Mary Grado- Administrator
Mary was born and raised in Wisconsin. She met Dr. Grado in Rochester, MN and they were married in 1980. She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota and taught Nursing at the University of Nebraska. In addition to being a mother of three, she has also taught high school in the Scottsdale School System, and in 1998, helped Dr. Grado open his private practice. Since then, she has served many different roles in the company, and in February 2005 became its clinic administrator. Her hobbies include reading, investment club, and watching the Desert Mountain High School Marching Band.
Mark Bauer- Radiation Therapist
Mark joined our team in September, 2014. Mark was born in Omaha, NE and has his roots in the Midwest having also lived in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota all before heading south to Texas and Arizona. Mark and his wife Bonnie are the parents of five children and three grandchildren. Mark has held a BS in Business Administration since 1980 and was a business executive prior to his wife being diagnosed with cancer after which he returned to school and earned his second degree in radiation therapy. Mark states “After my wife was diagnosed with cancer I decided to dedicate the rest of my career helping others fight this deadly disease.” Mark loves to read and is continually striving to increase his knowledge in the medical field.
Tamara (Tammy) Guthrie- Radiation Therapist
Tammy is a native of sunny Florida who relocated to Arizona 2 years ago. Being a therapist for seven years brings great satisfaction to her life. She hopes to make each cancer patient’s day a little lighter, brighter, and special. Her hobbies are hiking, biking, the gym and her cat. She enjoys being with family and friends and making new ones. Her smile can make anyone smile back. She personally takes care of each patient’s needs, wants and fears.
Jacara (Jackie) Safrit- Therapist Assistant
Jackie was born and raised on a farm in North Carolina. She graduated High School at 17 with college credits. Five days after graduation she was on active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard. Her ten year tour was served at various land and ship units. During this time she got married and had her darling daughter. After being honorably discharged, she worked as a civilian employee at U.S. Army YPG in the classified vault. Her entire division was abolished in a Reduction In Force.
Using her former EMT-1 experience, she became licensed and cared for special needs children for twenty years. Losing her house, due to the economy, allowed her the opportunity to do an internship with Southwest Oncology Centers. This lead to the job of her dreams with Yuma Oncology Center as a Radiation Therapist Assistant. Her love of caring for critters and people shows in the special way she treats each individual patient. Her southern charm and humor can bring a smile out of anyone. Her hobbies are spending time with her daughter, playing with her cat, sewing, cooking and being around friends. Her favorite day of the week is Frog Friday.
Carmen Rios- RMA/Registered Medical Assistant
Carmen was born in Yuma. She has been in the cancer care field for 16 years. Carmen began her career at Southwest Oncology Center with Dr. Danziger in 1994, and has now rejoined him and Dr. Grado at Yuma Oncology Center.
Carmen enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves traveling and new discoveries. Most of all, Carmen enjoys participating in the “Relay for Life” events and a number of other community cancer awareness programs.
Gabriela Simpson- Administrative Assistant
Gabriela was born in Mexico. She has been living in Yuma since the age of 3. Gabriela has been in the medical field for 14 years. Prior to joining Yuma Oncology Center, Gabriela worked in Medical Oncology at Sonoran Desert Oncology and was previously in Family Practice for 9 years.
Gabriela enjoys meeting patients’ needs and treats them as if they were her own family. Working in oncology has changed her life, turning her into a more compassionate and caring person. Gabriela is very active in a number of healthcare related community events, including “Relay for Life”.