.
  • Perform the exam again that same day but lying down - This way you will develop a feeling for your breasts in a different position, allowing for greater knowledge of the way your breasts feel. Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important. Click on the following link to view a step-by-step video:

Symptoms to report to your physician

  • Discharge from one or both breasts
  • Inversion of a normally inverted nipple
  • Dimpling-a pulling in of the breast skin
  • Bulge-area of raised tissue
  • Itching, irritated or scaly nipple with/without discharge
  • Rapidly increasing pain with redness or rash
  • Rapid increase in size of one breast
  • Changes in the shape of a breast
  • Change in the vein patterns

A Team Approach to Care

Our Breast Center experts understand the importance of developing customized treatment plans that focus on the unique medical needs of each patient. The Breast Center's experts continually work with a team of cancer specialists in order to create the best treatment and healing plan possible.

Our team of Breast Experts includes:

  • Breast Surgeons
  • Medical Oncologists
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Pathologists
  • Radiologists
  • Cancer Genetics Counselor
  • Patient Navigators
  • Clinical Research Professionals
  • Rehabilitation Specialists

Advanced Treatment Options

Working as a team, The Breast Center's caring experts utilize the most advanced therapies available to treat breast cancer and to preserve healthy breast tissue.

These treatments include:

  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy, traditional and Nipple-Areola sparing surgery
  • Oncoplastic Surgery, which preserves the breast’s appearance by reshaping breast tissue during cancer surgery
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection, which often eliminates the need to remove deeper lymph nodes
  • Reconstructive surgery to restore the breast’s appearance after a mastectomy
  • Hormone therapy, which can be used in many aspects of breast cancer treatment, including initial risk reduction, minimizing the cancer’s risk of recurrence and preventing the cancer from spreading to other areas of the body
  • MarginProbe Margin Analysis, which enables surgeons to optimize the removal of cancer during breast conservation surgery or lumpectomies
  • Large Format Pathology, which gives the pathologist a unique view of the entire cancer on a single slide, making diagnosis of margins more accurate
  • Axillary reverse lymphatic mapping (ARM), which preserves the lymphatic drainage of the arm during surgery, decreasing the risk of developing lymphedema
  • Intraoperative Digital Specimen x-ray (Bioptics machine), shows surgeons images of the tissue removed in less than a minute, which enables them to remove all of the cancer in just one operation
  • Genomic Testing
  • Chemotherapy, including the only dedicated, inpatient oncology unit in the region
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy used after lumpectomy
  • Partial breast radiation delivered by an implanted device, which delivers radiation to the tumor site from inside the breast through a small catheter, rather than from an external beam
  • Survivorship Training and Rehab (STAR), services are available before, during, and after treatment in efforts to assist in getting cancer patients and survivors back to their daily routines

Breast Screening and Diagnostic Options

At St. Joseph Health Medical Group, our calling is to help you stay healthy and enjoy every moment of your life. One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lives. So, if you’re 40 or older, or at increased risk for breast cancer, call today to schedule your mammogram - because regular screening is the best way to protect your health.

Our breast imaging center in Sonoma County is designated by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE). This official designation reflects a variety of services that work cohesively together to accurately screen and diagnose cancer.

These services include:

  • Digital Mammography
  • Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Stereotactic Needle Biopsy
  • Ultrasound Needle Biopsy
  • MRI Needle Biopsy

The Breast Center, Sonoma

The Breast Center, Sonoma County

Our breast surgeons in Sonoma County, Dr. Charles Elboim and Dr. Laura Norton, treat the whole person, understanding that breast surgery is often a stressful and very personal experience. Their practices are completely dedicated to the surgical treatment of the breast. They are also an integral part of our multi-disciplinary team approach to breast cancer care.

Contact Us

121 Sotoyome St
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 525-6180*

*To make an appointment with Dr. Charles Elboim or Dr. Laura Norton, you will need a primary care or OBGYN physician referral.
*To schedule a mammogram you will need a primary care, or OBGYN physician referral. To contact that department directly, please call (707)526-2666.

Meet our Staff

From left to right: Jete Imwalle, Medical Assistant, Genetic Counseling, Julie Gieseker, Medical Assistant, Breast Surgery, Bella, Therapy Dog, Breast Surgery, Cheryl Johnson, Medical Records Technician, Breast Surgery and Primary Care Oncology, Traci Stockton, Medical Assistant, Primary Care Oncology, Wanda Zack, Supervisor, Breast Surgery and Primary Care Oncology, Lynda Brennan, Authorizations and Referrals Coordinator, Breast Surgery and Primary Care Oncology, Sharon Doughty, Patient Care Coordinator and Patient Navigator, Breast Surgery and Primary Care Oncology, Sara Villegas, Medical Records Technician, Breast Surgery and Primary Care Oncology, Laura Overzet, Medical Receptionist and Scheduler, Breast Surgery and Primary Care Oncology, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Medical Assistant, Breast Surgery

The Breast Center, Napa

The Breast Center, Napa County

The Breast Center in Napa county is located at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. Our compassionate clinical team of experts is committed to preventing and treating breast cancer. We help preserve women’s breast health and bring unique expertise to every aspect of education and diagnosis. Queen of the Valley is accredited in mammography by the American College of Radiology (ACR), a testament to our professional qualifications, technological capabilities, clinical quality, customer service and reporting accuracy.

Our team of expert physicians, nurses and therapists are committed to treating breast cancer and preserving healthy tissue. Our clinical staff includes a Breast Health Nurse Navigator, an RN who will work collaboratively with your care team to coordinate resources and support as well as provide education about disease specifics and treatment options to ensure you can make the best choices.

We understand that kindness, caring and thoughtful attention to patients are intangible qualities that do as much for the healing of the spirit as gifted hands do to heal the body. From classes about rehabilitation and healthy coping strategies to cancer support groups, we are by your side, every step of the way.

Mammograms and other breast health services are provided at no cost for underinsured and uninsured women through our partnership with the California Breast Cancer Early Detection Program. For more information, contact (800) 511-2300.Click here for more information about financial assistance through Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

Contact Us

We are located on the 2nd Floor of the Wellness Center/Synergy building on the southeast corner of our campus.
3421 Villa Lane, Suite 2E
Napa CA 94558
Phone: (707) 257-4047*

*To make an appointment with our Center you will need a primary care or OBGYN physician referral.
*To schedule a mammogram, you will need a primary care, or OBGY physician referral. The direct number to schedule a mammogram is (707) 257-4036

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Breast Surgery

Breast Center

Meet Our Providers

Office :
Breast Surgery, Primary Care Oncology & Genetics
121 Sotoyome St.
Suite 203
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Office :
Breast Surgery, Primary Care Oncology & Genetics
121 Sotoyome St.
Suite 203
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
Lisa Tito, MD (707) 525-6180
Breast Surgery (Board Certified)
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Office :
Breast Surgery, Primary Care Oncology & Genetics
121 Sotoyome St.
Suite 203
Santa Rosa, CA 95405