APRNs / PAs

APRN/PA

Lauren Ballard, DNP, APRN, FNP

Lauren Ballard is an Advanced Practice Nurse certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Familly Nurse Practitioner.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas/Elanor Mann School of Nursing in 2011 and went on to receive her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2017.  She worked at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, LA working with stem cell transplants and the hematology/oncology departments prior to relocating back to Arkansas.  She joined the Highlands Oncology team in December of 2019.


Ginny Cato, MSN, APRN, FNP

Ginny Cato is an Advanced Practice Nurse. Ginny received her bachelors in nursing from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She then went on to receive her MSN from Frontier Nursing University. Ginny is certified as a family nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program. Previously, Ginny worked as a critical care RN at Washington Regional Medical Center and a nurse practitioner at a local family practice clinic. Ginny is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and Oncology Nursing Society.


Diane Glendinning, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC

Diane Glendinning is an Advanced Practice Nurse certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and is also an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN), certified by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.  Diane comes to Highlands Oncology in April 2020 from UAMS Myeloma Center in central Arkansas.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Washburn University in Topeka, KS, and her Master of Nursing Science from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. 


Jillian Graves, MSN, APRN, A-GNP, FNP

Jillian Graves is an Advanced Practice Nurse, board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as an Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.  Jillian received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arkansas Tech University and went on to receive her Master of Sciences in Nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR.  She did post-master training at the University of Central Arkansas.  Prior to joining Highlands Oncology, she worked for Mercy in Rogers, AR. 


Melanie Haney, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, AOCNS, CBEC

Melanie Haney has been an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with Highlands Oncology since 2014. She obtained her BSN in 2007 and worked as a registered nurse in cardiology for seven years, and then accomplished her MSN and achieved board certification as an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist (AGCNS) in 2014. Since joining Highlands Oncology, Melanie has achieved additional certifications as an advanced oncology clinical nurse specialist (AOCNS) and clinical breast examiner (CBEC). She was a key player in the development of the practice’s genetic counseling program in 2017 and helped create the hospitalist advanced practice provider program for inpatient management of acutely ill patients. She maintains an active role in both programs. Since 2018, Melanie has served as the genetics advanced practice provider for CARE (Cancer Assessment and Risk Education) clinic, a specialized program that provides management for patients who are at increased risk of cancers due to hereditary genetic mutations, as well as patients that are at an increased risk of breast cancer based on risk assessment. She completed the Intensive Course in Genomic Cancer Risk Assessment through City of Hope in 2021 and remains a member of the Clinical Cancer Genomics Community of Practice, through which she is able to collaborate with genetics experts around the world to stay up to date on the latest research and recommendations in cancer genetics and prevention. Her family includes her husband, Chad, and 3 young sons. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting and getting outside with her boys to hike, swim, boat and play when the weather allows.


Danielle Hayes, PA-C, MSPAS

Danielle Hayes is a Physician Assistant and is certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the Arkansas State Medical Board. In 2010, she graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She obtained a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2012 from Harding University. Danielle has been a part of Highlands Oncology Group, specifically as a gynecologic oncology PA for Dr. Joseph Ivy, M.D., since 2013. She primarily is Dr. Ivy’s first assist in surgery, but also works in the clinic. Prior to joining Highlands Oncology Group, she worked as a cardiac PA at Walker Heart Institute at Washington Regional Medical Center. Professional memberships include: American Academy of Physician Assistants, Arkansas Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.


Mary Shannon Jones, APRN, NP-C, CWS

Mary Shannon Jones is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She received an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 1990, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Excelsior College in New York, New York in 2001, and went on to receive a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 2002. In 2002 she went to work for Ginger Dermatology focusing on diseases and conditions of the skin which continue to be an area of continued focus. She is a board certified Wound Specialist by the American Board of Wound Management. She worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner for First Care Family Doctors-Springdale from 2003-2011, and at WRMC East Springdale Family Clinic from 2012-2013. From March 2011-November 2013 she was the Clinical Director of Wound Care, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, IV Infusion Center, Diabetic Education, Wound Ostomy Team, and PICC Team at Washington Regional Medical Center. She joined the Highlands Oncology team in November 2013.

