Meet radiation oncologist Dr. Ashlyn Everett.
What is your role at Alliance Cancer Care, and how long have you worked here?
My name is Ashlyn Everett and I am a radiation oncologist at ACC. I grew up in Huntsville, then moved away for my medical training for many years. I have recently moved back to Huntsville to join Alliance Cancer Care, and have been working here for about 2 years now. I am thrilled to be able to serve my hometown community.
What type of cancers do you treat?
I treat all types of cancers. Unfortunately, we see cancer occur in all parts of the body, and I enjoy treating patients with cancers in all locations. Some of our doctors have more interest in certain body sites, but I truly enjoy the challenge of the anatomy and physiology of treating cancers in all locations.
What do you love most about your job?
I love my job. I love being able to interact with patients and be part of their cancer journey. The reason I chose to go into radiation oncology specifically was because of the relationship I am able to develop with patients as they are going through cancer treatment. We get to see our patients once a week while they are going through radiation, and really establish and form a bond and a connection throughout that period of time.
I also love working on a team. When you come for radiation, you’ll find that you will interact with front office staff, nursing staff, and a special group of people called therapists, who operate our treatment machines. I really enjoy working with an exceptional group of people at Alliance Cancer Care.
What do you love to do outside work?
Outside of work, I love spending time with my family. I really enjoy cooking. I recently joined a book club because I love to read. I also taught myself how to sew, so I have been sewing some clothes for my daughter. But, I really just enjoy spending time with my family and making memories with them.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
People would be surprised to learn that I recently learned how to scuba dive. My husband was in the Navy, and we enjoy taking trips and traveling, and being able to scuba dive. If anyone grew up with me, they know I’m not a very good swimmer, so taking on the challenge of learning to scuba dive was overcoming a fear for me and certainly a big accomplishment that I am proud of. I have actually been able to learn to enjoy and love scuba diving.
What is one piece of advice you want patients to know coming to Alliance Cancer Care for their radiation treatment?
I want patients to know when they come to Alliance Cancer Care for their radiation treatment that it’s okay to be afraid. You receive a lot of information in a short period of time when you receive a cancer diagnosis. I want you to feel comfortable asking questions, asking us to repeat information, etc. Our staff is very adept at answering your questions, and deal with patients daily that are going through a similar cancer treatment journey as you. For your family members, and for you the patient, we want you to feel comfortable asking any and all questions knowing that we are here to serve you and to make sure you are comfortable and ready for the next steps in your cancer journey.
I know this is a difficult journey you are starting on, but know that Alliance Cancer Care is here to help take care of you.
Why do Dr. Everett’s nurses value working with her?
“Dr. Everett is kind, comforting, and caring. She always puts patient care first and is always looking for ways to improve the patient experience. She is also a great person to just talk to about life problems.”
What do patients say about Dr. Everett?
“Dr. Everett listened to my concerns and made sure I felt comfortable with my treatment plan before I started radiation.”
“This is truly the best medical care experience I have ever had, completely exceeding expectations!”