Warm Welcome: Dawn Frederick

Dawn Frederick, Nurse Navigator

About Me

I was born in San Diego and moved to Prairie Home, Missouri, when I was in the second grade. My husband, Ed, and I have been married for 36 years – just one year longer than my service here at the University!  We have two sons, Gabe and Tyler, and in 2013, we were blessed with a daughter-in-law, Jess. We also have two furry babies! My hobbies include gardening (mostly flowers), cardmaking/scrapbooking, and flea market shopping. 

About My Role

I am the breast cancer nurse navigator for the breast center at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. If you’re around me very much, you’ve heard me say that this is the best job I’ve ever had. I have so much respect and admiration for these men and women and I consider it a privilege to be part of their journey.

Favorite Part of My Job

I love every aspect of my job – especially the relationships I have the opportunity to build. Because I follow patients through diagnosis and treatment, I have the honor of getting to know our patients and their families. I love hearing that what I do has made a difference for someone. This is my reward.

Culture of YES

I feel that it is my job to make our patient’s cancer journey as smooth as possible. At Ellis Fischel, the Culture of YES isn’t something extra we have to think about. It’s engrained in who we are.