Jessica Knight, APRN, FNP

Jessica Knight is an Advanced Practice Nurse and is certified by The American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In 2013, Jessica completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from UAMS, Little Rock, AR in 2018. Prior to joining Highlands Oncology, Jessica worked as a PACU Registered Nurse for NWMC-B for 4.5 years, and for Mercy Primary Care in Bella Vista doing Internal Medicine for 1.5 years.


Jennifer M. Manos,  MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC

Jennifer Manos is an Advanced Practice Nurse and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from the RN program at Baptist School of Nursing in Springdale, AR in 1996. In 2006, Jennifer completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Northeast State University in Muskogee, OK. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from UAMS, Little Rock, AR in 2010. Prior to joining Highlands Oncology Group, Jennifer worked as a Critical Care RN for Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, AR from 1996-2002, and for Mercy Health System in Rogers from 2002-2011. Professional memberships include Sigma Tau Theta, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and American College of Cardiology Cardiac Care Associates.


Bailie Moore, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC

Bailie Moore is an Advanced Practice Nurse, board certified as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Bailie comes to Highlands Oncology from Nebraska Medicine Buffett Cancer Center where she worked in hematology/oncology departments.  She received her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing and her post-graduation training at Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska. 


Stephanie Newman, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC

Stephanie, “Sam”, is from Houston, TX and moved to NWA after graduating High School. Stephanie received her ADN from NWACC. Most recently, she earned her Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree. Her hobbies include golf, crafts, and spending time with family.


Amber Anderson, APRN, AGPNP-BC

Amber Anderson is an APRN from Northwest Arkansas. Amber is board certified by ANCC as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Nursing from Arkansas State University in 2012. She then went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in May 2015. She has two beautiful daughters, Arabella and Amara. She loves to travel, cook, and stay active on her Peloton.


Sandy Simmons, MSN, APRN, A-GNP, AOCNP

Sandy Simmons graduated from Baptist School of Nursing in 1983. She completed her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 2001. She is a member of The Oncology Nursing Society and The American Pain Society. Sandy is Dr. Juan Lombeida’s nurse practioner. Dr. Lombeida is a supportive care physician at Highlands Oncology Group.


Angela R. Stewart, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP, CBEC, TTSDNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP, TTS

Angela Stewart, an Advanced Practice Nurse, is originally from Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and relocated to Fayetteville after attending the University of Arkansas. She graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in nursing from NWACC in 2000. She received her BSN in 2004 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and continued working on her Masters of Nursing Science at UAMS, graduating in 2006. She is currently attending the University of Arkansas and is working on completing the first Doctor of Nursing Practice program at U of A, and will graduate in May of 2015. She is a certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP). She began working at Highlands Oncology Group, P.A. in June 2009. She has also obtained her Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP) certification. She also has a clinical breast examiner’s certification (CBEC). She has most recently attended the University of Massachusetts Tobacco Treatment Specialist Program, and is currently working on her Capstone Project which is Treating Tobacco Use in Lung Cancer Screening patients where she provides a comprehensive smoking cessation program including counseling and pharmacology for lung cancer screening patients who are interested in quitting smoking.


Ambry Thompson, MS PAS, PA-C

Ambry Thompson, PA-C is originally from Seneca, MO. Ambry attended Missouri State University in Springfield for undergrad and PA school. She previosly worked in family med/urgent care at WellQuest in Bentonville. Ambry is a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and the Arkansas Medical Board. She is a member of AAPA. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and home improvement/decor and design.


Stacy Tidwell, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Stacy Tidwell graduated with her Masters of Nursing Science from The University of North Carolina in 2010. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.


Debra Tooker, MS PAS, PA-C

Debra Tooker joined Highlands Oncology as a Physician Assistant in 2019. She holds a certification by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the Arkansas State Medical Board. In 2005, she graduated from the Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She obtained her Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2010 from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to joining Highlands Oncology Group, she worked in geriatrics and family medicine in Arkansas. Debra received the American Society of Clinical Pathologist Scholarship in 2004, Shining Start Award from St. Joseph’s Health System in 2005, Missouri Hospital Association Scholarship Award in 2006 and the State of Arkansas Mensa Scholarship Award in 2009.


