Physicians & Staff

The dedicated women and men of the Cancer Network

Our dedicated team works together to develop individualized treatment plans
designed to address each patient’s specific healthcare needs. The Baptist Cancer Network
is able to provide the most comprehensive treatment program for
patients because of its diverse team of professionals.

Meet the Physicians

Ernest Hymel, MD,PhD,MBA​

Ernest Hymel, MD,PhD,MBA

Board Certified
Radiation Oncology

Doctorate in Biophysics
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas

Radiation Oncology training from the University of North Carolina

Danny Chow, MD​

Danny Chow, MD

Board Certified
Radiation Oncology

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Alumnus

Stanford University
School of Medicine Alumnus

Postgraduate Fellowship at Cambridge University, England

Chisa Echendu, MD, PhD​

Chisa Echendu, MD, PhD

Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology
Baylor College of Medicine Alumnus

Western Reserve Health Education Alumnus

Harry Smith, MD​

Harry Smith, MD

Board Certified
Medical Oncology

Cleveland Clinic Foundation Alumnus

Wright State University School of Medicine
Dayton, Ohio

Fellowship Hematology/Oncology, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Sohail Akbani, MD​

Sohail Akbani, MD

Board Certified
Medical Oncology

Dow Medical College
Karachi, Pakistan

Fellowship Hematology/Oncology
University of Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas

Tahir Naqvi,MD,MBA​

Tahir Naqvi,MD,MBA

Board Certified

King Edward Medical University
Lahore, Pakistan

Fellowship Hematology/Oncology
Wright State University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio

Ashley Humphreys, AGACNP-BC

Board Certified
Adult Gerontology Acute Care

RN Lamar University

NP Walden University

10 years nursing experience in Trauma Surgery, Critical Care, Organ Transplant, Cardiology, Oncology/Hematology

Amanda Huang, APRN, FNP-BC

Board Certified
Family Nurse Practitioner

Falon Richard, NP-C

Board Certified
Family Nurse Practitioner

Brooke Manuel, FNP-C

Board Certified
Family Nurse Practitioner

RN Lamar University

NP University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight - Michelle Esclovon

Periodically, we like to recognize members of our exceptional team. Congratulations to Michelle Esclovon for being our current spotlight subject! Learn more about about the work Michelle does with the Baptist Cancer Network:

Michelle Esclovon is a Registered Nurse with a Masters Degree and an Oncology Certification. She has 14 years of experience in nursing, 13 of those in Oncology, where she is also certified in Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Administration. She is the Informatics Nurse at the Baptist Cancer Network, which means that she incorporates nursing, computer, and information sciences to maintain and develop medical data and systems to support the practice of nursing and to improve patient care outcomes.

Michelle is passionate about her role in delivering crucial information that helps the nursing team care for patients safely. She feels that the contribution of nurse informaticists in developing and improving technology such as electronic medical records and computerized provider ordering has been critical in reducing medical errors, delays in patient care, and health care costs. She happened upon this field when it was a new concept, and she had the most experience with the applications at the time. Now she enjoys using data analytics to see how we can improve our program, as well as the care our patients receive.

Outside of work, Michelle has turned a photography pastime into an award-winning hobby. She received Best in Show at the Silsbee Ice House Museum for her photographic entry, and she was commissioned by the Sabine County Hospital to supply her photographs, which now hang the walls of the entire facility. Her favorite subject is the Big Thicket with its great biodiversity.

You can reach Michelle at

Meet the Staff

Gay-Lynne Jones, RN​

Gay-Lynne Jones, RN

Regional Director
Baptist Cancer Network
Beaumont ● Port Arthur

Matthew Knowles, RT(R)(T)​

Matthew Knowles, RT(R)(T)

Director Radiation Therapy

Lily Nguyen

Lily Nguyen

Director of Revenue Cycle

Michele Chaisson, RN, OCN​

Michele Chaisson, RN, OCN

Clinical Manager

Michelle Esclovon, MS, RN, OCN​

Michelle Esclovon, MS, RN, OCN

Oncology Informatics Nurse Specialist

Melissa Waguespack, RT (R)(T)​

Melissa Waguespack, RT (R)(T)

Radiation Therapy Manager

Eisha Killian​

Eisha Killian

Oncology Resource Navigator


Bethany Siow, MS, RDN, CSO, LD

Board Certified in Oncology Nutrition


Aimee Smith

Patient Enrichment Coordinator


Telice Terro (RN)

Oncology Certified


Andrew Goolsby

Staff Chaplain


Susan Whalen, BSN, CTR

Accreditation Coordinator

annette CORRECT

Annette Fontenot

Financial Coordinator


Kelly McKay

Manager of Revenue Cycle


John Wigley

Network Support Technician