Holland Belline, MSN, BS, APRN, AGPCNP-BC

Holland Belline joined Highlands Oncology as an APRN in April 2021. She received her BSN from the University of Arkansas in 2010 and went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH in 2018. She is a board-certified Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Holland’s interests are hiking, camping, fitness, and spending time with family and friends and her two golden retrievers.


Abby Martens, MSN, APRN, A-GNP

Abby Martens is a nurse practitioner certified in adult-geriatric care through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Arkansas and began her career as a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Arkansas.  She joined Highlands Oncology as an infusion nurse in 2017, during which time she earned her master’s degree in nursing at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  She counts it a privilege to walk alongside people and families experiencing serious illness in the supportive care department.  She loves Jesus, enjoys a good laugh, and is quite fond of her cat, Millie. 


Cristina Hernandez, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, OCN

Cristina Hernandez is an oncology certified nurse who began working here at Highlands as a chemotherapy infusion nurse in 2016. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Maryville University in 2020. After working in Highlands Oncology research department as a study coordinator, she now continues to provide support to research patients as a sub-investigator on all current studies. Cristina received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Maryville University in 2020. She is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Cristina is a New York native who has worked in an emergency department in Queens, New York, and prior to coming to Highlands, worked in the intensive care unit at Mercy Hospital. Her husband and two children have come to love NWA and all this beautiful area has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys reading a good book and getting out to the movies.


Christy Whillock, APRN

Christy Whillock, MSN, APRN, FNP-C has resided in Northwest Arkansas since graduating from Union University, Jackson, Tennessee, with her undergraduate degree in Nursing in 1995. Christy has extensive experience in Family Medicine, Population Health, Community Health, Managed Care, as well as Insurance Coding and Billing. Christy attended Chamberlain College of Nursing and graduated with her master’s degree in their Family Nurse Practitioner program, graduating with high honors. Christy is board certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and Arkansas Nurse Practitioners Association.


Amelia Gleber, APRN

Amelia Gleber joined Highlands as an APRN in September 2020. In 2008, Amelia completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Mississippi University for Women. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Florida Southern University in 2016. Prior to joining Highlands Oncology, Jessica worked as a Registered Nurse at North Mississippi Medical Center from 2008 to 2010, then as an RN at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL from 2010 to 2016. She then worked as an APRN from 2018 to 2020 at Florida Cancer Specialist taking care of and treating patients that presented with both hematology and oncology diagnoses. 


Tara Howerton, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC

Tara Howerton joined Highlands Oncology as an APRN in 2021. Originally from Louisiana, she has lived in Northwest Arkansas for the last ten years. She received her BSN in 2013 from Northeastern Oklahoma University in Tahlequah, OK and then went on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – Little Rock in 2019. Tara with married with three daughters two dogs. In her free time she loves spending time outdoors kayaking, camping, mountain biking, and hiking.


Angi Burns, APRN, ACNP-BC

Angi Burns is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

She is a native Arkansan and practiced in Arkansas as an RN until returning to further her education at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) where she obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 1998.

Areas of experience include: surgery and surgical first assisting in General Surgery, Breast Surgical Oncology, and Gynecologic Oncology. She also has practiced in Pulmonology and Rheumatology. She moved to Colorado in 2011 and relocated back to NWA to join Highlands Oncology in June 2021.


Krystal Stewart, MS PAS, PA-C


Nikki Randolph, MSN, APRN, FNP

Nikki Randolph graduated from nursing school in 1993 in the honors program and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a minor in chemistry and physics. Following graduation, she worked in a cardiovascular intensive care unit. Shortly after, Nikki received her Master’s degree in Nursing in 1996. Her work experience includes a crisis pregnancy center, general cardiology/interventional cardiology, congestive heart failure patients, heart transplant, left ventricular assist device patients, and peripheral arterial disease.

Nikki has been married for 25 years and has four adult children. In her free time, she enjoys going to baseball games, watching sports, and spending time with her best friend/husband.


Rachel Hudman, MSN, APRN, FNP


Lindsay Lawrence, MS PAS, PA-C